I was completely flattered when Heath Ceramics asked me to be a guest pinner in celebration of 10 years of Heath. I’ve been anxiously waiting for my week of pinning to begin and finally it’s here. All week I’ll be pinning images and ideas that have inspired me the past 10 years, both new and old. You can follow my Heath Pin Pals board here and also check out their feature on Kneeland Co. and Kneeland Mercado on their blog.
Category Archives: Culture
A few months ago I moved my studio to a bright, light-filled space in Atwater Village. I took the space next door as well when I saw the potential it had as a storefront for Kneeland Mercado. That all happened in July and a couple of weeks ago I was finally ready to open the by-appointment shop right next door to my studio. I had an opening party filled with friends, family, the most delicious chai martinis by my friend Satbhajan, Indian-inspired food by Take Flight and Feast and a world renowned sitar player and his student on the tablas. It was incredibly magical and I was surrounded by so much love and inspiration. Pics from the party below from my friends Jessica, Sara and Ava.
Ricotta and chutney bruschetta by Take Flight and Feast
With my dear friend Janelle
Heather trying on an epic necklace
One of my all time favorite songs. It makes me feel good. Alive and Kicking, Simple Minds.
This video of Patti Smith giving advice to young creative people at the Louisiana Literature Festival is everything. I find myself watching it often and I’ve sent it to pretty much everyone I know. Beyond inspiring.
I just found these images stashed away on my computer and wanted to share them. They’re antique carpet fragments that were mostly found along the Silk Road, some made as early as 200 BC. A few of them look like what would be weavings today, but what I really love is their faded colors and disintegrating yarns. I also like the weird shapes each have taken on with time – they remind me of puzzle pieces. You can explore more on the V & A database.
There are two interviews on the internet that have stopped me in my tracks and made me forget about my list of things to do. Tim Blanks on Style.com and Miuccia Prada on NYT T Magazine. I was exposed to Tim Blanks, the journalist, at a young age watching episodes of Fashion File on television and I immediately connected with his relaxed candor and his need to cite cultural references and tie them into what was happening in fashion. I’ve stayed a fan of his, and I’m always completely interested in what he has to say about a designer or a fashion show. His references are so vast and so right on, and his cultural vocabulary is beyond intriguing, always making me think about things in a different way. The man has endless curiosity and knowledge and really reports from his point of view. He’s winning a CFDA award which is much deserved, hence the interview by Matthew Schneier on Style.com. It made me cry. I had no idea that Miuccia Prada was his favorite designer, which made me happy that I was planning to blog about both of them together. The NYT T Mag interview of Miuccia really captures her intellectual approach to design. She is a feminist, and she is a designer who thinks beyond the commercial realm of selling clothes, but manages to do so while keeping the customer in mind. I love that she is more than a designer; she’s an artist and a curator and a woman who really stays true to her vision in both fashion and life. Read the Tim Blanks interview here, and the Miuccia Prada interview here.