Volume 09 — May 1, 2020
This week we’re sharing more cool stuff to watch, affordable local ceramics curated by a new guest contributor, and introducing you to a new cool friend: Lulu Graham of Outfit Dissecting.
Running out of movies to watch? BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is presenting a screening of Hilma af Klint Doc, Beyond the Visible, on their website. Your purchase of the movie supports BAM and you get to learn about one of the most mystical abstract artists in history- a win-win! Click here to purchase and stream the documentary.
One thing we look forward to every week is new music by some of our favorite artists. Here are some of our favorite new albums, singles & ep’s out now:
Migration Stories: M. Ward
Crush: Day Wave
Love in Mine: Big Thief
Saint Cloud: Waxahatchee
Guest collaborator and pottery enthusiast, @ceramic_share (AKA Cory) put together a list of three New York-based ceramicists selling affordable and unique pieces you need to know about. Read about his picks here!
These hand-beaded necklaces (made by one of our co-founders) just launched last week and are pretty limited! Check them out here:)
The longer NYC on pause continues, the more we continue to miss some of our favorite sources of inspiration. Whether you’re looking for something to cure creative block or thinking of starting a sketchbook yourself, this online dive into the Brooklyn Art Library is a great indoor creative break. https://sketchbookproject.com/library
Lulu Graham of Outfit Dissecting
Meet Lulu, one of our favorite multi-hyphenate creators based in NYC. Through Outfit Dissecting and her clothing company, Wells, Lulu shares the inspiration behind her nostalgic and timeless style along with outfit dissections of friends.
What influenced you to start Outfit Dissecting and Wells?
I started Outfit Dissecting as an art project in high school. I made this little book where I “dissected” outfits. I’ve always been fascinated by vintage clothes, the history behind pieces and objects, and the evolution of personal style. When I moved to the city I started the interview section of the site before that it was just an Instagram account. All in all, it’s really just a place where all my little projects can live happily!
The influence for Wells came from years of summer camp and my love of the uniform I wore each summer. I’ve always loved 40s/50s womenswear, specifically practical garments like pants and tops. My mom and I were always looking for this top that could be both practical and dressy, so after many internships in the Garment District I decided to start the process.
What is inspiring you right now?
In NYC I spent a lot of my free time wandering around and going to shops, bookstores, and museums. Since that hasn’t been the case recently I’ve had to go back to my old ways - the things I did before moving from Atlanta! I’m very easily distracted and I very rarely stay in the same place, let alone sit for a while! This time has forced me to sit with items that once were a huge source of inspiration for me like old notebooks and sketchbooks. I think for most creatives, especially in NYC, it’s extremely difficult to slow down. Perhaps this time has forced people to figure out what really matters to them emotionally and creatively. I hope because of that there will be more authenticity, people creating things out of love rather than feeling like they have to rush to do the next best thing!
What’s your favorite part about the NYC creative community?
How supportive people are of each other! One of my favorite things about the New York creative community is the support channel you start to build as you meet people. I was pretty young when I moved to the city and started interning right away. I was thrown into this world that I knew very little about and I met people that were okay with me being young, I owe so much to everyone that took a chance on me! I love how hard every single person works. I love it! I MISS IT!!!
@outfitdissecting & @lulu.graham & @by.wells on Instagram
John’s Coffee Donut Shop
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Our Rating: 4.3 of 5
When to Go: This place opens at 5 AM and closes pretty early, so breakfast or lunch are your only options.
What to order: John’s truly does have some of the best diner coffee. Get a bottomless cup to go with a big plate of eggs.
What to know: We’re not sure if John’s is open for takeout at the moment but here’s hoping!