fun + unusual new york city happenings // reasons to leave the island of manhattan, first stop queens!

the maker faire has come to nyc / sat (10-7) + sun (10-6) / be sure to check out the extensive schedule of events. this fair(e) is one i’ve been to in the SF area — the bazaar bizarre set up shop there (remember?) it is equal parts elementary school science fair + local craft fair, majority part awesome. [featured above: ZOORI make your own flip flops] MAKE magazine created it to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the DIY mindset”  admission $25/day

28th annual queens county fair / sat + sun 11-6 / where you can expect the usuals: a maize maze, pie eating contests, pig racing!, petting zoo, blue ribbon competitions, rides and of course beer and fried food admission $7

. . . now head south to brooklyn . . .

36th annual atlantic antic street festival / sunday 10-6 / rain or shine, live music on nine stages, 600 vendors of food and art – and forecasted perfect autumnal weather (68°F)

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i’d be a fool not to mention manhattan food festivals:

saturday: dumpling

sunday : apple day

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this brilliant hybrid map of pork + the bay area would be great for a meat lover transplant to san francisco (click to enlarge)

i guess i’m on a meat kick lately . . . probably because i would *like* to turn vegetarian but i find it super challenging (due to my picky-eater-problem-extraordinaire).  that’s a lazy excuse, i know it.

prints by drywell (art by alyson)

sunday night reward : casa vega

sunday night delight : casa vega

california dreamin

california dreamin

not the fun kind.

not the fun kind.

stopped to smell the PCH flowers

stopped to smell the PCH

great colors painted sign

great colors painted sign in carmel-by-the-sea-but-it-should-be-called-ocean

monterey

monterey

well-lit tank

well-lit tank

walked the GGB

walked the GGB

best morning bun i love you tartine

best morning bun i love you tartine

gorgeous fort mason center area

scenic fort mason center area

Booth #103: p*Charming + prismPOP + Karen's Monsters

Booth #103: p*Charming + prismPOP + Karen's Monsters

chai cake, cardamom frosting, selleck stache

chai cake, cardamom frosting, selleck stache

chocolate cake. spicy cinnamon frosting. faux fly.

chocolate cake. spicy cinnamon frosting. faux fly.

back in LaLaLand I ruminated over local trends.
drove up route 1 – cleared my head and took a fresh look at SF.

rihannas been doing it for at least a year

rihanna's been doing it for at least a year

in:

– yellow.  chiefly as an accent – hair scarves, necklaces, belts + mostly nail polish

– handlebar moustaches.  yes hipsters are sporting them in brooklyn too – but they were out and about all over SF.  at tartine and even on my cynically delicious cupcake <photo to follow in renegades wrap-up – like attorneys general>

– messenger bags.  anything long, over a shoulder + strapped diagonally counts.

– dogs. everywhere. or maybe i’m just hyper aware now that i have one to call my own?

$14.99 on ebay

$14.99 on ebay

cat-eye liner <winehouse lives on>

– foxtails. loads of them. ok maybe 4 but that feels like a lot.  plus a handbag made of tails.

. . . and then as you’d expect, the alternate side of things . . .

out:

– high heels

– plastic bags

– attitudes

– humidity

$25.00 by eric

$25.00 by eric

collecting images and inspiration in California.

on the 9th I was in PHL. the 10th JFK –> LAX.  followed by a drive up the PCH with temporary stay in Monterey.  I write now from SFO with a stomach full of google lunch + afghan dinner.

Renegade LA was really fun – I was lucky to be positioned across the path from incredibly kind and super talented annie + eric of 3 fish studios.  they will also be at the upcoming San Francisco Renegade – where I will be sharing space with Karen’s Monsters.  that’s monsters with prismPOP and p*Charming – few things are more fun!  i love this state. i do. sorry coney. xo

my split personality

my split personality

let’s begin by acknowledging that i am awful at photographing events.  moving that out of the way, we can focus on San Francisco’s Bazaar Bizarre at Maker Faire!

snack pack

snack pack

organizers were so sweet to greet us with a healthy assortment saturday morning.  water, apple, granola bar, chips, chocolate and pirate booty – perfect ammunition for a day in san mateo.

fresh business cards

fresh business cards

set-up was friday, which was an incredible luxury.  the extra day gave me the opportunity to not only situate myself but preview the phenomenal array of artisans and engineers at the maker faire.  i wandered through each tent and introduced myself to fellow brooklyn-ites @ the etsy table (which was several tents away near other -more mechanic- DIYers), watched a recycled bottle display + learned about the scheduled indoor lightening show with credit to nikola tesla

giant mouse trap

giant mouse trap

it turns out that the maker faire is particularly trendy amongst lovers of steampunk.  i first really learned about the trend at rutgers in april.  steampunk is like serious vintage.  those who adore it have a fascination with the time of steam powered engines.  a pretty interesting interactive machine was set up near by.

performance practice

performance practice

steampunk fans love gears and intricate rotating parts.  clothes often include corsets and aviation goggles.  the blurry snapshot captures an attendee with incredible back piece:

my view

my view

he also had pilot the eyewear i mentioned, plus a trendy moustache.  also pictured to the right in red is Tara of Tara to the T.  table neighbors we were – tara sells beautiful feather headwear, cute retro dresses +  steampunk jewelry.  the art direction in her product shots is really stunning.  another neighbor of mine was Vonnie from chicks & frogs.  she too had great photography including this hilarious snapshot:

hat and shirt $25

all in all, everyone – including the folks at home depot – was <were?> incredibly kind and friendly.  i am really looking forward to my return trip in july for renegade!

lombard

lombard

i had to squeeze touristy in – a drive down the windiest road and trip to tartine fit the bill.

radical

radical

i am really into the beautiful cartography of the alluvial valley of the lower mississippi river featured on radical cartography.  more images are available on the site as well as 15 maps in order.  evokes the ian hundley quilts i mentioned late last year – to me, at least.

makes me wonder why i have not yet brought maps into my own work.  i do have a new series for the rcf this weekend with theme of location.  8×10 state of new york sneak peak:

state series: NY

state series: NY

i promise to update you on last weekend’s wonderful Bazaar Bizarre @ the Maker Faire in San Francisco tomorrow – and with pictures!  thanks for your patience, that’s why i love you.