Athena Magazine

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Kenneth D. King: King of Couture Embellishment July 14, 2009

kingToday is the last day of my haute couture embellishments class at FIT, where we present our portfolios,  and I wanted to pay a little homage to my professor, Kenneth D. King. This man lives and breathes couture embellishment and approaches it with a curiosity and creativity that is as rare as it is delightful. Visit couture designer Kenneth D. King’s site here. 

For his Designer Bead Embroidery book, click here. book

 

The Model as Muse exhibit at the Met July 11, 2009

model_as_muse_bigHurry on over to the Met before this show closes. I went with my FIT gal pals last night, and if you have an interest in either magazine or fashion history, this is a wonderful eye candy walk through the mid-20th century to now. What’s most wonderful about the show is that they have brought in the real designer garments (Balenciaga, Dior and more) that were featured in spreads, along with a pictorial history of fashion shooting through the decades. Plus, you have the music of each era in each section, so it literally is a walk down memory lane. See is through August 9. Learn more …

Cheap tip: Go on Friday night. The museum is open until 9 and it’s perfectly kosher to pay $1 admission, even though the usual fee is $20.

 

North American Smocking: The easy and elegant way to gather July 9, 2009

While we were learning the traditional smocking, we also learned a quick form of smocking, no doubt developed by resourceful pioneers short on supplies. Check it out:

cansmockCanadian (aka North American) smocking is a very quick and easy way to elegantly gather fabric. Use it in home dec projects, accessories, bags, or clothing.

You can find Canadian smocking in the SavvySeams Tudor Rose Purse pattern. You can find some examples of beautiful costumes that use Canadian smocking at the Padawan’s Guide to Star Wars Prequel Costuming. Check out Padme’s nightdress and robe in particular.

Learn North American smocking here …

 

Smocking: Everything you wanted to know July 6, 2009

smockLast week in my haute couture embellishments class we learned hand-smocking, and oddly, it’s a skill that I took to right away. It’s not the smocking is anything to mock—it’s just not something I considered myself to have an affinity for. But as my professor, Kenneth D. King, pointed out with great practicality, I can do it on the train. I’ve found a great link on smocking, but it includes a machine pleater.

smock2If you prefer to pleat by hand, it’s easy. Mark a dotted grid on your fabric piece to be smocked, spacing dots 1/2 – 1 inch apart. Then sew a running stitch along each horizontal line in the grid, connecting the dots. Once you’ve stitched the parallel lines, pull the threads to gather the fabric into pleats. You can anchor 2-3 threads with a figure-8 shape around a pin. You’re ready to start smocking. Learn the technique here.

 

Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood: Storytelling NYC Style July 3, 2009

steigtopnavMr. Beller’s Neighborhood began publishing in the Spring of 2000 and has so far published over a thousand pieces of original writing. In 2002 it was nominated for a Webby Award in the Print and Zine category. That same year, a collection of selected pieces from the site appeared in book form,
Before and After: Stories from New York. Another anthology is in the works.

Illo by Elisha CooperThe site combines a magazine with a map. It uses the external, familiar landscape of New York City as a way of organizing the wildly internal, often unfamiliar emotional landscapes of the city dweller. Visit Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood.

For a funny tale by Rick Rofihe of anderbo.com, click here.

 

Fabric Weaving: Purse Project July 1, 2009

textileI learned fabric weaving in my haute couture embellishments class last night and wanted to share the technique. Here’s a great purse project that incorporates fabric weaving: http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/?p=163purse

 

Nice guys finish tops: The case of the gentlemanly editor June 23, 2009

0907galassiarticle“If you’re anything like the writers I meet at conferences and MFA programs, the word sweet probably isn’t the first adjective that comes to mind when you think of the head of a major New York publishing house. I hear a lot of other words (many of them unprintable in a wholesome writer’s magazine), but the takeaway is often the same: They are snakes in suits whose only loyalty is to the bottom line. While it’s true that such creatures exist—I could tell you stories—they are far less common than you might think.

Take the case of Jonathan Galassi, president and publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, who got where he is, in part, by being one of the most gentlemanly editors in the business.”  Read more from this Poets and Writers article …

This article found through a tip from writer Rick Rofihe of www.anderbo.com.

 

Safer Sex in the City Fundraiser June 21, 2009

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My good friend Jessica is working passionately on this fundraiser and speaks emotionally about the way that ASCNYC has helped turned lives around. If you can’t attend, please consider donating an auction item for this very worthy cause.

On June 25, join celebrity host NYC drag legend Flotilla DeBarge,Vivid Girl Savanna Samson, dance-pop singer Reina, superstar DJ, Vic Latino, and many more special guests for the summer’s sexiest fundraiser, promoting safer sex in the age of AIDS. Pamela Anderson, Joy Behar, Margaret Cho, Linda Eder, Ellie Krieger, Robert LaFosse, & Gloria Ruben have joined forces with ASC as part of this year’s benefit committee. The star-studded event will be from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Duvet, 45 Wests 21st Street, New York City. For more info, click here.

NYC’s Museum of Sex will showcase a curated sampler of the museum’s renowned collection on human sexuality. Fun-filled, uninhibited presentations will spotlight ASC’s innovative safer-sex education and HIV risk reduction programs.  Guests can bid on fabulous silent auction items.

For sponsorship, silent-auction donations, or tickets, contact Brooke Brailey at 212-645-0875, x303 or brooke@ascnyc.org.

AIDS Service Center NYC (ASC) is a community based non-profit at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS and the effort to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to HIV prevention, services, and treatment. For more information about AIDS Service Center NYC visit www.ascnyc.org.

General Tickets: $100
VIP Tickets: $250
Buy-A-Bed”: $2,500 (6 VIPs, Champagne Lounge & Exclusive Celebrity Experience

Click here for ticket info!

 

5th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival in DUMBO today June 20, 2009

hiphopTHE 5th ANNUAL BROOKLYN HIP-HOP FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE JUNE 20TH 2009
12-8 PM
EMPIRE FULTON FERRY STATE PARK
DUMBO, BROOKLYN

Who’s Going To Be There?
Pharoahe Monch, DJ Premier, Styles P, dead prez, Smif N Wessun, Grand Puba, J Period, Torae and Marco Polo, Tanya Morgan, Tiye Phoenix, Keys N Krates, Brown Bag All Stars, DJ Parler, DJ Misbehaviour, Metermaids

Special Guests: Chip Fu, Kel Spencer, Homeboy Sandman and Shawn J Period
Donny Goines Nyle Eagle Nebula Brokn.Englsh Children Of The Night

Hosted by Ralph McDaniels

June 20th After Party: Uncle Ralph McDaniels, Buckshot, Tanya Morgan, Mr. Cheeks, 8thw1, DJ JS-1

How Much Is It?
We’re asking for a $10 donation offset the cost of putting on the festival. You  you can pick up tickets at:

Fat Beats
406 Avenue of the Americas # 1
New York, NY 10011
(212) 673-3883

Halcyon
57 Pearl St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 260-9299

Concrete Jungle
70-15 Austin St., Forest Hills
NY (718) 261-6101

How Do I Get to the Festival?

By Train: Take The F train to York St. Walk east along Jay St. towards Front St. Turn left on Plymouth St. and the entrance will be at intersection of Plymouth and Main St.

Take A,C to High St. and Cadman Plaza E and walk down Cadman Plaza E towards York St. Turn left on Plymouth and the entrance will be at the intersection of Plymouth St. and Main St.

Take the 2/3 to Clark Street. Walk down the hill of Henry Street. Make a right on Cranberry Street and follow directions from Cadman Plaza

For more info …

 

Frank Lloyd Wright in Lego June 19, 2009

Frank Lloyd Wright in LEGO 01The LEGO© Group in collaboration with Architectural Artist Adam Reed Tucker of Brickstructures, Inc.™, Inc. are excited to unveil a new product line called LEGO Architecture. Throughout it’s 50 year history the LEGO Brick has always been associated with creative building. LEGO Architecture takes that initiative further by inviting children of all ages to build their favorite worldly architectural landmarks and structures. More info…