Chelsea

 

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things have been crazy! i’m moving to the northwest in 5 days &
my house has been a whirlwind of packing, parties & beautiful visitors.
i’ve been taking of advantage of my last weeks in the bay to make
photographs with some of the lovely friends i will miss here.
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i met Chelsea Friedman about 9 years ago. some friends & i moved into
an old victorian house she had started in Oakland, called Hauntington.
it was precious, spooky & beautiful.. with a dark & whimsical glamour.
it housed a revolving cast of ragged, romantic mutants, many of which
are now beloved family. it was the beginning of a very magical era for me.

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Chelsea was one of my first fae friends in an intense, urban city
that wasn’t so friendly at first.. a little later i visited her in a
shadowy little shack behind the Katabatik house; it was filled with dolls,
moss & lace.. that was where she made marionettes at the time.
i quickly became enchanted by this mysterious creatrix.

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she has since become one of my faery sisters.
through songs and stitches, sea talks, catdances, forest walks.
a muse & a mirror that i treasure & love.
our worlds weave together; support & inspire one another.

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here is a video of her last dance performance, in the Stanislau forest..
it was the most magical experience to run through the woods & stumble upon this.
tis a visual collaboration with our friend Jonathan Bernbaum.

these are some of her incredible assemblage & puppet creations..

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she hand sews all their tiny clothes!

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this one is my favourite.. it feels so alive,
like it might leap off the wall to tell you a wintery limerick.

oh yea! ,,Chelsea’s work will be on display at Field Day in April.
the opening reception is April 7th from 7-10pm
if you’re in the bay, make a trip out~
there is really no substitute for seeing these beauties in person!

xo

 

 

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it’s been such a long time since i wrote here,
i’d meant to do a sort of catch-up post..
but think i’ll just jump in by sharing these photographs
i made with my friend Marie the other day.

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my lil husband woke up mid shoot and had to come check her out, haha

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i’m about to move from this magical spot & it feels really lovely to make
some last beauty & shoots here. there is much wonder in the works,
more news & pictures soon. excited to be back in the studio and playing dress up

xo
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a dress for Bethany

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greetings, website & friends! it’s been a long break for me.
i am very happy to introduce the dress i’ve just finished.
tis a wedding gown for Bethany.

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i have been working on it off & on for almost 2 years! it’s really crazy.
it’s also the last commission. i will be making things strictly
out of my head for a good long while :)

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this dress has a myriad of fabrics dating from the 1800s to the modern day.
it also has bits of the bride’s mother’s wedding dress sewn in.

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it’s wonderful to be finished & to move forward into a new chapter..
the future looks bright. & mossy

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a dress for Breezy

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just finished this custom dress for a wedding in Scotland..

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made entirely from reclaimed antique & vintage materials, many hand-dyed.

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the couple is having a handfasting in an ancient garden and forest where they live
in Scotland.. they sent me photos and it’s truly stunning.. like a real life fairytale~

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annnd.. i’m exhausted. making up a lil velvet cloak to accompany it and then my plan
is to sleep for a couple days. and maybe do the dishes, haha.
<3s

May / moon \/ history / Sale

 

 

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I’ve been doing some altering on this dress that I made about ten years ago, for my dear friend Gwen.
Not sure if any of you remember back to the Le Rouge days on Hawthorne st.
in Portland, but this is from that era & Gwen was one of the owners of that boutique.
It’s so odd, I didn’t even remember it (don’t remember making it) til she pulled it out on one of
my northwest visits. Working on it is like entering a time capsule of my own life.

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I wasn’t so good with cameras or documenting my work back then, and there are quite alot of pieces that just disappeared into the world without a way for me to remember them. It’s pretty strange to look at how my mind was working at that point. I can see it all in the stitches. This was around the beginning of my venture into making clothes for other people. Back then I lived in my van, in closets & basements, moved every few months, dumpstered or stole all of my food.. working graveyard shifts,  battling with depression, addiction, a slew of anxiety disorders & a sad, twisted love affair. It was not an easy time.. but the harder things were, the more I sewed. That was how I worked things out, and made some sense out of the chaos.

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& I just kept going, thankfully.  It’s oddly the perfect time to be working on this, as the last couple months have been a massive life-sorting overhaul for me. I’m getting rid of
mountains of possessions, processing and letting go of so much.. physically & psychically.
Honouring, releasing the past and laying strong foundations for what I want to
be and create in the world from now on. It’s intimidating, but it feels like
once you start, you can’t go back. Probably a good thing.. Scorpio full moon power.
(more on that here)

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It’s so rewarding to see empty space! For a long time I’ve felt like materials were
the crucial element in creating.. to the point where I became a ridiculous
fashion packrat and couldn’t move freely in my house. I’ve started to realize
that most of the magik of making is in the mind, and that the mind needs space.
Space is potential. Anything can happen there.

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These lovely poppies just sprung up in our garden.. no one planted them, and they were there almost overnight. So lovely & inspiring. Plants have been helping me alot, they are always whispering
quiet lessons, flourishing and beckoning. Serious role models.

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I’m nearing the end of the custom orders.. this gathering is for the last custom
wedding dress. It’s for a fairytale wedding in Scotland at the end of the summer.
It’s going to be a really fun project.. pastels, abalone  & moss.

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A huge addition to my life these last months has been volunteering over at Cat Town Cafe (as most of my facebook & instagram friends know, haha..) It’s been such an amazing experience & I highly recommend supporting this place any way you can.  I’m working with many under socialized, super shy or scared cats and slowly helping them to feel safe with humans. It’s intense and wonderful & I’m a little bit addicted to it.
I’ve honestly never felt so useful before.

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Last but not least! There’s a sale in the shop til the 17th.. everything is 10-20% off.
Happy May~

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Spring blooms

 

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the last commissions are almost done & I’ve been playing a bit again..
working on the fancies has been a fun way to get my spontaneity back.
it’s also so lovely to be able to finish something quickly after so many long-term projects.

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the batch above have all flown to their new homes,
but there are a handful of others available in the shop.

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i love this one, named for Goldberry.. my favourite Tolkien character.

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this one has incredible weaving and fringe from the 1800’s.

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it also looks really good on Toby, haha

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the Pansy fancy is my favourite. it has bits of labradourite, amethyst & jet.
I love crystals.. been working with them & studying their properties for years.
they’ve been a powerful influence in my life. so glad to be stitching them now, too.

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another new creation.. the Helena skirt. available in the shop

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even though the stitches have been keeping me busy, I’ve been making a bit of time to get outside. we have a new garden space where I live, and it’s been fun to plant seeds and watch things grow. so grateful to live in such a beautiful little jungle.

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this vest is flying to Finland in the next few days. I really love sending things to Finland.
someday I’m going to fly there myself, and meet all the faeries. Iceland too.

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most of my evenings look like this. I’m a lucky lady. <3s

a custom Rose dress

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finally finished with this lovely dress..
for one reason or another it’s been a year or more in the making.
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it’s a custom creation for Valerie Mallory, a really amazing local artist.
she works with a lot of foliage & flowers in her sculptures.

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she asked me to sew in these fossilized roses, which was challenging..
but what a beautiful effect they have.

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the dress took me by surprise once completed..
I see an elegant old-world ballerina wearing it in my mind.
it feels very magikal & folkloric.. & like there’s something it’s meant to do.

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& now.. onward! <3s