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FIT’s Valerie Steele at tF Gallery


On Friday, November 11th, transFORM welcomed Valerie Steele Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at FIT, to their NYC Gallery and Showroom.

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Valerie Steele, Catherine Latson & Kara O’Neill

“We were BEYOND thrilled that she took the time out of her busy schedule and made the special trip to see the handwork of the talented artist, Catherine Latson. She was very smart, insightful and great to listen to – I could have listened to her for hours. She especially liked the Sea Urchin Tutu piece. Valerie has been looking at the top talent in the worlds of fashion and art for decades and the fact she felt that Catherine’s work was in that category, leaves us bowed down and honored and super excited – especially during such a dark week.”Kara O’Neill 

Valerie Steele & Kara O'Neill discuss "Sea Urchin Tutu"

Valerie Steele & Kara O’Neill discuss “Sea Urchin Tutu”

Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she has personally organized more than 20 exhibitions since 1997, including The Corset: Fashioning the BodyLondon FashionGothic: Dark GlamourShoe ObsessionDaphne GuinnessA Queer History of Fashion, and Dance and Fashion. She is also founder and editor in chief of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, the first peer-reviewed, scholarly journal in Fashion Studies.

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Photo by Aaron Corbett

Steele combines serious scholarship (and a Yale Ph.D.) with a rare ability to communicate with general audiences. She is author or co-author of more than 20 books, includingFashion and EroticismParis FashionWomen of FashionFetish: Fashion, Sex and PowerThe Corset: A Cultural HistoryGothic: Dark GlamourJapan Fashion NowThe Impossible Collection FashionThe Berg Companion to Fashion, and Fashion Designers A-Z: The Collection of The Museum at FIT, as well as contributing essays to publications, such as Fashion and Art and Impressionism, Fashion & Modernity. Her books have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian.

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As author, curator, editor, and public intellectual, Valerie Steele has been instrumental in creating the modern field of fashion studies and in raising awareness of the cultural significance of fashion. She has appeared on many television programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and Undressed: The Story of Fashion.  Described in The Washington Post as one of fashions brainiest women and by Suzy Menkes as The Freud of Fashion, she was listed among Fashions 50 Most Powerful by the Daily News and as one of The People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry in the Business of Fashion 500 (2014)

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Thank you, Valerie. This will definitely be a day to remember!

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PHOTOS: Coffee, Chocolate & Art at WNWN 2016


On Thursday, September 22nd transFORM and their Media Sponsor, Aspire NY Metro, participated in the New York Design Center’s 8th Annual “What’s New, What’s Next” event at 200 Lexington Ave.

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The celebration included over 80 participating showrooms featuring product introductions, informative lectures, book signings and soirees. The building wide event drew in over 7,000 people, giving them the opportunity to view new ideas, designs, materials and products. This year also marked the New York Design Centers 90th Anniversary. From Thom Filicia and Jamie Drake to Wendy Goodman and Amy Astley, the building was filled with the industry’s top designers and editors – there was even a special visit from Hillary and Donald!

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With so many exciting activities, guests were fiending for an energy boost. transFORM happily welcomed visitors into their showroom for a refreshing afternoon of chocolate, coffee and art.

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Sarah Endline and her company Sweet Riot, makes all natural healthy chocolate treats and snacks in a socially responsible way. Among the assortment was Sweet Riot’s Kickin’ Coconut  & Crunchy Quirky Quinoa dark chocolate bars as well as lightly roasted Cacao nibs. transFORM supplied Grounds For Change coffee, a Washington State coffee roaster specializing in 100% Fair Trade. This delicious and sustainable combination allowed guests to refuel and recharge as they continued on through the New York Design Center’s building wide events.

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In the early evening, transFORM Gallery hosted an informal artist talk with International Photographer Jean-Luc Mege. The discussion was centered around his high-end, premium composite acrylic glass photographs, which were on display throughout the gallery. Jean-Luc Mege covers, illustrates and immortalizes scenes from around the world. He has a rare ability to tell a story through his photographs. The force of the narrative comes from a unique path: Jean-Luc’s eye is imbued with great empathy, an unprecedented tenderness and an innate sense of composition.

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Artists Rachelle Krieger, Catherine Latson and KellyAnn Monaghan also had the opportunity to speak about their exhibiting work.

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Rachelle’s paintings are part of numerous private and corporate collections and can been seen in public spaces throughout the United States including at the Westin Hotel in New Orleans, the Ritz Carlton in DC, the Marriott Marquis in DC, and the Texas State Bank in Dallas. Rachelle’s work reflects the nature preserves, seascapes and woods near her home in Port Washington, NY. More recently she has taken and exciting directional turn into bold and dynamic abstractions of nature and nature’s forces.

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Catherine Latson’s “Garment Series” offers an unconventional take on the art and engineering of self-decoration. Using exclusively organic and repurposed materials, the language of clothing is explored. Garment forms are reimagined in tapioca root, magnolia leaves, moss, birch, sea urchin shells, amaranths, hydrangea petals, peacock quills, and more. While the forms are recognizably human, they are fragmented, weathered, and curious.

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KellyAnn Monaghan uses landscapes and urban landscapes as a journey and stage for the drama of light, air and movement. She attempts to see past the structured architecture into the otherworldly qualities of the landscape. There is emptiness and solitude in the spaces she paints; yet they have a quality of human presence through the atmosphere and illumination.

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While enjoying coffee and sweet treats, the attentive audience asked interesting questions and added to the commentary.

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transFORM Gallery was especially excited over the sale of Jean-Luc’s first class print, “Grand Central Terminal”.

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Unlike the traditional art gallery format, where art is presented on blank white walls, our artwork is hung in home-like settings, making it easier for the client to visualize it in their own environments. – a quality that’s highly regarded in the design industry. Interior design and decorating have a need for the energy, mood and life that is brought into a space by original artwork.

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Throughout the day transFORM Gallery provided industry partners, tastemakers and more an opportunity to discover a variety of mediums from painting and sculpture to mixed media and photography.

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Our NYC designers were also available throughout the event to provide interested guests with one-on-one tours of the showroom.

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In honor of “What’s New, What’s Next”, transFORM introduced their Multifunctional Men’s Apartment, which included a horizontal wall bed, custom wardrobe & dual-purpose desk.

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Featured in Desert Oak and Dusk Frake from Shinnoki and finished with Red Port High Gloss and Black Leather accents, transFORM’s newest installation features an array of custom cabinetry for added storage.

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After a brief introduction from Andreas Mesis (Co Owner) and Donovan Malloy (Marketing Director), transFORM’s Design Research & Product Development Director Daniel Steps, began his presentation on smart living in small urban spaces. “Tackling the Trend – Living Large in Tiny Homes and Micro-Apartments” explained how new advanced hardware and materials can create exciting designs that maximize space and function in compact apartments.

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transFORM enjoyed being introduced to and getting to know new members of our design community.

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Thank you to all that came to the event – we look forward to seeing you there again next year!

Photo Blog: the Fanciful World Opening Reception


Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it did. Invite a trope of modern dancers to perform, bring over an international photographer jetting in from London, deliver a Westchester artist making gowns from feathers and sea urchin shells, place glowing orbs, cherry blossoms and french pussy willow branches throughout the showroom and you get a 2016 7th Heaven Event & Fanciful World Art Opening that had jaws dropping and minds spinning.

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transFORM Gallery, and our event sponsor, IDS New York, thank all of you who attended our Opening Reception of ‘the Fanciful World’ on Thursday, February 4th.

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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

The spirit of great design was shining, both within our walls and at the adjoining 7th Floor showrooms. All of our wonderful neighbors at the New York Design Center were open and full of surprises, making the night even more magical.  

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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

A big shout out of thanks to Jessica DiMauro and the DiMauro Dance Company for giving us two fantastic performances. Their professionalism and modern dance added to the event, allowing our guests to experience a different type of entertainment.

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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

It’s safe to say this collection of artists has taken the Gallery to the next level by showing their exemplary use of style and creativity.

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Exhibiting artists, Bella Kotak and Catherine Latson, draw their inspiration from the natural world creating mystical and breathtaking environments, fanciful garments and sculpture – drawing the viewer into an enchanting land via sight and touch.

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(Exhibiting Artists, Catherine Latson & Bella Kotak)

Fashion and conceptual photographer Bella Kotak says her main inspiration comes from, “nature, flowers, the beauty and colors of ever-changing seasons, my beautiful muses, pre Raphaelite paintings, Greek nymphs and their stories, royalty in fairytales and ideas of character’s journey in a darker nature driven world. Most of my images are pieces of several shots and for that to happen, I have to catch those moments in camera. Everything you see in a final image was captured on camera, just at different times. I bring the best storytelling qualities of different photos together to create one fully realized picture. I begin by going through the images and making selections and notes of different pieces of the image I like, for example, her face in one photo, her body language in another, the flow of fabric or how the smoke curled in this picture, and so on. Once I have a collection ready I open everything up in PhotoShop and meticulously begin to piece the puzzle together until the image I see emerge is the one I could already see when shooting. Once I have the composition finished, it’s then I begin with color toning and clearing up any distracting details. ”

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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

Sculpture and scenic artist Catherine Latson’s “Garment Series”, offers an unconventional take on the art and engineering of self-decoration. “Using exclusively organic and repurposed materials, the language of clothing is explored. Garment forms are re-imagined in moss, sea urchin shells, peacock quills, and more. While the forms are recognizably human, they are fragmented, weathered, and curious. They each have a story, a ghost, if you will. Clothing, whether it serves as camouflage or commentary, is a uniquely human experience. I want to turn that experience, that language, on it’s head by offering whimsical and improbable reinventions of the packages we put ourselves in.”

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It was truly a spectacular night with truly spectacular visual and performing artists.

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(DiMauro Dance Company, Catherine Latson, Kara O’Neill, Bella Kotak, Andreas Messis & Stuart Reisch)

Thank you everyone for coming together to make this happen!

If you missed the opening there is still time to see our amazing collection. Artwork from the ‘the Fanciful World’ will be on display and available for purchase, now through April 24, 2016. Trust me, you will NOT be disappointed!

More photos from the Fanciful World :

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(Photo by @wanhattan via Instagram)

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‘the Fanciful World’ Opening Reception


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 Opening Reception at the 7th Heaven Design Party, Sponsored by IDS, NY Chapter

Please RSVP to rsvp@transformgallery.com 

transFORM GALLERY cordially invites you to the Opening Reception of ‘the Fanciful World’, February 4th, from 5-8pm, at the New York Design Center’s 7th HEAVEN DESIGN PARTY, sponsored by the Interior Design Society, NY Chapter, in conjunction with 200 LEX’s 7th Floor Showrooms. The evening will include a performance by Jessica DiMauro Dance Company.

Artists, Bella Kotak and Catherine Latson, draw their inspiration from the natural world creating mystical and breathtaking environments, fanciful garments and sculpture – drawing the viewer into an enchanting land via sight and touch.

 

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About Artist Bella Kotak – 

 

Fashion and conceptual photographer Bella Kotak says her main inspiration comes from, “nature, flowers, the beauty and colors of ever-changing seasons, my beautiful muses, pre Raphaelite paintings, Greek nymphs and their stories, royalty in fairytales and ideas of character’s journey in a darker nature driven world. Most of my images are pieces of several shots and for that to happen, I have to catch those moments in camera. Everything you see in a final image was captured on camera, just at different times. I bring the best storytelling qualities of different photos together to create one fully realized picture. I begin by going through the images and making selections and notes of different pieces of the image I like, for example, her face in one photo, her body language in another, the flow of fabric or how the smoke curled in this picture, and so on. Once I have a collection ready I open everything up in PhotoShop and meticulously begin to piece the puzzle together until the image I see emerge is the one I could already see when shooting. Once I have the composition finished, it’s then I begin with color toning and clearing up any distracting details. ”

 

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About Artist Catherine Latson – 

 

Sculpture and scenic artist Catherine Latson’s “Garment Series”, offers and unconventional take on the art and engineering of self-decoration. “Using exclusively organic and repurposed materials, the language of clothing is explored. Garment forms are re-imagined in moss, sea urchin shells, peacock quills, and more. While the forms are recognizably human, they are fragmented, weathered, and curious. They each have a story, a ghost, if you will. Clothing, whether it serves as camouflage or commentary, is a uniquely human experience. I want to turn that experience, that language, on it’s head by offering whimsical and improbable reinventions of the packages we put ourselves in.”

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About the 7th Heaven Design Party – 

We cordially invite you to experience 7th Heaven. Join us on February 4th, from3pm – 8pm to explore and celebrate the spirit of great design on the 7th floor at 200 LEX.

All of the showrooms on the Seventh Floor of the New York Design Center will be open and full of surprises to make your evening magical. Each showroom will be presenting their own innovative designs, unique displays, crafted cocktails and heavenly culinary indulgences. The evening will also include a performance by Jessica DiMauro Dance Company.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of New York’s finest furnishings and catch a warming drink with wonderful company on a cold winter’s night.

 

CROSS COUNTY – YoHo Meets NewRo Opening Reception


transFORM Gallery, and our event sponsor, Westchester Magazine, thank all of you who attended, “Cross County – YoHo Meets NewRo”.

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We also thank our artists Catherine Latson, Ginny Fox, Alexa Grace, and John Folchi for joining us at the opening reception and taking a few minutes to speak about their artwork and creative process.

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transFORM Art Gallery Director, Kara O’Neill,  lead the presentation by speaking about the YoHo Studio and her inspirations behind the show. Before giving up the floor, she spoke about Pasquale Miele, who could not attend the opening, calling his work both whimsical and “Basquiat-like”.

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Catherine Latson then discussed how nature is the text and a full-fledged collaborator behind her work. She has a passion for using exclusively organic and repurposed materials. Her latest collection, The Garment Series, offers an unconventional take on art and engineering of self-decoration.

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Ginny Fox revealed how she uses her hands, rather than brushes, to create clean lines. By layering and removing the paint with a white rag or t shirt, her hands become the vehicle for creating alternating fields of depth and translucent light.

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Alexa Grace spoke of her artistic journey, working with notable illustrators, such as Edward Gorey. She began illustrating for The Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, The Village Voice, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, both Time and LIFE Magazines, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Detroit Free Press, L.A. Times, Mademoiselle, Dia Nappon Printing, etc. She also has published adult and children’s books, to her credit.

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White Plains artist John Folchi, explained the skill behind dramatizing his cloud paintings, working from both photographs and memory he creates an emotional vista bringing a sense of levity or foreboding to his subjects.

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transFORM Co-Founder, Andreas Messis lead a group tour of the manufacturing operations of transFORM’s built-in closets and custom cabinetry facilities.

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A special transFORM Gallery thank you goes out to Jeremy Bacon for performing jazz standards throughout the night. The evening concluded when Kara honored the requests of her guests and performed a few jazz tunes for a grand musical finale.

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Take a look at the great time we had :

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Tapioca Bride

Tapioca Bride

Tapioca Root, Goose Nagoire Feathers,
Coque Tail Feathers, Peacock Swordtail
Feathers, Vintage Fabric and Lace Remnants
5' H x 4' - Hem Diameter
$9,750

Sea Urchin Tutu

Sea Urchin Tutu

Sea Urchin Shells (collected on the coast of Maine), Deconstructed Bodice, Tulle, Wood, Veneer, Whale Bone, Antique Tatting Threads, Cotton Batting
24" x 34" x 24"
$7,200
(installed with stand)

Dancing with Death

Dancing with Death

Pheasant, Goose & Duck Feathers, Ribbon, Wire
56" H
$9,750

Magnolia Tie

Magnolia Tie

Preserved Magnolia Leaves, Coque & Biot Feathers
17" x 4" x 2"
Plexi Box Frame : 23" x 11" x 3"
$2,000

the LITTLEs: goin'COMMANDO

the LITTLEs: goin'COMMANDO

Tapioca Root, Thread, Wooden Skewers, Broken Toggles
5" x 4"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: MOTHeaten

the LITTLEs: MOTHeaten

Pine Fern, Kimono Fragments, Thread
7" x 6"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: theTINIEST

the LITTLEs: theTINIEST

Muslin Remnant, Vintage Silk, Paper Cord, Thread
5" x 3"
$125 (unframed)

the LITTLEs:aWHOOPIN' and aHOLLERIN'

the LITTLEs:aWHOOPIN' and aHOLLERIN'

Canvas Remnant, Thread
5" x 3"
$125 (unframed)

the LITTLEs: yerSLIPisSHOWIN'

the LITTLEs: yerSLIPisSHOWIN'

Corset Remnants, Thread, Paper Moire, Piano Hammers
10" x 4"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: SHINYshoes

the LITTLEs: SHINYshoes

Used Stick Matches, Toggles, Wooden Skewers, Tulle
7" x 4"
$150 (unframed)

the LITTLEs: FUZZYslippers

the LITTLEs: FUZZYslippers

Victorian Corset Remnants, Rabbit Fur, Piano Hammers
10" x 4"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: GROOVYpants

the LITTLEs: GROOVYpants

Peacock Feather Bits, Corset Fragments, Piano Hammers
11" x 6"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: BOBBYsocks

the LITTLEs: BOBBYsocks

Wheat, Bear Grass, Piano Hammers, Frabric, Thread
10" x 5"
SOLD

Tweed

Tweed

Preserved Pine Fern, Hemp, Thread, Silk Cord, Antique Hat Netting, Fabric Remnants
25" x 15" x 3"
(Plexi Box Frame:34 x 24 x 4
$4,900

 Featherhead

Featherhead

Goose Feathers, Seaweed, Raffia, Bamboo Umbrella Parts, Silk Cord, Seed Pods, Antique Hat Netting, Nails, Threads
30" x 28" x 3"
(Oak Box Frame: 37 x 33 x 4
SOLD

Peacock

Peacock

Peacock Feather Tips, Paper Moire,Magnolia Skeleton Leaves, Paper, Antique Upholstery Fabric
14" x 33" x 6"
(Plexi Box Frame: 39 x 20 x 7
$4,900

Hoop Chandelier #2

Hoop Chandelier #2

Bittersweet Vine, Recycled Wine Barrel Hoop, Basket Reed, Wrought Iron Hardware
42" W x 22" D
$1,900

Lodge Sconce

Lodge Sconce

Bittersweet Vine
65" x 24" x 16"
$3,400

Sister Vine

Sister Vine

Bittersweet Vine
42" x 16" x 11"
$1,250
(installed with preserved greens)

Improbable Umbrella

Improbable Umbrella

Grapevine, Bittersweet Vine, Recycled Bamboo, Umbrella Frame
38" Diameter
$700

 

Catherine Latson Fine Art Documentation

“The building blocks of the natural world are endlessly interesting. No ocean or forest is bereft of ideas. I am drawn to organic “stuff” and spend my time gathering, dismantling, reassembling, and innovating with the things I find. Whether it is the grace of a vine’s curve, the architecture of a conch shell, the brocade surface of a sea urchin, or the cascading nature of amaranths, the intrinsic properties of my medium take the creative lead. I reach for the asymmetrical, the imperfect, the corroded, and decomposed. Those are the makings of good stories. My work does not preach. Nature is the text and a full-fledged collaborator.

The Garment Series offers an unconventional take on the art and engineering of self-decoration. Using exclusively organic and repurposed materials, the language of clothing is explored. Garment forms are reimagined in tapioca root, magnolia leaves, moss, birch, sea urchin shells, amaranths, hydrangea petals, peacock quills, and more. While the forms are recognizably human, they are fragmented, weathered, and curious. They each have a story, a ghost, if you will. Clothing, whether it serves as camouflage or commentary, is a uniquely human experience. I want to turn that experience, that language, on its head by offering whimsical and improbable reinventions of the packages we put ourselves in.”