We made a trip recently to Toronto. The reasons had been piling up - friends to see, curators to schmooze with, and then there was the Marimekko exhibition at the Textile Museum. Now that one can rent a room in someone's apartment for a most reasonable rate via the inter webs, such a trip is not an outlandish thing to do. So we did it.
We visited with friends, including dear Colette. It was a very good visit and worth the trip alone. For those keeping track, she is holding her own and fiercely hoping to be back in Newfoundland this spring/summer. I also fiercely share this hope.
As for those other things on our agenda, we braved the early March wind (winter does not disappear on March 1st in Toronto, in case you were wondering) and checked out Marimekko. I loved it for the bold colour, of course, but also for the utopian lifestyle that the founders embodied as they developed their designs. It was a whole culture, not just some fabric and dresses. Similar to the Arts and Crafts movement, they believed that they could make the world a better place by making beautiful things. And you know what? The world is a better place for it.
|Groovy 60s and 70s advertising|
|More cool swatches and designs|
|If I were standing on a rock in Finland, I also would like to be wearing this.|
|These would definitely take my wardrobe out of the "Liz Lemon Look-Alike" category.|
|A perfect antidote to the grey March sky outside the museum.|