So many people come into and out of our lives that we sometimes neglect to fully appreciate them. The world and its axis may still take twenty four hour to rotate just once, but it seems like it’s a dizzying blur these day. How do we manage to cram so much into so little? I too often feel like Dorothy Gale who tells the guard at the gates to Oz, “My! People come and go so quickly here!” Yes, we are socially connected through the internet, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter, but we too often fail to really communicate beyond the 140 characters allotted to us.
Today I’d like to introduce you to three talented women and one great store.
There is a young talented woman living in Texas. She has a terrific website known as “Blooming Grove” you can visit it by going to www.blmngrv.blogspot.com
Sometimes in our careers we run across that exciting commodity as known as “talent”, when we do its irresistible. Ms. Wood was a former student of mine at LIM College and like a star, the trajectory of her career is astronomical. I do not wax poetic, I merely state the truth.
Ms. Wood’s site is young, youthful and fresh, all apt descriptions of Ms. Wood. It’s also well informed, articulate and delightfully funny. Hailing from Texas, Ms. Wood has charmed many of the New York echelon of jaded urbanites in the Visual Merchandising field merely by calling them “Mamm” and “Yes, Sir”, two respectful gestures that disappeared in New York along with the Croton Reservoir on 42nd Street. But I digress, the images Ms. Wood has collected for her site are arresting, and her optimistic and insightful commentary leaves you wanting more.
Colleague, Peter Tolin Baker, of PTB Design Services, turned me on to a colleague of his, Ms. Lauren Gries, and her site www.fouthfloorwalkup.com. I do not know Ms. Gries, but I adore her site, so much so that I periodically share it with my students. The site is basically about a young collage graduate trying to make it in New York City, while living in her 425 square foot fourth floor walkup apartment. Ms. Gries is an FIT graduate and writes about the inspirational things see sees on a daily basis, street fashion, store windows and decorating on a budget. It’s so wonderful that I cannot believe that someone in Hollywood hasn’t snapped her up and made her site into a romantic comedy with Dakota Fanning playing Ms. Gries. If this comes to pass, please cut me in on the profits or cast me as her nemesis, a surly professor.
Last, but not leastly, is a wonderful colleague who I have written about before, photographer (and real estate agent) Sindi Schorr. Ms. Schorr, like myself archive's and document the ephemeral world of window display, but the scope of her work goes far beyond that. Her photo album is to the right of this column. Ms. Schorr’s photography along with many other wonderful women artists were given a gallery wall on Macy’s 8th floor (which you might know better as Santa’s Village come December) for the “A Woman’s World” Exhibit for Professional Women Photographers, for Women’s History Month. Ms. Schorr’s photograph of her niece, Briana Danielle, was used by Macy’s for their poster for the event, that photograph appeared in the New York Times Sunday Style Section on 02/27 and in the NY Observer 3/2 and featured in a Macy’s window on 34th Street. You can link to Ms. Schorr on Facebook. The exhibit is running until March 23rd. Ms. Schorr has launched a greeting card and accessory line and her photography work is available for sale, and a great investment piece.
There are a lot of good stores; there are a few great stores. Kudos to Macy’s who again demonstrates that they are a great store. Macy’s is generous to the community, socially aware and actively involved in supporting altruistic endeavors as evidenced in the great turn out they received for the reception. Macy’s generously set up this mini gallery in a well trafficked area and mounted the exhibit with loving generosity. Macy’s you are magical!