Week Fifty Two

Fashion Meets Art III

Posted in Fashion Meets Art by sarahbakerhansen on 16 June 2011
 
 
 
 
 

Top to bottom: Buckminster Fuller, Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Henri Rousseau and John Singer Sargent meet some modern day fashionistas. Hope you enjoy. 

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A different kind of artist

Posted in Fashion, general interest by sarahbakerhansen on 8 August 2010

Last winter, over Christmas, we had a flood in our apartment. Snow burst through the roof of our six-story building and water found its way through the four floors above us and into our apartment; the leak was partially over our closet. It missed a Chanel suit by mere inches; one of my bags, a Bottega Veneta, wasn’t so lucky.

Even though it was in a dust bag and stuffed with paper, dank water-soaked through both sides and into the woven leather and the silk lining. The leather, once buttery soft, became stiff and crusty. The darker portion in the picture above left a distinct water mark on the purse. Even though I knew it was likely ruined, I didn’t have the heart to give it up and it sat around my apartment, in a very sad state, for six months.

I made some calls to local cobblers and none of them wanted to touch it – they said the woven nature of the bag – Bottega’s signature “intrecciato” technique – made dying, cleaning or fixing it in any way basically impossible. I decided to take it to Andy’s Shoe Repair in Omaha and simply show it to the owner in person to see what he thought. I trust this shop with my best shoes and I’ve never been let down, so I figured it was worth a try. While he didn’t have a lot of hope, he said he’d do what he could. He had it for close to three months – partially because he did a number of treatments on it and partially because he misplaced my customer tag inside the bag and didn’t have my phone number.

Long story short, after cleaning and treating my bag, it looks like this.

It’s not entirely perfect – there’s still a few stiff, darker spots, but I’m so thrilled to have it back. If anything, I think the darker spots, the patina of the handle and the deluge this bag survived make it even more special.

I took my blog to Facebook

Posted in Art news by sarahbakerhansen on 6 July 2010

I created a Facebook page for Week Fifty Two. It’s handy for those who don’t use RSS feeds but still want to stay up to date on posts. (I have to admit, I feel pretty self-aggrandizing with this post.) I’ll post links and articles on the Facebook page, just to keep things interesting over there.

Anyhow, follow me on Facebook if you wish. If not, that’s ok too. I still like you.

www.facebook.com/weekfiftytwo

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Independence Day

Posted in Art news by sarahbakerhansen on 2 July 2010

Happy Independence Day. Enjoy the long weekend!

Image courtesy Guggenheim Bilbao. Jasper Johns “Flag,” 1967.

Underground Omaha

Posted in Art news by sarahbakerhansen on 22 March 2010

My blog is one of the featured feeds on Underground Omaha, a new Web site aiming to give Omahans the who-what-where of  events and new stuff going on around the city. The new site is still in the baby stages, but check back for more from what looks to be yet another cool start-up in the city.

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