Ideas & Art from Rob Elliott and Christine Cosby

Tag: Lower East Side

Wedding Cake Topper

Our friends Mark and Jenny got married last month in New York City. It was a charming little ceremony at Paulie Gee’s pizza parlour, attended by close friends and family, and a hurricane. When they asked Christine and I to make them a cake topper, we were excited about the creative possibilities. Mark and Jenny live in and run a pizza school (Pizza A Casa) in the Lower East Side. They love food and travel, and they adore each other.

We designed the topper as a two-sided object, and constructed it with painted foamcore and hand-sewn felt. It also features a disco ball.

The “Wedding Day” side of the topper shows Mark and Jenny in their wedding outfits, standing in front of a typical Lower East Side scene. There’s even the ubiquitous tagged Chinatown cube van, this one grafittied in honour of the happy couple.

The “Honeymoon” side shows Mark and Jenny in their vacation clothes, enjoying a picnic lunch on the Italian coast.


Manhattan sketches

I was in New York City last week, doing some design and illustration work for a publishing project. I’d love to share some samples with you, but the project is being kept under wraps until closer to launch. Instead, here are a couple of drawings for your enjoyment.

I walked towards this view of the Manhattan Bridge on-ramp every morning. The history-encrusted Lower East Side always reminds me of French science fiction artists Philippe Druillet and Moebius.

In Midtown, I came across a classic Modernist building (350 Park Avenue) with its perfect skin removed. Three panels of the curtain wall had been taken out to allow a crane to access the interior.

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