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Artist Interview

Philip Kruta of Whisk

August 7, 2013


Philip Kruta of Whisk

How did we manage to snag a high-demand culinary genius to whip--or "whisk"--up a birthday dessert for Ode this Arts Night out? We've got connections (thanks, Thea!). Philip Kruta is co-owner of Whisk, a Boston-based pop-up dining experience wherein the menu, the place, and the concept up is ever-changing.  Trained in Fundamental French and European Pastry, in addition to working at L’Espalier, one of Boston’s most prestigious kitchens, Chef Kruta knows his stuff. Not to mention that he and Whisk co-owner Jeremy Kean were recently the recipients of the Zagat's "30 under 30" award. We can't wait to taste what sweet innovation Philip has in store for us on Friday!

How did you get started?
I faked a job interview for a pastry chef position and spent the two weeks before starting reading culinary school text books!

What do you love about your job?
I love the creativity, using ingredients as material to make edible art. Seeing people eat my food inspires me to make the next plate!

Where do you find inspiration?
I would say nature is the most inspirational for me, I look to organic creations and replicate their beauty in my food, everything should look natural, as if it just fell onto the plate, perfectly arranged.

Tiramisu with almonds and golden raisins. Photo via Whisk's Instagram
Tiramisu with almonds and golden raisins. Photo via Whisk's Instagram

White chocolate mango semifreddo, mango jam, honey caviar, and strawberry paper. Photo via Whisk's Instagram
White chocolate mango semifreddo, mango jam, honey caviar, and strawberry paper.
Photo via Whisk's Instagram

What is your dream project?
I'm living the dream right now, running my own exclusive tasting restaurant in Boston's North End!

What are your plans for the future?
I plan to publish some cookbooks, run a tasting restaurant, and open a breakfast place that also serves as a cooking school!

If I wasn’t doing this, I would be...
Cooking...

If you were a piece of clothing, what would be and what color/pattern? 
The dream coat. Color: technicolor

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Slower is faster.

For more information on attending a tasting dinner check out http://www.whiskboston.com.

* Join us on Friday, August 9th, from 6-8pm for our "Sugar, Love, & Honey" Birthday Bash. Philip from Whisk Boston will be here serving a special dessert created just for you! 

Artist Interview

Erin McNally

July 10, 2013

There's a calm radiance and creative energy about Erin McNally, both of which are reflected in her line of handmade, organically designed jewelry. She's like the Frank Lloyd Wright of accessories--using the material itself to dictate the space the piece inhabits. Each angle of every earring is made to be looked at. True to her adventurous nature, she finds experimentation one of the best parts of the process. We've had the privilege of watching Erin's artistic evolution over the past few years. Her newest one-of-a-kind, intricately woven/patinaed/hammered pieces will make their debut on Friday, July 12th, at Ode. 

How did you get started?
I was living on a small island off of mainland Puerto Rico. I started taking bike tubes and carving them into delicate feathers for earrings. I got some thicker tubes from a local bike rental place and started carving cuff bracelets that were reminiscent of black coral and sea fans. I collected shells for their clasps.  My friend owns a carnival style wooden cart that is parked just over the historic drawbridge. I sold jewelry there and, sometimes, on the bus on the way to the beach…Since then I have been teaching myself how to manipulate and shape different materials including leather and metal.

What do you love about your job?
I love that there is always something new to learn. I also love that I get to contribute to how people express themselves. Even the simplest piece of jewelry expresses something about the wearer. 

If I wasn’t doing this, I would be...
Traveling.

 

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Last Friday, it happens a lot. I have a lot of funny people in my life.

Where do you find inspiration?
Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time outside. I see a lot that inspires me in my garden, the woods and at the swimming holes I frequent. I also find a lot of indigenous jewelry making practices to be inspiring, in particular the ways that people adapt tools and techniques when modern technology is not available.

Artist Interview

Katie deGuzman of K/LLER Collection

July 9, 2013


Co-creators Michael Miller and Katie deGuzman (right)

We cannot get enough of Katie deGuzman and Michael Miller's K/LLER Collection, a delicately dangerous, intricately designed armory of handcast accessories. Every piece is a work of art, but layering is highly encouraged: basically, the more the better. Brooklyn-based deGuzman and Miller joined creative forces just under three years ago, and they're taking the world by forged metal. With their refined-edge aesthetic and growing notoriety in Hollywood and the music industry, one might be intimidated by these two designers. But Katie and Michael couldn't be sweeter. Katie deGuzman will be here at Ode with the K/LLER bounty on Friday, July 12th, 6-8pm. You'll want to see this.

How did you get started?
My partner Michael Miller and I met at Parsons School of Design and studied furniture design. I knew I wanted to design jewelry early on in school, but Parsons didn’t have a Jewelry design major so I spent a semester abroad at Glasgow School of art studying Jewelry and Silversmithing, but I really learned most of what I know about jewelry from my 10 years working in the industry. My first job out of college was as a part time assistant to a jeweler in the Lower East Side in NYC (mostly soldering jumprings and trying not to mangle his jewelry), followed by a fulltime bench assistant for a jewelry designer doing primary 18k jewelry work. From there I designed for many other costume jewelry companies including Alexis Bittar and Subversive Jewelry. Two and half years ago Michael and I reconvened and started our brand K/LLER COLLECTION.

What do you love about your job?
Having my own company with Michael is the best feeling, I love working for myself, and designing jewelry of course!  It’s also so rad and inspirational to see woman and men on the street and people I admire wearing our jewelry and loving it..that is really what I love most.

Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere. From shapes in nature, to rusted tools, skeletons, and dirty sidewalks. The list is endless.

                

What is your dream project?
A shoe collaboration.

What are your plans for the future?
Continuing to grow the company. We’d also like to launch a fine jewelry line.  Stay tuned…

If I wasn’t doing this, I would be...
Doing something creative or a dermatologist.

What's your favorite line from a movie, song, or book?
“A certain darkness is needed to see the stars.” Osho

If you were a piece of clothing, what would be and what color/pattern? 
A pair of Rick Owens black leather boots.

What is your favorite word, and why?
Acetylene. I like how it rolls off the tongue and that it can create fire.

What's your go-to "happy" song? 
Right now it’s “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore….and then I bought a knee board….

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
“Always give a firm handshake and look them in the eye.” My dad.

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Last weekend when my siblings, parents, husband and son played “lawn games” together complete with a lucky charms eat off (your partner was the one blindly feeding you) and a dizzy bat race. My family is hysterical.

Join us Friday, July12th from 6-8pm to meet Katie and shop their latest collection. 

Window Design

“Not Quite Here”

July 8, 2013

“Not Quite Here”
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For our July window, we invited Northampton based painter Perry Huntoon to create one of her signature psychedelic mountain ranges. We had fun dressing her up in Ode while she installed her clouds and cliffs for our dress forms to explore. Her installation is titled "Not Quite Here."

Featured Look

Beachy Keen

July 7, 2013

Laid-back wear for a trip in a boat or a walk on the shore.

Beachy Keen
Beachy Keen

Top by Bella Dahl. Denim by AG.

Beachy Keen

"Chiloe" Wedge by Matt Bernson.

Beachy Keen
Beachy Keen

"Muse" bag by 49 Sq. Mi.

Beachy Keen

Earring and Necklace by Chan Luu.