a skirt for Lizbeth

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I just finished this custom skirt for Lizbeth~

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it started out as a makeover but became a takeover,
and ended up becoming an entirely new being.

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my friend says it reminds her of peeling wallpaper, which
I think is one of the best compliments ever!

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I dove deep into the green fabric trunk, and used some of
my favourite antique & vintage velvets.

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the golden brocade fabric happened at the very
last moment.. I had actually ‘finished’ and
photographed the skirt already without it, but
realized it wasn’t quite right. I got very sad and dramatic,
wreaking total chaos on my studio looking for the right
piece of fabric.. then I saw the brocade,
tried it, and heard the music :)

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so happy to have found the puzzle piece &
that this beauty is complete!

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xo S

Kean

made some beautiful new portraits last month~

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this elven prince goes by the name of Kean Sanguine..
we are both Oakland- Olympia transplants &
knew eachother long ago from the underground
parties thrown by Katabatik in the bay area.
it’s neat and reassuring to re-meet people up here in
the northwest and see how they are making their lives
in this more forest / less city environment.

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 I’m also find it very reassuring &
oddly healing to hang out with people and cover them
in leaves & dirt, arranging them in the forest
and capturing their beauty.
bringing out the elemental in people is becoming
one of my favourite pastimes.

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Kean is a prominent DJ here in Olympia &
you can keep up with his sounds & shows on
soundcloud or facebook

til next time~

xo S

makeover!

 Phine sent this coat to me in a bundle of clothes
to make over for her.. about 8 months ago :/
it usually doesn’t take me that long to get
going on a makeover but I just couldn’t get
the feel for what to do with this.

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thank goodness she’s also an artist (so she understood)
in addition to being a very lovely & patient client.

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a few nights ago, I walked by it & finally
got some instructions :)

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and now it is reborn and it’s really, really lovely

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here’s the lowdown:
I dyed it, replaced the zipper with one from a vintage coat,
brought in the sleeves to be more elegant,

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replaced the stiff arm seams with stretch velvet..
added some spidery black lace,

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I adjusted the hood a bit
& stitched some vintage trouser remnants to the cuffs,
to make the sleeves longer.

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there’s a button option to wear it without the zipper  too.

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the colour variance in the photos is driving me crazy,
some are taken with phone and some with
fancy camera. the true colour is kind of
in between the two :)

excited to have this beauty finished!

xo S

 

portraits with Fern

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I made some quick portraits with my lovely friend Fern
a few weeks ago.. we got caught up talking for a long time
before the shoot and only had about 45 minutes of actual
photo time.. I was really impressed that we caught such
beautiful images in such a short session.

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oh & it also started raining after about 10  minutes, haha.
thankfully Fern is seriously fae & seriously dedicated,
and was ok with laying around in the woods getting rained on.
my favourite kind of model :)

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I love how the photos turned out, they feel so ethereal.
looking forward to making more magic with this beautiful faery.

xo S

the Alina dress

finally finished this beauty last week..

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I started this piece about 15 years ago!
realized quickly after starting it that my skill level
at the time wouldn’t match up with the vision..
so it got set aside for a long time.

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very glad I waited, cause it has turned out
just how I imagined it, all those years ago.
a lot of Perfect materials started surfacing
in the last couple months.

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stretch silk, tattered tablecloths, antique bedspread..
vintage slips & rosette dresses are all
worked in.

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the tattered pink velvet on the torso was
a highly prized treasure in my fabric horde.
I still think it’s one of the loveliest things
I’ve ever found.. it was part of a very
tattered antique children’s snow hat.

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it feels so light and elegant on, like wearing a rose petal dress.

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it’s hard to let this one go.. but I am.
she’s now available for adoption in the shop

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xo S

a makeover for Phine

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the latest makeover is another t-shirt dress
for the lovely Phine, in Germany..

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when I was picking the fabrics for this, I kept getting
surprised by the many varied colours I was choosing.
not usually my route.. but I’m glad I followed those instincts,
cause the palette ended up being perfect!

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this has helped fortify a little plan I’ve been making..
that is, to make t-shirt dresses predominantly
(aside from my commissions) for a month or two
and see what happens. I love jumping around and
creating freely, but could use a bit more structure
(and steady cat food). people seem to love these, and
I love to make them, so why not?

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this is my favourite angle. this dress has gotten me feeling
excited about using a lot of colours together.. but in a
way that still mimics nature.

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and.. the Before shot:

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quite a transformation!

xo S

portraits with Kiyo

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so happy to finally share these portraits
I made last month with my friend Kiyo~

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these were taken on a very magical rainy forest day,
before the spring explosion of leaves and bugs and sunlight.
everything smelled wonderful and there were
lots of mushrooms to greet.

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I’m excited to do more projects with this lovely being..
it’s like they stepped out of a Gibbous dream, haha.
quite a perfect faery muse

xo S