ode boutique

April 2013

Artist Interview

Briana Erin

April 30, 2013

Meet Briana Erin: the beauty, brains, heart, and hands behind our newest jewelry obsession, Tat2, a collection that mixes metals and old charm with crystals and a modern edge. There's both an exuberant energy and laid-back cool to LA native Briana that makes you just want to hang out with her. We're honored she's making her way all the way across the country to bejewel and bedeck everyone at Ode. Shop her current and not-even-out-yet collections here at ANO this Friday, May 9th, 6-8pm. Now, from the artist's mouth:

How did you get started?
I come from a very artistic family, my dad is a sculptor so I grew up around art. I was always selling jewelry when I was younger and when I graduated from RISD, my mom and I started this company.

What do you love about your job?
What girl wouldn’t love designing jewelry she then gets to wear?

If you were a piece of clothing, what would be and what color/pattern?
A great pair of black boots

What's the first line in a book about your life?
I am a passionate artist who gets to do what she loves for a living.

Where do you find inspiration?
I am very inspired by vintage jewelry, fine arts, as well as my travels. This picture was taken in Rome on a recent trip to Italy. The trip inspired me, all my collections from within the last year are all named after Italian Cities. It's architecture and sculpture at its finest.

What are your plans for the future?
To continue to grow my business and my Tat2 fan base.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
My dad always says “the heart to conceive, the hand to execute.” Meaning act from the heart and make your dreams realities.

Who would you want to play you in a movie about yourself?
Natalie Portman

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Probably the other day, hearing my mom laugh makes me laugh.

Join us Friday, May 12th from 6-8pm as we welcome Briana Erin and her entire collection of Tat2 Designs jewelry. 

Window Design

Desert Poet

April 26, 2013

Desert Poet
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THE INSPIRATION: The dusty hues of a desert sunset. Nature's aimless traveler, the tumbleweed. Driving through New Mexico's jagged landscapes: the Badlands of the Painted Desert. Landscapes rife with poetic possibilities. 

Artist Interview

Dora Malech

April 12, 2013

Dora Malech embodies the spirit of Ode. She's a poet (author of Say So and Shore Ordered Ocean), artist, traveler, teacher, great friend, and she knows how to wear red lipstick in the morning. Those are only some of the reasons why she's the perfect woman to launch our Desert Poet Spring Collection. With her mastery of both language and the stuff of the heart, Dora will lead this Spring fashion show with her poetry, spirit, and beauty.

Meet our Desert Muse/Poet/Prophet: Dora Malech:

How did you get started?
Scribbling. Making believe.

What do you love about your job?
Getting to think big and feel deeply. Being surrounded by inspiring people of all ages.

Where do you find inspiration?
Language. Nature. Patterns. Color. Intimacy. Complications. Uncertainty.

Who is your role model?
My mother. Robert Coles. Emily Dickinson. Linda Hamilton in the second Terminator Movie.

What are your plans for the future?
Keep writing. Keep making art. Keep teaching. Keep enabling others to use their voices and think creatively. Keep building community.

"Shore Ordered Ocean" Dora Malech

What's your favorite line from a movie, song, or book?
And so live ever, or else swoon to death. –John Keats
See through me. See me through. –James Merrill

If you were a piece of clothing, what would it be and what color/pattern?
Something bright and tight.

What's the first line in a book about your life?
An epigraph by Basho:
I've hit the bottom / of my bag of discretion: / year's end.

What is your favorite word?
“Limn” (to outline, detail, describe, delineate; from Middle English limen — to illuminate, as a manuscript) and “liminal” (transitional, in-between; from Latin limin- —threshold.). I also like “glimmer,” “limb,” “limbic,” and “limerence.” But not lymph. Or limp.

Whatʼs the best advice youʼve ever gotten?
About work: The perfect is the enemy of the good.
About performing: Don’t get on stage and then act like you’re not supposed to be there.
About making art: Try again. Fail again. Fail better. --Samuel Beckett
About interpersonal stuff: Nobody’s thinking about you that hard. (Thanks, Mom.)

"Began & Begins" Dora Malech

What super power would you like to have?
The power to heal others physically and emotionally. And the power to rock spandex and a cape.

Who would you want to play you in a movie about yourself?
I’d like any movie about me to have an all-animal cast. I’d be played by Mishka, the dog that can say “I love you.”

What inspires you?
This photo is from an Iowa Youth Writing Project "poemics" (poetry+comics) workshop. The creativity of kids keeps me in contact with why creativity matters.

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Join us Friday, April 12th from 6-8pm for our Spring fashion show and readings from Dora Malech.

Window Design

HOW-TO: Embroidery Hoop Dye Paintings

April 9, 2013

The time lapse sunset paintings needed to be soft and foggy like the edges of a cloud. Fabric dye on wet muslin had just the right effect of creating naturally faded colors that blended into one another, using the translucency of untreated fabric to filter natural light through the "paintings". This can be a fun way of tie dying, dip dyeing or ombre-ing circular panels to hang on a wall or in a window

-fabric dye (can be bought at Joanne Fabrics)
-unbleached muslin
-large wooden quilting embroidery hoops
-paint brushes
-plastic containers for mixing dye
-utility knife, scissors

First, mix up your various dyes in the plastic containers (this is when the salt comes in).

Lay out your muslin on a clean flat surface. Separate the embroidery hoop halves and fit the muslin over the interior hoop, securing the fabric by placing the adjustable half of the hoop over the fabric from the other side, pull the fabric tight and secure the adjustable hoop. Trim the excess fabric from the edges. There are two ways you can go from here:

1. Take the fabric out of the hoop and dip it in water. Twist it into a log and dip one end of it into dye. Re stretch it between the embroidery hoops and let it dry with the died side facing up, and let gravity take over the hard part of a natural looking fade as the dye seeps into the un-dyed wet fabric. With this method you can tie dye, dip dye, get creative.

2. Keep the fabric in the embroidery hoop and paint water over the whole surface. Then use your dyes as paints across the surface. This way you have the most control but still get those pretty fuzzy edges.
TIP: if you would like to get more detailed, start painting with the dye before you wet the fabric for the detailed parts. Let them dry, and then wet the whole surface. Now you can add the softer puffs of color.