Saturday, March 31, 2012

Plaid & Boots....Hunter Gatherer

Had I been watching too much Portlandia? Or did we appear to be having some sort of Plaid Shirt from Outer Space invasion?
On the advice of my neighborhood music writer, I had hastened to Hunter Gatherer to hear a band, Can't Kids.  There were a number of gentlemen sporting plaid shirts and beards, enough to make me wonder if I'd been transported by time machine to the rainy Northwest circa 1993.
There was even one fellow wearing rain boots.  A closer look now, and I do believe that is Mr. Tom Hall, instigator of Columbia's Mardi Gras celebration.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


I was admiring this red telephone box and thinking about another Oxford when, to my surprise, my darling bud May emerged! Was this some sort of Harry Potter magic in a small Mississippi town (no doubt soon to be a movie coming to a cineplex near you)?  Or dare I hope (as I have hoped before) that bumping into May everywhere I venture is more than a coincidence?

Though I had gone to Oxford, Mississippi, to examine connections between diddley bows and bow ties, I wound up discovering a pair of unusual mannequins.  This one has silver hair and lips pursed for a kiss....
...either that, or pursed by an onset of oromandibular dystonia (in which case I say poor dear).  The other mannequin, by contrast, has a mouth that gapes like an upside down train tunnel.  Fascinating, indeed!
May was much more subtle than these two.  Though I asked , repeatedly, I could get no answer from her about her reasons for being in Oxford.  Mysterious, oh yes.  Very mysterious.  But she did look splendid on a warm March day, in a denim jacket, knit dress and sandals.  Quite perfect, really.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Nancy....Tapp's Arts Center

My eyes had not deceived me: yes, this wonderful woman was wearing a necklace made of crayons!  I had to know more.  Nancy explained that this was a portion of an outfit in development for the upcoming Runaway Runway recycled fashion show. She then handed me a card that read: "Collector of Discarded Supplies. Gatherer of Abandoned Art. Stealer of Neglected Creativity." Trying not to attract her notice, I reached into my coat pocket. Whew. My neglected creativity had not been lifted....yet. 

The necklace was a small marvel. Nancy had meticulously drilled holes through each crayon and strung them with beads in between.  I do look forward to seeing the rest of Nancy's ensemble--though, artists, you may want to barricade your studios and put bicycle locks on any neglected creativity until the fashion show has come and gone.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Heather....Tapp's Arts Center

It's always a treat to bump into Heather--a striking young woman with an enviable figure and a playfulness that is not be resisted. Indeed, she has done it again, setting off a rather serious, vivid blue dress with the unexpected--suede cowboy boots.  She is a member of the Columbia Design League board, and I was attending their Thursday night lecture (by a gentleman who goes about photographing what people are wearing, if you can imagine such a thing!).

Heather, a veritable renaissance woman, also plays Belle Baruch in a film about the Baruch family.  That film, which has received excellent reviews, is playing at The Nickelodeon Saturday, 12:30pm, if you care to check it out.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Olivia....80808 Gallery

At this recent event hosted by Jasper magazine, I was pleased to see a number of stylish young people who've been kind enough to befriend this old fellow. Among them, on the right, was darling Olivia.
I've mentioned before that I admire this young woman's style. You see her above with her adorable friend Reba, whose red shoes are quite a bit of fun, no?  Olivia told me she was wearing a skirt she'd just finished making.
"Really," I exclaimed, "just now." Yes, she assured me, she'd just finished stitching up the panels. Of course, I insisted on a photo of just the skirt--a one-of-a-kind, I'm sure.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Caroline....Springdale Hall

Indeed, I always say there's no more fitting place to mark the arrival of Spring than at Springdale Hall. I had just lunched there with my old chum Reidy when I spied this pretty young woman in a fetching frock. I particularly liked the way the dress had stripes running in a variety of directions.

After taking a few photos from afar...and no doubt giving her more than a little cause for concern (for I do believe she is pointing me out to a law enforcement officer in the photo you see above)...

...I finally properly introduced myself, avoided jail time....and, yes, took one more photograph.  Ah, the risks I take for my work!  Happy Vernal Equinox to you, dear reader. May your day be pollen-free.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Squirrel Collar....All-Local Farmers' Market

Children, don't try this at home! I was heading toward the Sea Eagle seafood tent at the All-Local Farmers' Market on St. Patrick's Day when I stopped in my tracks.  The young man was wearing a t-shirt with a fur collar--and the collar had moved!  I soon realized that he had a young squirrel clinging to his chest, but indeed, I was no less shocked.  When does one see such a thing?  It seems he had rescued the baby when it had fallen from a tree, consulted with a veterinarian, and is planning to release it into the wild shortly.  My goodness.
At home, reviewing photos while reclined in my heavenly bed, I recalled a collar I had photographed earlier, at the What's Love show on Valentine's Day. Indeed, I love the coat and its fur trim but, one muses, the collar in the top photo seems to have the luck of the Irish.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Stephen....Maple Street

I saw this chap while strolling about on Saturday. Are those plaid cargo shorts? If so, I applaud the combination of plaid and large pockets--perhaps a practical alternative to the kilt for fellows like me!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Parade....Devine Street

At Columbia's St. Patrick's Day parade, I find the spectators to be as colourful as the paraders, a delightful arrangement, indeed.
These young friends in their holiday greenery are adorable, no?
And these young ladies in boas, well, I suspect they will be having quite the good time all day long.
 Those in the parade along Devine Street did dress their part--a lady in a kilt here....
...and a gentleman in a kilt--and what I hope to be a wig, not his everyday hair.
There were even green beads for me.  Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Kristine....Gallery 80808

Though yesterday was the Ides of March, I was feeling as frisky as if it were the first day of Spring--so was doubly delighted to encounter this vibrant woman and her bold floral jacket.  I was a little shy to request a photograph of Kristine, because she is a talented photographer--far better than I will ever be. But true to her darling nature, she reacted as though I were doing her a favour.  We were both attending a party to celebrate the latest issue of Jasper magazine, which is focusing on local women artists this month.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Mary....Five Points

I heard Debbie McDaniel (Columbia Mardi Gras queen and proprietress of several shops including Revente) exclaim her approval of Mary's ensemble.  "You should be working with us today at Sid & Nancy," Debbie said to Mary, which I took to be the ultimate compliment.  I, of course, immediately requested a photo. Mary, full of modesty, seemed a bit surprised--but graciously complied.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Gorgeous....Riverfront Park

Glorious weather on Sunday--worthy of this glorious attire!  Made me rather grateful to have sprung forward.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Darby....All-Local Farmers' Market

I thought this young woman looked fresh and absolutely adorable in her striped scarf, canvas lace-ups, and bits of colour--perfect for a March morning with a hint of chill on the air.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Hats....Hay Hill Garden Market

I visited the newly opened Hay Hill Garden Market on Friday, a beautiful spot indeed. They have a lovely collection of, among other things, straw hats.  With a fine hat, I am very nearly inspired to  pull on a pair of gloves and do a bit of outdoor work myself--though not quite.  I will, however, enjoy an Old Fashioned al fresco should you care to invite me over!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Hillary & Ian....Tapp's Arts Center

What a charming pair of young people these two were! I've encountered Ian before.  I quite liked Hillary's simple dress, which made the perfect backdrop for her natural beauty. When I expressed my admiration for her shoes, she flashed me that gorgeous smile and said something along the lines of "All good things come from Goodwill." (Apologies, dear Hillary--I did not write down your exact words, so feel free to correct me if I'm too far off the mark there.)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Allison....S&S Art Supply

While out and about for First Thursday on Main Street, I ducked into S&S Art Supply--which is where I discovered this artfully put together young lady.  I recognized her, I was sure. She reminded me that I'd photographed her for this blog previously.  Thank you, once again, dear Allison!

PS: You can see some of Allison's wonderful art on her blog, here.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Kids'-Eye View....Tapp's Art Center

Across town, a fashion show was underway to benefit the children's museum.  But I found myself taking in a bit of the reverse--a show fashioned by children. Above, a good-natured boy made a striking robot.
And here, shirts designed by young art students, some of the work on display this month at Tapp's.
I believe these were created by students from Camden. Don't you love the patterns--and the colour combinations?
This one strikes me as a sort of camouflage--perfect if one were trying to blend in at a modern art exhibit, perhaps?