I recently went to New York to teach at Workroom Social, and while I was there I also visited the Comme des Garçons show at the Met, as well as the Georgia O'Keeffe show at the Brooklyn Museum. I don't usually recap my trips here on the blog, but since all three of these things might prove of interest to you all, I thought I'd give a little tour of my trip, including loads of photos from these amazing shows. If you have an opportunity to get to either of these exhibitions, I couldn't recommend them more. So wonderful!
I arrived in New York two days before my class, and if you read my Me Made May recap post, you know that I was suffering pretty hard with back and neck pain, and a migraine that lasted nearly 30 days. My friends from Chickpea & Olive put me up during my stay (Danielle, aka chickpea, and I have been close friends for nearly 20 years) and were so kind and helped take good care of me. I even saw Danielle's acupuncturist while I was there, who did both acupuncture and gua sha, which was a game changer for my body! Highly recommend it!
Thursday and Friday was my two-day class at Workroom Social, hosted by the always lovely Jenny and her adorable companion Rosie. My students were so wonderful and kind, and they travelled great distances to attend, which I was so flattered by. You might recognize a couple of their faces, especially if you were at last year's camp! Everyone did an amazing job! They all worked super hard and were a total joy to work with. If you missed this session, I will be back in October for another two-day jacketmaking intensive class! More info here!
Saturday I went with a friend to the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, Art of the In-Between exhibition at the Met. The show opened on Thursday of that week, so being the first Saturday open to the public, it was packed to say the least. It was absolutely gorgeous and I'm glad that even with the crowds, the show was set up in a way that you could get close to the garments and really see the details. They are completely over the top and so wonderful to see in real life. Little fact: this is only the second time that the Met has had a show for a living designer, the previous being Yves Saint Laurent.
Sunday I met another friend at Smorgasburg in Prospect Park, then we visited the Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. I have been a huge fan of both her and her husband Alfred Stieglitz since junior high. I first fell in love with his photos of her, then their love story, then her art, and then once I learned more about her, I fell in love with her general badassery. Is that a word? Should be. She is often overlooked and judged incorrectly in my opinion, chalked up to someone that just paints pretty floral paintings. But she is so much more than that. This show was so great because it focused on her as a woman, and a main focus of the show is her clothes, many of which she handmade herself.
Monday and Tuesday were spent with friends, eating, wandering the city, seeing live music, getting acupuncture, going to happy hour, and other super fun activities. I really felt at home in New York on this trip, even with my throbbing brain, which further solidified my decision to move there later this year. Can't wait!
Thanks again to all my awesome students, and for everyone that showed me such great hospitality. I feel so welcome in the city already and look forward to lots more hanging out time with everyone!