Handcrafted Alexandria

Summer Shopping Days @ Vintage Mirage

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Elinor Coleman's Vintage Mirage is thrilled to announce that it has joined the Old Town Alexandria Summer Shopping Experience -- with extended store hours every Thursday 11 am to 8 pm.

Throughout the summer, Vintage Mirage will be celebrating the Great Gatsby fashion era, also known as the Roaring 1920’s with original and reproduction flouncy dresses and beaded gowns, glorious Isadora Duncan inspired scarves and shawls, long necklaces, hair ornaments and so much more. The Red Tag Sale continues with reduced items in the store, encouraging shopping for items of all seasons.

In addition, to go green and encourage conversations with Vintage Mirage, take advantage of an initial discount of 15% for a total purchase when you sign up for the store's Email Mailing list. Please stop by the Vintage Mirage website to read blog articles, about the Gatsby influence and some wonderful photographs which can inspire a mixture of vintage and contemporary styling.

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Featured Artists: Bozenna and Lukasz Bogucki

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Husband and Wife Design Team Hit High Notes with Their "Opera Collection"

Meet May's Featured Artists, Bozenna and Lukasz Bogucki, courtesy of HA member Imagine Artwear.

The husband and wife design team first met as students at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland, but went their separate ways post-graduation, only to meet up again 20 years later.

After several years of designing exhibits and trade fairs, Bozenna established her own successful interior and graphic design studio in Warsaw while remaining active as an artist of oil and pastel paintings, drawings and tapestries. Always drawn to fabrics, fashion and uniquely designed textiles, she collected even the tiniest pieces of fabric and created decorative, large scale wall hangings as well as miniature works. Bozenna produced several haute couture shows, in which she transformed artistic patchwork into unique clothing or translated motifs from her paintings into appliqués on evening dresses. Her work has also been exhibited at galleries in Europe, Japan and the United States.

Lukasz also started by designing exhibits for trade fairs, and working as an interior designer in Poland, but in 1980 left for the U.S. Following a brief stint at a nuclear power plant (wow!), he returned to interior design and began designing lamps. During the subsequent years, he designed, manufactured and marketed unique lamps made of paper-like material, fiberglass, metal and stainless steel wire mesh.

After reconnecting and getting married in 1996, Bozenna and Lukasz became design partners based in Los Angeles. In the summer of 2000, while working on their next line of lamps, the Boguckis were inspired by the fine silk-like wire mesh normally used for industrial purposes to create something innovative and unexpected: elegant evening handbags.

purse imageTo adapt the stainless steel wire mesh to make delicate handbags was not an easy task. The Boguckis had to develop their own techniques by experimenting with this demanding material and learning its behavior and properties. After several years of exploring, they discovered new applications and methods to achieve unique effects that bring them joy and creative satisfaction.

The Boguckis call their line of handbags, “The Opera Collection.” This exclusive collection consists of more than 60 models named after famous operas -- though the combination of models and finishes offers more than 2500 variations. Several grades of stainless steel wire mesh are used, including a fine one with the appearance and feel of silk to a rigid one that serves primarily as support. Adding color accents are 23K gold leaf, copper or brass mesh. In addition, special effects are achieved by various treatments utilizing ultrasounds, oxidization by high temperature and pressure. In most models, multiple layers of mesh are used to create a moiré effect. All work from design to the finishing touches is done in their L.A. workshop.

Offering the best in contemporary clothing, jewelry and crafts by American artists, Imagine Artwear carries several handbags from the "Opera" line. Come by the store to see these works of art and fashion, which have also been featured at the Smithsonian Craft Show.

Patricia Palermino Studio

Patricia Palermino Studio

The Old Presbyterian Meeting House by Pat Palermino

Monday, April 29, 2013

Behind-the-Scenes

The Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria, Virginia, dates from the early eighteenth century. Scottish Presbyterians were among the early European settlers of Northern Virginia and were involved in establishing Alexandria as a port in 1749. The Society of Presbyterians worshiped publicly in the city from the 1760s, and the congregation’s first installed minister arrived in 1772. The history of the congregation is summarized in the Chronology and History sections of this Web site, and the Meeting House itself and other facilities belonging to the congregation are discussed in the Facilities section. Among other services that George Washington attended here was one conducted by the Rev. Dr. James Muir for the National Day of Solemn Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer in 1798. Alexandria’s memorial services for George Washington in 1799 were held in this sanctuary, and the church bell tolled in mourning during the four days between his death and burial. The Tomb of an Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution is located in the burying ground adjoining the Meeting House.

Patricia Palermino Studio

Patricia Palermino Studio

Swing Dancing at the Birchmere by Pat Palermino

Friday, March 22, 2013

Behind-the-Scenes

In music circles, the reputation of the Birchmere is legendary. Many careers have been launched from this internationally recognized music hall. On any given night, a star may be born. Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dave Matthews, Vince Gill, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and k.d. Lang are just a few of the artists counted as good friends of the Birchmere. The Birchmere is committed to the presentation of the highest quality music in a comfortable and intimate atmosphere in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia.

Pat Palermino has captured the toe-tapping swing of dancers at the Birchmere and this original artwork is available in cards and prints.

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Patricia Palermino Studio

Patricia Palermino Studio

Easter Egg Roll at the White House by Pat Palermino

Friday, March 22, 2013

Behind-the-Scenes

Easter Egg Roll at the White House (featured in the event's program in 1999) by Pat Palermino is available as small framed prints and notecards. You must directly contact Pat to purchase: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 703-360-4757

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Featured Artist: Clothing Designer Selma Karaca Brings Her Artistic Line to Vintage Mirage

Friday, March 15, 2013

Announcements

Elinor Coleman’s Vintage Mirage is pleased to present Selma Karaca as this month’s Featured Artist. An award-winning Turkish designer currently based in New York City, Ms. Karaca is best known for creating multi level constructed garments that are artistic, elegant and comfortable. Using banded fabrics such as rope, opaque, shimmer, transparent and see through lace that are combined and stitched diagonally and horizontally, her pieces are reminiscent of a topographical view of countryside terrain. This signature style of clothing includes dresses, tunics, skirts and vests. In 2011, jazz artist Esperanza Spalding wore one of Ms. Karaca’s oufits to accept the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

 

On Saturday, March 23, from noon to 6 p.m., Selma Karaca will be at Vintage Mirage to meet customers and present her Spring 2013 Trunk Show. Vintage Mirage is the exclusive Northern Virginia representative offering Ms. Karaca’s handmade, one of a kind fashions.

 

Elinor Coleman’s Vintage Mirage offers the finest in designer consignment and vintage clothing, accessories and jewelry, much of it handcrafted. The full spectrum of designer fashions is available from Today’s Contemporary era designers to the Victorian era (1860) in the Old Town Alexandria store and on the website.

Patricia Palermino Studio

Patricia Palermino Studio

Two by Two by Pat Palermino

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Behind-the-Scenes

 

It’s a bit fantastical to imagine an ark full of animals – two of each to be exact! Of course no pictures of the actual event are available, but once again Pat Palermino dreams up what it could have looked like in her Two by Two original folk art painting. If we had been there our only request would be to not be seated next to the octopi!

19 X 23

Unframed

Limited Edition Print $60

Note Cards $16

Framed

Framed Print $170

Decorative Framed $195

Mini Poster $24

Patricia Palermino Studio

Patricia Palermino Studio

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Pat Palermino

Friday, February 22, 2013

Behind-the-Scenes

 

Alexandria, Virginia celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day with a day of family fun events, including a classic car show, a dog show and a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. The Irish Ambassador, military commanders, local government officals and other local celebrities will participate in the Alexandria parade. We love to watch the local high school  and military bands, as well as the Irish folk dancers and bagpipers! And the dogs, of course! The dog show is always a joy to see and we will be on the lookout for Alex and Andria! Please tell us if you see them!

Patricia Palermino Studio

Patricia Palermino Studio

Valentines Day and George Washington’s birthday!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Announcements

Valentines Day is for lovers and friends of all kinds and I have two images of our doggie friends and human ones. The painting of "Dolly and Friends" is a 5 x 7 acrylic on board and shows a playful cannine hugging a kitty and a mouse. Probably unlikely but it shows us that perhaps we can all get along! Call me for details 703-360-4757. The "person" version of Valentines Day is available as a 5 x 7 matted picture, ready for framing.

To celebrate George Washington's birthday I am discounting by 15% the prints and notecards of "Gadsby's Tavern" and "George Washington's Townhouse". Both images have historical significance and our first president loved Gadsby's Tavern! You can find the images and discounts on my website: http://www.patpalermino.com.

Patricia Palermino Studio

Patricia Palermino Studio

It’s 2013 and do you have your Patricia Palermino Calendar?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Announcements

 

$10 per calendar - buy one for everyone you know because it truly is the gift that keeps giving every month of the year!

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