During the day on Christmas Eve, we went to the Park Avenue Armory to see Ann Hamilton’s the event of a thread (which, unfortunately, closed earlier this month), that giant swing exhibition that was making the buzz/blog/news rounds during the last couple of months.

From the exhibition’s website, which will do a much better job than I of describing it:

Visual artist Ann Hamilton combines the ephemeral presence of time with the material tactility for which she is best known to create a new large-scale installation for the Wade Thompson Drill Hall. Commissioned by the Armory, the event of a thread references the building’s architecture, as well as the individual encounters and congregational gatherings that have animated its rich social history. A multisensory affair, the work draws together readings, sound, and live events within a field of swings that together invite visitors to connect to the action of each other and the work itself, illuminating the experience of the singular and collective body, the relationship between the animal and the human. The address of the readers to the pigeons shifts at the end of each day, when a vocalist on the drill hall’s balcony serenades their release to flight. Each day’s song is cut with a record lathe, and the resulting recording is played back the next day.

For those unfamiliar with the Park Avenue Armory, it is gigantic, taking up an entire city block. (In the summer of 2011, the Royal Shakespeare Company brought over a full-scale replica of its theatre during its six-week residency at the Armory. It’s that big.) the event of a thread took up the entire Drill Hall. Giant swings were connected by a series of wires to a — you guessed it — giant white curtain in the middle of the space. As people swung, the curtain moved. In addition to trying out the swings, I also joined a number of other visitors lying on the floor underneath the sheet, watching it move up and down and side to side. There were also men and women writing and making recordings, in addition to a number of homing pigeons. The review in The New York Times includes more information about this element of the exhibition.

Here’s a very short video I shot with my phone while lying under the curtain:

Photos and video by Taking of Toast

Fay Andrada

I’m sure I’m not the only one with “adult/future wishlists,” made up of jewelry/furniture/clothing/etc. designers. “When I’m an established adult, I’ll suddenly be able to pull off and afford all this jewelry designer’s work, and my jewelry collection will rapidly expand and be full of pieces from said jewelry designer’s line!” (Sometimes, I like to keep this blog free of reality checks — please come along with me.) Well, I’ve found another designer to add to that list: Fay Andrada.

Clockwise from top left: Pninah Earrings, Rele Bracelet, Torni Earrings, Pien Oka Ring 

The Brooklyn-based designer’s metal jewelry balances that fine line between special and wearable. To me, there’s something very adult about her work. The woman who wears these knows what she’s doing and where she’s going. (Maybe it’s the jewelry that does it?)

See more of Fay Andrada’s work on her website, or check out her collection at Myth & Symbol (which is full of items for the “adult/future wishlist,” which really needs a better name).

All photos from Fay Andrada


I enjoyed compiling links for this feature the last time I did it, and I thought it might be time to bring it back again.

+ This may now be considered “old” news, but Intelligentsia is opening up shop in New York City this spring! I have high hopes that it will feature special design details, like the tile in the Silver Lake location, which I wrote about here.

+ T’is the season for the flu/common cold. I came down with the latter last week, and yet I still didn’t think to check out Design*Sponge’s great compilation of “Cures for the Common Cold: Tips from the Creative Community.” (via The Curator)

+ I can’t wait to watch this FM4 Radio Session of Danish band Efterklang performing three songs off their new album, Piramida. Even though I just saw them in concert in September, I’m thinking of doing so again when they’re next in New York in the spring. They’re currently on tour (and I highly recommend them), so check out their tour schedule here.

+ Katie of blog What Katie Does just posted an amazing guide on getting started with calligraphy. Her introduction already has me wanting to run out to the nearest art store to buy the tools and start trying it out myself.

I added a number of new blogs to my reading list this past week, and I’m already discovering all sorts of new things. Here’s to a relaxing, hopefully-not-too-cold weekend!


I was browsing Pinterest the other day when I came across a few pins (this one and this one, in particular) that caught my eye, featuring items from online shop Wiksten. In addition to beautiful knit accessories (designed and handmade by shop owner Jenny Gordy, who named the shop after her grandmother), Wiksten also sells jewelry and sewing patterns from Gordy and other independent designers.

Channel Hat

wiksten02Swedish Dala Horse Necklace

Snöflinga Hat

I highly recommend checking out Wiksten’s blog to see more (such as this sweater). I wish my head were better suited for wearing hats, or that I at least had the skills to make my own Wiksten hat.

All images from Wiksten, top image from Autumn/Winter 2011 lookbook

Some Thoughts

I’ve been spending the last few days brainstorming ideas for the blog, or at least trying to. My blog non-resolution for this year was to spend less time talking about it and more time doing it (it being something). But you know what? It’s not easy! I like that having a blog makes me more likely to take my camera places, so I have something to blog about. Yet what happens when I’ve run out of photos?

I’d like the answer to be a combination of “Take more!” and “Find other things to blog about!” This is not meant to be a mopey post, just a post about how I’m trying really hard to come up with things. I’m trying to discover new artists, designers, blogs, etc., and I’m trying to figure out how that discovery works. It’s both exciting and challenging. I gather that’s what blogging is all about. Now I sound like I’m trying to make some big “On Blogging” post, but that’s not the case, either! Just sharing some thoughts. Hopefully, this post will serve as some sort of momentum. Keep going! Keep discovering! It just takes patience.

Photo by Taking of Toast, edited with VSCO Cam*

*I heard about VSCO Cam through this post. I think I enjoy playing around with it so much because it lets me pretend I use a film camera rather than my phone/digital camera (yes, sometimes I upload my digital photos so I can try them out in the app).

Monet at the New York Botanical Garden

This past fall was the season for garden-going, apparently. There was the Conservatory Garden in Central Park, the New York Botanical Gardenand the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Whew! I can’t remember if I’d been to the New York Botanical Garden before, but I’d been wanting to go to see Monet’s Garden before it closed. The exhibition featured many of the flowers and plants Monet planted at his garden in Giverny (including that green bridge!), so   going to the NYBG was a bit like going to France. Sort of.

I smelled some of the most fragrant roses I’ve ever encountered and enjoyed imagining I was seeing the “real thing.”

That day, it looks like I was very much about the off-center macro photos of flowers (which, I guess, is what I’m often about).

The lily pond behind the Conservatory was one of my favorite parts.

I can see why so many people get married there! I would like to go back some time just to explore the grounds.

All photos by Taking of Toast

Conservatory Garden, Again

As I mentioned in my last post, I took a detour on my way home from the Cloisters in September to visit the Conservatory Garden in Central Park (I’d been meaning to go back since I went last March!). While there were definitely more flowers in bloom this time around, I still wish I’d gone earlier in the summer. This year, I have to be better about making it in time for the cherry blossoms.

More flowers coming soon! I’m almost done with my “Oh, here’s what I did at the end of 2012!” posts. Almost.

All photos by Taking of Toast