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Coloring

I met my friend Joan Rafferty when we both attended the School of Visual Arts as photo majors.  Joan, along with a couple of other women from those days (Katherine Andriotis and Flori Seltzer, fyi), has been a lifelong friend.  She remembers Mom well and has been incredibly enthusiastic about the business.  She came to the first NY Gift Show that I did with Kitchen Papers and stood there quietly looking at all the new products.  She turned and a said “Liz, you have to do a coloring book.”  She remembered all the hours spent with her daughter, Coco, coloring the usual books that were on the market.  She wished there was something more in it for her on a creative level. And so, a coloring book of Mom’s drawings would bridge that divide of playing with a 3 year old, loving how they were growing up, being out of your mind bored and getting to create something fun yourself.   It’s an adult coloring book, so to speak.  But in a clean way…  I took Joan’s idea and ran with it.  Angie at Kitchen Papers loved it and so the process began. Instead of it looking like a traditional coloring book, I recreated the style of Mom’s sketchbook.

Hilda's Sketch Pad

Hilda’s Sketch Pad

And inside are 16 drawings ready for color and then your wall.Coloring Book Images-3Coloring Book Images-8

We introduced this at the AmericasMart Gift Show in Atlanta this past January.  We set up samples and colored pencils and soon,  I had a table full of people happily, peacefully coloring.  Like I’ve found with Mom’s drawings in general, they were transported back to a happy, easy time thinking of nothing more than which pencil to pick. And when they were done, each asked shyly if they could take their drawing with them.  I was smiling from ear to ear.

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Jessica and drawing

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

I wish I had Mom’s original sketchbooks but hopefully they looked something like this.  What a wonderful collaborative effort between old friends from school, new friends from Kitchen Papers, Mom and me.  It’s really amazing to be able to have an idea and see it happen.  I am one lucky lady!

And if you decide to get Hilda’s Sketchbook, I’d love to see what you do with them. Post them to our Facebook page!

Hilda’s Sketchbook: A Coloring Book is for sale now at our store. Happy coloring!

Feels Like Yesterday?

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a whole year since our national debut at New York’s National Stationery Show.  It feels like last week. Or a decade ago. I can’t decide which.  Last  year at this time, the line was in about 5 stores.  After NSS in May, that jumped to 20. Because of the show, 2 rep groups took us on. The store list grew to over 50.  I met Dale Laurence from Kitchen Papers doing the LA Gift Show last July. He thought our lines might work well together.  In September, I went down to Nashville to meet with the aforementioned Dale and owners Angie and Robbie Cook.  We launched the new Hilda Glasgow Collection last January and as of today, I am thrilled to say that we are in over 500 stores worldwide.  Crazy!  So, yes, it feels like I was setting up my little 6’x8′ booth yesterday, but I also feel like 10 years of progress has been compressed into one short year.   Who knows where we’ll be next year at this time. Whew! I’m exhausted, but sure am enjoying this ride.

If you’re going to the National Stationery Show, please stop by booth 2844 and let me introduce you to Hilda’s gals.

Some of our products

Some of our products

Everyday is Mother’s Day for Me

Mom and Me circa 1992

Mom married Bernie Glasgow in 1938.  She was 25.  Dad was a painter and it was decided that they weren’t going to have kids.  She was fine with this. They had a great life together, enjoying work,  travel, friends and family.  But after almost 20 years, she decided she had changed her mind and I guess Dad agreed.  She was about 44 and had trouble conceiving. They went through all the tests available in 1957.  Not much more could be done.  So, just like she always did, she looked forward to a different adventure.  They bought a car and were planning a trip to Mexico and then… You know the rest. I was born August 4, 1958 and she was turning 45 in December.  I asked her if she ever had reservations about having a child so late in life, and a first child at that.  She said no.  She just knew it was going to be fine.  And it was. More than fine.

This whole experience of The White Cabinet has been an ode to my Mom.  How I miss her.  Thank you everyone for your comments, encouragement and memories of your own mothers.  Some people have told me that my story has inspired them to honor their Mom’s in their own way. I never thought that this would affect so many people.  It’s extraordinary.  Now onward to year 3 of this amazing journey.  I can’t imagine what lies ahead.

Our First Anniversary

Anyone who reads this regularly knows how beyond happy, thrilled, elated, inspired, astounded, and most importantly,  touched I am to the response Mom’s drawings have had over this last year.  It’s been beyond my wildest dreams.  What started out as a way to hopefully show these drawings to the world, and frankly, to help me in my grief of losing her, has now become an international business.  Okay, it was a couple of orders from England, but I still have to pinch myself.  In this year, the line has expanded from custom prints to hand printed notecards. Flavor Paper has created the Tres Chic wallpaper.  I hear it’s going to be on a wall near you in Las Vegas.   Through Zazzle, I’ve been able to design some fun products affordable to everyone – magnets, mugs, invitations, postcards,  iPhone and iPad cases and now a 2012 calendar showcasing over 2 dozen of the drawings and tote bags.    Here’s a peek:

Cover

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Trés cool, huh?  What fun to put together.  And here’s a sample of one of the totes:

The Groovy Girl Tote Bag

There will be many more products to come.  I’d love your feedback too.  What would you like to see?

As a gift to you, our First Anniversary Sale, there will be a 25% discount on all custom prints and notecards for the entire month of September. Enter code FIRSTYEAR at checkout.  The discount doesn’t apply to Flavor Paper or Zazzle as they are owned by other’s who aren’t having an anniversary.  What can I say?

So thank you from the bottom of my heart.  You’ve helped a daughter overcome a very difficult time in her life.  You’ve helped an artist’s work come to life again, to give her the recognition she so justly deserved.  And you’ve helped establish a successful new business. In this troubling economic time, that’s not an easy thing to do.  Now onwards to year 2!

More Lovely Ladies and a New Surprise

There have been some recent additions to the collection.

Julia - a lady who lunches

Sam - doesnt' take no for an answer

Dot tries very hard to be chic, even when shopping at the market

Gigi - pearl earrings and a girdle. Need we say more?

Jackie -loves that she shares a name with the First Lady - and dresses accordingly

Sally - feels cute, but not sexy...yet

My surprise was a true surprise to me.  My friend Sheryl’s daughter Sierra was given a gift 30 years ago of paper dolls from my mother.  She had lovingly kept them all these years and had taken curator like care of them.  She has given them back so that I can photograph them and figure out how to use them.  There are 8 different dolls with 5-8 outfits each. And accessories.  Jon at Flavor Paper sees using them just like Colorforms (remember them?).  The kids will be able to move the dolls around on the wall and change the outfits too.  As these are all black and white, the kids will also be able to color them.  What do you think of this idea?  There are tons to photograph, so give me a little time and soon I will show them off.

And there are more fashion models to come.

Hilda’s Hangout

I recently caught up with Laura Mueller, one of Mom’s models and a friend of my folks since they met after WWII.  Laura has always had a fabulous wit and time has not passed that gift by.  She says of herself “As a former model, I can say that I no longer have snap to my garters”, but I beg to differ.  Laura was 17 when she started modeling for Mom.  They met at a place called Wally’s.  This was a studio in Manhattan on 44th Street between Lexington and Third.  Wally’s was where all the fashion illustrators of their  day came to practice their skills,  meet like minds and kibbutz.  In other words, it was a hangout.  The owner, Mrs. Wally, was a widow from Scandinavia and apparently a women of few words.  Laura says she only remembers two – “Pose Please” – at which point the models would do four five minute and then four twenty minute poses.  This was an opportunity for the for the artists to really express themselves more creatively.  Even the very best of them had some more mundane accounts where there were restrictions on how the clothes were drawn. Wally’s gave them an opportunity to create truly unique portfolios. This was a time when the printing technology had evolved so that photography was starting to infiltrate into advertising more consistently.   Fashion illustrations were starting to be phased out.  It must have been a very competitive group.  It was also a place where life long friendships (and business associations) started between both artist and model, and artist and artist.  In talking to Laura, I realized that not only she, but other friends that I remember as a kid, came from Wally sessions.

In addition to Mom, Laura worked with  many of the artists that she met there.  One had an account of a very upscale store.  Laura would pose in the most beautiful gowns and after the drawings were done, the artist would give them a little spritz of Chanel No. 5 and off they went to the client.

Mom never mentioned Wally’s.  She did love to reminisce, so I’m surprised this was all new to me.  Perhaps it was an ordinary occurrence of her week at that time and she didn’t think it special enough to discuss.  I am grateful to Laura for helping me bring those years back to life.   

Lights, Camera, Action

Just wanted to mention our very first television appearance.  Mother’s Day is fast approaching and The Gift Insider  thought one of Hilda’s drawings would be the perfect gift.  Here’s the link below.  So did the camera add 10 pounds to Cyd?  She will always look eternally fabulous in any case.

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Creative Gift Ideas


Not In Her Wildest Dreams

How could a woman, born in 1913, who finished her fashion illustration career in the early 1970’s, who put away the “commercial work” to sit in a cabinet for decades, how could that woman even dream of how many people were enjoying her drawings.  And there are so many more to come.

Last week, Lisa Pines and I visited Flavor Paper, the company who is turning the drawings into wallpaper.  Lisa and I have been friends since we were about 4, so she spent a lot of time with my family growing up.   Jon Sherman welcomed us in and showed us a shrunken sample of the “pattern”.  I use quotations because it isn’t so much a repeated pattern rather a collage of about twenty drawings, some larger, some smaller.  When blown up to it’s real size, the images will be about the same size as the originals are.  All the detail and nuances  are there.  It’s really more like having a wall of her drawings rather than traditional wallpaper. Lisa and I were blown away.  Jon told us that the paper will be ready to show when they exhibit at ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) at the Javits Center in NY in May.  We left Flavor Paper on cloud nine and started walking down the block, neither of us speaking.  About halfway down, we stopped, turned to each other,  screamed at the top of our lungs and hugged each other.  It was a moment I will never forget.

You have to understand something here.  My late father, Bernard Glasgow,  was a painter from the 1930’s into the 60’s.  He had some success, exhibiting throughout the country including the Brooklyn Museum where he was in group shows with the elite like Georgia O’Keefe.  His paintings sell quite well now through Papillon Gallery in Los Angeles.  Through those years,  Mom was the one who earned the majority of the household funds.  She did the commercial work and he was the fine artist.  I grew up on the upper east side of Manhattan in a large seven room apartment.  His paintings covered every wall.  We had one of her drawings up and that was in the workroom.  One of Mom’s friends, when looking at that lone piece, said “I guess this is what he thinks of your drawings…”  And I  hate to admit it because Dad was a good guy, but I think she was right. He did not think of them as “art”. Now the tides have turned. Hilda’s the star now.  Dad I love you, but guess what?  They are art and people are loving them.  And they are going to be on more walls than you can imagine.

Two New Ladies Showing Off

Two new models have been added to the collection -Thea and Taylor.  Two totally different women, both making a bold statement.

First Thea.

 

That Girl!

Thea was born in 1937 and always wanted to be a career girl.  She attended Smith College as an Art History major.  After graduating, she moved to New York City and got a part time job selling admission tickets at the Museum of Modern Art.  De Kooning made a pass at her there which both scared and excited her.  She always was an optimistic and it showed in how she carried herself.  One of her friends posed for fashion illustrators and thought Thea would be perfect.  Here she is in as truthful a portrait as you ever will find.  Her whole life is before her.  She has great confidence in all that she will attain.  She wants to be taken seriously, but is also looking for some fun adventure.  And she will never travel anywhere without her hatbox and black gloves.

And Taylor

 

Changing Times

Taylor wasn’t a model by trade.  She was one of mom’s neighbors.  When this outfit arrived at the apartment,  the scheduled model was a no show.   Taylor was happy to fill in.  Styles were starting to change.  The straight dramatic look of the 1920’s was starting to creep into 1960’s fashion.  Taylor was an interior decorator and saw furniture also becoming sleek and sculptural.  She loved Knoll especially.  She had a tiny studio apartment with a large round white dining table and chairs all growing out of their pedestal bases.  It was her splurge.   She would sit at that table and see her client’s apartments becoming living  3d abstract paintings with furniture that the world had never seen before.  She was bold and took control of a room but made the occupants feel like they had made all the decisions.  She was to become a great success.