The studio got really messy. It gave me the willies, then I realized it might be fun to photograph and I relaxed. If management complains, I can always say everything was set up a shoot. They’re pretty cool about stuff. One time there were cow haunches in the dumpster across the street by the film stage. I saw them being stuffed in and felt like Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window. I took pictures, but got mostly screen. Turns out it was for a black smithing show. Now who would ever think something like that would be shot in New York? Go figure. But hey, it’s Brooklyn, you never know….
Secret confession: I love DIY blogs. LOVE! Can’t start the day without looking at a couple, including one of my favorites the M&J Trim blog. It’s also one of my favorite stores (Ave of the Americas, btw 37/38th Streets, NYC) where I buy stuff all the time. I dare anyone interested in arts or crafts to walk in and leave without purchasing even one small thing or at least being seriously tempted. It’s gorgeous, as are the remaining fabric stores scattered throughout the Garment District.
Oh yeah, did I mention I have a jones for fabric? Big time. Do I sew? Not really. I sewed so badly in one sewing class in grade school, that my mother who was an expert sat up one night taking apart and redoing my entry for the school fashion show. Apparently it was dreadful. Oh, well. I’ve embarrassed people before and am still doing so today, through probably on an even larger scale.
But that was then and this is now. Even if I still don’t sew (hey, I can glue!), I incorporate beautiful fabrics and trim into my photographic still life images. So if I’m DIY by extension, in even the smallest, vaguest way, I’m proud.
Long live DIY! Give it a try sometime, I know you’ll enjoy it. And visit M&J trim, it’s worth the trip.