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Key To The City

Key to the City

A Textile Lover’s Guide to Oaxaca, Mexico

Key to the City BY aleksa brown 03/14/2018
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You know how every now and then a locale seems to magically become the agreed-on destination for all the cool, creative people you know? Well, right now Oaxaca seems to be peaking, thanks to its majestic natural landscape and deep artisanal traditions in clay, weaving, and cooking. And for NYC-based textile artist Kiva Motnyk of Thompson Street Studio (i.e., one such cool, creative person), it's also a place to connect with craftspeople. "I go to Mexico about once a year, and I recently I went to Oaxaca to gather inspiration and see how the traditional textiles were made," she says. "It was incredible - the weaving artisans really integrate their work life with their home life, which is very much how I work when I'm in my studio upstate." Below, see what she saw in this stunner of a city. READ MORE
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The Guide to Tulsa You Didn’t Know You Needed Until Now

Key to the City BY courtney conway 02/07/2018
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When we think of Tulsa, Oklahoma, we always think of the season in Friends where Chandler has a short stint there for work - talk about a plot twist, people! Anyway, let's just say he didn't have a plugged-in local like Sarah Sullivan to help him make the most of it. You do, though: Not only has the artist and weaving expert has spent most of her life living there, but she's also painted large-scale murals on some of the coolest shops in town. Below, 13 places she thinks you absolutely gotta see. READ MORE
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6 Under-the-Radar Southern California Art Installations Worth a Visit

Key to the City BY courtney conway 01/26/2018
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There's nothing Sonya Gallardo loves more than stumbling upon some mind-bending art - especially when wasn't looking for it. As the aesthetically brilliant founder of Highlow Jewelry puts it, "I love art spaces that are either very inexpensive, very accessible, or just a part of the world." Here, the spots that very much fit the bill her in SoCal corner of the world. READ MORE
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Why All the Artists Are Obsessed with Arizona’s Arcosanti Site

Key to the City 01/24/2018
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It doesn't take that much to convince Sarah Fox to leave Chicago in February - or to extend her annual pilgrimage to the Tucson Gem Show, where she stocks up on all the shiny stones she'll use to make her delicate, beaded necklaces and bracelets until her next visit. A couple of years ago, she started driving up to the planned community, art collective, and interactive museum known as Arcosanti, which was founded by architect Paolo Soleri and his wife Colly in 1965 and lives on today. Sarah loved it so much that stopping in has become a regular Arizona tradition for her - here are her tips for going your first (but definitely not last) ti READ MORE

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