Friday File

Somehow this week turned into a week of reflection for me. I found myself thinking a lot about what I want to achieve and how to get there. I spent many of my L rides to and from work mapping out brainwaves in a notebook to see what new ideas they might spark. Do you ever feel like you are on the cusp of a great idea but your brain hasn’t quite worked it out yet? I don’t think I’m going to leave my notebook at home until that eureka moment strikes.

Now for the good stuff I found online this week:

I love this guide about how to handle kid’s tough questions at a museum. has a really interesting article on “The History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary.” I had no idea clowns dated all the way back to 2500 BCE Egypt.

Textile designer Ritsuko Hirai finds balance between art and design. She says, “as an artist, there’s no end, nor limitation … and design tells me to focus and concentrate.” Her line about about living in a fantasy and being alive in the real world struck a chord in me.

All Things Considered covered the exhibition Artist, Rebel, Dandy: Men of Fashion now on exhibit until August 18 at RISD Museum. I’m amazed they have Oscar Wilde’s shirt in the exhibition.

Friday File

Happy Friday! Like everyone else, I’m flabbergasted that it’s already August. Faculty will be returning to campus in a few weeks and then the students. Too fast! I’ve been inventorying the fashion study collection during the summer break, which is very time consuming. Wish I had more time before school starts up.

I’m hoping to get a little bike riding in this weekend. Travis and I might take our bikes out to an arboretum to take in the cool summer weather. We also have a double date planned, and I’m sure there will be tasty craft beer involved. What are you up to?

Here’s a roundup of my favorite links this past week:

Colin McDowell breaks down the state of fashion criticism and lack thereof and why the industry desperately needs it.

Madewell has a new denim collection I’m pretty excited to check out.

There’s a blog about everything these days. Even though I know little about opera, I’m fascinated that there’s an opera gossip blog.

I’m learning a lot over on the blog Pattern Observer about artists who moonlighted as surface/textile designers. Check out these first two posts of the series on Henry Moore and Raoul Dufy.

And for any museum professionals, have a good laugh (while cringe) reading the satire “Museum Professionals Make Terrible Visitors.” Not that all of us do these things, but I’m sure some of this will ring true.

And don’t forget to take my blog survey by this Sunday at midnight if you want to be entered in the drawing to win the cool coffee table book Fashion Scandinavia. I’m loving learning your preferences!