McTega is the brainchild of two mad scientists . . . honestly. After Sarah McLellan and Kristina Ortega studied science, pre-med and microbiology in college, their paths eventually crossed interning for Rodarte in 2007. “We found these mirrored plexiglass pieces shopping in the garment district, and Sarah said, ‘Oh, these look like carbon link structures!’ We went from there, casting them in plastic to make our first necklace ever.”
It’s amazing how a staple gun, some muslin, a few gallons of chalkboard paint, and a talent for rehabilitating discarded items can bring such beauty and charm to a 19th century Brooklyn brownstone. Interior and prop stylist Hilary Robertson likes to call her technique, of turning trash cans into chandeliers and stapling muslin to a pair of ersatz French chairs, “upholstery sauvage”. After all, one man’s trash is another’s treasure.
Multidisciplinary artist Sayuri Sasaki Hemann is inspired by the way light refects her medium, which in this case is light and airy organza. This ethereal jellyfish aquarium, titled Underwater Flight, is displayed at Portland International Airport. Sayuri likes to find displaced items in unusual spaces and has been placing these urban aquariums all over Portland since 2009.