Inspiration Corner: New York City

Where to begin....It has officially been a full week since I arrived last Sunday and it was a full one to be sure. I am quickly learning the intricate subway system between Brooklyn and Manhattan, which bodegas are the best, what places to avoid and how to navigate Central Park. It is pretty amazing how quickly we can adapt to our surroundings, no matter how different they might be.

The energy in the city is undeniable. When everyone around you is running on all cylinders, it forces you to step up or get left behind. What a time to arrive in the "city that never sleeps," as well. New York Fashion Week has been in full force, flooding the city with even more beautiful people, parties and photographers. One really has to be strong to flourish here and that is why I made the decision to come here; to really see what I am made of and to push myself more creatively than I have before. I kicked off the week by either frequenting gallery openings from Williamsburg to Chelsea to seeing wonderful exhibits at the Neue Galerie, The American Folk Art Museum, and the DIA: Beacon. The abundance of art in this city, whether terrible or awe-inspiring, is motivating just within itself. 

I am so happy to report that I visited the Textile Arts Center this past week as well and am thrilled to be starting an internship of which I have my first meeting today! It has been a dream of mine for some time now to be a part of the TAC community and I cannot wait to expand my knowledge of the textile design world and share what I learn with Lady BIM. 

It seems like I am finally starting to acclimate to the new pace of life here. As far as the content of this blog, I hope to interview artists that interest me aesthetically, especially in terms of surface design. I hope to make some studio visits within the city as well as exposing more of what TAC does, and I will continue posting pictures of what I see. There are little quiet moments in the city that remind me to breath and I hope to continue to share images I find inspirational as Susan and I keep the conversation at Lady BIM alive! 

Much love, Tess 

Beautiful greenery decorates Brooklyn's brownstones in Park Slope  

Beautiful greenery decorates Brooklyn's brownstones in Park Slope  

Ahhh yes, the magnificent Brooklyn Bridge. My studio residency, I am happy to say, is around the corner from this beautiful giant 

Ahhh yes, the magnificent Brooklyn Bridge. My studio residency, I am happy to say, is around the corner from this beautiful giant 

Bright primary colors in the subway  / could be some fun design inspiration; hold the old gum 

Bright primary colors in the subway  / could be some fun design inspiration; hold the old gum 

During the Chelsea art crawl / this was from David Hockney's show, 'The Arrival of Spring.' Although I wasn't the biggest fan of the scene and his ipad drawings, I did enjoy the palette. Susan, think it could be fun to incorporate a lot of pink for next Spring/ Summer...or take a cue from Hockney and use blues and pinks for all seasons haha 

During the Chelsea art crawl / this was from David Hockney's show, 'The Arrival of Spring.' Although I wasn't the biggest fan of the scene and his ipad drawings, I did enjoy the palette. Susan, think it could be fun to incorporate a lot of pink for next Spring/ Summer...or take a cue from Hockney and use blues and pinks for all seasons haha 

loved the layers and colors on this rusty steel gate in DUMBO, thought the graphic lettering could lead to something interesting...

loved the layers and colors on this rusty steel gate in DUMBO, thought the graphic lettering could lead to something interesting...

loving the colorways found in Grand Central Station

loving the colorways found in Grand Central Station

DIA: Beacon was a beautiful place to spend a Sunday 

DIA: Beacon was a beautiful place to spend a Sunday 

and yesterday's amazing sunset as seen from the F train 

and yesterday's amazing sunset as seen from the F train 

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