I made some portraits with my friend Amber last weekend
It was a brilliant windy day with mercurial light
flickering here & there.. a fine day for magical endeavours~
this third photo was an accident~ the camera I work with
gets excited and the flash goes off randomly..
but it actually ended up being my favourite one :)
I love her mischievous expression.
these portraits have been so good at getting me
back in the practice of photography.. (with cameras, not phones!)
& working with people, instead of just garments, haha
came across this bit of history yesterday,
from 2007? 🕸️ the ‘bio’ from my first website
(which I typed, sewed and painted by hand on paper,
then brought to wizard friend Peter Hinson to
translate into a computer) ✨
I had only sold my work at stores or on
the street at that point.. the website was
like a beautiful mythical being in my mind.
This was before instagram, facebook,,
before Etsy (!!) before any of these freeways
were built. I had a couple friends working with
me back then, but the 4 designers thing was also
a bit of a mythical being.. I really didn’t want it to
be just me. I was a semi-irresponsible recluse, was
freaked out by the internet/ having an online identity/
‘selling’ myself.. & wanted more than anything to be
in a thriving posse of artists working together for a
beautiful cause.. Still something I’m moving towards
today, but with a more evolved awareness of how complex
work, art, people, health and collaboration can be.
I’ve learned quite alot in the last 12 years.
I definitely haven’t made very much money..
but I’ve become wealthy in many other ways :)
I added some new raven garments to the shop recently
the Victoria skirt
this was made from a vintage brocade type coat & a remnants
from some striped gentleman’s trousers.
it went to live with a lovely lady in San Francisco..
as did this one^
(the Leila skirt)
made with vintage coat lining, more trouser remnants &
pieces of a beautiful but destroyed polka dot 1940’s dress
it’s been fun to get back into making skirts..
I’ll prolly be making them more often from now on~
it’s hard to keep up on alll the things, haha
this beauty was birthed from the odd latticework
I make with scraps, when I need a break from creating
intentionally.. it’s kind of a relief to just sew things together sometimes without alot of thought.
I doctored them into this neat bonnet for some
portraits with my friend Amber,
which are coming up in one of the next posts. the
photography has been a good catalyst lately, for making
some of my lil garment visions come to life.
this piece is available for adoption in the shop
here’s a new portrait, taken of my friend Lance a couple weeks ago.
I feel quite lucky lately, to be meeting some very magical
people in the area who are kindred spirits and willing
to let me cover them in leaves, haha
a quick colour filled post
I had a very red week, resulting in the Rosalyn dress..
which is now available in the shop for adoption
the forest is starting to come alive again,
but it’s still very dark and sombre for the most part.
I’ve been surrounding myself with rich colours in the studio,
preparing for the flowers.
had a very enriching dyeing day
I’ve been splitting my time in many directions..
working on music alot and I hosted an epic
ALVA spring Equinox party. then I got sick!
trying to find the balance, as always.
the air is slowly starting to feel like Spring here,
but the forest is still muted and recovering from
all the snow. I’ve been making more portrait
missions the last couple weeks & now present you
with this beautiful capture of my dear sestra, Hali.
it has been great fun plotting and taking these portraits,
collaborating with kindreds & the forest.
I’m really looking forward to their evolution
through the seasons this year.
I just finished this dress makeover for the lovely Phine in Germany.
I think this is one of my favourite makeovers to date!
it was a great excuse to dive into my t-shirt trunks & rediscover
all the bounty there.. I love how using these faded vintage
shirts brought an air of history and weight to the dress.
you can just make out some of the words on the torso.
it reminds me of old buildings with the vintage painted
ads fading off into oblivion.
I cut the bottom of the original dress and
reincorporated it into the hem area, which created
a nice sense of colour balance with the top.
a lot of these pieces have been dyed, but some have just faded
and aged into perfect old farmhouse tones.
aand.. I remembered to take a before picture for once! take a look~
I do feel pretty proud of this one, mostly because I realllly want
to keep it, haha. which I think is a high mark of success :)