LittleJoy Retrospect

2 more days to sign up for LittleJoy's Winter Blooms Workshop & Luncheon, then we'll see you on Saturday for our workshop and brunch!

Looking back on how this all started -- WOW. When Katy approached Melina and I last year to create this collective of the three of us--pool our talents and offer classes (and a women's retreat!)--I was juggling wedding planning and my day job and moving back to Brooklyn...there was so much going on! But I love what we are doing. We're opening up our space and our hearts to folks,providing creative nourishment just by way of the medium, and showing them how to enjoy the little things. Melina does an amazing job teaching her floral class, going in depth and providing true encouragement. Katy is so smart with her research on food and the ethics and flavor behind it all.

We want to make flowers and understanding them accessible to people. Sourcing them in NYC, the seasonal varieties...we noticed that taking a floral class from any of the big names costs so much! (We're talking between $500-$1000). What ?!?!? And you don't even get the kind of amazing menu we're designing. I am excited to share with everyone that we want to do it differently -- put back the heart in it and truly create an experience for folks to pluck themselves out of the daily grind, have a "littlejoy" and then take it with them to flourish elsewhere.

Here is a retrospect on Autumn 2016's LittleJoy gathering up the Hudson:

New Illustrated Poster

I've been working on a new project that my friend commissioned me to do. She and her gang of NYC chef friends wanted to create a poster that they can pass around their communities and talk about how important migrant workers are in restaurants. Immigrants make up a significant amount of the work force in the food/restaurant industry and these chefs are fighting to raise awareness about it.

I enjoyed drawing these images. I wanted to use primary colors, but play with them in different shades. 

Pourquoi? L'art, la beauté, c'est ca la vie !

We've been having the strangest weather here in NYC. One day we had wet rains, the next it was 60 degrees and sunny (giving us a glimmer of hope for spring days), and today we have a mini blizzard. Is the weather reflecting our country's political climate of opposing forces clashing?! I am quick to make this association between the two types of climates because living in the city, activism is knocking at every door from every front. It's a good thing. People are using their voices to say what they believe in. It's refreshing because in this country, people define themselves by their careers, their socio-economic status, their image, etc. I feel like more and more I am seeing people placing their identities in caring for their fellow human beings -- sharing in this human experience. That is why we are here, to take care of each other.

When I'm not thinking about the state of this country (rare these days) I am keeping up with my various hobbies aside from design. My artist collective, LittleJoy NYC, has a Winter Blooms & Luncheon coming up. Planning for this and the entrepreneurship involved is time consuming, but fun. I like inviting people to share in the interesting projects we have going on. 

I've picked up practicing the floral art of "Ikebana" which is a Japanese method. The method requires the use of weighted pin heads (which Americans hilariously and historically have named 'floral frogs'?). It's a beautiful method that is more than simply putting cut stems into a pool of water. It is a discipline with a philosophy of bringing humanity close to nature. I love the Japanese way of holding nature in high regard. There is such a respect in Japan for the rhythm and order of nature. It seems only natural that this regard carries over into their floral arranging. Another really beautiful thing I love about Ikebana is the fact that asymmetry is a key element. 

I really hold on to this because I truly believe that nothing can ever be perfect on this earth! There is a reality there. I like to embrace imperfection. Transcendent, divinity is perfection -- but we are not that and I kind of like it that way. It makes everything all the more significant and unique.

I was telling my friend Alex and Mackenzie the other night about Ikebana and how it involves sometimes creating the shape of a scalene triangle. Scalene! We all had a good laugh about that word. We haven't said it since high school. 

xo,

Nia