It’s been a while since I’ve been back to the blog. I keep hoping I’ll have something insightful to say about the…situation…but I’m so rattled, my thoughts won’t cohere. I’ve decided that henceforth, I will endeavor to post from the resistance. But more on Trump (somehow) next time.
Here is my dispatch from the bubble: my diverse, delectable, urban, educated Brooklyn. When Tessa Williams announced her annual holiday shopping kickoff at my favorite local store, it was just what I needed. My heart hurt, and I craved pretty things; thoughtful, crafted things, conceived in joy and determination. Brooklyn Collective is here to remind us that, whatever the ups and downs, people are creative and resourceful, and life is rich.
Brooklyn Collective opened back in 2004 with a mission of offering emerging artists and designers an affordable place to display and sell their creations. The shop was established in response to the need for a space where craftspeople could showcase their work free from the pressures of mass-market retail. Through a cooperative effort, the Brooklyn Collective houses art that is visual, often decorative, frequently wearable, sometimes practical and in many cases uncategorizable. Or in my book: gifts!
The holiday kickoff was this past Friday. It finally got appropriately cold here in Brooklyn (thanks, climate), and it was a pleasure to duck into this warm and vibrant cocoon where local guest musicians were in the middle of swinging a rootsy version of “All of Me”. Tessa kindly offered an urn of pomegranate margaritas. My mood softened considerably, and my giving list grew.
In these short, dark days, I am reminded why craft is necessary. Whether it’s sculpture or jewelry, or sculptural jewelry, I’m encouraged to see visions take shape, now more than ever. Shoppers, shop. Artists, please don’t stop. So concludes my pause for prettiness. Back to the resistance.
Brooklyn Collective is located in the Columbia Waterfront District, which we locals like to think of as our little, seaside town. Owner and operator Tessa Williams is a dressmaker whose collection is available at the shop. (Feature image: Mulberry & June Handprinted Bags)