My last work trip to New York was jam packed with meetings both during work hours and after. It was a very different experience from my first trip as I got to enjoy the company of some awesome friends in the city. Looking through my pictures, I realized that they were mostly taken in Brooklyn. I was constantly attracted to the beautiful colors and textures on the streets.
One of the best part of the trip was catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. I was so happy I got to spend time with lovely Jannese from Crafty Love, Debra and Sewon! They were extremely kind to bring me to some awesome places : Egg restaurant, The Meatball Shop, Spitzer’s, The Living Room and the Brooklyn Art library where their sketch books were kept!
Brooklyn Art library
Jannese’s sketchbook – a record of her experience a few hours before the 3/11 earthquake.
Debra’s sketchbook – Instant sketches of people on the train.
Jannese also gave me a copy of her new Brooklyn photo zine which I really love. She will be at the Brooklyn Zine Fest with Debra and Sewon on 21 April 2013, at Public Assembly in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Do drop by if you are in New York!! (I wish I was there!)
As I was wandering along the streets of Nolita in New York, an interesting painting from one of the shopfronts across the street caught my attention. The shop sign said ‘Moe’s meat market’. I crossed over and as I peered in, a sweet couple opened the door and invited me in. They walked me straight into the back of the shop. I was still trying to figure out where I was while observing all the amazing artworks on display. I soon found out I was in artist Robert Kobayashi’s gallery. The first thing he told me was, ‘look at these turtles!’ as he pointed at his backyard. He was very proud of his turtles. Next to him was a very nice lady, Kate Keller, whom I assumed was his wife. Kate told me about the background of the artist and his style of work. Robert Kobayashi makes paintings and sculptures from pounded metal, scraps cut from decorative stamped ceiling tin and beer cans collected by neighbors. While she was explaining, he asked me ‘Are you an artist? What do you do?’. I had a very nice conversation with him and was reminded how much I wanted to be an artist once. I could feel his passion through his eyes as we spoke. I was inspired again. Robert Kobayashi age 84, moved to New York from Hawaii after World War II and started doing his art ever since. He gave up on fame long ago but opened his gallery in his 80s as he wanted to ‘test it out’. He continues to work every day in the studio in his small upstairs apartment while keeping watch over the street. I guess when you have the passion for something, you’ll just keep doing it.
On my way out I wanted to take a picture of the artist but I was too shy, so you can only see his back view in the last picture.
It was a magical encounter!
★ Moe’s Meat Market
This is a cute vintage boutique located at East Village, New York. Dusty Buttons has a wide collection of vintage dresses, shoes, accessories and even cameras! My sister found herself 2 very glamourous and elegant 1960’s vintage dresses that fitted her perfectly. I regret not getting the vintage mint green savoy box camera! Hope I will see it again someday. Do check out this awesome shop when you are in New York.
441 East 9th St, New York NY 10009
I have been traveling quite a bit for the past 2 months and I’m glad to finally be back in my apartment in Tokyo. Last month, I was in New York for my orientation with the Marketing and Creative team at Clinique. After the work week was over, I extended my stay for another week to walk around and take pictures. I must say I have fallen in love with the city.