A Beautiful Mess
A BEAUTIFUL MESS is an ongoing conversation about where things go when we clean things up. It’s seeing the contributions and inspirational impact that random street objects and people have on our creative process and ideas. This impromptu installation of discarded mannequins in the streets of Brooklyn illustrates what can happen when we change our perspective. Taken from the trash, these mannequins reclaimed their power and took to the streets. They make us pause and take a second look at what and who we might have disregarded.
The impact of random street objects and street people is part of daily life in the city. In
passing we often see them as ugly or inconvenient. But we collect these visual gifts.
They seep into our subconscious. We then, not realizing it, inject elements of what we
thought we despised, in our designs, dress codes, home decor, art, and conversation.
Rarely do we connect the dots and recognize the value of what was unwanted.
Nature is always inspiring. These scarlet macaws were on our mind as we designed our 1st Fall Capsule collection for many reasons: their colorful plumage, their playful nature, their awe inspiring grace and beauty. Photos are currently on display in our NYC store. Come visit for a view or to pick up a macaw Tshirt. We hope you will enjoy their story.
MOM: PERSPECTIVES ON WHAT IT MEANS.
Literal or metaphor? Either way, it's a good time and the perfect place for a little self reflection.
ENERGY TO THE CANVAS
We view the world through our own personal lens:
Our eyes, our camera, our perspective.
This project is about comparative vision.
Architecture as seen by a photographer with the camera.
Architecture as seen by a painter with paint on paper.
It’s hard work to see.
What we think we recognize at first may not be what we come to know after time.
To breathe deep and stay still with one frame.
To look hard at the shapes and forms and lines and colors that make up the picture.
Its hard work to communicate.
To translate what is in our minds eye.
To find what stirs in our soul and convey that to another person.
I relished this moment.
To take the time to immerse myself in the act of seeing.
To have the ability to express what I observe through my hands.
And to have an experience that showed me that making art is nothing more than seeing with your soul.
BEAUTY. SELF. RELATIONSHIP.
ORIT IS A POET AND CREATIVE WRITING PROFESSOR WHO LIVES IN TEL AVIV WITH HER HUSBAND AND 4 CHILDREN. SHE FOUND US AND HER BLUE DRESS ON A RECENT TRIP TO NYC.
THOUGHTS ON MOTHERHOOD
MOTHERHOOD (noun) "the state of being a mother: she juggles motherhood with a demanding career." or, motherhood IS a demanding career.
Style. Substance. Strength.
When I was 17 I loved to read fashion magazines. I loved to look at the photos and imagine my older sophisticated self working in the world and being that glamorous woman in the photos. When I was 40 I loved to read fashion magazines. I loved to look at the photos and imagine myself being 17 and being hip and cool like the girls in the photos.
Now at 50, as I look back and consider who I've become, I wonder how fashion evaded me. How did it change from being a high ideal to being a style that I couldn't fit into? I'm intrigued.
When I started Archerie, I committed myself to exploring why fashion has had such a hold on my life.
I now see the art of creating clothing as my medium; my means of expression and communication. Designs come through me as a reflection of my feelings and observations about society, relationships, and our connection to the world around us. As I design, I consider what it means to be a woman. As women today we have options and the freedom to wear what ever we want and to express our femininity in many ways. This was not always the case. And there begins the journey and my quest to understand how we got here and where we might want to go.
Dresses are a truly feminine garment.
In many ways they define the feminine; They are an article of clothing reserved for women.
Why do we choose to wear or not wear a dress?
Do dresses limit our abilities? Make us uncomfortable? Pigeon hole us into an ideal that is no longer relevant? Or do they inspire us? Make us feel beautiful? Give us confidence and strength?
For me it is time to reclaim the dress.
I feel more comfortable in my body, about my shape, in a dress. I feel strong in this commitment to my femininity. I feel connected to the world in my "dress" by bringing a sense of formality and respect to others as I walk down the street or meet people in public spaces.
How about you? At a time when our society is divided about many issues, it feels imperative to search for ways to understand multiple points of view. To find ways to communicate that feel inclusive. What are the issues that bring us together and how does fashion reflect and intersect with our feelings and experiences?
With this magazine I hope to inspire this conversation.
Let's explore together who we are as women today and how style and fashion is relevant, full of inspiration and deeper meaning, and how it can strengthen our resolve to live fully into our potential.
Jillian Kaufman Grano