Friday, August 13, 2010
Yesterday I found a huge plastic bag of vintage matchbooks at one of my haunts in downtown Riverside. Displaying an eclectic love of both graphics and locations, it’s clear the former collector was a real cool cat or kitty….hanging at The Stardust and Flamingo in Vegas, the Luau in Beverly Hills, Chasens in West Hollywood, and the Egg and the Eye Restaurant on Wilshire in Los Angeles.
"The legendary Edith Wyle cultivated her love of folk art in the '60s, after growing disenchanted with abstract expressionism and minimalism—the art trends of her day. Edith’s search for a more meaningful art form transformed her into a “chronic enthusiast” of indigenous art, an art form that couples tradition with function. She yearned to support diverse and socially relevant art.
In 1965, Edith channeled that yearning into The Egg and The Eye, an innovative café and shop on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles, which soon became the preferred hangout for artists, travelers and dreamers. Edith’s belief that a celebration of culture should include both food and art inspired the clever café name. The Egg and The Eye served over 50 exotic omelettes inspired by international cuisine and offered guests a dazzling array of international folk art to enjoy.
In 1973, The Egg and The Eye became the nonprofit Craft and Folk Art Museum, which displayed a wealth of folk art and an eclectic offering of contemporary craft. Determined to make it a “living museum,” Edith initiated workshops and educational programs involving community members whose arts were on display."
And to add to the story, The Craft and Folk Art Museum bought several of my pieces in the late 90s when I was making these cigar box handbags.
I've always wanted one of those big glass bowls full of vintage matchbooks and now I have one. I'm sure that's why these showed up yesterday. :)