It’s that time again, folks. Awards season! And with it comes one my favorite series here on the Westervin blog: “Who Are You Pairing?”
Looking back, I realized this will be my third year creating red carpet & art pairings! I really enjoy putting these together, and not just because it gives me an excuse to spend an entire Sunday evening drooling over gorgeous gowns AND scouring the interwebs for inspiring works of art. It also gives me an opportunity to join two subjects that I enjoy but that aren’t often associated with one another (at least, I haven’t seen many other pairings like these). It’s simply fun to combine the dreamy, glamorous world of the red carpet with bright, intriguing, and beautifully crafted drawings, paintings, and sculpture that might not have the same main stream appeal as Hollywood. Let’s enjoy the beauty of both!
Also, a big amen to the ladies who rocked bold colors or intricate patterns last night! Those are always more fun to work with…
The Emmys were last night, so you know what that means… It’s time for another installment of Who Are You Pairing!
Guess what, ladies. It’s time for a giveaway! This one is pretty special, too. Shabby Apple has offered a $50 gift card for one lucky Westervin reader to spend on anything at www.shabbyapple.com! That’s right — $50 buckaroos to spend on any Shabby Apple item your heart desires.
- Leave a comment on this blog post stating which Shabby Apple dress or item you like best.
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- You must like Shabby Apple on Facebook.
- You must have a USA shipping address.
- Like Westervin on Facebook and leave another comment saying you’ve done so.
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- Follow Westervin on Pinterest and leave another comment saying you’ve done so.
- 11:59 PM on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012.
P.S. Shabby Apple is also offering 10% to ALL Westervin readers. Just enter the coupon code ”westervin10off” when you check out. Now isn’t that nice!
If Chicago feels like a dark, dead wasteland of misery in the winter (I exaggerate a bit), then I’m happy to say it really comes alive in the summer. There are more festivals and markets than you can shake a stick at. Brian and I have finally been taking advantage of these exciting outings, with some help from a few friends. Last month, our buddy LB (pictured above right) was able to drag us out of our apartment to visit the Dose Market, which happened to be celebrating it’s first birthday. If you’re not awares (as we, ourselves, were not), Dose is a monthly, indoor market, with an impressively curated list of food and fashion vendors (aka Dosers).
After arriving, we decided to fuel up with some horchata from Crop to Cup. I think my love for horchata is rivaled only by my love for chocolate milk.
We then started winding our way through the crowd, the tables, and the impressive displays. We were quite impressed with Gentleman’s Boombox, which wins the award for most creatively repurposed object.
There was some more fine leather work…
And some vintage camping gear from Camp Wandawega.
We then made our second purchase: some chocolate peanut butter from Yumbutter. Yum is right!
After we enjoyed our complimentary drinks (beer from Goose Island and cocktail creations combining whisky from Spicebox Whisky and snow cone syrups from Jo Snow), I grabbed a bottle of smoky heirloom tomato catsup from The Scrumptious Pantry (lord knows I love my condiments!).
We also took full advantage of the Smilebooth before we headed out.
We even got Brian to join the fun. And you know how much he hates fun….
All in all, it was a wondrous adventure!
Oh man. I’m excited. Why? Because I’m about to share my mini interview with Arlie Trowbridge, the stupidly talented woman behind Urban Revisions. I’ve loved her work for ages now! Arlie was sweet enough to answer a few questions — some silly, some serious — for the latest installment of my Maker’s Remarks series. And the timing couldn’t be better, because she’s just released her Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Oh how these sherbet colored pieces make me wanna run outside and chase an ice cream truck!
How did Urban Revisions start? Did you have a “quit your day job to start an Etsy shop” sort of moment?
Urban Revisions started in early 2009 by accident. I had just started getting into reading fashion blogs and the DIY shredded t-shirt craze was in full effect. I gave it a try and was immediately addicted to the process of “revising” the most basic article of clothing – a tee. My friend started modeling them in “urban” settings around Richmond, and the Etsy shop was born. Shortly after my first couple of sales, I was awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Couldn’t have been better timing. This allowed me to “quit my day job” and really pursue selling my work.
Your shredded T-shirts are so unique, and it seems like your beautiful glass jewelry requires a lot of skill to create. What’s the inspiration for your pieces and the process for making them?
There’s no doubt that I love things with an organic feel to them. Almost anything that I’ve ever created and really loved came about by accident… there’s something really special about working with glass and distressed fiber. You can melt and shred forever until something amazing comes about. In the end, everything always has this delicate look but in actuality, cotton and glass have really strong qualities.
Would you say you’re more of an urbanite or a nature-lover? Or a perfect mixture of both?
Both! I’ve lived in or very close to a city the majority of my life. I need to be near the sound of people’s hustle and bustle but I also need our long camping trips in the middle of no where and our afternoons hanging down by the James River.
What’s a typical day in the life of Arlie Trowbridge? Take us through a brief snapshot of your day, from morning to night?
Wake up, stumble to the coffee pot, fill the largest mug available, stumble to the studio and slowly open my eyes over emails and blogs.
Thats the first step, and then it’s either …
a. start shredding
b. start torch working
c. start dyeing
< or >
d. start day dreaming
I’m really all over the place, and it feels awesome.
Would you rather have the ability to breathe underwater or the ability to fly? Explain.
Breathe underwater!!! In fact, this is something I’ve dreamt about many times. I spent many days at our local pool pretending to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid when I was little. Some people have commented on my cluster rings and leaf earrings, saying they remind them of coral. I love that. Marine life is fascinating.
What’s your favorite part of creating & selling your handicrafts?
The people I have had the pleasure to “meet”! The internet is such a powerful tool. Knowing that there are ladies all over the world wearing Urban Revisions is incredible to me.
BTDubs, if you’ve read through this interview, you’ve got a special treat coming. You can enter Arlie’s giveaway on Facebook to win the spectacular glass cluster ring pictured above. Get on over there and enter!
I have no delusions of grandeur. I know I’m not a fashionista. But like many people, I happen to like my own style. And every once in a while, an outfit will put a pep in my step! It’s been a while since I’ve had such a day, but the sun has been shining, I’ve got a new pair of kicks, and I thought, “What the hey! Let’s do another Westervin Wear.”
Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Le Bunny Bleu
Necklace: handmade by Hollie Martin