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the Ida bonnet


finished this beauty last week- a custom sister to the Ada bonnet
from last summer. I’ve been calling this one Ida :)
Ada lives in Japan now, and Ida just flew off to China.

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this was really fun to make. it’s odd- sometimes ‘remaking’ a piece is like pulling teeth
but sometimes it’s easier on the second round. grateful this was the latter.


I lovve how it looks in the light.. I’ve already been plotting some ethereal diaphanous
dresses for quite awhile and this really convinced me that those need to exist!

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It’s  funny, when repeating something, how difficult it is to stay on track. my brain
doesn’t like repeating, it wants to try new things, and I have to constantly rein it in on
commissions. but they do give me tons of new ideas in the process.

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hurray! another piece done and en route to it’s new life.
I also just finished a wedding dress that’s been in the works for 6 months,
will be sharing photos here soon :) I love finishing things!


a little treasure


Hallo diary, and guests!
It’s been ages since I posted here, which I’m looking forward to remedying.
there are lots of interesting new tangents afoot that will be making their way
to this little window soon. but for now, I just really want to show you
this pincushion I made~





a lovely client in Seattle asked me to make one for her and I kind of blanked,
but said yes anyway. i made the body of it outside on one of the first warm,
sunny days we’ve had here.. my cats were gallavanting around
and thought I was making them a supreme new cat toy, haha



I stitched all the flowers, beads, leaves on last night and it slowly went from
a strange lil blob into.. something elegant and fae and dreamy.
it looks delicious. I couldn’t stop bopping it around
& everyone in my house wanted to eat it.


untitled-7sometimes making things that are other people’s request/idea is just the
ticket~ for being pushed into a new way of looking at what you do.
when there isn’t enough time for experimenting & play, things get
mechanical, boring & lose their luster. this definitely seemed like an
obligatory project at first, but it became really inspiring.


this is the end of my pincushion speech.. i love it, it feels awesome, and now
I want to make more plushy stuffed things :)
Happy Spring~


a leaf dress for Karis


just finished this custom autumn dress for a lovely lady..



it’s been ages since i did a dress commission!
at times it was really challenging, but i learned alot.
it took 4 dyebaths to get these colours & many, many hours just
comparing/arranging shades of rusty & orange fabrics before even
starting to sew. i went farther off into colour
study-land than usual and got quite inspired.



it felt really auspicious that this was my october project.
when i began the leaves had just started to turn & now as i’m
finishing they are in full pageant; orange-yellow-red-brown-green
and all the shades between.



fun facts:
-i cut up one of the first faery dresses i made (like 14 years ago) for this, it was
the perfect golden fabric you see in the middle front of the torso & along the decollete’.
-the rusty skirting in back used to be a sleeve from a shimmery 1920’s dress.
-the orange velvet along bustline is a remnant from an orange (wedding!)
dress i made a long time ago.
-there’s a formidable pocket hiding under the reddish tatters on the left side of skirt.



i’m really happy with the way it turned out,
and looking forward to the next colour study~


Happy October & Happy Halloween !

xo S

pictures with Kelly


i had a rare photo day a few weeks ago, with the lovely Kelly Murphy~


we’ve been friends for years & i’ve always wanted to make photos with her,
so it’s exciting to be living in the same area now..
she is a lovely, magical lady and has a strong kinship with nature & animals.
one of the neatest things about moving here is that Kelly is now the
veterinarian for my cat pack! we are so lucky!


Kelly is also an awesome photographer- she has a really good eye for beauty & angles.
her (instagram) is a kaleidoscope of forests, nightlife and creatures


this is the first shoot i’ve done at my new home,
a 37 acre piece of beautiful faery land on the outskirts of Olympia, WA.
after years of running around cities and parks trying to find a bit of privacy for photos,
this feels like hitting a serious jackpot.. so grateful to have some space, to be unobserved.


this dress was made with reclaimed silk, velvet, vintage coat lining & lace.
after this shoot i dyed it a bit darker.
it went to live with a magical doll-maker in Japan this week


watching the autumn come in has been so comforting


and the pageant has only just begun~
i missed seasons so much.. it feels right to be back in the northwest.
Happy Equinox to you all

xo S

Amber Amneisia


i’m so happy to share these photos at long last!
they feel like from a lifetime ago.



this is the last shoot i did in Oakland, at the magical marina house.
my dear friend Amber came over for the loveliest photo date, about a
week before the big move to Washington. i made a flowery nest in the studio
and adorned her in foliage, crystals, gibbous & victoriana.


Amber has been like a lady star beacon for me since our very first meeting.
she has a rare kind of authenticity.. an otherworldly vibrance and elegance
that is threaded into everything she does & makes.

she ‘s definitely been one of the most inspiring people for me in the bay~
always being creative, being a rad mum, wildcrafting, taking care of birds,
playing shows, making art installations, plant medicines, mead..
hosting neverending magical  gatherings at the cemetery.
she managed to be this ladylike faery in a rough & difficult, dangerous city.
a perfect balance; radiating kindness, but you wouldn’t wanna mess with her.
Amber, Angelique & Chelsea were kind of my role models for this at the time.
the badass Oakland faery queens :)
i was like, ok these ladies Know.. watch and learn.


Amber has a special kinship.. she is a bird whisperer.
~Especially chickens~
it’s really fun to hear tales of her fearless rooster companion Grettel,
who traveled & lived with her for many years.
he was the star of the tea parties, with pink toenails~
oh, and the raven who showed up and lived
with her for awhile.. he was named Dennis Hopper :)



Amber & her partner Shannon love chickens so much,
they made a chicken podcast, called… (Twin Beaks!)

i also recommend checking  out her music on soundcloud, it’s amazing.  often VE lL
(her project with Elm Outcault) performances would put me into the most far out
trance states. they also created beautiful altars, garments & rituals for
each performance. they were seriously mesmerizing.


VE lL performing at the first ALVA show in Oakland.


here are some of Amber’s beautiful paintings..
i’ve probably stared at the one above for at least 40 hours in my life.
it would always hold my gaze when it was hanging up at Katabatik.


i love this one & wish it were a whole book!


i’m sad to not live in the same city as this beautiful lady now..
she just moved to the woods too, though & i love to think of her
living in a magical forest realm.  a constellation
of friend land spots is starting to take shape.. it feels like the future :)

xo S

the Estella dress


just finished & available for adoption~



an elegant tattered beauty i started in oakland



the fabric is very special, somethings i’ve saved for
a long time. it’s very light and elegant.. perfectly aged.



i named her Estella because she reminds me of miss Havisham,
but a younger sylph like version who’s not quite so agoraphobic.



this is the first dress i’ve finished here in olympia
& i’m totally in love with it. that feels like a good start


xo S