a leaf dress for Karis

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Happy October & Happy Halloween !

xo S

pictures with Kelly

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

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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!

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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

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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.

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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

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watching the autumn come in has been so comforting

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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

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

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 :)

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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.

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VE lL performing at the first ALVA show in Oakland.

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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.

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

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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

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just finished & available for adoption~

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an elegant tattered beauty i started in oakland

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

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

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

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xo S

Hali Autumn

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Hali Autumn’s beautiful jewelry creations in the gibbous shop!

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Hali is an avid creatrix in many mediums,
and a collector of antique treasures & natural wonders.
She has also been repairing & repurposing
antique jewelry for many years, and has a wealth of
knowledge in that area i’m excited to learn from.

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for the last few years, we’ve  been curating events together &
made a lil community to foster them called ALVA~
i will write more about that soon but here’s the fb page if
you want to get on board before then..
https://www.facebook.com/faeryrave/

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these two Hali creations are going up in the shop today;

the Ahti necklace

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go check them out, they are beautiful..
& keep an eye out here for future treasures.
we’ll also be collaborating on some neat fashion &
film projects in the next year, which is really going to be quite epic~

xo S

life update

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wow, here after months, hello to this site.
alot has been happening in the last while.
i managed to move out of my 9 year nest in oakland
and transplant my self, cats & collections to
a magical lil cabin in olympia.

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the actual move was a nightmare ( never ever rent from budget )
but thanks to two of my best comrades, Hali & Peter,
we made it here safe & sound-ish, though very very traumatized..
with 4 cats in hand & one delivered on the way to a friend in portland.

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my cat friends are really into our new place but
rather annoyed they can’t run wild in the woods.
hoping to build them a lovely cattery on our porch soon..
i’m pretty sure they see faeries everywhere here

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it has been slow going getting the studio set up. it’s starting to feel a bit
more like my world. i’m downsizing again, so will be offering
a lot more antique clothes &  treasures in the
next months in my garage sale shop over at
https://www.etsy.com/shop/gibbousfashions

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the fabric when it was still all organized. it’s gotten quite messy now..
that’s kind of a good thing though, signs of life, haha
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i’ve opened commissions from now until the end of september..
then i will be on a break again until spring/summer 2018
i’m fully booked on bridal work until then as well.
send a note if you’re interested in a custom order or makeover..

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Fauntleroy is really happy he got to come live with me

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the foliage here is incredible, always changing
& always inspiring with it’s colour scheming..

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this is the dress i’m working on at the moment..
so excited to see it done. it’ll be the first dress finished here in my new studio.

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all these photos are from my instagram, by the way.
https://www.instagram.com/seleneahnese
that seems be the place i update the most on the internets
lately, though i plan on being here on this site much more soon.

xo S