Thursday, September 17, 2009

More Icons...and the connections between them.

I've been thinking about what inspires me to create - and how interesting it is to connect seemingly disparate images or concepts. Funny, too - how a story can set my mind in motion.

I've been wanting to create a series of Icons for a long time. It all started with inspiration from Russian Icons and ancient mosaics, religious themes, etc... and it has broadened.

I completed two new Icons in the past month or so - the Queen of Sheba and a piece I'm titling Rayhanna - she's a djinna.

I recently read "The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye" - a book of fairy tales by A.S. Byatt. It started that crazy mind of mine going...reading more about Djinns [genies], female Djinna [there are lot's of them!]... and on. I wanted to create a Djinna with the pattern of cesm-i bulbul in the background.
It's a specific Turkish technique of creating glass - usually a spiral of cobalt blue and white [the nightingale's eye]... but my Djinna just HAD to be yellow and olive with orange my color scheme got out of whack. So, it's not really true to form, but true to me.

I've had a thing for all things Turkish for about 18 years. And, it's probably one of my favorite places on earth.

I've had a thing for the Arabian Nights for ever... I have an amazing book from my childhood and the images from the Aladdin story are easy to conjure up... especially with an Eidetic memory!

The Queen of Sheba married King Solomon. One of her parents was a Djinn [probably her father since she had very hairy legs!]... and there are stories of how King Solomon enlisted the services of a Djinn.

In Turkey, Solomon is the Magnificent! Topkapi palace... the know. Weird, isn't it? I had the two images in the works for weeks and didn't even think about a connection.

I'm still in the Icon phase... I have three pieces in the works - Ariadne and Theseus [and the labyrinth], Mother Nature and St. Sophia [Hagia Sophia - back to Istanbul again!][Sophia is wisdom].

I never got around to St. Helena, but it's still percolating.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Eco-Luxe Press Event


First Media and Press Only Event to

Showcase Environmentally Responsible Luxury Brands

NEW YORK – AUGUST 31, 2009 - There has never been a press event like this before.

Go Green Expo has created eco-luxe, a one night only opportunity for media to speak with representatives from national and international luxury brands about their eco-friendly, sustainable products. The showcase is set in an atmosphere of sophistication and style at one of New York City’s finest green restaurants, Rouge Tomate, 10 East 60th Street, on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, from 6pm to 9pm.

Throughout the showcase, journalists will be able to talk to key company executives to learn about their environmentally conscious products. Produced by, which has established the premier eco-friendly exhibitions across the nation, you will be assured the highest level of products in the categories of automotive, jewelry, fine art, home accessories, fashion, interior design, technology and travel.

Mariel Hemingway, actress, eco-activist and a leading voice for holistic and natural living, will discuss Tatchme an iconic high-performance prestige skin care line containing anti-aging ingredients. Sandhi Schimmel Gold’s extraordinary eco-friendly fine art – created by upcycling junk mail into amazing, colorful mosaic portraits - will be on display.

“This is the time for luxury brands to have their environmental initiatives

recognized,” stated Bradford Rand, president and CEO of Go Green Expo, he further stated, “luxury manufacturers are giving greater importance to their environmental impact while remaining true to the elegance and sophistication demanded by their affluent clientele.”

Emmanuel Verstraeten, founder and CEO of Rouge Tomate said, “We are happy to host this press event as it brings greater visibility to products and services that further strengthen the lifestyle choices we embrace.”

Tuesday, Sept 22, 2009

6:00 PM – 9PM

Rouge Tomate

10 East 60th Street

Between Madison and Fifth Avenues

To RSVP or for more info:

Rubenstein Public Relations

Eve McGrath


Exhibitor list includes: