August 16, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dino DiMucci removes his weathered fingers from the gray suit coat he's been hand-stitching. He wants to tell a story. It's clear he has the time. The shelves are half-empty in the narrow Newtown, Bucks County, haberdashery where he works. The back has more thread spools than garments. So DiMucci holds his right hand in the air and pinches his middle finger to his palm. This, he says, is how tailors push needles through fabric. For a week as a boy in southern Italy, his hand was tied in that position with a piece of string.
July 17, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Growing up in West Philadelphia, Betty Leacraft was drawn to the look and feel of fabric and its many creative uses. "I've been sewing since I was a child," said Leacraft. "My maternal grandmother put the first needle and thread in my hand. " At Overbrook High School and Cheyney University, Leacraft developed a keen interest in African culture. Over the years, she combined those passions to create bold and colorful artwork as a fabric mixed-media artist. Later this month, Leacraft will visit South Africa, where one of her works will be part of an exhibit of art quilts in tribute to the late President Nelson Mandela.
April 30, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The hardest part of St. Joseph's Hawks basketball practices under Jack Ramsay? Don DiJulia said it was being selected to play one-on-one. With Ramsay. "If you won - 'OK, we're playing again,' " said DiJulia, former Ramsay player, longtime St. Joe's athletic director. "If you won again - 'OK, we're playing again.' " Jack Ramsay, who died Monday at age 89, was nearing 40 when DiJulia joined his team. Not that age ever meant anything with Ramsay. This man goes down as Philadelphia's greatest contribution to basketball coaching, or maybe the coaching of any sport.
October 19, 2013 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
This was the week of the DesignPhiladelphia festival, but you would have hardly known it in the granddaddy of design districts, South Fourth Street's Fabric Row. Foot traffic was light. There were no presentations on Big Topics, no signs touting glamorous parties with beer-sipping design types. Instead, the business of cutting and selling cloth continued as usual. At Jack B. Fabrics, two generations of Blumenthals gathered on Friday afternoon around the shop's battered work table, the sole clearing in a thick forest of upright fabric bolts.
September 1, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker said Friday that allegations raised in a report that he fabricated a Newark street character named "T-Bone" for dramatic effect amounted to a "fake controversy. " Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark, has said T-Bone was a drug dealer who threatened his life when Booker moved to Newark, but later sought his help, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. Back in 2007, the Star-Ledger reported that Booker said T-Bone "is an archetype of so many people that are out there.
July 19, 2013
D AN WILBUR, 44, of Center City owns Wilbur: Vintage/Designer Clothing & Accessories, on 4th Street near Monroe in Queen Village's "Fabric Row. " The popular store opened in 2008. Q: How'd you get into the biz? A: I've been interested in clothing and fashion since the '80s. When I was younger, I visited a lot of shops [in Greenwich Village] when new wave and punk rock were in. I loved the color and texture of the clothes, and kind of formulated my shop from that. Q: What were you doing before you opened your shop?
July 8, 2013 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
Six months ago, Kerri Nahas made a bold move to brighten the "blah and boring" beige couch and matching drapes in the second-floor Phoenixville condo she shares with her husband, Chris. She striped the drapes with turquoise paint and scattered a half-dozen multihued pillows on the couch. The new pillows and embellished drapes complement two contemporary floral-pattern chairs and complete the decor in the living area. Kerri had already stained the coffee table mahogany; arranged photos, prints and paintings on pale pumpkin walls; and crafted seats for the black kitchen bar stools from a tweedy welcome mat. By the front door, Kerri converted an 8-by-8 alcove into a stylish dining lounge with strawberry walls.
June 20, 2013
Truth in advertising These pickles stand up to their name. Offering unique combinations such as fennel carrots and 'chesapeakles' - think Maryland crabs meet Jewish deli (Is that kosher?) - they are sure to steal the show on a sandwich plate. You'll even find the Epic brine in the 'Dirty Dog' cocktail at the White Dog Cafe. And if you're a heat-seeker like founder and pickler Robert Seufert, don't miss the "Hot pickles. " They're sure to give you that briny kick you've been craving.
May 10, 2013 | By Samantha Melamed, For The Inquirer
It began as a series of ad hoc rescue missions: Andrea Mihalik would spot furniture languishing on curbs during her morning jogs around Haddonfield, and end up lugging the underappreciated specimens back to her garage. Mihalik, 48, didn't know it at the time, but the collection of living-room rejects rapidly crowding the family cars out of their parking spots would soon launch her into a new career. As she would put it, the chairs just hadn't spoken to her yet. Nearly a decade later, those salvaged finds are the basis for Mihalik's one-woman company, Wild Chairy, which turns family heirlooms and garage-sale gems into "art chairs" - one-of-a-kind pieces that merge old-school upholstery techniques with a high-fashion sensibility, while integrating materials not found in (or anywhere near)
April 5, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two schools spent Thursday morning in lockdown as a SWAT team descended on the city's Feltonville section Thursday, all in response to a fabricated story by four adolescent students who said they were victims of a gun incident, authorities said. The children, ages 10 through 13, students at the Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences, falsely accused a woman of pointing a "long gun" at them as they were walking to school, according to police. Authorities took the report seriously, letting no one in or out of the middle school or Barton Elementary, a kindergarten through second grade school on the same campus.
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