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About writedesigner

Graphic designer, writer, and gardener Ellen Shapiro is based in Irvington, New York. A frequent contributor to design blogs and magazines including Print, Imprint, Salon.com, Communication Arts, and Etapes, she writes about trends, issues and personalities in design, illustration, photography, and visual culture around the world.

The Tree Man of Holbox Island

I was touring Holbox Island on my bike. I just had to stop. The signs were so intriguing: “Adopt a Tree” in more than a dozen languages and “Vivero Plantas Endemicas” (garden center for native plants). I got off my … Continue reading

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The Hand-Painted Advertisements of Holbox

My husband and I recently had the pleasure of spending a week on Isla Holbox, Mexico, a tropical island/wildlife reserve about 30km off the coast of the Yucatán. We stayed at Villas Flamingos, a low-key resort where the main activities … Continue reading

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Surprise!

Nice to wake up to. Not so nice if you’re planning to go somewhere. Luckily, I’m working at home today. Hope you are, too.

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Artifacts of Civil War America

Last month, I had the pleasure of visiting the Freeman Store & Museum, a charming historic house in the Town of Vienna, Virginia, a Washington, D.C., suburb. Built in 1859 by storekeeper Abram Lydecker, a New Jersey native, the house … Continue reading

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Christmas Is Bustin’ Out All Over

’Twas the day before Christmas, when all through the (green) house The plants were going crazy, bustin’ out of their pots. The annuals, succulents, perennials and tropicals all loved the warm day Happy that this winter seems more like L.A. … Continue reading

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Sheep and Wool and Much More

When my friend Frana Baruch, artist, graphic designer and craft fair and flea market aficianado, first told me that the New York Sheep and Wool Festival was “the best thing ever,” I thought she was kidding. Well, several chapters of … Continue reading

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Vest-Pocket Nursery

This was not what I expected to find, walking down the street in Lower Manhattan on the way to a photo shoot on a weekday morning: an open-air plant nursery wedged into a narrow lot between two buildings. Most people … Continue reading

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