Eye On Design: Circ Coffee Table By Grazyna (Gra) Solland

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My press comp to 2019’s Salon Art + Design included a much-appreciated perk of access to the Collectors Lounge, which featured a strikingly curated collection of unique art furniture from UK-based Sollands Gallery. Located in Mayfair, an affluent area in the West End of London, Sollands boasts elegant, contemporary pieces bearing the signature style of designer Grazyna (Gra) Solland. Gra, as she is called, is known for her strong sculptural statements, bold use of colors, and highly innovative and individual designs using high-end, luxurious materials. Working with both traditional and contemporary methods, together with a keen attention to detail and exacting quality, are hallmarks of Gra’s exquisite creations.

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My favorite piece in the lounge was the vibrant, red lacquered Circ Coffee Table (2017). Having spent many years working on her STACK pieces, Gra decided she would like to further develop the theme, but in a much bolder manner. To create Circ, she regulated the wedge shapes and worked with circular shapes in a singular color.

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Photographed in the Sollands Collectors Lounge at the 2019 Salon Art + Design in NYC.

Jean Shin’s Floating Maize at Brookfield Place

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Fans of this blog will know that I am way into repurposing and recycling items that would otherwise end up in a landfill into both functional items and aesthetically pleasing works of art, so when I read about Floating Maize, artist Jean Shin’s new public art installation at the Brookfield Place mall, I braved the subway to get down there to check it out.

jean shin installation photo by gail worley
jean shin installation photo by gail worley

Known for her inventive works that transform discarded materials into elegant expressions of place and identity, Jean Shin’s art and practice is ingrained with the idea of sustainability. With that in mind, Shin has repurposed thousands of green plastic soda bottles into an elaborate installation that resembles an artificial landscape.

jean shin installation photo by gail worley
jean shin installation photo by gail worley

This large-scale artwork floats above the Winter Garden, engaging viewers to consider the relationship between plastic waste, dietary choices, and environmental stewardship. Depending on where the light is, you could really photograph the installation for hours, from many assorted perspectives, and get endlessly delightful results. Here’s a closer look at the installation details.

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jean shin installation detail photo by gail worley
jean shin installation detail photo by gail worley
jean shin installation detail photo by gail worley
jean shin installation detail photo by gail worley

Both Floating Maize and The Last Straw, Shin’s other artwork at Brookfield Place (which I haven’t seen yet), enable viewers to see themselves within the context of the artwork and consider sustainability in everyday practices as well as within the global ecosystem. Taking individual responsibility for the welfare of our planet is more important every day.

jean shin signage photo by gail worley

jean shin installation photo by gail worley

Jean Shin is recognized for her inventive art works that transform cast-off materials into elegant expressions of identity and community. Her work has been exhibited widely in over 150 major museums, including solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art here in New York. Floating Maize is co-presented by Arts Brookfield and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) and as part of River To River 2020: Four Voices.

Jean Shin’s Floating Maize Will be on Display Through September 18th, 2020 at Brookfield Place New York (BFPL), Located at 230 Vesey Street, Battery Park, Manhattan. Hours are 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

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Modern Art Monday Presents: Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of a Medium

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Amedeo Modigliani’s mother wrote that at about the age of fifteen the artist attended is first seance. His youthful spiritual and esoteric inclinations took him in the direction of the occult, reflected in this drawing, Portrait of a Medium (1906), made from memory, of a session he attended in Venice, where he studied for two years before coming to Paris.

Photographed in the Jewish Museum in NYC.

A Brief Look at the Two Primary Covid-19 Challenges Faced by Nurses

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All US states are suffering from the effects of Covid-19 to varying degrees, and the American nursing force is playing a huge role in curbing the situation as best as possible. As is to be expected from the biggest epidemic in a century, there are multiple problems popping up every now and then, making the job of medical professionals even more difficult than it already is. If you are currently working in the medical segment as a nurse, a doctor, or in any other active care role, you should be able to better relate with the two primary issues we are going to highlight today.

Shortage of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

It’s true that the PPE shortage is not as bad right now as it was a few months ago, but it’s not something that has completely gone away either. This is particularly true in:

• Rural hospitals and healthcare centers
• Overburdened hospitals in major US cities

The real issue here is not only supply but also the available resources to avail those supplies. For example, consider the fact that an N95 respirator is capable of filtering out the coronavirus, but most of the FFRs are for one use only, especially in a medical care setting where the virus is known to be present. What that means is, in order to keep their staff safe, the hospital has to supply every direct care workers with at least one mask, every single day.

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Pink Thing of The Day: Nancy Pelosi Acton Figure in Pink Dress

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The folks at FCTRY, who’ve been turning cultural and political icons into action figures since 2008, are adding a gorgeous Nancy Pelosi Acton Figure to their already impressive line of progressive heroes that includes RBG, Biden, AOCSanders and Hillary (which I own) among many others. Nancy is seen here rocking a hot Pink Dress (earning her the honor of being a Pink Thing of The Day), accessorized  with sensible white pumps, while she carries a white gavel in one hand, and Dump’s hideous wig in another (though I believe that is just a photo prop)! Nancy’s incredible likeness was sculpted by Seattle-based artist Michael Leavitt, whose work you have seen on the blog many times. He is so talented! While FCTRY prepares Nancy’s Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for her series, you can help spread the word about this project and possibly earn a free action figure. To find out how to get a free Nancy Pelosi Action Figure, please click Here, then scroll down to the Quid Pro Quo section. Can’t wait to own this lovely and powerful lady!

Greatest Documentaries, Movies, And Series About Cannabis

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Cannabis, weed, or whatever you call it, has been a part of popular culture and entertainment for centuries. A lot has been said about this plant; discover here what stands out from the rest when it comes to weed on the screen.

Making a Story

These stories have documented the rise of the cannabis industry from obscurity to legitimate business ventures through the CBD products that do not have THC – the psychotropic ingredient that gives the feeling of being high. The latest installments will have you considering the multiple benefits of starting a business with certified CBD hemp seed for sale and making it in the industry yourself.

The Business of Drugs (2020)

This documentary premiered on Netflix and exclusively speaks about the business side of the cannabis plant. It explores the opportunities that are available from the growing of the plant to the creation of high-tech by-products. A far cry from the Cheech & Chong type of production and narrative associated with cannabis. A great choice for those looking for a seriously in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes of a weed business.

The Future of Weed: High Country (2013)

A production of journalism and reality content Vice, The Future of Weed: High Country gives an inside peek into all the technology invested in making cannabis products. With a little bit of history and science sprinkled on, the documentary shows just how far the interest of the health industry, with its science, has impacted advancements and taken weed to another level. This one is for the tech-savvy people and those that want to look at the future of cannabis.

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Pineapple Express (2008)

An explosive, hilarious story of two unlikely friends, danger, and weed, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen. It was an immediate success, and stands out in weed films, for its action storyline and solid final results. Pineapple Express is one of those films that has you wondering where your weed limits are, so you don’t end up in the same trouble as the characters. Great for relaxing on the couch, with a lot of laughs and excitement.

Savages (2012)

Another surprisingly good action weed movie, directed by the legendary Oliver Stone. Here, audiences follow the story of a trio, made up of two best guy friends and their shared girlfriend, as they face-off against a rival drug lord and fight for their love. Perfect for high-stakes action lovers.

Smiley Face (2007)

Pure comedy and stoner humor at its best, the movie follows a hectic day in the life of weed-loving Jane, played perfectly by Anna Faris. You’ll get to see her navigate tasks after she mistakenly eats a whole batch of cannabis-infused brownies: classic comedy vibes and a good time.

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Broad City (2014-2019)

This show about two pot-loving friends living in NYC moved from a web series format to the big screen and delighted fans everywhere. Its quick, 30-minute episodes are jam-packed with great content, quickie stuff, and a lot of weed. Good for a quick, funny watch.

Weeds (2005-2012)

This series follows the story of a novice weed seller as she gains expertise, confidence, and solves the many problems in her life. You’ll find laughs, tears, and emotion in this series.

And that’s a shortlist of all the great entertainment out there with cannabis as a central part of the plot. Enjoy your movie night!

Eye On Design: Modernist Table Lamp By Edgar Brandt

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Best known as an Art Deco metalsmith, Edgar Brandt (1880 – 1960) studied metal working at the Ecole nationale professionnelle of Vierzon and established himself in Paris in 1902. There, he began his blacksmith career; his creations first being marked by the Art nouveau aesthetic. Thanks to his extraordinary technical mastery and ingenuity, he received overwhelming numbers of commissions.

In 1925, Brandt opened an art gallery, where he exhibited pieces created by his contemporaries, as well as some of his works and collaborations, such as the ones with Daum or Lalique. This Modernist Table Lamp (1931) features an S-shaped body on a circular base, in nickel-plated metal, with 2 deep-etched glass cylinders. At 8.5-inches wide at the base, and  12.5-inches high, each lamp is stamped (at the base) with the artist’s Signature: E. Brandt, and Daum Nancy France, for the crystal studio and its location, is etched on the glass. Price point is unknown.

Photographed in the Booth for Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts at the Fall 2019 Salon Art + Design in NYC

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Product Review: CBD For Life CBD-Infused Bath Bombs

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In these admittedly stressful times, self care is vital. Despite many stores being closed, anyone whose lifestyle incorporates the beneficial effects of CBD can find a variety of related health and beauty products available with just an internet connection and a credit card — and that’s great news. Word-of-mouth and online reviews are excellent resources for researching brands and comparing prices, but wouldn’t you love to find an online retailer that did all the footwork for you, vetting a wide range of CDB-infused product brands, and then gathering everything together in a single shopping destination? Well, guess what: that retailer is CBD Pure Vapors. Established in 2014, CBD Pure Vapors stands by the promise that every single product available on their site has been Lab tested for CBD purity meeting their ‘gold’ standards. This combination of quality-tested inventory and top-shelf customer service means that CBD Pure Vapors can be your one-stop-shop. Finally, something is easy.

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CBD Pure Vapors recently sent us a box of assorted CBD-infused personal care products to review for Worleygig.com and, rather than overwhelm you by covering multiple items in one post, we’ll be reviewing different products in a series of features. This week, we’ll take a look at one of the ultimate items for pampering yourself: the Bath Bomb. Like an oasis in your tub, CBD bath bombs offer the ultimate in skin care, relaxation, and tranquility. CBD Pure Vapors sent us two bath bombs from the CBD for Life brand.

CBD for Life bath bombs come in four unique scents: Eucalyptus and PeppermintFresh Bamboo (truly unique!), and the two scents we received, Pink Salt and Citrus, and Lemongrass Kiwi. Each mineral-rich bath bomb blends natural salts, organic essential oils, and 35mg of CBD extract from organically grown hemp to soothe sore muscles and moisturize the skin. All you have to do to enjoy the bath bomb experience is fill your tub with warm water, drop in the bath bomb and enjoy! Since my bathroom has a shower only and no tub, we passed the bombs along to our associate Lauren, a CBD expert, to enjoy. Her comments follow.

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“The effects of using the Lemongrass Kiwi bomb were calming in both mind and body,” Lauren offered. “The coconut oil blended with the kiwi and lemongrass, making my skin smell like I was luxuriating in a beautiful garden, far away from the tub in my Manhattan apartment.”

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Modern Art Monday Presents: Berthe Morisot, Lucie León at the Piano

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Throughout the 1800s, playing the piano was considered obligatory for the educated and upper class, and many artists depicted girls and women at the piano. Although little is known about the relationship between Berthe Morisot and her subject, Lucie León spent the majority of her childhood training to be a concert pianist. Yet rather than depicting León from behind or in profile — as so many of her male peers do in their portrayals of female pianists — Morisot renders the young artist mid-recital without any visible sheet music, a virtuoso in command of both her instrument and our gaze.

Lucie León at the Piano (1892) was Photographed as Part of The Exhibit Women Artists In Paris at The Clark Institute, Located in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Pink Thing of The Day: Summer Frosé Cocktail

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I recently enjoyed my first official cocktail-in-a-bar of the Covid summer and, fittingly, it was a Pink Drink! Pictured above is an enticing, frosty glass of Frosé (frozen rosé wine), which I procured at Versa; a cool ‘rooftop’ restaurant located on the fifth floor of the Renaissance hotel in midtown. While Versa is not literally on the hotel’s roof, which is maybe 20 stories higher up, its spacious patio emulates a rooftop experience, while also allowing for pandemic-compliant social distancing and other important safety guidelines. While enjoying the restaurant’s chill vibe, I happily discovered that if Frosé melts before you can suck it all down, it simply turns into chilled rose wine, as there is no diluting from added ice! Win win!