Chatting with Amy Cuevas Schroeder about Speed Connecting in New York City

Chatting with Amy Cuevas Schroeder about Speed Connecting in New York City

Amy Cuevas Schroeder hosting a DIY Together Beta Group meeting. Photo by Seth Kushner.

Being neighborly is about connection. And how wonderful is it to connect with someone who has your same interest in say, urban gardening or BBQing weird things? We think it’s pretty good. And important. Especially when connection feeds the collaborative spirit that many of us possess. But where we all want to connect and collaborate and be neighborly, we may not always know the best way to do that. How do you find the person that completes the puzzle to your next business idea, blog or community project? Amy and the DIY Business Association has the solution to make it easy for us to find our kindred spirits. Thank goodness

A Scavenger’s Tale – Lima, Peru, Maricruz Arribas

A Scavenger’s Tale – Lima, Peru, Maricruz Arribas

In Maricruz Arribas' hands, even her mess becomes beautiful.

Krrb recently made a pilgrimage to Lima, Peru, where it is estimated that there are some 100,000 professional scavengers. Earlier in the week we visited with Cuatro en un Baúl, a trio who, with the help of young Peruvian artists and designers, specialize in refurbishing vintage furniture, often giving it a new twist. Yesterday, it was on to the home/studio of artist and designer, Meche Correa and the studio/showroom/home of designer Vacide Erda Zimic. And today, our final day in Peru, we visit with the artist and founder of Taller Huaringa (The Witches’ Workshop), Maricruz Arribas.

Maricruz Arribas is a painter by trade but her keen eye extends far beyond the canvas. She is attuned to color and composition in such a deeply ingrained way that even her messes are beautiful, sprawling, picturesque tableaus.

It’s not difficult to pick out her 200 year-old home in the Miraflores neighborhood of Lima. It sits subtly just off the street, careful not to disturb the historic block but not content to simply fit in with the crowd. When Maricruz renovated the structure recently she injected it with a shot of Tonka Trunk-Yellow that makes its unmistakable mark on the street-scape.

Krrb at SXSW – The Future of Lifestyle Media

Krrb at SXSW – The Future of Lifestyle Media

Photo from Camillestyles.com

This afternoon, Krrb’s own Andrew Wagner is representing at the kickoff of SXSW Interactive. He’ll be discussing The Future of Lifestyle Media with some heavy hitters of the industry, including lifestyle-maven, Camille Styles, the uber-popular Grace Bonney of Design Sponge and Austin’s It Girl, Tolly Moseley.

The panel, among other things, will define “lifestyle media”, discuss how to break in and then stay in the industry, and will focus on the resurgence of “Do It Yourself” culture, especially during a tough economy and examine who is innovating in the rise of lifestyle media.

If you are in Austin and wanna shoot the breeze, feel free to tweet us @krrbsale and @Wagsisticks and let’s share a Shiner.

If you couldn’t quite make it to the Lone Star State, follow the panel on Twitter with #SXSW and #lifestyle.

For more information, visit Schedule.sxsw.com.

Weekend Wanderer – SXSW and Beyond in Austin, Texas

Weekend Wanderer – SXSW and Beyond in Austin, Texas

This weekend find out why everything is bigger in Texas. Photo: Coacheshotseat.com

It’s Friday and we can’t wait to unchain ourselves from our desks and get out and about. Weekend Wanderer is a series that you’ll find every Friday morning featuring a few activities we’d like to explore. This weekend, we’re headed to Austin, Texas (along with everyone else) for the annual music, film, interactive conference South by Southwest. Check these activities out for yourself or do something in your neck of the woods. Either way, just get out and wander.

A Scavenger’s Tale – Lima, Peru, Meche Correa and Vacide Erda Zimic

A Scavenger’s Tale – Lima, Peru, Meche Correa and Vacide Erda Zimic

Meche Correa has borrowed centuries old Peruvian weaving techniques and patterns and brought them into a modern context.

Krrb recently made a pilgrimage to Lima, Peru, where it is estimated that there are some 100,000 professional scavengers. Earlier in the week we visited with Cuatro en un Baúl, a trio who, with the help of young Peruvian artists and designers, specialize in refurbishing vintage furniture, often giving it a new twist. Today, it is on to the home/studio of artist and designer, Meche Correa and the studio/showroom/home of designer Vacide Erda Zimic.

Scavenging exists on many levels. On one hand there are dumpster divers and on the other there are miners of history, trolling for cultural artifacts that can be tweaked, twisted and reused in a modern context. And then there are hybrids, like the self-taught artist and designer, Meche Correa, who is a little of both.

I Want This – Friendly Monster Print in Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn

I Want This – Friendly Monster Print in Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn

From one friendly monster to another.

Call it childhood nostalgia, but art geared to the Crayola demographic always draws me in. It’s why I want this cheerful monster print by illustrator Mike Herrod.

The primary color digital print is one in a series of four fun monster portraits. At $12 a pop, it’s a great way to add color and a childlike sense of whimsy to any room. While the style won’t mesh with my new woven bench, I’ll make do by gifting it to my best friend’s son.

Go check it out at My Carrot Industries’ Krrb corner in Greenwood Heights.

A Scavenger’s Tale – Lima, Peru, Cuatro en un Baúl

A Scavengers Tale – Lima, Peru, Cuatro en un Baúl

Lima's vastness presents limitless opportunity for scavenging glory. Photo by espinacdocs

Krrb recently made a pilgrimage to Lima, Peru, where it is estimated that there are some 100,000 professional scavengers. Over the next few days we’ll be reporting back on some of our finds. Today we visit with Cuatro en un Baúl, a trio who, with the help of young Peruvian artists and designers, specialize in refurbishing vintage furniture, often giving it a new twist.

Lima is the fifth largest city in South America with a population approaching nine million. With that many souls crammed into 27 square miles, the refuse generated on a daily basis is palpable. But it’s not simply the detritus of daily life (wrappers, papers, food containers of all shapes, sizes and materials, etc) that dot the landscape, it’s the accumulation of thousands of years of human inhabitance that the city wears heavily. Paint peels gently from nearly every structure as the near constant fog that engulfs the city has applied a level of decay to every surface. And as in most developing cities, there is a certain amount of chaos that pulses through the streets while a general lack of planning outside the core adds to the anarchic flow of life.

5 Easy Pieces – Hand Block Printing

5 Easy Pieces – Hand Block Printing

Whether your'e carving your own block, stamping your own cloth, or loving some handmade pillows or napkins, block printing is nice way to add some pattern to the chaos.

As part of a series called 5 Easy Pieces, we’ll be gathering our favorite upcycled, re-purposed, vintage, and handmade stuff from around the web for you to buy or make yourself. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that

Hilary of Dean Street Society in Downtown Brooklyn

Hilary of Dean Street Society in Downtown Brooklyn

Hilary Rushford, founder of Dean Street Society. We dare you not to smile back.

Hilary Rushford is a bright and shiny gal based in Brooklyn—Boerum Hill to be exact. Finding inspiration from her location, her company, Dean Street Society helps the stylishly-challenged and the cluttered masses. Check out her Krrb corner and read on to hear directly from Hilary who will inspire you to appreciate your own neighborhood’s finds and have fun in your closet

Shop Shout Out – Wishlist Vintage

Shop Shout Out   Wishlist Vintage

Just one of the many amazing vintage pieces you'll find in Wishlist Vintage!

In “Shop Shout Out” we aim to bring you a closer look at some of our business partners on Krrb. Own a shop and a Krrb corner? Let us know and we may just pay you a visit!

Wishlist Vintage is spawned from the mind of the incredibly fashionable, TaRosa Jacobs. In her shop she sells amazing vintage clothing that’s been added to her collection over the years and locally-made goods in Denver, Colorado. A well established fashion guru, TaRosa’s love for vintage prompted her to open her store and share her knowledge of fashion. The “Thriftonista” chatted with us, and we got to learn so much about the woman behind this cute shop

Locals Only

Locals Only

Photo: Gapcafe.org

Much like the elevated interest in secondhand the last decade has seen a steady return to local commerce. From vegetables to venetian blinds more and more people are going local. While the reasons are many and varied it often comes down to the simple fact that supporting businesses run by real people who love what they do and want to share their passion with others is fun.

The Hot Corner – Orchard Street Press, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Hot Corner – Orchard Street Press, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Show off your Wisconsin love with a bandana from Orchard Street Press.

As part of the series called The Hot Corner (spring training starts next week!), we’ll be featuring Krrb corners that catch our eye with their well-curated inventory. Whether it’s upcycled, re-purposed, vintage or handmade, be sure to see for yourself why we think these Krrbsters have it going on.

I Want This – Gold Night Stands in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

I Want This   Gold Night Stands in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Those stands are a golden find!

Decorating my apartment has been one of the many activities on my list of things to do. Luckily, I am constantly getting inspiration on Krrb. Whilst a pinning spree on Pinterest to figure out which decorating route to take (hippie chic or modern mayhem are amongst the choices) I stumbled upon these gems in Prospect’s Krrb corner. Night stands are one of those things you forget are so convenient. Placing one at each side of the couch makes for a perfect spot to keep that PBR out of harms way. The best part of finding these night stands, however, is that there are so many different things in Prospect’s corner because she’s moving! So what better way to help a neighbor out than by buying everything they’re selling. I’ll try and hold some restraint, but I’m not making any promises.

Jazz up your place with the help of Prospect’s Krrb Corner in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

A Scavenger’s Tale – Lima, Peru

A Scavengers Tale – Lima, Peru

At the studio of Vacide Erda Zimic

It’s estimated that there are nearly 100,000 professional scavengers in Peru’s capital of Lima. While many of these individuals are straight up dumpster divers scraping by on five to ten dollars a day earned from their finds, the last ten years has seen a remarkable refinement in this ancient activity. A broader understanding of upcycling, pioneered by Brazil’s Campana Brothers, has led to a new crop of Peruvian artists and designers utilizing what there is simply far too much of: trash.

DIY Business Association – Two Heads are Better Than One

DIY Business Association – Two Heads are Better Than One

After a decade of scraping by as a budding indie entrepreneur and launching Venus Zine, Amy Schroeder wanted to help other independent businesses make it in less time by banding together. Understanding the needs of creative idea makers because of her own experiences, Amy began the DIY Business Association to help entrepreneurs execute their goals. In the spirit of group efforts, Krrb is partnering with DIYBA for Speed Connecting NYC: Where Collaboration Begins on March 28.

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