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""New"" Maker of the Month: Sarah Stitham

""New"" Maker of the Month: Sarah Stitham

Meet our newest maker, Workday Wear’s Sarah Stitham. A native of the Catskill Mountains, she makes beautiful, versatile, and functional clothing for women inspired by the history, community and landscape she calls home.

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Remembering Ellsworth Kelly: A Great New York Artist

Can a life ever be long enough? When I first met Ellsworth Kelly, the great New York artist, he was 89 years old. The venue? The opening night party of his latest show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In fact, far from being a hackneyed retrospective, the exhibition showcased a relatively unknown chapter of the famously abstract artist's repertoire: his figurative plant drawings. There was much yet to be discovered and celebrated nearly nine decades into his life. A year later, in June 2013,

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THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Taking Time to Be Grateful

Isn't gratitude a beautiful thing? Something good first must happen in order to bring it to life. Its sibling emotions are sympathy, empathy, humility and generosity. It is a catalyst that enables us to think beyond ourselves. As you indubitably have noticed, the beginning of November ushered in, quite literally overnight, the onslaught of the holiday season. Loud and ubiquitous countdowns to Hanukkah (32 days!) and Christmas (50 days!) hound us via every possible outlet. This frenetic holiday energy

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THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Getting into the Spirit

We officially entered Autumn 2015 last week, and Fall's theatrics debuted right on schedule. The leaves have been turning brilliant hues that span the color spectrum, and there's that subtle yet perceptible crispness in the air; these are palpable and undeniable reminders that the times they are a changin'. I'm not one of the many who gleefully greets either change or sweater weather with open arms; I love feeling the Summer sunshine on my shoulders, and I know that a bitter Winter awaits on the

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THE AUGUST ISSUE: NEW YORK THROUGH ALL FIVE SENSES

The daily walking commute from my Greenwich Village apartment to NYSOM's offices in SoHo is a submersion into sensory overload. If I'm lucky, the bright sun shines down on my shoulders; if I'm not, I'm spritzed with a muggy, rainy mist. On one block, the sweet scent of lilies for sale outside the corner bodega beckons, and then I turn the corner and am met with the stench from trash bags — sometimes referred to with equal amounts of affection and disdain as "garbage juice" — lining the street

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NYSOM Sponsors the Hudson River Exchange 2015 Summer Market

New York States of Mind is thrilled to be sponsoring the 3RD ANNUAL HUDSON RIVER EXCHANGE SUMMER MARKET. Held on the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson, N.Y. on SATURDAY, JUNE 27 (from 10.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m.) and SUNDAY, JUNE 28 (from 11.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m.), this event brings together the best of Hudson Valley handmade artisans, vintage finds, food, and live music. The Hudson River Exchange works to "creates spaces that showcase the art, food, music, and community of the vibrant and growing city

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Lucky Red: Ringing in the Year of the Sheep

Chinese New Year is upon us! The celebration of the Year of the Yang (translated variously as "sheep," "goat," and "ram") begins this evening, and continues for three weeks. According to folklore, those born in the Year of the Sheep bear the characteristics of patience, idealism, politeness, social intelligence, and an appreciation for artistic beauty. Incidentally, one celebrity born in the Year of the Sheep is the outspoken Mark Twain, who wrote his most important works in Elmira, New York. Red

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New York: Good, Bad, and So Bad It's Good

Today marks a milestone for New York States of Mind — we’re officially a year old. In the countdown to our launch last year, my co-founder, Silda, and I joked a lot about how founding a company was like having a child: full of anticipation that builds during a nesting period, rife with intense anxiety on virtually every level, and, ultimately, overwhelmed by utterly biased pride at the beauty of our baby. (We also like to think that, objectively, it has turned out to be something that plays

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Tapping Potential in New York's Maple Industry

For many, the thought of maple syrup conjures sweet images of pancakes on a Saturday morning. But for thousands in New York, maple is not just a childhood breakfast treat but a growing industry and way of life. Michael Farrell, director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Sugar Maple Research & Extension Field Center, an outdoor laboratory station in Lake Placid, said records show around 1,500 maple producers in New York, but there are likely somewhere between 3,000 to 4,000. Most maple products

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Join NYSOM in the Adirondacks, Sept. 14

Join New York States of Mind (NYSOM) in the Adirondacks on Sunday, September 14, 2014, as we host our very first event: MEET THE MAKERS Along with the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and the Adirondack Folk School (AFS), we welcome you to spend an afternoon with three distinct New York-based organizations — the for-profit NYSOM and nonprofits ANCA and AFS — as we bring together regional artisans in a panel discussion of the obstacles and opportunities for makers in the global "Buy

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