This summer has been hard on Ivy—her best friend moved to Texas. She has been working hard on lots of projects to send that way (most of them oversized and 3-D, so Cam, prepare to fill that ranchhouse with some fancy pieces from a bonified Brooklyn artiste.) This one was nice and envelope sized, and I was so smitten with her colorful typography I scanned and printed a few more out. (I kind of want to gold foil some!) We thought it would be fun to send these to friends while we skipped town ourselves for a few weeks. I had a stack of friendship bracelets I had picked up in Mexico which made the perfect accent.
Ivy is a more of a fine artist and was pretty horrified by the idea of mass producing her art—she wanted to handwrite and customize each card. After a hearty debate, she acquiesced to custom signatures, and I love the little logo she came up with. While I was trying to configure some complicated hole punched/sewn-in/looped through approach for attaching the bracelets, Ivy smacked some tape around the back. Simple and perfect. Oliver woke up just in time to slobber some envelopes closed, so it was a real team effort. In conclusion, to anyone reading: I’m glad we are friends!
We took a quick daytrip to Philly last weekend to see Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Show, and despite the opening disclaimer—”This exhibition will not make you happier. Low expectations are a good strategy.”— it actually did make me happier, and I just can’t shut up about it.
It’s tempting to write every bit down from my notes, but in the spirit of spoiler-free-proselytizing, let me just tell you there is bike-riding, gum balls, and an amazing array of typography (aka my personal heaven.) But even more than the beautiful visuals, the messages were so inspiring and motivating. Brian loved that unlike many shows I drag him to, the ideas weren’t cryptic or ambiguous undertones, but the main event.
We brought our kids (who actually loved it too) but ultimately took turns so we could take our time reading, interacting, and watching the many videos installed throughout the show. Ivy lasted a bit longer than Oliver, and was delighted to receive permission to draw with the forbidden Sharpie. (Her symbol of happiness—birthday cake!)
The show closes this weekend in Philadelphia—go east coasters!—but will then move to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles for winter 2013 for you west side friends. I’m already hatching schemes to go and chase away the NYC winter blues with some LA sunshine and another dose of Sagmeister happiness.