50 artists. 50 works. all under $50. Check out the video below!
This is a great article about TEDxCLE which is put on by two really good friends of the DU. Eric and Hallie’s event, TED x CLE has grown to become a force to be reckoned with. And if you feel like getting a little background info on this dynamic duo, below is a link to a video of Eric proposing to Hallie and becoming shall we say, emotional… awwwhhhhh…. We love you guys!
Here is that romantic video… It gets really good at around minute 10. enjoy!
Each time I come to NYC I get a little bit better at knowing my way around. Yet each time, I think to myself, ‘this is the best brain exercise!” because it is not quite instinctive and I have to always take a beat and think about where I am and where I am headed. Wes and I were meeting up after work one day and he was walking to meet me in Chelsea and we realized we were walking towards each other on the same street just a few blocks away and he said to me “I’ll be on the North side of the street” and I was like…”um, without Lake Erie I don’t know where North is!”.
I am there about 6-8 times a year between work and seeing my bff who resides there. But it was THIS trip that I felt that things really started to ‘click’ for my sense of direction. I have to admit, the GREATEST GRID exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, which my mom and I visited over this past weekend, really helped my understanding of how to navigate this city.
Turns out that while downtown seems to have been exempted to some degree from the grid plan of 1811, Manhattan is made up (mostly) of a series of North South Avenues (1-12) and East West Streets (1-155) (with a few distinctive and notable streets that are the exception to this -Madison, Lexington, Broadway also i suppose the addition of the alphabet streets of the lower east side).
Anyhow, this is notable because it makes it very easy to understand where you are in relation to where you are going and you can start to gauge the distance, which will determine if foot, train or cab would be the best form of transportation. For awhile now, my understanding of the geographic relationship between neighborhoods has significantly improved my confidence in getting around, but I should have started with learning what the grid was here. In fact, it is similar to Cleveland’s own grid in a few ways as we have numbered roadways running North South (4th st., 6th st., 9th st., etc) and east west streets cutting across them (st.Clair, Superior, Euclid, Prospect etc.).
I’m still going to have to calibrate my brain upon my next arrival to the big apple, but each time, it gets a whole lot easier, and a lot more fun subsequently.
Above is an image of the survey done of each of the avenues. The exhibit is really cool because it shows how until the elevation of each road had been leveled out ( a HUGE issue and undertaking ). On one side of the street there would be rocky ledges right up to the street, which the city paid to level, and on the other side huge craters. The city would pay for the streets to be brought to the correct elevation but required land owners to either excavate or fill in their own lands to get to the proper level. It was really fascinating.
Below is a video I found on youtube of the exhibit. Pretty cool. Visit the museum’s website here.
We are so stoked on this new video that Uppercut Motion and Sound just made for us!!!
Below is the Dredgers Union segment from the “On the Map” video series created by Go Media. They dropped by the DU a few months back to chat with Sean and Danielle.
“On the Map is a video series featuring the people and places that make Cleveland a creative, culturally rich, and inspiring place to live and work.”
Check it out!
I only just “stumbled upon” (double entendre !) the amazing CLOSET VISIT, but I am already addicted! The Artist/Photographer, Jeana Sohn, visits the closets of some notoriously stylish women, then essentially seems to play dress up photo shoot with them! I think it would be such a fun exercise to take one’s own wardrobe out of their closet, put it onto a rolling rack in a different setting and put inspiring outfits together like you were styling a shoot and not just getting dressed for work in the morning. Sometimes, staring at the same assortment in the same dark closet day after day can be so uninspiring, but seeing these women’s closet’s makes me wonder what kind of outfits I could pull together with my own wardrobe. Perhaps it’s my old days of being a stylist that make this particularly alluring an exercise to me, but I cannot help but imagine it.
Well Jeana has recently taken it to the next level by collaborating with another artist, Claire Cottrell. Together, they have turned these ‘dress up photo sessions’ into dreamy short films.
Check out their first collab: Closet Visit No. 1 :
Mathilde, their latest video, which I have included below, is this sort of Lolita meets Alice and Wonderland meets Virgin Suicides dreamy little video.
originally spied the Closet visit series on Honestly WTF blog.
You really had to be there to get the full awesomeness of this party… but this video comes close enough!
It might be a little dark, so don’t be afraid to watch it “full screen”.