It took a well-worded email from a concerned Aunt in California to remind me that we hadn’t posted anything in two weeks. Clearly we’ve been neglecting our duties. Perhaps it’s a bit of Spring Fever (it’s about time Mother Nature let us in on a good dose of Spring), however truth be told, one half of BKLYN Dry Goods has been visiting family in Utah for the last month…and to be honest, I haven’t been nearly as focused without the other half.
With that, we apologize…we didn’t mean to & we promise to keep future hiatus’ to a minimum.
This past weekend, Sunday brunch was followed by a trip to the flea market on 11th and Avenue A in Manhattan. Smaller than many of NYC’s other flea markets, Alphabet CIty’s market is often overshadowed & littered with vendors selling tube socks & bric-a-brac. Despite my initial hesitation, however, I was incredibly impressed by one Rose McShane — so much so that I started snapping away iPhone style while she was working away. Sadly, those images went to that special cyber-space in the sky thanks to a iTunes sync gone awry.
Born & bred on Long Island, Rose McShane, like many of us over the past couple years, lost her job — given the title role: victim of the recession. But that’s just it. Rose doesn’t know how to play the role. Instead, she found herself a painter through a series of pain-stakingly painted antique clay poker chips from the 20s-30s.
Without any formal training, Rose launched the appropriately titled Chips by Rose M., a collection of now well over 300 painted poker chips she sells at the market & online via artfire.com for just $20 a piece, a price she set two years ago when she was just getting started. Rose has since found her groove, making great strides to make each new inspired series even better than the last.
Making note that ‘softer’ chips lend themselves to dreamier landscapes whereas ‘harder’ clay chips work best with more intricate work, Rose uses a mixed bag of ink, pigments & scribe for each poker chip. Of note? An impressive nod to the Audobon a la’ Walton Ford & a series of landscapes reminiscent of later 40s, early 50s hand painted photo postcards. So much so, that I went home with 5 from each series. The best part? Rose will paint your pet, or just about anything else you can think to commission for just $40.
Consider us rabid fans.
Oh, and this post is lovingly dedicated to one concerned Aunt in California.
(Originally posted 05.11.2011)