A couple of weekends ago, under the expert Brooklyn tutelage of my dear friend *m, I felt the pull of a distant New York, the pangs of artistic urgings and the mysteries of neighborhoods unexplored. Getting off the Brooklyn bus at the corner of Nostrand and Atlantic, I sensed a New York similar to the one I relocated to in 1985, parts dilapidated, underdeveloped, gentrification happening practically before my eyes. We had stepped into, for me, uncharted areas of Bed-Stuy and the sense of adventure was palpable.
I love *m’s indefatigable sense of exploration of the city, style, art and fashion and her desire to share with me that day her friend Maine Smith’s Eniam’s Closet (an anagram of the artist’s name) and his Future Now collection. What a fantastic whirl of energy exuding from this former North Carolinian and his friends working the showroom with him. As Maine says in his Etsy bio: “I’m an artist, art director and photographer who finds creative inspiration through the concepts of story narration, human experience and life. I believe … Life is recycled energy from which creation occurs.”
Recycled energy pervaded the studio sale/art gallery event Maine held on a recent Saturday afternoon, manifested in a compilation of mixed media art pieces, mostly recycled from found objects, others painted, tag-like, with Maine’s curious sense of philosophy, as well as vintage clothing and Eniam’s hand-painted tees, bags, woven shirts.
Also there, the sickest hand knit scarf sets created by Maine’s aunt, the best being the indigo version I snagged and the camo set with pocket scarf, cap and fingerless glovelets. Check out his Kate Moss canvas tagged with “Apres Moi le Deluge.” Of course, my favorite (I’m stuck in an indigo vortex right now) was the slightly rumpled French military coat, last photo, that Maine brought back from Paris. But don’t look for it there, though. It made it’s way to Manhattan and it’s future now is in my wardrobe. Check out Maine and Eniam’s Closet on Etsy…and off in the Brooklyn reaches of Dekalb Avenue.