fan favorites: lydia of the clueless crafter

April 22, 2010

Today's "Fan Favorites" comes from Lydia Barry Kutko of The Clueless Crafter and The Maximalists. Lydia and I met online-a place and time I don't exactly remember but we have 2 common threads: Madison, Wisconsin (my current and her former hometown) and art! Lydia is a freelance writer who received her BA in Art History here in Madison, and her MA in Art Market: Principles and Practice from FIT. She is currently 1/2 of the NYC-based event team The Maximalists, with her partner in planning: ABC Dragoo.

(AW) Lydia, first things first, what's your favorite piece on Art Wall?
(LBK) Birch Tree Forest by Lisa Congdon. Gustav Klimt is one of those artists that leaves a lasting image. I'm drawn to works that infuse the decorative with the spiritual--the scintillating trunks of Lisa's Birch Tree Forest feed the eye and soul. I wonder if Lisa knows of Klimt's Forest of Birch Trees?

Many weekends you can find me at the Neue Galerie on the Upper East Side taking in Klimt's masterpieces or delighting in the best Hungarian beef goulash with herbed quark spatzle I've ever had.

(AW) What's your favorite thing in your home under $10.00?
(LBK) Finishing salts. The rose color of coarse Himalayan salt paired with the sel gris (French grey salt) makes a beautiful addition to the table and a perfect accompanient to roasted vegetables or exquisitely seared meats.

(AW) What's a "don't-leave-home-without-it" item in your handbag?
(LBK) Clinique Superbalm Lip Gloss in Apricot. I'm all about accentuating, not compensating. This is a simple go-to beauty remedy.

(AW) What is your favorite thing to do for fun?
(LBK) My husband and I love to preview auctions and go to gallery openings. We're developing our eye and learning about each other's aesthetic and intellectual preferences so that we can collect art with confidence. I'm also a sucker for a morning cappuccino and pain au chocolat with friends. Reminds me of visits to France.

(AW) What is your favorite new item for spring?
(LBK) I'm caught up in a frenzy of redecorating and shopping for furniture and statement pieces for our Upper West Side brownstone. I'd have to say my favorite item for spring are piles of fabric swatches. You can live a dream just looking at and handling all those luscious textures.

1 comment:

Null said...

What a fabulous entry! Of course, I'm not being partial or anything:-)

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