I confess, I am an art groupie, and last Friday night was no exception.

Jewels wearing Betsey Johnson, in front of the Warhol-Basquiat


If you are in LA, don’t miss Lisa Borgnes’s super cool exhibition, Stitching Up the Noughties, at the ACME gallery. Love, love LOVED it! Clever, witty, and downright soothing to the eyes, her work is as eccentric and fun as she is.

Lisa Borgnes, Claire Stansfield, and Julie Anne Rhodes

How fitting that I would bump into Claire Stansfield (we traveled the world together in the 80’s) against the backdrop of Lisa’s embroidery. From far away her pieces look as though they were done in another century, and make you feel so comfortably at home. Then you get up close enough to read the clever, witty prose that screams this century. One word sums it up all up… brilliant!

Story of my life!

What about London?

If only…

All the ingredients: the loom, a cup of tea, red bull, magazines, chain mail and feathers

... my wallet were as big as my mouth! I got so carried away by how much I loved her pieces I asked to buy one without asking the price (ode to another lifetime). Silly me, of course they are out of my price range, but that doesn’t mean I can’t go back to visit them…

The chic bag lady

… as I did the very next day with style guru Madeleine Gallay and her fabulous Lanvin bag. I enjoyed it just as much the second time around. Oh sigh, I’ll just have to munch on some Asian Graffiti Carrot Salad instead.

Stitching Up the Noughties will be on at ACME May 1st-29th, and you can check out Lisa’s insanely wonderful blog A Bloomsbury Life.

Asian Graffiti Carrot Salad

Servings: 4


  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese mustard
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 2 cups carrots, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups Napa cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 cup red cabbage, shredded
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds


1). In a large bowl, mix the rice vinegar, peanut butter, honey, Chinese Mustard, soy sauce, sesame oil, and red chili flakes with a whisk until well incorporated. Season to taste.

2). Add shredded carrots, both cabbages, raisins, almonds, and sunflower seeds. Season to taste, and chill.

Serving Suggestions: Stir well before serving, and serve cold with my Turkey-Jasmine Turkey Burgers, and Five Spice Sweet Potato Oven Fries; or as a side for Crispy-Ginger Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

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  • May 4, 2010
    1:00 am

    LOVE you in the Betsey Johnson and who wouldn't want a graffiti salad, so colorful and that would be art too.

  • May 4, 2010
    1:59 am

    I just finished reading this blog! I am planning to go see her work in person sometime over the next couple weeks! I am really looking forward to it!!! So glad you shared your impressions with us. Funny thing is, I found your blog through her blog! The wonders of the web!!Alison Sherman

  • May 4, 2010
    2:01 am

    love art in general. fav are matisse picasso and pollock but the best is to discover new visual emotions. thanks for sharing. ps love the dress and the pic :)Roberta Gui

  • May 4, 2010
    2:02 am

    'm right there with you Roberta… I used to go visit a huge Matisse almost daily in a museum in Paris when I lived there.Small, small world Alison. You will love the show!

  • May 4, 2010
    4:54 pm

    YUMMY!Linda Lyon

  • May 4, 2010
    4:55 pm

    These beautiful colours,infinite patterns are what I see…Martina D' Epifanio

  • May 4, 2010
    5:00 pm

    If I can't buy graffiti art, or any art for that matter, I might as well eat it!

  • May 4, 2010
    5:33 pm

    Great Blog Jewels! I just LOVE her work, so spot on! Must go see the exhibition this week! Can totally see one of them hanging on my wall… guess I'll wait for the LA – London one… and the funds to buy it, lol!

  • May 5, 2010
    12:06 pm

    Love Lisa Borgnes's work. Brilliant indeed!Wish I could be there to see it in person.I love art in all forms. It is in my blood and in the family. I grew up with books on Da Vinci, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Klimt & Kandinsky just to name a few. How can one ever be bored that…….aaahhh the love of art.Aussie Mum

  • May 5, 2010
    12:52 pm

    Wow on both fronts (food & art).Do you know if that exhibition has plans to come to Europe? If so, how about you sign up for the on-road catering ? 😉

  • May 5, 2010
    4:10 pm

    Looks like a delightful evening (gallery nights are my favourite!)That salad looks delicious, can't wait to try it – thanks so much for including the recipe!xo

  • May 5, 2010
    6:28 pm

    Hey Aussie Mum, JTMoomin, and escapade… this show really is fab. I hope it does travel… it should. I'm still scheming on how to pull the pennies together to own one… they are so soothing and make me smile, so so easy to live with!

  • May 5, 2010
    6:29 pm

    I will definitly love to have a conversation with you one of these days!!! (big smile)Nordine Kadri

  • May 7, 2010
    1:30 am

    I'm so glad I saw this link on Lisa's blog. I was born in 1971 so you can imagine where I've heard of you before and the slant on what I've read about you. I was so pleasantly surprised to find someone so real and humble about the "life once glamorous." Good for you. I wish you well. And I'm a chef in my own mind, so I enjoy your recipes. Thanks.

  • May 10, 2010
    7:15 pm

    I am so in love with your blog!The pictures are amazing!