September 28, 2008
Posted By: MSLK

Sheri, Co-Founder of MSLK, describes the impact of Urban Tumbleweeds, an art installation created to raise public awareness about plastic bag consumption.

Artists Start Their ‘Green Period’ at Burning Man 2008
MTV Canada, blog
September 2008

September 26, 2008
Posted By: Marc

Of the many known, reliable economic indicators (New Residential Construction, GDP, Quarterly Services Survey to name a few…) one stands out as the clearest: Gray’s Papaya Hot Dog Index.

Despite the extreme caution our governing officials exercise when it comes to stating whether we are or are not in a recession… at least someone is being frank with us.

September 26, 2008
Posted By: ellen

Eyeglass Chandelier

The Museum of Arts and Design reopens this weekend at their new location in Columbus Circle. Despite the controversy of the “lollipop building” redesign, the museum looks interesting. The opening exhibition, “Second Lives,” focuses on artists re-purposing materials into art and design.

From what I can tell, some of the pieces look great. My favorite is the eyeglass chandelier, which actually looks quite beautiful from afar. While most art that uses re-purposed material is a bit too “crafty” for my taste, I might actually consider hanging something like this in my home. I’m hoping to check out the exhibit this weekend – maybe it will provide inspiration for our next Urban Tumbleweeds-esque venture!

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September 25, 2008
Posted By: MSLK

GD USA documents the creation and installation of MSLK’s eco-art installation, Urban Tumbleweeds.

Urban Tumbleweeds Debut in Desert
GD USA , magazine
September 2008

September 24, 2008
Posted By: Marc

The other weekend, Sheri, Katie, and I all went to see “Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea” at the latest Deitch gallery… in our own neighborhood of Long Island City, no less.

To me, one word represents all that is artistic, progressive, creative, and distinctly NYC: Deitch.

Unlike others, Jeffrey Deitch’s galleries never disappoint. His gallery concept is very simple: find the most talented young artists, and allow them to exhibit — or rather transform — enormous warehouse-sized galleries with whatever they want.

Artinfo put it best in their write-up of the exhibit:

“On August 15, a fleet of seven handcrafted boats — each a “floating sculpture” designed by Swoon from repurposed materials — set sail from Troy, New York, with Long Island City, Queens, as a destination. The traveling community of more than 40 artists stopped in eight cities along the Hudson River to perform music and a play about the imagined origins of the “Swimming Cities” written by the multidisciplinary artist Lisa D’Amour.”

By definition, this should have been an awful, pretentious disaster: performance art, large-scale installation… acting. Trust me, it all worked. The performances were great, the boats were incredible, and the music was absolutely captivating, and the art was fantastic. Click below for more info….

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September 23, 2008
Posted By: Sheri

If you have a passion for quilted leather hold onto your handbags, next month Chanel will be rolling into town their roving art mobile with an exhibit dedicated to artists’ work inspired by the elements that give Chanel’s quilted handbags their unmistakable identity.

The real star of the show will most likely be the mobile building itself. Designed by Zaha Hadid, this is no ordinary vehicle. It seems to be a cross between the Starship Enterprise and a snail shell.

The vehicle has already been in Hong Kong and Toyko. It will land in New York on October 20th and stay through November 9th, before heading off to London, Moscow, and Paris. Tickets to the show in New York are free and became available this morning. I suggest booking yours immediately here.

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September 22, 2008
Posted By: ellen

Banana Peel

Here at MSLK we’ve been feeling a little guilty about throwing our fruit and vegetable scraps in the trash, but haven’t quite felt ready to dive into the world of composting. From what we’ve heard, it can be a complicated, messy and (worst of all) stinky process… especially for us city dwellers. So this Wednesday, Marc and I headed over to the Queens Botanical Garden to get the real scoop. We found that city composting isn’t as difficult as it’s cracked up to be. And after hearing some alarming statistics about the trash we produce in this town, we’re more than ready to roll up our sleeves.

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September 17, 2008
Posted By: Marc

Being of small stature, shopping for clothes which fit well has always been challenging for me. Once I find a brand that fits, I become loyal for life.

Luckily, English label Ben Sherman, has never let me down. Beyond fitting ideally, their clothes are based on the best elements of London style — from 1960s Carnaby Street to Punk — and are always incredibly well-made.

After just buying a shirt to wear for a friend’s wedding, I was surprised to find at the bottom of the bag… a Rubik’s Cube.

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September 17, 2008
Posted By: Sheri

In case you’ve been dying to know what else was going on at Burning Man, besides heartbreaking stories of Urban Tumbleweeds, I’ve created a photo journal with photos and stories of the entire experience.

I’ve come to realize that because there is SO much going on, many Burning Man adventures are often shared memories and secondhand tales passed on from person to person.  I create this journal every year to capture all of the stuff swirling by so quickly, but also to share with my friends, family, fellow burners taking the year off, as well as people who were right there with me,  just to make sure that everyone gets to enjoy the craziness as much as I did.

1/49,000th of the entire experience is right here…

September 17, 2008
Posted By: Sheri

It is with great regret that our dear Katie will be leaving MSLK this month. Since Ms. Katie has never worked anywhere other than MSLK, I cannot blame her. She has been with us for 2 years and that’s a long time in the design world. Young, talented designers get restless and must see what else is out there to be conquered. I know because I stayed exactly 2 years at my first position at Two Twelve Associates, which was a wonderful place to work and full of people who are “lifers” and still work at 212 to this day. I knew from the moment we met that Katie was a “Sheri” in training so I had to expect that she would need to fly from the nest and see what else is out there. A new, different, experience is after all the ONE thing we cannot give her.

We all wish her the best!

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