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Artist Interview

ART BAR with Thea Price-Eckles

September 7, 2016

Thea Price-Eckles will be mixing her signature cocktails and selling her handmade home goods 
                                              Friday, September 9th, 6-8pm at Ode. 

Meet Thea Price-Eckles: woodworker, wordsmith, and mixologist. Beverage manager and creative partner at Brassica, a French/American style restaurant in Jamaica Plains, Thea is the thinker behind the "thoughtful cocktail". When she's not muddling locally sourced drinks (we hear she has quite an herb garden), she's in her workshop hand-carving homegoods or building furniture from scratch. When she has a rare spare moment, you may find Thea planning her next solo-adventure, this time to Morocco. Or she's reading Syliva Plath. Or riding a motorbike through the woods. Or teaching us a thing or two about a thing or two. You need to read this interview!


Perfect fall cocktail…how do we make it? 
Fall, my favorite season for one reason aside from boots: it just seems more appropriate to drink stirred brown drinks in Fall than it does in summer, which suits me because my palette definetely prefers spirit forward stirred drinks rather than the fruity refreshing drinks of summer. I would make an Apple Brandy Oaxacan Old Fashioned, recipe below:

1.5 oz Apple Brandy (Lairds Bonded Applejack, if you can find it)
1.5 oz Mezcal
.5 oz maple syrup
2 dashes Orange Bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash Jerry Thomas Bitters
Fresh Orange peel

Stir all ingredients except orange peel until well chilled, and strain over a king cube or into a chilled
glass—garnish with orange peel by bending the peel to get all the oils out. Wrap a cozy scarf around your shoulders and sip slowly.

Your cat's name is Breakfast and your dog’s name is Portabella. What would  you name a pet horse? 
It is in my grand life scheme to have horses! Who knows what I'll actually name it, but right now, I'd name my horse Mirepoix. 

Describe your current style, including influences or inspirations 
(and  the names of the lipstick you’ve been donning).  
I would describe my current style as "chameleon", but I'm usually going down one of two roads. Fork in the road A: Getting things done look, incidentally inspired by Lara Croft. Boots, shorts, braided pony tail, black tank top, denim jacket, K/ller necklace, tape measure, and utility knife. Burgundy lipstick (Obsessive Compulsive cosmetics Lip Tar in Black Dahlia—yes I wear lipstick in the woodshop). Fork in the road B: I got a day off and I'm not going in the shop look, inspired by my grandmother Judy. Florals, a long prairie skirt, crop top, platforms, long necklace, bright pink lipstick (Tarte: Surfer Girl. It's amazing). 

What’s in your perfect‐picnic basket. Where and with whom do you go, and what do you wear?
Pic-nic basket: A pint of Fomu coconut ice cream, 2 spoons, a flask full of negronis. Where: Lars Anderson Park in Jamaica Plain, the best sunset observatory in Boston. Who: My partner in life, crime and business, Philip and our dog Portabella. Outfit: Hooded cashmere bodysuit. This doesn't exist yet, where can I get one?


Is art a necessity?
We don't have to declare it one for it to be, it's done that to itself. Could plants procreate without flowers? You can see necessities as art if you choose to, and I highly recommend that everyone does. 

You dabble in a lot of languages. What’s your favorite word from each of the  languages you speak.
I have a lot of favorite Arabic words, I love the sound of that language. Tu'burni is an arabic word that doesn't really have a translation in English, but it literally translates as "you bury me" and it is an expression of deep affection (the idea being that you hope you die before the person you are saying it to so you don't have to live without them). Also, Mish Mish, it means apricot, and it's a good word.  French….je ne sais pas ce que...

Give us a line from the last thing you’ve written.
"I've been trying to practice sleeping with my back to the monster. I lay on her belly up and we both rumble. She cradles me like a rock in her slingshot, my muscles rigid."


Favorite piece of clothing and the story behind it: 
A yellow and blue jacket that I bought from a fashion designer in Cairo. It's inspired by a traditional Egyptain jacket and is a beautiful yellow with blue collar and cuffs. It has a drawstring around the waist band and it's just so unique and flattering and versatile. I feel so lucky to have it. The woman I bought it from I met at a wedding, she was wearing an amazing ruffle-y silk scarf and I asked her how I could get one like it. This led to me coming to her studio to pick through her creations. I got a robe, the jacket and of course the silk scarf. All three are extremely specially to me.

What should we order at Brassica?  
Our menu changes very often with the availability of produce, but you can always come in and get a Tobacco Farm cocktail and Octopus Tagliatelle, which are my two favorite items and represent what we do very well. 


Wood, words, or wardrobe? 
A wooden wardrobe that exists only in words. 

CHATTMAN PHOTOGRAPHY    |    Hair and Makeup by Kiki    |   Styling by Kristin/Ode


Artist Interview

FAYCE-time with Kim Rosen

June 30, 2016

Even a classic needs an update from time to time. After almost 6 years in business, we decided that our "Ode bag" needed a new outfit...and who better to design it than Kim Rosen, owner and artist behind FAYCE Textiles, intricately and organicaly rendered, hand-drawn fabrics, pillows, and wall hangings. Not only was she the LOVELIEST person in the world to work with, but she just "gets it": how to keep things simple, but interesting. Thank you, Kim, for our new bag! These limited edition Ode bags are available now! Some thoughts from Kim Rosen:

What was your experience like designing the new Ode bag? 
I loved designing the Ode bag! One of my favorite challenges of any project is to try and capture the essence of a brand through design. Because I love the aesthetic of Ode, working with the ladies of Ode was almost too easy, our visions blended perfectly. 

                                            Limited-edition Ode bag, designed by Kim Rosen!!!

What’s in your bag?
A water bottle, small sketchbook, probably 2-5 pens or pencils, hand lotion and lip balm. 

What’s your spirit shape or design? 
I would say Line is my spirit shape. Everything I do starts and ends with a drawn line or series of lines. It’s the form that just seems to naturally flow.


To what or whom would you write an ode?
Hmm.. I would write an ode to the birds for reminding me to slow down a bit, to listen and watch and just enjoy the small things that are happening all around me every day.

What do you do to create and curate home?
I often start with a mood that I’d like to capture and then try to find pieces old or new that fit that mood. I have several family heirlooms that I cherish and I try to collect artwork from people I know as much as I can. A good amount of sentiment mixed in with modern and vintage pieces is how I curate my home.

Favorite pattern in nature:
Phragmites, for their organic yet structured form. The clusters of phragmites on the side of the road or in a field are beautiful in every season. Their long, thin stems hold the weight of their big plumes that blow in the wind and remind me of warm summer days even in cold weather.


Artist Interview

Shana Gulati

May 13, 2016


The name Shana has many meanings and stories of origin. In Hindi, it means intelligent. In Yiddish, it means beautiful. In Hebrew, the word is akin to "rose". Enchanted and refined are among other definitions. Somehow, all possibilities seem perfectly fitting to describe both Shana Gulati and her eponymous collection of fine jewelry. Lawyer-turned-designer who splits time between New York and India, Shana is the embodiment of a self-made adventurer, something we always aspire to. We are so lucky and excited to have Shana and her hand-crafted collection here at Ode on Friday, May 13th, from 6-8pm. Join us for cocktails and some seriously drool-worthy jewelry...or, as we call it: "drool"ery. 

What inspires you?
Everything and anything inspires me. My ideas come usually from both my daily life living in NYC and my travels, from the trinkets I’ve picked up to the day to day things I’ve seen. Having the luxury of living in one of the most amazing, diverse, fashion forward, creative, free spirited, individualistic cities in the world paired with having been born into one of the most colorful and beautiful cultures that physically thrives in a visually stimulating manner (INDIA!!!), it’s hard not to be inspired all the time. So it’s a blend of my everyday and my gift of being handed a culture that is nothing less than amazing and a creative force.


How do you name your collections?
That’s the million dollar question… So far they have been named after my niece; the word for love in Hindi; where I was for my 40th … it’s really just about where I am physically and mentally with how the collections came to be. The latest collection is going to be called Zazvata, which derives its root from Urdu to mean continuity. The reason I chose this word is that this particular collection is taking what I have already created and adding to it, to continue the creativity behind each piece to create something new and unique in its own right.

What are your favorite places to go in India?
To this day I have been very quick in my trips, as they really have to be focused around work so it would have to be Jaipur. One of my favorite things to do is to make sure to go to the garden to take in the scent of jasmine in the early morning before the day becomes insane and chaotic. I have made myself a promise that I will visit Sikkim (the city I was born in while my Dad was an officer in the Indian Army) and Ladakh in the Himachal region.

Photo credit: Steve McCurry

If you were one accessory, what would you be and what would you look like?
A big glorious ring for sure!!!  My thinking is that what can’t an accessory do for a woman! It can change her mood; it can give
 the outfit a whole new look; it can be the centerpiece of what she’s wearing; it
 can be that one piece that catches your eye! Accessories, especially jewelry (because by nature it is feminine) can just make a girl feel that extra whatever she wants to feel. Be it sexy, be it bold and different, be it subtle and understated, be it chic, or be it casual, or just unique without having to say a word. Accessories tend to be conversation starters too! They are a way to connect, a way to 
stand out, a way to make one feel just a little extra special.

What does your Spring in New York look like?
My spring in New York seems to be different year to year, it’s a lot of travel, it’s a lot of work to be honest as the Fall collection is underway so it usually involves a trip to India. It’s a time to be creative and super assertive to get out a new collection!

How did your life change going from a lawyer to a jewelry designer? How did your wardrobe change?
How hasn’t it changed for me… I used to think so many doors not opening for me in law was a sign that it was a reflection on me. Turns out it was for a bigger reason than I could have imagined at that point in time. It forced me to find a passion and a path that I never knew existed within me and one that would bring me so much happiness and love for both India and the team of people I have pulled together to make it all happen. It’s actually a little family I have built, which would have never happened had I not embarked on a road I didn’t even know existed.  My life is not only richer and fuller, but it’s got purpose and meaning in what I do because it’s not just jewelry that we are creating, it’s livelihoods that are being supported, it’s giving back in a way to a country that gave me so much.

What compels you to design jewelry?
Designing jewelry because it involves so many things in life I love. It allows me to be creative, free spirited, colorful (figuratively and literally), it allows me to have a lasting connection with the two places in the world that have help mold me into who I am (New York and my Indian heritage), it allows me to help make a woman, no matter from what walk of life, to feel feminine, like a princess or like a rock star or like an elegant lady or like a young fun girly girl or whomever or whatever she wants to channel by wearing one of my pieces. Jewelry design is my outlet but it allows my connectivity to other women in helping them just love something that’s only theirs.

When the sun is out, what song do you play?
It’s not going to be a particular song, but it will be something that will be energetic and get me going!

What is your spirit stone?

Is there any advice you can offer to an artist starting a business?
Yes, do not focus on the doors that have closed, focus on the ones that are slightly ajar and that you can push your way through, because you can and you will.  It’s daunting to think about the whole picture in the near future, so don’t. Just focus on that moment.

Artist Interview

SmuttLab Sour Beer Tasting at Ode!

April 8, 2016

Smuttlabs does with beer what we like to do with fashion: experiment with different pallettes and have fun mixing things up. Sometimes, it gets a little wild...but in a good way. Join us tonight (Friday, April 8th) for a poetry reading, featuring Dora Malech and Sadie Dupuis, and enjoy sour beer tasting by New England's very own Smuttlabs. We asked Smuttlabs' "Tech" Jessica Rice, to tell us what each beer would wear to an Ode party. Here's what she said:

This is our classic, year round saison sour, she would wear the classic little black dress.


Mysterious and romantic, she would wear a flowing maxi dress.

She's fun, tart, and bold. She would wear anything with a bold graphic print.

Artist Interview

Dora Malech

April 8, 2016

                                                                                                                     "Hover" by Dora Malech

Dora Malech doesn’t drive a black car. She doesn’t have a Labrador. She owns an aging Chihuahua named Angel and drives through Baltimore in a sedan the color of a clementine. She knows all the words to “Semi-Charmed Life” and half of Shakespeare. She can rock galaxy-printed spandex like no other and take a figure of speech and explode it. When have you heard a word multiply? When has a punchline made you cry? Meet Dora Malech: author (of Shore Ordered Ocean and Say So), poet, teacher, artist, blogger, activist, and winner of the “rhymes with” contest. 

What were your first words…as a poet?
I had a pink diary in which I wrote daily journal entries from front to back and poems from back to front when I was a kid, so my daily life and my imagination kind of met in the middle, as they should. I definitely remember using the word “lagoon” in one of those poems.

What does your Bitmoji wear when she’s writing?
I’ll let her answer that:


What would you rhyme with “rhymes with”?
In a poem—
               time’s myth.
         lime’s pith.

But also… Grimes GIF? 


Best scar story:
My knees don’t agree with hills and stairs. I’ve taken a tumble down hills in both hemispheres—once in San Francisco and once in Wellington, New Zealand. I also took a nice bloody fall down a flight of stairs after the first time I read at Ode, an act I’d rather not repeat this time.

Describe your perfect bachelorette party.
I think it would involve karaoke and crab dip. My idea of “fun” is basically shaped by the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, regardless of the significance of the celebration.

What’s the best thing you’ve heard a child say?
The misunderstandings stick with me. Someone close to me refused to be a ring bearer in a wedding when he was a little kid, because he thought he was being asked to be some kind of circus animal—a “ring bear.” 

Is there a photo of something that inspires you? 


What’s on your bucket list?
Does dismantling institutional biases and systemic inequality count? That’s going to take more buckets than just mine though.

Where is the best place to eat in Baltimore, and what do you order?
I’d recommend an entire eating tour, but if you’re going to go to one place, stop in at Lexington Market for crab cakes and oysters. While you’re there, you can pick up some Berger cookies, which are basically big lumps of fudge with something cookie-like underneath.

What was the last revision you made on a poem?
An editor saved me from unintentionally but egregiously ripping off Dylan Thomas in the final line of a recent poem. Once it was pointed out, it was so obvious, but it felt like it had just come to me! It’s fixed now, so I won’t tell you where to look for it. Too embarrassing.

Favorite name of something found in nature:
I like the monosyllabic ones, like bract and rill. Though every poet loves petrichor. And you can’t go wrong with Chihuahua, though I don’t think they’re found in nature very often.