adventures in pittsburgh: the mattress factory

I might be over 500 miles from Pittsburgh, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enlighten you all with a post about one of my many adventures in the city. For the last couple months or so, I treated my time in Pittsburgh like a tourist and tried to check off some key items from my bucket list. The Mattress Factory was top of the list (I’m a huge fan of installation art).

While the draw to the museum seems to be the permanent exhibitions by Yayoi Kusama (Infinity Dots Mirrored room, Repetitive Vision), I was most delighted by the work of the artists in residence that filled both the  main museum building and its adjacent buildings. Sarah Oppenheimer’s 610-3356 was quite possibly the most impressive piece at the museum (in my humble opinion!), second maybe to Chiharu Shiota’s Trace of Memory, which featured a small house completely overrun with black yarn.

Regardless of which art piece strikes you the most, The Mattress Factory boasts an impressive collection of art installations and should be a must on everyone’s to do list in Pittsburgh.

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Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Dots Mirrored Room

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John Peña, Word Balloons

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Sarah Oppenheimer, 610-3356

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Chiharu Shiota, Trace of Memory

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This post is #12 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

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five unexpected events

A not so happy traveller

A not so happy traveller

Last night, I finally arrived in Connecticut after a full day of driving from Pittsburgh. In just twenty four hours, I cleared out my apartment of everything I had accumulated from the last two years of living in the city, packed up my tiny sports car with everything I needed for the summer and my crazy little cat, and drove the long eight hour trip to my sister’s place on the east coast.

The move was so hectic that by the time I made it to CT, a blog post was out of the question. So here it is, just a few hours late, five unexpected events from a very hectic yesterday:

1. Using my cat’s leash. Naya Cat was so freaked out by the whole moving business that she wouldn’t get into her carry case, and I pulled out her leash for its first-time use. Which meant I spent eight hours with her roaming my car after she escaped from her collar. Seriously, I don’t know how we didn’t get into a car accident…

2. My one joy in long distance car rides is coffee. I love a good iced coffee on a car ride. Unfortunately, about five minutes into the road trip, Naya spilled the complete contents of my untouched coffee. We were both in for a long, long ride.

3. Losing a part of my car…and then having a friend find it again. I absently-mindedly left a part of my trunk on the side of the road while I was packing up. Thankfully, I have good enough friends willing to do slightly random favors for me. The plus side: it gives me an excuse to visit Pittsburgh soon!

4. Actually fitting my life for the next three months into my car. If you have a Toyota Celica you are constantly surprised at how much stuff you can cram in that little two door car.

5. Just an hour or so after settling in for the night in CT, Naya Cat was relaxed enough to ask for multiple belly rubs. It’s a good sign for things to come!

Cheers!

Sarah

This post is #10 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

farewell for now, pittsburgh!

Tonight is my last night in Pittsburgh.

Crazy!

So, in honor of the last two years in the Steel City, here are some of my favorite moments:

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Angie comes to town

Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh

Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh

Vegan Thanksgiving

Vegan Thanksgiving

Book art

Fall Mix Tape 2014

eclectic bedroom gallery wall

Gallery Wall

beautiful Siberian cat #miaprimacasa

Naya Cat!

audere" tattoo: "be bold" in Latin

Audere Tattoo

hot-metal-bridge background

Hot Metal Bridge

these streets: image of Pittsburgh #miaprimacasa

Murray Ave, Squirrel Hill

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Birkenstocks become the best trend of 2014

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Hot Metal Bridge

pittsburgh primanti bros.

Primanti Bros.

Vegan meal

Going Vegan!

Because I Can: Pittsburgh Marathon Highlights miaprimacasa.com

26.2 Miles at the Pgh Marathon

Keepin' it real for race day! #aerie #aeriereal #marathon #26.2 miaprimcasa.com

Marathon #OOTD

Easer outfits

Michelle comes to town

Vintage-inspired Monaco Grand Prix poster screen print miaprimacasa.com

Screening printing class

"…I made the greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension." -Ben Franklin #vegan #vegetarian miaprimcasa.com

Stip District haul

Adventures in Pittsburgh: Vegan Groceries, Coffe, and Art in the Strip District miaprimacasa.com

Vegan Groceries, Coffe, and Art in the Strip District

"Never Look Back" Screenprint on canvas miaprimacasa.com

Spring Mix Tape 2014

My Eclectic Living Room #apartmentliving miaprimacasa.com

Pretty apartment

Adventures in Plant-Based Nutrition

Adventures in Plant-Based Nutrition

Fall Mix Tape Art #miaprimacasa

Fall Mix Tape 2013

Cathedral of Learning pgh #miaprimacasa

Cathedral of Learning

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Much needed visit from Mom

Pgh Bridges in Autumn

Running under and on Pgh’s bridges

Graphic Sweaters

Getting Graphic

NaNoWriMo in Pgh

NaNoWriMo Winner- 2 years in a row!

Take My Hand and Run Fashion Inspiration miaprimcasa.com

Running, Cycling, and Fashion

Carengie Museum

Museum hopping

Frick Cafe Pgh Tea

Proper English tea at the Frick

Visit from the youngest sister

Visit from the youngest sister

The Gibbson Girl Esty Shop begins

The Gibbson Girl Esty Shop begins

Cheers!

Sarah

This post is #9 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

going dutch

About nine months ago my twin sister visited Pittsburgh from The Netherlands, where she currently lives. I’m going to be honest, I always considered myself the more fashionable twin….until my sister soaked up European style and returned to the States in outfits I’m constantly envious of.  I’ll be visiting my sister in Amsterdam early next month and we’ll finally be reunited. But until then, the below photos from her last trip to Pgh were too good not to share.

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Bonus points if you can tell who is who in these shots!

Cheers!

Sarah

This post is #7 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

adventures in pittsburgh: phipps conservatory

As my days in Pittsburgh come to a close, I wanted to be sure I did some final exploring before I left. One Pgh site left on my bucket list was Phipps Conservatory, so the other week I finally made my way over. And I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve been to a fair share of botanical gardens, and Pittsburgh’s own Phipps certainly ranks tops…just after my home town of Chicago’s stunning gardens, of course! The trip was just what I needed to relax and take a breath (of fresh air) when the last days of winter still had their grip on the city. No doubt the conservatory is even more spectacular during the summer and autumn months.

Thankfully, I still have some unique sites yet to see (Wigle Whiskey for instance). That, coupled with some great friends I’ll be leaving behind, means a trip back to Pittsburgh is in order soon enough.

Cheers!

Sarah

This post is #4 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

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spring packing + spring making

Today is devoted to packing. It’s unbelievable how entrenched I’ve become in my apartment after just two years. I feel like I’ve been packing for days (I have) and still haven’t made any progress (I have).

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So, I took a break to work on my Spring Mix Tape project. Every season (well, fall and spring), I ask my friends to submit songs that remind them of that season in anyway, subtly or not to so subtly. I then compile the songs into what usually turns out to be a three volume set of CDs– or “mix tapes.” I also create the cover art, which I’ll admit, can get a bit out of hand at times. I usually have to create ten or more copies of each piece, after all. But the project keeps me creating, and sharing work with friends makes it absolutely worth it.

For my last mix tape, I carved a hidden space into old books. For this project, I’m going a simpler, though no less time-consuming route, and focusing on creating art “books” to store the tapes. Here’s my progress so far.

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Cheers!

Sarah

This post is #3 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

i can. i will.

A waitress at The Cafe at the Frick was kind enough to let me snap a shot of her beautiful tattoos.

I can, I will wrist tattoo

I can. I will.