Edward Gorey House – A Unique American Museum

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To those with an absurdist sense of humor and fondness for drawing, Edward Gorey is the beloved author and illustrator of such tales as The Doubtful Guest, The Curious Sofa, and The Loathsome Couple. To television viewers, he’s the creator of the animation that opens Mystery! on PBS. To theatergoers, he’s the Tony Award-winning set and costume designer behind 1977 rendition of Dracula. No matter how you know him,  there’s no denying he’s a talented and beloved American artist and author.

The Edward Gorey House is  a very special place that is dedicated to celebrating and preserving the life and works of Edward Gorey and honoring his legacy.  In 1979 Edward Gorey purchased the 200 year-old sea captain’s home at 8 Strawberry Lane on the Yarmouth Port Common, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. After his death in 2000 the house became a museum, dedicated to Gorey’s life and work. The House displays his diverse and extraordinary talents and reflects his distinct personality.

I reached out to Gregory Hischak, the Edward Gorey House Curator, to discus more about this unique man, the museum and how TheEdward Gorey House uses products from PinSOurce to promote the work they do.

PS: How do you use the materials from PinSource within your organization?

GH: PinSource produces our annual membership pins and has done so ever since 2005.

PS: Why are the products important?

GH:The Annual Membership Pin is, along with the collateral that it is tied in with, a key component of our yearly exhibit. The image is used on all email communications and is prominent in our social media. The pin is mailed to current members, used by docents and, of course, it is also sold in our gift shop. These pins become Gorey Collectibles and there are more than a few collectors out there who have every pin the House has ever made available.

PS:Can you talk a little about what EGH does in relation to Edward Gorey’s legacy?CO Unusedweb-2

GH:The Edward Gorey House is, as the name suggests, Gorey’s house in Yarmouth Port, MA. This is his home that he lived and worked, collected and passed away in. We are not the trustees of his estate or licensees of Gorey’s works though we have a pretty cordial accessibility to the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust’s archive of original art. From them and from the House items we build a new exhibit every year. With Gorey, who had such a myriad of interests and abilities and was keenly prolific, each exhibit from year to year is quite different and this allows us to really re-invent the House and showcase another aspect of Gorey every year for visitors.

PS: For a person not familiar with EG work, what would you say is important for people to know or understand about him?

GH: Edward has a very distinctive style and sensibility that runs through all his work, whether it be his own books, the work he illustrated for other authors, his set designs, etchings, etc. Always there is formal macabre whimsy running through everything. While Gorey’s work is fatalist, surreal and even a bit murderous it is also invariably very very funny. His humor always turns what might be just stark into something delightful. Getting that across to visitors is the primary goal of the House.

PS: Are there any exciting upcoming events in the New Year at EGH that our readers should know about?

GH: The House will re-open with the 2016 Exhibit on April 15, 2016. We’re still wrestling over the name though “The Mysterious Mayonnaise” had a run for a while before being discarded. Our annual summer childrens festival Fantastagorey Day will be Saturday, August 6th. This is a free all-ages event that engages kids in readings, book-making, creature making, games and a lot of general mayhem. There are always a lot of other things that come up and becoming Friends with the House on Facebook is a great way to keep up on the things we have going on.

PS: What else do you want people to know about your organization or Edward Gorey?EGH Front-web

GH: I think there’s no doubt, people who have visited us have found the Edward Gorey House to be one of the most interesting, unique small museums in America. it is evolving, educational, mysterious and a lot of fun. Plus, you can always buy a pin in the gift shop.

All Images Courtsey of  the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

If you’d like to visit the Edward Gorey House it’s located at:

8 Strawberry Lane
Yarmouth Port, MA 02675
508-362-3909

Edward Gorey House 2016 Hours of Operation:

April 15 – July 3 Thurs/Fri/Sat 11am – 4pm; Sun 12-4pm.
July 6 – October 9 Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat 11am – 4pm; Sun 12-4pm.
October 14 – Dec 31 Fri/Sat 11am – 4pm; Sun 12-4pm.

Lean more: www.edwardgoreyhouse.org

Advice on Taking Your Suit to the Next Level From Our Friends at LGFG Fashion House

Wedding season is upon us and, for some, it can be a fashionably challenging time of the year. Wearing a suit is the simple part, but adding that extra character to your outfit or suit can seem daunting. Well-chosen accessories can make all the difference and can say that you care, that you have taste and style, and allow you to express a little individuality. Accessories can provide subtle touches that tie an outfit together in an impressive way.

To get some expert advice and guidance on the subject, we decide to reach out to our friend  Dimitry Toukhcher owner of LGFG Fashion House. He agreed to give us some tips on how to wear men’s accessories as well as some general advice on taking your suit to the next level during the wedding season.

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PS: Can you over do it with accessories?  What do you suggest using together? What are no-nos to wear at the same time?

DT: I suppose you CAN overdo it with accessories when they become “tacky” so you have to read the situation. A younger associate in an office, for example, might want to think twice before upstaging someone more senior, so you don’t want to outdo your boss, but at the same time it’s good to dress for the position you want. Cufflinks are an absolute must.

PS: Here at PinSource we are fans of the lapel pin. Can you speak a little bit to how you might use a lapel pin as an accessory on a suit if you were heading to a wedding this summer?

DT: I could see custom wedding lapel pins not only being very thoughtful but also a great souvenir for after the wedding. Our company orders lapel pins as a way to build our culture.

PS: What about cufflinks? How do you recommend using these as part of a summer suit without going over the top? When are cuff link shirts appropriate and when are buttoned cuffs suitable?

10894899_1601634493381241_2001573540_aDT: There is no over the top with cufflinks- that’s kind of the point of cufflinks, they are meant to stand out. Cufflinks show that a man pays attention to detail and the more fancy ones are a sign of status – just like a watch. Going the extra mile for something more noticeable is a personality statement for lots of our clients. French cuff shirts which require cufflinks are always a good choice in a more formal setting, while button cuffs are for casual work and for grinding behind your desk.

PS:What is your personal favorite mens suit accessory?

DT: I consider shoes to be a suit accessory and they are definitely my favourite item to jazz up a suit. I have shoes ranging from dark blue to lavender and they match my suits perfectly -nobody else is doing it yet, but I predict it will e61b91c5a6be43f198146d26126f3ac4become a fashion trend in the next 5 years as more customization becomes available to the mass market.

PS:What is one thing a man can do to take his suit to the next level?

DT: This is easy. First of all, buy the most expensive suit you can afford. It really makes a difference. One great suit is better than 3 bad ones. Secondly, don’t go cheap on a shirt when you have a great suit. No point being in a Porche when the seats aren’t leather- the interior needs to match the exterior.

PS: Anything else you wish to include about mens fashion / style?

DT: You should check out LGFG, of course.

You can make it look easy by following a few simple style rules. Carefully chosen accessories will give you that extra edge you need to boost your style and confidence and take your suit to the next level.

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Shatter the Stigma: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Let’s face it, sometimes it can be hard to admit you need help. It can be even more difficult when the struggle involves something that carries a negative stigma. The stigma associated with mental illness can often be as hard (if not harder) to deal with than the symptoms. This may prevent those affected from speaking out or seeking help in fear of feeling judged.

s3_93772_bEach year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the month of May, the National Alliance on Mental Illness are working to bring awareness to this issue. While feeling sad, stressed or worried is certainly a regular part of life, these same emotions -depending on severity and duration- can also be a symptom of deeper issues involving our mental health. This is why it’s more important than ever that we all work together to break down misconceptions and promote recovery for healthy communities.

To answer some questions concerning mental health awareness, we reached out to Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Jessica Rothman.  Jessica is based in Chicago and has been practicing Marriage and Family Therapy since 2011. We’ve asked her to help us  join the conversation about the stigma attached to mental illness.

PS: What does it mean to have a mental illness?

JR: Everybody struggles with mental health from time to time. We can feel depressed about our job or about something happening in our life which is completely normal. What makes it different for those who have a more serious issue is when it starts disrupting every aspect of our lives. That is when it’s important to ask yourself : Is this fleeting or consistent? If it’s consistent it can indicate a more serious mental health issue.

PS: Why do you think it’s difficult for those who suffer from mental illness to come forward?

JR:It is Stigma. In our society we are programed to put our emotions to the side. It’s about success being strong; it stems from our Puritan ideals of not wanting to look weak.

blog-picI like to use the analogy of a car: You are on the highway of life and every so often you need to bring your car in for an oil change or a tune up. Sometimes it can take awhile to get repairs, other times it is only a quick check in for fine tuning. That is how I see therapy. It’s important to check in on your emotional health from time to time and talk about things that you might need help getting through – that can also mean the good things too.

PS: What are first steps someone might take if they are concerned about their mental health?

JR: The first thing to ask yourself is is this fleeting or consistent? Is this pervasive in every aspect of your life? If it affects your life all the time it’s important to seek the help you need. If you sprained your ankle, the first thing you would do would be to see a doctor. It’s important to think about this when it comes to your mental health as well and seek the professional help you might need, just as you would for a physical issue.

PS: What advice would you give to families of those suffering from a mental illness?

JR:That it is a normal thing and it can be worked through. Less than 1% of mental health issues last a lifetime. It is something that your loved one can work through. It’s important to support them and remind them there is nothing wrong with who they are.

PS: Since May is Mental Health Awareness month, what stigma would you like to shatter?

JR:The media like to paint a untrue picture of what it means to see a therapist. It s not sitting on couch telling an unresponsive person your problems like Signund Freud. It is about sharing the good and bad feelings in your life. It is a collaborative experience that is solution focused, and sometimes only lasts a few months for some people.

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