|Natalie Chanin detail. Love her ideas, designs, and her hair .|
Belatedly: a truly extraordinary evening in NYC not long ago. It was an evening of conversation between Natalie Chanin (Alabama Chanin) and Ashley Christensen, the 2014 James Beard Award winning chef. I know?! Stepping outside my admittedly roomy box in this fashionable crowd. Part of Makeshift 2014, held at The Standard, in the penthouse, on a perfect spring evening.from the Alabama Chanin website "MAKESHIFT began three years ago as a conversation about the intersection of the disciplines of design, craft, art, fashion, and DIY—and, on a bigger level, using this intersection as an agent of change in the world. Since then, we’ve explored making as individuals, and how making as a group can open conversations and build communities."
Right up my CraftActivism alley. * There were goody bags with needle, thread, templates, sharpies and fabric, because you know how you can listen better while you are making. And, piemento cheese, from Ashley. Natalie taught finger knitting with the strips of her cotton jersey, and then they led a discussion.
|Ashley Christensen on the right. Keep an eye on her. wow.|
The crowd was heavily indigo-ed and good looking.
You'd have to be a robot not to love NYC on a spring night like this.
* I had to throw in that little toot for CraftActivism, because it all is of a piece with the conversation. We interviewed Natalie Chanin, and she is quoted in the book, and I thought , at the time, she seemed very cool. I admit it wasn't till this year that I have fallen, and fallen hard, for her design and whole aesthetic. There will be stitching this summer!