I have what some people might describe as Brooklyn old Jewish lady tendencies when it comes to furniture and fashion – part overwrought pretentiousness and part comfort seeking pragmatism. The Yiddish term ungapatchka comes close to my natural habitat. This is all complimented by a hint of adolescent Puerto Rican enthusiasm for bright colors and pop culture. Think Menudo circa 1978. Have I offended everyone yet? Excellent. My Sicilian family tree has both Jewish and Puerto Rican branches. I know of what I speak. The ornate imitation Rococo settees and ersatz Baroque arm chairs of my great aunt Angie were covered in custom made clear plastic slip covers. That’s totally a thing. Keep all this in mind for a second.
Vladimir Tretchikoff was a Russian born artist who spent his long life in Asia and South Africa from 1913 to 2006. As a self taught artist he became very wealthy creating paintings and selling licensed prints all around the world. He painted his most famous work in 1950. It’s generally referred to as The Green Lady and depicts a highly stylized Chinese woman. Art critics despised his work and called him the King of Kitsch. He was too successful to care what the critics said.
Carrie Fisher (A.K.A. Princess Leia from the original Star Wars films) is a global pop culture icon. Her character isn’t too far from kitsch either with her trademark Cinnabon hair braids.
Enter the newest item in my home decor collection. Two great tastes that taste great together. My Green Lady Princess Leia throw pillow. She makes me smile every time I look at her. I’m thinking of having her encased in clear plastic.