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l-e N-o-U


Se vi è capitato di passare per via del Boschetto, avrete sicuramente notato che qualcosa sta cambiando.
Da alcuni mesi al numero 111 è stato inaugurato uno spazio "nuovo": un laboratorio?un atelier?una boutique?
Si chiama LE NOU, che pensavo si riferisse alla traduzione catalana di NUOVO, e invece è l'anagramma di uno, e guai a pronunciarlo con accento francese...rischiate il linciaggio dalle simpatiche quattro fashion designers dietro le quinte.
Eugenia, Leila, Veronica e Miriam, tutte con formazioni diverse ma parallele e complementari nel settore della moda, hanno creato un brand risultato dall'addizione di tre linee diverse.
Giocando con elementi basic del guardaroba, come t-shirt, leggings e vestiti (alla portata di tutte le taglie e soprattutto di tutti i portafogli), mescolano colori, tessuti e fantasie allegre e originali.
Il punto di forza del loro stile è la personalità del capo legata alla sua "facilità di fruizione".
E non solo.
Le Nou si è trasformato in un vero e proprio punto d'incontro per tutti coloro che si interessano al settore della moda a Roma, e ha ospitato meeting e performance del co.working ARMATURE (di cui fa parte).
Lo spirito di questo atelier è giovane, festaiolo,vivace e credo ben rappresenti l'immagine di una Roma che vuole riscattare l'appellativo di contemporanea, vantando verve artistica e creativa alla pari di altre capitali europee.

Annalisa D'Urbano

try it on, love it on.

I admit, I was recycling again. I liked this line that was on a coupon card from Ann Taylor store, 'try it on, love it one. So, I used it:) I just added the b&w flowery paper to the front that was from a wedding album package, a green heart sticker, and a paper clip from Staples (60ps for a $1).

happy birthday. I love you.

the pink cake made from scrap. just paper (by paper-source) and little bit of embossing powder needed. Done!

happy birthday day.

This is rather a complicated card. I know I said before I prefer simple card making but a little bit time consuming project is sometimes fun. I used a lot of techniques on this one... stamping, embossing, sewing, glueing, cutting, stuffing, and so on:) I print the birthday text on a piece of sheer paper, sprinkled it with transparent embossing powder, and heated it up with the heating tool. Before I sewed it completely to the white blank card using a red tread I slipped couple silver and gold circles out of foil. I added a little wooden lady bug and two foil hearts hanging from a red tread. The text is in Slovak and basically says all possible Birthday wishes!

how to wrap a present 100 ways... stamped.

I started a big search for antique fabric stamps and I was successful with a purchase of couple back in Denver in a cute little antique store. I found 2 pretty pieces and one I already used for making a gift paper. Here is the dotted wooden stamp in action... little bit of sunlight yellow and bright lime green paint, piece of cut sponge, and brown paper is all you need!
 
...and here is the final outcome... all the presents for little Nela (one of my friends newborn baby) nicely wrapped in a hand-made paper and polka-dot ribbon ready to be send:)



Eyjafjallajokull 3


Eyjafjallajokull 3
Originally uploaded by misphit
This time, I had no picture in front of me. I did the piece from memory. I wanted to use some other reds....and ended up adding alizarin in much larger quantities. I also wanted more fire drama, but I think perhaps I went too far! The extra vibrant flames were helped by Golden acrylics....I used pyrole orange and ink to make some smoke like stuff. I wanted to try working with the waves of the watercolor. It's so difficult. Nothing has every challenged me like watercolor!
I am also doing practice runs of scenery in my neighborhood. I carry around the watercolors and paper in my car looking for good scenes. Soon I shall sit down and begin working collage and watercolor together in tandem. I felt the need to hone up the painting skills a bit first!

Eyjafjallajokull 1


Eyjafjallajokull 1
Originally uploaded by misphit
Been silently working on my watercolor skills. I am planning on using my watercolors more often as a basis for collage works. The volcano intrigues me and I felt the need to explore it further. I had watched a lot of volcano youtube video...and I did a couple of screen grabs. This piece was the reality one. I didn't try to embellish or use my imagination much, i just was doing it to represent.

take it to the forest.

blank green card from Michaels. recycled paper from K&Company. tree stamp from Penny black. little bit of embossing powder. a little stamp-embossing frame. and we are done.

Nenas Matrioska presenta: MasSive RecYcle

Iniciativa que propone fomentar la creatividad, RECICLANDO.



¿Cómo nace Massive Recycle?

- Gracias a que me quedé en el paro y viajé a Islandia. Allí estuve trabajando en una ONG con niños en un proyecto de Environmental Education. Trabajábamos con reciclaje, recolectábamos basura para enseñar a los niños cómo reciclar en Islandia. Es así cómo luego al volver a Barcelona, me quedé con el tema del reciclaje y me motivé a hacer algo relacionado con el reciclaje que no fuese solo de residuos sino el reciclaje desde todos sus ángulos.

¿Cuál es la filosofía de Massive Recycle?

- Es trabajar con los recursos que tengo al alcance de mi mano

¿Por qué reciclaje?

- El reciclaje es algo que estaba bastante en voga o de moda, como la palabra "ecológico" o "bio" y pensé que es una forma de adaptar el reciclaje no solamente a lo que hacemos en casa, separar el cristal del plástico, sino de ponerte a ti mismo a prueba y desarrollar algo con los recursos que tengas al alcance de tu mano y, hacer algo....Acción.

¿Qué te gustaría conseguir?

- Lo que más me gustaría es desarrollar estrategias para motivar y motivarme a mi mismo para hacer eventos y acciones. Involucrar a gente que tiene ideas en la cabeza y que nunca cree que es capaz de llevarlas a cabo. En resumen, quiero llegar a realizar las propuestas que me he planteado durante mucho tiempo y a involucrar a la gente para que también participe colaborando. Siempre he tenido un punto bastante social.

Por qué has decidido promocionar tu trabajo en fiestas?

- Me parece que la gente cuando sale de fiesta es mucho más receptiva y también porque veo que las propuestas nocturnas son bastante vacías de contenido, entonces es algo que se complementaba bien.


Ania Ortiz de Arri

pajama jewelry

...And again, I am playing with fabric... this time no felt but my old... pajama! Well, it got ripped and the damage was to big to be fixed. I felt sorry to just throw it away as it was my favorite piece. So, what do you do with your favorite piece of clothing that it's not wearable anymore??? Simply, it become a piece of jewelry!!!
...A znovu sa pohrávam s textíliou... tentokrát to nieje vlna ale moje stáre... pyžamo! Akosi sa potrhalo a už nebolo opraviteľné. Bolo mi ľúto ho len tak vyhodiť kedže bolo moje obľúbené. A čo v tom prípade treba spraviť zo svojím obľúbeným kúskom??? Jednoducho ho premeniť na šperk!!!

lobster season.

lobster cut-out from a magazine. couple foam tape squares. recycled sheet paper from K&Company. 3 adhesive gems. green blank card from Michaels. Jamestown has still effects on me like fresh see-food on every corner:)

home sweet home


I came home yesterday and woke up... 16 hours later!!! I didn't know I was that much tired:) I guess it was a long trip from the other continent. Now, after a nice plate of 'halusky' with extra bacon I am back on the track fixing our garden... well, probably jungle is better expression. The grass got a new haircut but after the extreme winter and our dogs running around it needs some help and a lot of fertilizer. Wish me luck:)

ARMATURE. Roma 2010

Il 17 maggio alla locanda atlantide si è inaugurata una nuova epoca per la moda romana/italiana.
La famosa festa del lunedì ANY GIVEN MONDAY ha ospitato un collettivo di giovani interessati al tema fashion, dal nome Armature.

Quattro ateliers (Acid lab, Azzurra Parolisi, LeNou e InVitro) insieme al nostro osservatorio di tendenze notturne (Nenas matrioska) sotto la direzione del A.studio, e con la collaborazione di professionisti in erba del settore (Chèri D'Amico, Andrea Bandiera e Cecilia Sammarco) lanciano nuove idee e nuove forme per vivere e parlare di moda.

Ogni fashion designer ha realizzato due outfit, e alla passerella preferito il palcoscenico. Le modelle vengono sostituite dalle ballerine, che danno corpo agli abiti/armature attraverso una performance originale. Sulla scena due branchie della danza moderna strettamente legate al mondo della moda: il Waaking e il Vogueing, lanciato da Madonna nel '90, consistente nell'imitare le pose plastiche delle modelle e dei modelli che appaiono sul noto magazine americano Vogue.

Nella sala accanto nenas Matrioska inizia a farsi conoscere, e tra vestiti pomposi e un set di matrioske dà il via alla caccia dei looks più estrosi, originali, cool, che invita a una foto ritratto.
L'idea di questo osservatorio di tendenze è di esaltare l'aspetto creativo e ironico proprio dell'abito, e del gioco che si cela nel vestire.
La vera differenza non la fa chi segue la moda, ma chi è capace di divertirsi con quello che indossa.
Per questo abbiamo deciso di presentare MasSive Recycle, creativo che incarna totalmente la nostra filosofia.
MasSive Recycle è atterrato a Roma da Barcellona, dove è noto per i complementi, accessori, vestiti e soprattutto scenografie realizzate con materiale riciclato appositamente per feste.
I party organizzati a Barcellona vantano un concept ("FOMENTAR LA CREADIVIDAD RECICLANDO") che li rende unici per quanto riguarda profondità e divertimento.

In sostanza, non si tratta di ALTA MODA nè aspira ad esserlo.
Armature rivendica la possibilità di un nuovo concetto di moda, lontana da quella che si manifesta in comportamenti collettivi con criteri mutevoli, ma vicina a un senso del vestire che incarni un progetto, sintesi di estetica contemporanea.

Annalisa D'Urbano

packing isn't fun when...


... u just bought like 10 wooden fabric stamps at the antique show, and having tons of craft magazines and books that need to find space in my already stuffed suitcase:) I am getting little bit annoyed by all this packing. I guess it is time to buy a new piece of language and bigger this time!

Today is my last day in Jamestown... time to go back home and get prepared for the wedding:) Tomorrow, D and me are heading for NY city and staying there for a night. My plane is leaving late in the evening and I hope we will make it to the Guggenheim museum before I leave home. I will let you know how it all went. See you later and wish me luck:)

Nenas Matrioska. nightlife coolhunting.

¿Quiénes somos?

Nenas Matrioskas: Observatorio de tendencias nocturnas.

¿Qué hacemos?

Fashion + Party + People
La moda significa para nosotras expresión y diversión por eso el escenario de nuestras observaciones son las fiestas y las noches. La matrioska es la metáfora del juego oculto en la ropa, en el vestir. Por eso Nenas Matrioskas va a la búsqueda de looks vistosos, excéntricos, pero también silenciosos y taciturnos. En resumen, aquellos que sean capaces de sintetizar el personaje y su personalidad.

¿Por qué?

Porque creemos que el vestir es una forma de expresión artística, un modo de revelarse, comunicar y ser.En nuestra opinión, la noche y las fiestas son escenarios singulares en los que existe la posibilidad de mostrarse y transformarse, y hacerlo en modo de diversión.

¿Dónde?

Barcelona – Roma – London – Paris…






Annalisa D'Urbano

Redesigning The Boarding Pass


Tyler Thompson has come up with these great alternatives to boring and generally confusing boarding passes. You should check out this blog to submit your own redesign of the boarding pass. Fun idea, too bad boarding passes are printed with thermal printers and can only generate black or 1 other color.

I hope these redesigns were sent to Delta. I think they're fantastic and oh-so-easy to understand.

:: style for May ::

Let's start with this...
  • awesome dress with low-V in the back
  • with cute sole smokey shoes with polka-dot from buckle
  • adding the red tights from sockshop the outfit will look fabulous
  • cashmere cardigan in mint for colder evenings
  • and rustic looking faux bag from pacsun
  • jewelry is a must and I picked Isabel Marant stone-embellished half-hoop earrings and Howlite stone bracelet from net-a-porter
So chic!

PS: By the way, I am using one of the free photo frames from photoRadar for the Photoshop. Aren't they lovely?

'thank you' project in finishing line.

This time there is a visible 'thank you' line. The orange blank card is from Michaels (I am getting tired of this word) and the paper dollie as well. I added a scrap yellow paper underneath the dollie to make it little bit pop out. Martha Stewart's products belong to my favorite and I found this gold ribbon from her line on sale. The stripe circle is a scrap paper that I stamped with 'thank you' stamp and embossed with gold powder. The butterfly is stamped, embossed, and hand-cut. I added four adhesive gems for the motion:)

This is the last addition to the 'thank you' set and I'm thankful it's over. I have enough 'thanks' for now:) Thank you for stopping by!

more thank you.

I have to admit, this is another very cheep card:) The blank green card was in a set of six at Michaels for $1, the orange serrated square is a fabric sample from Pottery Barn (so for free), the top flowery square is from note card set for a $1 as well. I found couple plastic middles that were left from fabric flowers that I used in a different project. I just cut them flat to be able to attached it to the middle of each paper flower. The last think was using a black ink pen to write a simple - thank you. Another addition to the 'thank you' family:)

...thanks again...

I really like these cute silver medallions that I found at Michaels of course on sale and I decide to use it on of my 'thank you' card project. It's attached to the ribbon with a little golden brad from MM. The ribbon and the green blank card both are from Micheals as well. The 'plant' paper is from a set of different crafting papers and the sticker letters from Black Tie collection by MM.
Oh happy thank you day:)

thank you, thank you, thank you.

... I got this beautiful wooden 'Penny Black' tree stamp from D and I just love it. I stamped sheer paper from Michaels with it and embossed with transparent powder, added couple gold brads from MM and created an apple tree:) The green blank card is from Paper-Source as usually, ribbon from Michaels for $1, and a piece of the green 'leather' paper from the Flax store, the paper store in San Francisco (I just love that paper). And, another card can be added to the 'thank you' set!

another thanks.

Another one from the 'thank you' card set without a thank you line. I'm using a green blank card from Paper-Store, a paper dollie from Michaels, the premium ribbon from American Crafts, a blue circle cut out of Martha Stewart crafting paper, and the cherry on the top is the hand-cut butterfly with silver pen antennas and a pair of pink adhesive gems.