Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tassar silk on cheesecloth

Waejong did some embroidery for a TV commercial the other day.  She used Tassar Silk from Japan on cotton cheesecloth. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Ernesto Neto Exhibition at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

We managed to see the show on the last day - May 25th.  It was AMAZING.  So inspiring. 

From the gallery's press release:

Ernesto Neto

14 Apr 2012 - 25 May 2012

For his exhibition Slow iis goood, Ernesto Neto presents a series of vibrantly colored installations of crocheted polypropylene and polyester cord that hang from the ceiling, hovering several feet above the ground. These new works continue Neto’s practice of using gravity, weight, and tension to dictate form as plastic balls in different shades provide a counterweight for the crocheted sheets. Stretching the crocheted membranes taught, the balls form a floor for the labyrinthine, tunnel-like structures of alluring color and inviting texture that the gallery visitor is meant to enter and explore.  Crochet has become an important part of Neto’s formal vocabulary over the last two years, and the artist has translated this craft traditionally done by women on a small, delicate scale to structures of massive proportions. The basic units of crochet, string and knots, serve as Neto’s paint and his paintbrush, with the gallery as his canvas. Like giant paintings that the visitor is invited to climb into and move through, the installations provide an opportunity to experience the gallery space from the inside of the artwork itself. Looking out through a screen of colors—oranges and grays, greens and purples, blues and yellows—the viewer’s perspective is reoriented, as the boundary between artwork and visitor is blurred. While breaking down the barriers between installation and viewer, these new works simultaneously propose a change in our relationship to time. By lifting us off the ground, to float between the floor and the ceiling, Neto offers us a space in which we can slow down, breathe, and rest.  Although these are spaces meant for relaxation, they are created through a meticulous, labor intensive process. Each element is hand crocheted from multicolored strings that the artist combines from a wide-ranging spectrum of threads. The intense, subtle, and sophisticated juxtapositions of color that Neto chooses are then woven together into a single strand, and knotted into circular units that combine to become the walls of the sculptures. The irregular circles of crochet that compose the nets simultaneously resemble cells seen through a microscope, and a network of constellations unfurled across the sky. Here, the inside and the outside universe are represented in the same form, demonstrating the interconnectivity of life. Not only do the works resemble and reference natural, organic matter, they also incorporate it: the installation in the main space upstairs includes, stones, plants, and spices. These natural materials serve as a kind of landscape for the main structure of the installation, which itself resembles an amoeba-like animal floating in space. The fusion of figure and ground, or animal and landscape, is a central part of Neto’s practice. Just as his work blurs the boundary between artwork and viewer, inviting the visitor to inhabit and experience it on a visceral, primal level, it also draws no distinction between types of life—we are all a part of the natural world. Neto’s opening at the gallery will be followed by a solo presentation at the Nasher Scultpure Center in Dallas, opening May 11 and on view through September 9.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Loopy Mango Memorial Day!


100% Cotton, the Perfect Summer tote - only $5.00 online.
Better yet, free with a yarn purchase of $50 or more.


 Memorial Day Sale!

 2 more days to save! 50% off clothing and hats! The sexiest swim suits and lightest summer dresses in SoHo! Add one of our glamorous sun hats and while you stay cool - you'll heat up the streets. 

11-7 Saturday, 12-6 Sunday
online & in-store


Friday, May 25, 2012

Memorial Day Sale! 

This weekend only clothes and hats are all 50% off!! Shop Online or at the store.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Vintage American Flags

Lots of vintage American flags in stock - frame it, hang it on the wall, give it as a gift.  Perfect for Father's Day!

Swimming lessons pillows!

I swear this is my favorite pillow in the whole store!  Swimming lessons are back in stock - perfect for your summer house.  Linen cover with feather and down insert, made in Texas.  $195 each.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

It is mother's day and in honor of Moms everywhere Loopy Mango is having a sale - 20% off ALL handbags, including an ADDITIONAL 20% off bags already on sale for today only!

Shop ONLINE, Or see us in SoHo today 12-6!

Also, don't forget to send us your favorite pictures of you and mom! :)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas!

Mom's LOVE picture frames!  Frame a very special picture in one of these beautiful hand painted frames $54 - $62.

Moms LOVE linens!

Bella Notte table napkins available in sets of 2 - $38 -$52

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mother's Day Gift Guide

I grew up in Soviet Union.  There was no Mother's Day in Soviet Union and as far as I know there isn't one in Russia now.  There was the Revolution Day, May Day, Victory Day, but no Mother's day.  When I was four years old I went on a trip with my Mom on a cruise ship.  I was very young and only have a couple of memories from that trip but it was very special to me because it was just me and Mom, my sister and my Dad didn't come with us.  I don't know why but for some strange reason this picture from our trip always stood out from the rest in my childhood photo album.  I haven't decided yet what I'm going to give my Mom for Mother's day but I know that it's going to be something very special. 

I'm sure many of you have a special photo with you and your mom and a story that goes with it.  We decided to post a Mother's Day gallery on our Blog and Facebook page of these images and stories.  Please email us!  Deadline is Mother's day.

If you need help picking out that special gift for your Mom we created a Mother's Day Gift Guide on our website.