urns out there’s good reason to overdocument your everyday wanderings with friends, and that reason is sometimes you receive gifts of art from overseas. A couple months ago Iris, Navi, and I were wandering through the Mission. It was an overdue reunion because Navi is doing crazy things like medical school, so we very strategically left the agenda open as lunch turned into a full day of walking around with no plan. Rebels without causes!
We landed in Paxton Gate Kids the way a trio of adults is wont to do. It just so happened that the foyer of Paxton Gate Kids was fully taken over by Strike Away, an exhibition of matchbook art curated by Courtney Cerruti and Alicia Dornadic (now ended). With more than 450 contributions from over 225 artists around the world, it was too much to take in at once, but I zeroed in a few creations, including this one by Ana Rodriguez:
Zoomed in for an Instagram-appropriate aspect ratio, it looks like it could be large, but I promise you that was a very tiny wardrobe with equally tiny band posters and belt. All handmade: drawn, cut, and assembled!
Ana, @annittarod on Instagram, commented on my piece – it was the first she had seen of it! And I congratulated her on a piece well done. Then she DMed me and offered to send me one!
I want to produce a small series and could really use the practice 🙂
Ugh, yes, okay. Who says no to a tiny paper wardrobe mailed straight to their doorstep? It took the Pevensie kids how long to find something cool in Professor Kirke’s enchanted wardrobe?
So imagine my surprise, when, this puffy little envelope from France arrived addressed to me. When I realized what it was, I squeed:
Only lightly banged up from its journey through air mail, the craftswomanship is undeniably amazing! I particularly like the fur coat, and mirrored interiors of the doors. And the wallpaper, too.
And I like how it’s all really little. Just look at it!
I suggest you follow @annittarod right now as she chronicles progress on her series, interspersed with moments from her life. As soon as I publish this post, I’m going to send her the link and urge her to keep on with her itty bitty studies!