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from the creative director: A new year. A new look. Welcome to a perkier, geometric-themed POLISHED filled with compelling articles on subjects from politics to pumps. In the following pages, you will encounter gorgeous layouts, new talent, and thought-provoking pieces. Enjoy the compelling photos by the always-charming Oliver Klink, featuring budding talent Terry Tocci’s runway-ready pieces. In keeping with our esteemed Richard Bath’s vision for POLISHED, the only student-run Bostonbased magazine, creative juices are flowing, and youth offers a whole new outlook on society. We thank all the devoted readers who made our Larz Anderson launch of the on-line version of POLISHED such a success. Enjoy, and let yourself get POLISHED.


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Photography: Oliver Klink On Andria (Left): Cardigan and boots, stylist’s own. Dress, Terry Tocci Designs. On Gianna (Right): Cardigan and boots, stylist’s own. Pants and hat, Terry Tocci Designs. Hair and Makeup: Jaime Berkman of Eye4Beauty Location: Groton House Farm – Models: Andria Blackman – Represented by Maggie Inc. Gianna Simone –



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5 putting your best face forward


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Chloe +Reese by Jamie Gordius Images courtesy of Chloe and Reese

Only in business ten months, New York-based fashion designer Annmarie Scotto is on her way to the top. Scotto’s career started out in public relations when she was an executive in media, but then her interest took a dramatic turn towards fashion design. Inspired at the thought of designing clothes for the chic and sophisticated woman, clothes that were able to speak for themselves, she wanted a look that was able to go from day to night time. Scotto decided to go not for the latest trends but rather for the fashionable, the stylish, the sophisticated, and the diverse. She focuses on clothes ranging from separates and coats to the party dress that flatters any figure with fabrics that are luxurious but fitted. Items in her line can be paired with any shoe from stilettos to flats, can be dressed up or dressed down, and can be matched with the appropriate jewelry, based on day or nighttime wear. Scotto’s line has been sold in stores such as Neiman Marcus, Anthropologie, and Henri Bendel’s holiday season; Scotto is represented by Coco and Company, most famous for launching the Kate Spade brand. Chloe and Reese has plans for global expansion in places such as Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai, Australia, and even Moscow.

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Scotto’s line has also made a debut in Women’s Wear Daily, The New York Post, U.S. Weekly, Elle, Vogue, Lucky, Harper’s Bazaar, and Cosmopolitan; her garments have even appeared on MTV’s The Hills. For Boston Fashion Week 2008, Scotto launched her brand in order to show off her new line to the local Boston business lady. She felt that her line, as a “Boston Style Collection,” was ideal for this client. Her trunk show at Fashion Week included full-waisted skirts, high-waisted skirts, party skirts, dresses, and blouses. Some of the fabrics Scotto used in her new looks for the fall included wool and 100 percent silk. She explained that these fabrics are a huge hit for fall. While Scotto’s visit to Boston was a big success for her new line, she plans to maintain a strong presence in the Boston market.



Terry Tocci Designs

by Kristen Augenfeld Photography by Oliver Klink

Terry Tocci, a native of Brockton, Massachusetts, is an up-and-coming fashion designer in the Boston area. Currently designing and sewing everything out of her apartment in Malden, she hopes to eventually open her own boutique and mass produce her clothing. Tocci started making clothes by constructing them out of curtains and tablecloths from the instruction she received during four years of fashion classes at Brockton High. She went on to major in fashion merchandising at at a Boston area college. Tocci recalls watching her mother get ready to go out as a source of inspiration: “She reminded me of Diana Ross or Donna Summer – from the dress to the shoes, the makeup was flawless. She would walk into a room and everyone would stare and be amazed.” Losing her mother at the age of nineteen proved to be pivotal in her fashion career, as she found that she wanted to constantly be writing, drawing, or sewing: “It was my own form of therapy. I buried myself into sewing projects and it was then when I was asked to direct a fashion show for a community music conference.” She decided that she wanted not only to direct and choreograph the show, but to close as the featured designer. Though she tries not to blind herself with “what’s in and what’s not,” she enjoys attending fashion shows and “girls’ night out gigs” to keep up with the latest trends. Weekends are for her nine-yearold daughter, who often accompanies her on trips to New York a couple times a month to go fabric shopping and attend trade shows.

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An average day for Tocci is spent as a Grants Administrator for Pathfinder International, a nonprofit organization that specializes in family planning. After coming home and making dinner, she spends what time she has left sketching or sewing: “When I’m working on a project or a show I tend to pull a lot of all-nighters. Time is crucial and sleeping doesn’t get the job done. So at times it feels like I’m working around the clock but it’s all worth it when you see your design completed on a model or customer.” Having just wrapped up Boston Fashion Week, Tocci is concentrating on fall and winter pieces, while constantly designing evening and formalwear without always following the seasons: “I want my designs to be a classic like the black mini dress in your closet… ‘a must have.’ Comfort shows and I hope to achieve making garments that can be a part of your wardrobe for a long time. Comfort, classic cuts, prints, and durable fabrics are key.” For purchase inquiries, Tocci can be reached at:


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A look at the Top Makeup Artists in the Boston Area

BY JENNIFER BENNETT Weddings, holiday parties, celebrations, every big event is a reason

for women to show off their beauty. Putting together the right collection of cosmetics to compliment your facial features really does the trick! Smashbox, Laura Mercier, Dior - there are so many names, products, and color palettes to choose from. Don’t feel as if you have the time, skills, or patience to do-it-yourself? Here are some of the most talented artists to help you look your best!

Experienced for over fifteen years in the cosmetics field, artist Dani Wagener is manager of the Shu Uemura hot spot on Newbury Street in downtown Boston. Dani was recognized as Boston’s Top Makeup Artist of 2007 by Boston Magazine and she uses her expertise of the Japanese mineral-based cosmetic brand to focus on the natural beauty of her clients.

[Dani Wagener c/o Shu Uemura 130 Newbury St. Boston 617-241-3500


Specializing in wedding makeup, Katrina Hess has worked with renowned brands such as Bobbi Brown, Chanel, and Shiseido for eighteen years. She has received numerous awards from Boston Magazine, and has been featured in several fashion magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Allure, and Elegant Wedding. As a licensed cosmetologist, Katrina has also volunteered for “Look Good...Feel Better,” a national program that offers makeup applications for cancer patients.

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Internationally known makeup-artist David Nicholas offers not only his professional services, but a professional makeup training center and photography studio as well. As a licensed Esthetician, and President and CEO of David Nicholas International, Inc., David has worked with clients for over thirty years, coaching them through proper make up application and skin care. Services at DNI also include makeup for males and reconstructive makeup. David has won numerous awards including the Golden Palette, and has volunteered with the Shriners Burns Hospital to provide patients with corrective makeup services.

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529 Main St. Suite 125 Boston 617-242-0177


Why go to a salon when you can have two hardworking beauticians bring the art of makeup application and hair styling to you? Extensive training as well as experience has helped the Eye 4 Beauty team of Jamie Berkman and Sarah Maher become highly popular. As a student of David Nicholas, Jamie brings her creativity and cosmetic knowledge to the duo, while Sarah’s expertise is hair. Sarah’s career started working as a freelance hairstylist, specifically in the fashion and bridal industry. Enduring eight years of training has allowed her to be able to fully please Eye 4 Beauty’s clients. Services for clientele include weddings, one-on-one consultations, makeup and hairstyling classes, and much more. The team travels throughout New England to create a fun, cosmetic atmosphere right in your own home.

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Starting her career as a member of Chanel’s National Team of Makeup Artists, Elizabeth Moon is widely known throughout the fashion industry. She has serviced celebrities, including James Taylor and Goldie Hawn, been featured in magazines such as Fitness and Wedding Bells, and has even worked on fashion shows for Hugo Boss and Betsey Johnson. In metro Boston, Elizabeth has also worked with many charities, such as Aids Action, and Hair Cares. Her specialty area of makeup application is mainstreamed around theater, photography, and television.

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Congress St. Boston 617-247-0005


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Polished on Politics Welcome to the first in a series of articles that will discuss our political and governmental system from its historical origins to present day. This series is not intended to be judgmental or biased in any way; I simply want to place several historical perspectives on the table for the purpose of provoking thoughtful discussion. This past November the people of the United States were faced with two history making presidential election scenarios, and they were asked to vote for and elect either the first African-American president or the first woman Vice President. Now that the election is over, the people have chosen to elect the first African-American President. So this begs the question. How far have we come since the founding fathers crafted our independence and formed our government? While some will say we have come a long way, others will say this is the first in a series of steps that must be taken to reach our desired place in history. The real purpose of this discussion is designed to get you to think about government and the role it should play in our lives. I am not going to engage in any analysis of our political and governmental system; that is going to be your job. It is our responsibility as a people to open up meaningful dialogue on all levels of our society which includes friends, family and political parties. Let’s start with the following question, “What would John Adams and Thomas Jefferson say?”

“The essential principles of our Government... form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty and safety.” Thomas Jefferson’s 1st Inaugural Address, 1801. Copyright 1995-2001 Eyler Robert Coates, Sr. What do you think? Send your comments to See you next time… RIchard Bath Founder of Polished Magazine

“The science of government, it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.” John Adams US diplomat & politician (1735 - 1826)

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for the Job

by Kristen Augenfeld Images courtesy of Dress for Sucess


nyone successful will tell you that making a great first impression is key to being hired for a new job. When on an interview, outward presentation is what is first noticed. With a mission statement of “promoting economic independence of disadvantaged women,” Dress for Success provides unemployed women with clothing and coaching to look their best while searching for employment. Founded in New York City in 1997, the not-forprofit organization opened its Boston branch in 2001. Women are scheduled for an interview with Dress for Success after being referred to by various other nonprofit and government agencies such as shelters, immigration services, and job-training programs. They then receive one suit for interviews, and when work is found, are invited to return to collect separates that may be mixed and matched, providing staples for a professional wardrobe. Accessories such as shoes, handbags, scarves, and jewelry are also distributed when available. Support for Dress for Success comes in form of volunteering time, clothing donations and financial contributions. “We never have a shortage of clothing,” says Kim Todd, the executive director of Dress for Success Boston. Though most come from individuals, regular donations arrive to the Commonwealth Ave. boutique from Talbot’s,


Sara Campbell, and Modern Shoe Company. Financial contributions are used to maintain the shop and sustain support programs. Dress for Success focuses not just on physical appearance, but also in building the confidence of the women who step through their doors. The Professional Women’s Group program, founded within the organization, provides life membership to group meetings that provide a support system for the transition into the working world. About twenty-five regular members attend the monthly gatherings in Boston.

“Dress for Success focuses not just on physical appearance, but the confidence of the women who step through their doors.” Since 2001 Dress for Success has served more than 3,500 women, with 700 being dressed last year alone. “Our goal is to reach 1,000 this year,” Todd says. (Eighty-five affiliates around the world, in such countries as Ireland, Jamaica, and the Netherlands, in forty-eight states with various branches per state.) The Boston boutique is one of three in Massachusetts. Volunteer inquiries can be addressed at the organization’s official website:

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Challenging The Silence by Fallon Coster The rate of rape on college campuses is high.

Q: First of all, what is the exact technical definition of rape?

An estimated 20-25% of college women in the United States experience attempted or completed rape during their college career (National Institute of Justice, 2000).

A: The Massachusetts legal definition of rape is penetration of the vagina, mouth or anus by another body part and/or object against the person’s will or without her/his consent. Consent cannot legally be given if a person is under the age of 16, mentally disabled, or incapacitated (intoxicated, drugged, unconscious, or asleep).

In the United States, 1 in 33 men report experiencing an attempted or completed rape at some time in their lives (NIJ, 2000). Research on college men who have experienced rape is limited, but existing studies indicate that men are also at risk for sexual assault on campuses. Most people know the person who assaulted them. 90% of female college students who had been raped knew the person who assaulted them. These included boyfriends, ex-boyfriends, classmates, friends, acquaintances and co-workers.

We are all affected by sexual violence. We can all do something about it. Find out what you can do... The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center has collaborated with several colleges in the Boston area to raise student awareness about rape and sexual assault prevention. Lasell College’s Lauren Tousignant and I will be working as Campus Outreach Coordinators with BARCC’s Special Projects Coordinator, Shelley Yen-Ewert, as the voices against sexual abuse and rape on the Lasell College campus. We are working together to educate and empower students so that we can fight the battle of sexual violence together. BARCC’s Shelley Yen-Ewert will be informing us about what rape is and why BARCC and the campus outreach program are so important.


There are also many forms of sexual violence which do not fit the definition of rape. These include acts such as unwanted sexual touching, sexual harassment, forcing someone to look at sexually explicit material, and others. All forms of sexual violence impact survivors, their friends and family members, and communities as a whole. Q: Why do you feel that it is so important to educate young people about rape? A: It is important to educate young people about rape because young people can create change in their communities. Friends or family members are usually the first people whom a survivor of sexual assault tells; therefore, young people can contribute to their friend’s healing process by learning to provide empowering support and resources. In addition, young people have the potential to influence their peers’ behaviors and attitudes and thus are important in the work towards creating healthy, non-violent communities. Q: What do the people at BARCC do/ provide? A: BARCC’s mission is to end sexual violence through healing and social change. Our services include a 24-hour hotline, 24-hour medical advocacy, individual

and group counseling, and legal advocacy. These services are available for survivors of all genders and their family and friends. We also provide outreach, education, and prevention services through partnerships and training with organizations and communities. All of our services are free and confidential. Q: What is the Campus Outreach Coordinator Internship? A: The Campus Outreach Coordinator Internship is an important part of the partnership between BARCC and college campuses. Through this internship, college students develop and coordinate an outreach plan for their campus in order to increase awareness of issues of sexual violence and work towards ending and preventing sexual violence on their campus. Q: What do you hope to achieve through this new program on college campuses? A: Our hope is that this program will ultimately help foster healthy, safe, respectful, non-violent communities at participating college campuses. This can be achieved through creating environments where survivors feel safe disclosing assaults, attitudes leading to sexual violence and perpetrator’s actions are not tolerated, and positive attitudes and relationships are promoted. Q: Why have you chosen to work with college campuses in particular? A: One of the reasons we are working with college campuses is because of the prevalence and impact of sexual violence on campuses. The National College Women Sexual Victimization Study (1999) determined that on average, 35 incidents of rape occurs per 1,000 students on U.S. college campuses each year. Survivors of sexual violence may experience emotional distress, a decline in physical health, and difficulty concentrating in school. Also, college campuses are often places where students actively develop new relationships, and explore and formulate new ideas. On some campuses, students live in close community with each other. This makes colleges a good place for education and prevention work.

to each other and have a smaller student population; the largest, MassBay Community College, having approximately 5,500 students. We believe that the smaller size of these schools may facilitate community building and thus be conducive to this type of internship. Q: Lastly, what do you feel is the most important thing that needs to change or be done in order to decrease the amount of sex crimes on campuses and in society? A: I think we need to recognize that sexual violence is an issue that impacts all of us and that we all have a role to play in ending it. Some of the ways you can help end sexual violence are:  learn the facts about sexual violence  believe your classmates or friends who tell you they’ve been assaulted  engage your classmates in discussion about the issue of sexual assault  recognize and challenge attitudes that contribute to sexual violence, and promote healthy sexuality and relationships on your campus

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because I want to be a part of this proactive movement towards ending the crime of rape. I do believe that rape is a crime that can be stopped through a community effort. I will be working on campus to educate the students of Lasell about rape and on how we can all work together to prevent it. Through hearing from BARCC’s Special Projects Coordinator, Shelley Yen-Ewert you can see how prominent a role rape plays in today’s society and why this movement is so important to college students. We will be working together on campus to fight this battle. Keep your eyes open for events that you can get involved in and feel free to contact me or Lauren at: or For more information, please visit:

Q: How many and which colleges are involved? Why is this significant? A: Five colleges are involved. In addition to Lasell College, they are Newbury College, Pine Manor College, MassBay Community College, and Babson College. All of the involved colleges are located close


Located in the heart of Beacon Hill, this gem of a hotel is one of Boston’s newest and hottest attractions. Not only does the Liberty Hotel offer beautiful rooms and sleeping accommodations, but it is home to three classy restaurants and lounges. What used to be the nineteenth-centurybuilt Charles Street Jailhouse has been renovated and transformed into a luxurious modern hotel.

With 298 guest rooms, a 24-hour health and fitness center, a dramatic ballroom holding up to 300 guests, and a couple of the most popular lounges in the city, this is a prominent hotel choice for many. The main lobby, which projects a stunning ambiance, is on the second floor. Within the lobby is Clink, a restaurant where people can go to see and be seen. It offers decadent foods created by Chef Joseph Margate, as well as a broad wine and cocktail list. On the first floor, as soon as you enter the hotel, you have Scampo and Alibi. Lydia Shire is the mastermind chef behind Scampo. It is an Italian-inspired restaurant, with the most tasteful homemade breads, sauces, and entrees. This restaurant books up rather quickly, so making a reservation would be in your best interest. As a matter of fact, Alibi is where the jail’s original cells used to be. They have played this up with humorous celebrity mug shots spread out on the walls. The cocktails are perfection, and the outdoor space (weather permitting) is where the atmosphere really heats up. The line can get quite lengthy, but this is one place where the reward is worth every minute of the wait. Opening its doors only last year in September of 2007, the Liberty Hotel has already been the recipient of some very distinguished awards. It was the AAA Four Diamond Award winner, Boston Magazine’s “Best Hotel Debut” in August 2008, and the Improper Bostonian’s “Best Place to See and Be Seen” in July 2008. Other honors included listing in Fortune’s “The Best New Business Hotels” in May 2008 and mention in’s “Sexiest Hotels in America 2008.”

Images courtesy of Liberty Hotel

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The architecture is magnificent, and the atmosphere is so alluring that you’ll never want to leave. Whether it’s the Ultra Fantastic Room or the Breathtaking Room, guests of the Liberty Hotel are treated so regally that it’s hard to imagine that the place


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used to be a jail! People come from all over to stay here, which comes as no surprise once you see what this hotel has to offer. Whether you need lodging for the weekend, a hotel for your next business trip, or just a spot for an exciting night on the town, the Liberty Hotel should be your next destination; it will leave you awestruck.

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he heritage that is passed on from generation to generation is what keeps traditions from being forgotten. The “Keepers of Tradition: Art and Folk Heritage in Massachusetts” exhibit in Lexington’s National Heritage Museum is a virtual cornucopia of expressive art from Massachusetts that symbolizes the importance tradition plays in everyday life. The “Fruit Cocktail Costume” that was used for Boston’s thirty-fourth annual Caribbean Carnival in 2007 is a colorful and fun piece that symbolizes the Caribbean culture. Entering the exhibit, the visitor immediately encounters this eye-catching and vibrant costume made of colorful feathers, gold trimming, sequins, and margarita glasses. The piece reflects the delightful and outgoing nature of the festival and its connection to Mardi Gras festivities. Errol A. Phillip and Noel Audain of the Trinidad and Tobago Social Club designed this immense outfit, using welding, gluing, and sewing to construct not only a unique design but also one that could withstand the wearer’s dancing and body movement without breaking. These designers specialize in nontextile apparel and do so in an impressive manner. Speaking of welding, if you thought that The Wizard of Oz’s tin man costume was a masterful nontextile garment, take a look at the “Tin Men” of Richard Clark, Daniel Hardy, Glenn Walker, and William Walsh. The art reflected here follows a centuriesold metalsmithing tradition that may


have inspired the creation of the Tin Man character in The Wizard of Oz. Crafted of copper, galvanized steel, and stainless steel and using impeccable craftsmanship to construct welded joints and a well-shaped body, each tin man’s construction took more than fifty hours. The retired sheet metal workers from the Local 17 Sheet Metal Association who made these figures are journeymen of their trade and drew on technical skills such as layout, scribing, cutting, folding, rolling, bending, riveting, soldering, and filling to construct these tin men. The art forms were created to reflect Irish ethnic and union pride for the 2007 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Dorchester, Massachusetts, as well as to advertise the trade of metal work as a teaching tool for apprentices. Another spectacular costume that symbolizes Irish tradition is Ann Horkan’s Irish dance costume. Horkan is an immigrant from the Irish Aran Islands who migrated to Boston as a young woman in 1954. The dress she designed was made for her young daughter. It is a circular flounced-style dress with lace-cuffed long sleeves and a flat lace collar and is cut from burgundy cotton-and-polyester fabric, with crocheted lace, rhinestone detailing, and intricate embroidery patterning. The embroidery pattern was based on designs in the Book of Kells, a decorative handwritten text that contains the four Gospels of the New Testament along with other works written by Celtic monks. This inspiration rings true in the design of the

embroidery, reminiscent of Celtic patterning that has been used in Celtic dress, household items, and artwork throughout the years. Horkan explains why the tradition of making the costumes for Irish dance contests is so important to her, stating that these days, costumes “are all store boughten and they are wicked expensive. I think we need to hold on to old things.” She wants to retain her culture’s traditions by producing these costumes herself, so that the garment is a true symbol of her beliefs and heritage.

Güliz Pamukoglu (standing) and Feridun Özgören, 2007. Waltham, Massachusetts. Courtesy of National Heritage Museum and Massachusetts Cultural Council. Photography by Billy Howard

God, May His Glory Be Glorified, 2005. Güliz Pamukoglu, Waltham, Massachusetts. Courtesy of National Heritage Museum and Massachusetts Cultural Council. Photography by Jason Dowdle

The “Spirit House,” by Yary Livan of Lowell, Massachusetts, is another example of a handcrafted piece that stands for the religious practices of a culture. This immense stoneware, clay, and glaze construction reflects the tradition of the Cambodian Buddhist daily prayer. Not only does it hold symbolic value, but it is also a detailed and beautiful piece. The base of the temple is decoratively carved to give the structure texture with floral designs. The railings of the structure that surround the house bear a resemblance to the dragon, a symbol of the gods. There is much gold detailing throughout the designs in a pointed rod that could be symbolic of pointing to the gods. These houses were made for the owner’s yard as a representation of a temple, because the temples were located far from the small villages where most people lived. The artist explained the use of this piece, stating that “Cambodian people usually put a picture or a statue of Buddha, a glass of water, a pot of flowers and a pot for incense inside a spirit house. [They] believe that their messages will be brought up to the Buddha or to the angels by the smoke of the incense they light.” The “God May His Glory Be Glorified” exhibit, with marbling by Güliz Pamukoglu and calligraphy credited to Mehmet Tahir Efendil, was completed entirely and beautifully by hand. This paper-and-waterbased pigment work of art combines warm and cool colors in an eye-catching manner, using oranges that contrast with the different shades of blue and purple. The central calligraphy in white, along with the diamond-shaped designs above and below, gives an aesthetically pleasing


balance between positive and negative space. Surrounding the calligraphy are intricate designs and patterning using several different color shades that make this piece a very interesting composition. A piece with such detail could never be duplicated or reproduced, which is what makes this piece so special. The life of Harold A Burnham and his work at sea have resulted in a very special Gloucester harbor landmark, the Thomas E. Lannon ship. Burnham, of Essex, Massachusetts, represents the eleventh generation of boat builders in a family of Essex natives that extends back to 1635. The half hull model displayed in the “Keepers of Tradition” exhibit aided Burnham in designing the Thomas E. Lannon. The half hull is painted country red and green with a black stripe at the very top. Burnham launched the Lannon the oldfashioned way, using wedges, grease, and gravity. To make such spectacular wooden vessels, he must call on his skills as a logger, sawyer, shipwright, mechanic, sail maker, rigger, and most essentially, mariner, using a shipwright’s tools dating from the 1800s. The Lannon was the first saw-frame vessel fastened with wooden pegs and built along the Essex River bank in fifty years, and it was under sail at the Gloucester School Race in 1997. To sum up how large the role of the sea plays in everyday life in Massachusetts, Burnham states, “It is hard to imagine a place on earth where shipbuilding is more deeply embroidered into the fabric of the community.”

Spirit house, 2007. Yary Livan, Lowell, Massachusetts. Courtesy of National Heritage Museum and Massachusetts Cultural Council. Photography by Jason Dowdle

These works are only a few of over onehundred pieces created by seventy Massachusetts artists and artisans. These people’s works are tangible representations of their individual heritages and traditions. Other pieces include the “Maggie Bell” weather vane made by Anthony Holand from Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts; the “Lamp” with mica shade made by Carl Close Junior from Concord, Massachusetts; the “Winter Scene” made from traditional rug hooking by Jeanne Fallier from Westford; and the “Jug” made using the sgraffito (Italian for ‘scratched’) technique by Michael L. Burry from Plymouth, Massachusetts. Every work of art in the “Keepers of Tradition” exhibit tells a story about the religion, daily life, culture, and values of the artist, making each piece unique and significant to the overall heritage of Massachusetts.

Irish step dancing costume, 1980. Ann Horkan, Osterville, Massachusetts. Courtesy of National Heritage Museum and Massachusetts Cultural Council. Photography by Jason Dowdle


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hotographer Oliver Klink isn’t afraid to let his creative mind take over when he picks up a camera. A few years ago he started his firm, klinkfoto, in Boston, and he has since created a niche for himself. “I developed a certain signature style over the years by creating glamorous, emotionally fueled, and artistically made images that still work commercially,” Klink says when reflecting upon his work. Hailing from Germany, Klink is working to establish himself firmly in the United States market before “approaching potential clients in Germany and other European countries.” When questioned about what sparked his interest in photography, Klink explains his vision and credits his mother’s confident sense of style: “I am a very visual person. I have an intense imagination, and my brain produces these strong visions of how I see the world. Unfortunately, I don’t have the natural ability to paint or draw all this - the camera is my tool to let people participate in how I see the world.” With his mother working the fashion industry for many years, Klink believes he “inherited her eye and feeling for high-end


fashion design. I think it is important to not only understand photography but fashion as well, to be able to create meaningful and commercially successful fashion photographs.” Klink is genuinely interested in beauty and style, which explains his focus on advertising and fashion photography. Yet Klink doesn’t limit himself to one aspect of photography and also creates “people portraits and lifestyle images, as well as images of products. I enjoy working with young children tremendously - kids tend to express raw emotions. They show pure joy of living in the moment; capturing all this in a photograph is extremely rewarding for a photographer as well as the viewer.” Driven to build an emotional connection with his audience, Klink acknowledges that “the image is the end result of an intense creative process that hopefully awakens the curiosity and expands the vision of the observer.” Having attended business school and earned a Master’s degree in marketing, Klink “never forgets the business aspect of the photo shoot.” Keeping the question “what does the client want to


klick communicate?” in mind while shooting, Klink mixes his business knowledge with his natural ability to make art. “It is all very simple. In the end my image has to sell the product. Not a very glamorous perspective, I know, but this is reality,” Klink simply states.

The creative process of the photo shoot starts in Klink’s mind: “When I arrive on location, I look for the right spots to place the model; I am composing the images already in my head - this is when the photographs are created. What’s left is picking up the camera and taking the actual picture - this is the mechanical aspect of creating the image, the capturing of what already existed as an image in my head.” A successful shoot relies on meticulous planning upfront. “Models, location, hair/makeup, clothes, and the theme of the shoot - everything has to be a fit and work well together,” Klink advises.

Aspiring creative minds should realize the talents they have within and have confidence in themselves and their work, Klink informs us. “Don’t try to follow everyone else,” he warns.“Believe in yourself and be persistent.” Speaking like a true businessman, Klink offers one more suggestion: “Learn also how to market yourself - without the proper promotion your commercial success is likely to fail.”

To view Klink’s work, please visit Fashion 54

Photos courtesy of Oliver Klink


Fashion 54

boston street style. by alyssa davis photos courtesy of alyssa davis

With a diverse population of over 600,000 individuals how is it that Boston has gone unrecognized within the fashion world for so long? Instead, it has been viewed as New England’s most historical city, with its widely known universities and gorgeous public parks. You could’ve fooled us. In the wake of Boston Fashion Week, trendfrenzied men and women roam the busy Boston streets, shopping, waiting for the T, eating out, or just trying to make it to class in style.

Gabby and Connie, 18 Manhattan, NY Kelly, 24 Quincy, MA


Maranovella, 28 Italy

Antonio, 22 Russia

Alexandra and Serena, 19 Connecticut and New York Ayan, 19 Boston, MA

Brett, 22 Boston, MA

Valerie, 38 Boston, MA


A space in Boston where Manolo Blahniks are the norm. by Kristine Barry Images courtesy of 28 Degrees

28 DEGREES is the new swanky lounge in the South End that makes you ask: Am I in Boston? 28 DEGREES rivals hot spots in New York City with its chic clientele, colorful cocktails, and whimsical dishes. Once you step inside the space, you are immediately taken aback by the cool and contemporary design. The space is filled with luxurious fabrics, sexy textures, rich woods, quirky graphics, and soulful music. Once you get used to your new lavish surroundings, strut (in your Jimmy Choos, of course) to the bar for a fresh fruit drink served straight up by one of the surprisingly humble bartenders. 28 DEGREES has a never-ending list of delicious one-of-a-kind cocktails and wines. The frozen Bellinis have been a huge crowd favorite and were even rumored to be the drink of summer 2008. But the Blueberry Basil Martini alone is enough to make me return. Accompanying the award-winning drinks is the delightful menu, which is a mirror image of the social setting and space. The menu offers a variety of cool, raw, brick-oven, hot, snack, and slider creations. The Caramelized Onion, Asiago Cheese, and Pesto Pizza was extremely delicious, but for fifteen dollars, I would rather stay with the drinks and grab a slice at the corner mart.


After sipping on a Lime Drop, I slipped into the highly regarded washroom and was once again taken away. It sounds incredibly ridiculous, but this cocktail establishment has one of the most beautiful bathrooms. The ceiling can be described as psychedelic with water bubbles above glass panels, casting a rippling glow over the washroom with candles flickering in the walls. 28 DEGREES is going to be up for endless Best of Boston awards this year, so strut in there with your designer wallet to taste some of their delicious cocktails, munch on a few snacks, and most definitely people-watch.

The Rundown:

Price: $$$...A bit expensive, but the cocktails were totally worth it.

Parking: Street and valet. Attire: Can be casual or dressy as long as you look stylish. Good for groups: Yes. They have areas for private parties,

separated by one of their chic curtains. Wait: Unfortunately, there is usually a line to get in, so get there early. Takes reservations: Yes. Good for: Light dinner and late night cocktails. Music: In-house DJ and music videos at the perfect volume between yelling and quiet conversation. Best night: Sunday night is Bellini night and features a drag show! Happy hour: No. Coat check: Yes.


Polished Magazine Fall 2008  

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