March 31, 2011


We will be showing our newest work in shearling at craftNewYork which is debuting in New York this weekend. We are especially excited about a piece we have just finished, a long napalan coat, trimmed in gold and black tape, hood and cuffs edged in a curly shearling. Come try it on in booth D05!
We will be showing alongside some of the best talent in the country, and I have already had phone calls from out of town clients coming to this new important show, a quality in Craft New York has not seen before. Don't miss it!

CraftNEWYORK THIS WEEKEND! Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.

Show and Sale for the Benefit of CERF+
(Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists’ Emergency Resources)
7W New York, 34th Street at Fifth Avenue
Between 5th & 6th Avenues across from the Empire State Building

This Weekend!
APRIL 1, 2, 3, 2011
Fri. 3pm to 8pm • Sat. 10am to 6pm • Sun. 11am to 5pm

CraftNEWYORK has brought together 100 internationally renowned American Craft artists in support of a most vital charitable arts organization, CERF+. The inaugural exhibit and sale is a must see for anyone interested in the finest American craft being made today and will feature artists producing one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces. Net profits from admissions will benefit CERF+.

“These particular artists show us why America is at the pinnacle of the craft movement. In turn they continue the tradition, they set the standard, and they push the envelope.” Jeff Sobel, past president of Artrider Productions Inc.


CERF+ has received a generous matching grant from theWINGATE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. The foundation will contribute $100,000 if CERF+ can raise $200,000. Your CraftNEWYORK ticket admissions and donations to BENEFIT IN A BOOTH will contribute to this goal.

Mixed media artist LAURA BALOMBINI has created a sculpture dedicated to CERF+. Laura’s innovative approach to polymer has spurred a rexamination of the media. The proceeds from the sale of this exceptional piece will go to CERF+.

Make sure to watch for the BENEFIT IN A BOOTH signs in select exhibitors’ booths. These artists have identified a piece in their booth that, if it sells, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to CERF+.

DAVID REVERE MCFADDEN, Chief Curator and Vice President for Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design will present the BEST OF SHOW award on Friday evening.

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) foundedNYCreates to assist craft and folk artists and artisans in enhancing the income they receive practicing their art, thereby bringing greater economic progress to them and to their communities. It is modeled on HandMade in America, a highly successful project that has revitalized communities in rural North Carolina by assisting that region's many talented craft artists. NYCreates will have an informational booth and display of curated works from craft and folk artists and artisans from the five boroughs of New York City.

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The diversity and range of work will delight and speak to anyone interested in handmade, quality work that includes wearable art, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood.

Visitors will have the chance to see studio furniture by Michael Puryear whose designs imbue “shibui”, the Japanese term for simple elegance; exquisite iridescent glazed vessels by Hideaki Miyamura; intimate bronze objects by Laura Baring-Gouldwho regularly works on large-scale public sculptures and ephemeral museum installations; sumptuous textiles byRandall Darwall, a studio fiber artist working with methods and dye techniques not possible in commercial production; abaca pulp paper lighting and illuminated sculpture by Riki Moss; contemporary Netsuke by Janel Jacobson; innovative beaded jewelry by The Art of Beadword author Valerie Hector; and Abstract Expressionist hand-dyed quilts by Judith Lazelere, among others.

7 West 34th Street, 11th Floor
Between 5th and 6th Avenues across from the Empire State Building

Friday, April 1 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at the door for $15,
Seniors 62 and over are $12
Students and under 18 are free
Net proceeds from admission go to CERF+

Cash and checks only accepted for admissions

For a complete list of exhibitors and photographs of their work go to

CERF+’s (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists’ Emergency Resources) mission is to safeguard and sustain the careers of craft artists and to provide emergency resources and services that benefit all artists. CERF+ is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization and is the only one of its kind in the United States. CERF+ accomplishes its mission through direct financial and educational assistance to craft artists, including emergency relief assistance, business development support, and resources and referrals on topics such as health, safety, and insurance. CERF+ also advocates, engages in research, and backs policy that supports artists’ careers.

Artrider Productions Inc. has produced arts events since 1982 and has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to the craft and arts communities, raising thousands of dollars for CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists' Emergency Resources), the Guilford Art Center and more than $3 million for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In addition to CraftNewYork, Artrider produces CraftWestport for the Westport Young Woman’s League, the Guilford Craft Expo for the Guilford Art Center, Crafts at Lyndhurst for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and CraftMorristown.

Laura Balombini

Hideaki Miyamura

Emanuela Aureli

Michael Puryear

Starr Hagenbring

Leora Brecher

Ray Jones

Mark Del Giudice

David Bryce

Randall Darwall

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March 26, 2011

Moma, friday night

I love Target free fridays at Moma.
From the twenty minute line to check your coat (great things overheard, watching
the animated guy that tells you to get on line A, B, or C)
to whatever you may run into that you didn't plan on seeing.
In this case it was Looking at Music 3.0, which I spent a lot of time at sitting on couches
watching videos like Grace Jones, or listening on headphones to early Jay Z or Run DMC, whose DefJam recording studio used to be on our block on Elizabeth St. back in the day.

Then there was this room, and I am sorry I missed the artists name.
Reminiscent of Marcel Duchamps The Large Glass in format, computer parts were assembled to a graphic image. I liked the figures present in the room.

A little Pop Art

Some industrial design

A large Louise Nevelson, also lived in our neighborhood back in the day

Next post will be about the next show we are exhibiting in, NEXT WEEKEND, CraftNewYork at 7W!

March 15, 2011

Upcoming Show

The automobile + trailer are packed and we are heading up to Massachusetts to
exhibit our work in shearling at the Paradise City Fair of Fine and Functional Art
in Marlborough.

The show has a variety of work from photography to fashion, and with live music and
a cafe it is a very nice way to spend your day and stimulate all your senses.

Below is a full length version of our popular style Tucked Jacket.
I am calling this the Opera Coat. It will debut at the Marlborough show.

This is also a new direction we are taking. A little difficult to see here, as it is black on black, exposing the wool side next to the suede side of the shearling and trimmed in a shiny lambskin with frogs so you have a real play on black textures.

Below is a very supple napa finished shearling we used in our Tucked Jacket.

This is a detail shot of a belt we did on a long napalan shearling coat. Guess you will have to come to the show this weekend to see more! Booth #156.

March 12, 2011

Art at the Beach

I was on a search to find THE parking garage in South Beach last week,
and there it was.
1111 Lincoln Rd.
$65 Million.
3 Restaurants + Residences.
And fun to watch the cars come down!

Farther down Lincoln Rd. we ran into the ARTCENTER/SOUTH FLORIDA, with lots
of emerging artist studios. I was taken by the work of Natasha Duwin, an
artist in residence there.

And a big fan and long time shopper in Keihl's Pharmacy in New York, I had
to love their Lincoln Rd. store. Had all my products with me thou.

Every morning we scoured the internet, Zagat's, Yelp, Open Table, to see what dinner
would be, plus lots of recommendations from friends. We decided to try this Haitian
place close to our hotel, and it was great. Loved the food, loved the decor, loved the staff. Perfect, my kind of place for a casual nite out.
Tap Tap.

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