Tuesday, July 5, 2011

NYC: Origami Convention 2011

Giant T-Rex made out of paper.

As my boyfriend is hardcore into origami, we've started going to the OrigamiUSA convention in New York City every June. Held at FIT (The Fashion Institute of Technology), this year we were able to stay at the college dorms right across the street.  While this meant that we had to use a public bathroom and supply our own linens (I simply wore all my clothes to bed), it also meant that we didn't have to use the subway to get from an affordable hotel to the convention.  (I would rate the NYC subway a 8-9 out of 10 on the "How filthy is this subway?" scale.)

I lived at home during college, so this was my first experience in a dorm.

While my better half was across the street from the dorms folding paper and taking classes to learn new origami models, I was siting at my little dorm room desk, working on some Of The Fountain tasks.

 I stamped out a bunch of Of The Fountain wrapping paper using my hand carved stamp. :)

I brought a batch of tags (that I had stamped at home right before we left) to be dyed.

When I wasn't cutting a crapload of suede lace (to be tied on the long train ride home), I was wandering around the city.  I had just learned that there was an Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met and I absolutely HAD to go!  While in college I did a Specialty Design project where I designed a high end boutique for Alexander McQueen that including building a massive 3D model. It was a lot of fun and my parents were really supportive.  While no one in my family really gives a crap about fashion, we all care/cared about Alexander McQueen because of all the research I had to do for the project and my parents' involvement in my project. So! I jumped in a cab all by myself, waited in line for over an hour at the Met (after I had bought my ticket), and then finally saw the exhibit. I was blown away.  Oddly, I was moved to tears. It was worth the wait and I'd definitely go again given the chance. Sadly, I couldn't take pictures in the exhibit. :(

1/10th of the line to see the A. McQueen exhibit at the Met.

I did, however, buy the coffee table book that had photos of all the pieces in the exhibit.  Below are a few of my favorites.

 Dress, Widows of Culloden, autumn/winter 2006-7. Black silk.

 Ensemble, The Girl Who Lived in The Tree, autumn/winter 2008-9. Dress of ivory silk tulle embroidered with red glass beads; bolero of red silk.

 Dress, Widows of Culloden, autumn/winter 2006-7. Cream silk and lace with resin antlers.

I loved this dress so much I got myself a little magnet that I have since stuck on my fridge.

One of the best parts of the trip was being able to see this every time I went outside:

IMAX 3D tickets: bought! Midnight showing: I'm too old for that crap...I'm going 7/15 at 7:00pm. :)


  1. Two things.

    1. Is that coffee table book for sale online anywhere? Because I need it in my life.

    2. HARRY. I can't believe it's almost over. I'm going to do a Harry Week on my blog leading up to the release. Perhaps you'd like to do a guest post? Let me know.

  2. You can get the book here: http://store.metmuseum.org/met-publications/alexander-mcqueen-savage-beauty/invt/80011804/

    Ahh, I know! I'll have nothing to look forward to after July 15. :( Hmmm, I don't know what I'd write about, but I'd be interested in doing a HP guest post!


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