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relics of the internet

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 :)

xo S

new Ravens +

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


xo S

a new portrait


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

xo S

red week

a quick colour filled post

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I had a very red week, resulting in the Rosalyn dress..
which is now available in the shop for adoption

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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.

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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.



xo S

a portrait of Hali


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.

xo S

a makeover for Phine


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.

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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.


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a lot of these pieces have been dyed, but some have just faded
and aged into perfect old farmhouse tones.

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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 :)

xo S


Greetings, from a quietly thawing forest..
this winter has been quite long and provoking.
it feels like so much has been
germinating in the dark~ inside & outside..
now we prepare for the resurgence of Spring.
I’m finally getting back to taking photos, of other
people, in my clothes and visions.


happy to share my first portrait in many years~
this is my longtime friend & muse Matthew
(aka Chains) resting between shadow and light,
in the forest where I live.

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this marks the beginning of something I’ve long envisioned,
and a waking up/ Regeneration of sorts. I’m looking
forward to weaving together the many mediums
that beckon; in a more symbiotic way this year..
& it will also be lovely to collaborate regularly
with other magical earthlings again

xo S