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02.26.09

arrival

Ahhhhhhhhhhh!   The magical light and the warmth of spring’s arrival, and falling in love….

Lucas Samaras • Photofictions Conflict 23, 2003 • Photo Courtesy of the artist and Pace Wildenstein Gallery

Lucas Samaras • Photofictions Conflict 23, 2003 • Photo Courtesy of the artist and Pace Wildenstein Gallery

Like the ice beginning to melt, permitting room for seedlings to blossom, it is a great time to be around my studio as ideas, unlocked, begin to flow uninterrupted.  I tend to be more flexible, and everything and everyone can do no wrong.  So act quickly!

And I now pose the question to you as well as myself: ”What is value?”

So much has taken place over the last several weeks and months, both personally and globally, it’s just incredible!  Our current economic crisis is truly an indicator of the imaginary economies that were created and sold.

Along with many others in the art & design community, ranging from construction to the production of textiles, I am now trying to re-establish a more sustainable and solvent way of living and designing.

Budget Conscious Mediations • HARRY ALLEN, The Future Perfect, Brooklyn NY • Bank in the Form of a Copper Pig, 2008 • Resin with Chrome and Copper • Photo credit: The Future Perfect/Harry Allen, NYC

Budget Conscious Mediations • HARRY ALLEN, The Future Perfect, Brooklyn NY • Bank in the Form of a Copper Pig, 2008 • Resin with Chrome and Copper • Photo credit: The Future Perfect/Harry Allen, NYC

As an interior designer and architect practicing in New York City, I have become increasingly aware of the value of my design participation.  Behind every wall constructed or torn down in the name of the “design concept,” there is value.  Not only monetary, but also emotional and often spiritual value. In the past, I have been entrusted with the task of assisting in the production of corporate identities and the reinvesting in personal spaces for my clients.  The tangible result of this is the abundance of unforeseen value for healthier living/working: a reprieve from a stressful workday, a safe vessel in which to nest, to raise children; a sanctuary for comfort and rest and, lest I forget to mention it, a place to cultivate intimacy!  Ultimately, helping to create an environment that replenishes the mind, body and spirit; giving back to us what is depleted by the outside world.

Meditations of the profound Fragility and Humility of Life • January 15, 2009 • An artist's conception shows simple, translucent life-forms producing methane (blue spheres) under the Martian surface • Photo credit: Picture courtesy Susan Twardy/NASA

Meditations of the profound Fragility and Humility of Life • January 15, 2009 • An artist's conception shows simple, translucent life-forms producing methane (blue spheres) under the Martian surface • Photo credit: Picture courtesy Susan Twardy/NASA

I would also like to mention how humbled I am to be alive at this moment in time, bearing witness to the election of the first man of the African Diaspora to the highest political position in the United Sates, Commander-in-chief; President Barak Obama.  This is so important for the self-esteem of not only the African –American community, but also the very diverse communities of Latinos, Asians, Anglo-heritage and the many others who impact what we call our American Culture.

When I think of how many other languages I hear during any common day besides English, I am always in awe.  It’s a kind of melody and ledger that stays and sustains the differences between us, in the beautiful scale of features, body types and skin tones.

Meditations in Elegance and Feminine Luxury • Rue de Lota apartment designed by the Architect and Decorateur • Eileen Gray • Photo-Unknown • courtesy Design Mueum British Council website

Meditations in Elegance and Feminine Luxury • Rue de Lota apartment designed by the Architect and Decorateur • Eileen Gray • Photo-Unknown • courtesy Design Mueum British Council website

What a place to live and produce the art and design that I do! Among the world leaders of the global art market here in New York City!

 

Medititations in art echoing nature • Carlo BUGATTI • Italy 1856 – 1940 • Chair, from the Snail Room, 1902 • oak, vellum, bronze • photo courtesy of National Gallery Victoria

Medititations in art echoing nature • Carlo BUGATTI • Italy 1856 – 1940 • Chair, from the Snail Room, 1902 • oak, vellum, bronze • photo courtesy of National Gallery Victoria

With that, I have included with this note some images ranging from symbols and icons of saving, to the potential for living with the elegance of melancholy or romance.

I hope you will enjoy them as I continue to bring you a range of updates about my design studio’s projects, salons and events; while sharing with you those elements of inspiration that I refer to as my favorite things.

5 responses to arrival

  1. Nicole says:

    Reading this was like meditating. I agree that having a peaceful and nurturing home vessel is of utmost importance while we are in the crucible of wondrous change in our world. I like that meditation pig picture!

  2. Andrew McCarthy says:

    Congratulations on the advent of your blog and the evolution of your web site. Wonderful offerings in every way. :>

  3. Billy Frank says:

    Thank you for the inspiration and the sharing of your creative process during these rough times, when all we want to do is contract with a tightly held fist. Yes, spring is a great time to allow for abundance and flow… It’s fantastic that we can always rely on MOTHER NATURE.

  4. Wow! What a pleasurable experience to spend time with your blog and experience your meditative sensibility Leyden. It is at once magical and moving. Congratulations!!

  5. Steven Chinni says:

    Love the Culture Vulture! Vultures seldom attack healthy animals, but may kill the wounded or sick. My living room looks amazing with the new art you brought in. THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK AND CREATIVITY!


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