Happy Bowie Day!

Modeled by the fantabulous Marc Robinson

Modeled by the spectacular Kelly Kotulak, who made all the awesome jewelry you see on my models

Yours Truly (necklace by Kelly)

Marc and I

Modeled by the marvelous Olivia Gagne

Kelly and I, staring at Mars, and the life that might be on it.

These are the pictures from a David Bowie themed fashion show I did on January 17th, at Don Hills (though I think I took quite a few liberties with the theme: is it glam? is it from Labyrinth? No one knows, but its shiny and there was a guitar present, and that’s all that counts!). It was a small show, and a ton of fun, since I was so tired at that point, that I refused to worry about anything. I should be less stressed more often!

It was a great night, and I made some new friends with awesome people, and I hope I can do more events like this.

Red in Niagara Snow

Following my rather trying trip to the border of the Great White North, my cohort and I decided to stay in Niagara for a few days, see the sights, and have a photoshoot. Of course, we got snowed in, and were too drained to do much for most of the time, which led us to procrastination.

However, on the day we departed, though it was subzero temperatures, and snowing so hard that the plows wouldn’t bother, we buttoned our coats and put on our gloves, and ventured into the snow. Here are some of the images that we got, I may post more in the future, as there are hundreds, and we even took some video as well. Photographed by Stephen Stuart.

Some Rethinking

An inspiring image from Wunderkammer

I think recent events in my creative life have left me yearning for a rest. not a complete rest from art, mind you, but I suppose i just want to be able to create without deadlines, and without the pressure of a deadline. I love making collections, since it is many sides of an idea, but perhaps mini collections… for the purpose of photoshoots rather than fashion shows.. it lasts longer anyway. For instance: why can’t I make a dress based on a dollhouse? Time, thats why!

And maybe, If I simply create, without rushing, then by the end of the year, I will have a huge collection, of things that I put lots of care and effort into! Imagine that! Not rushing for a show!

Canadian Shennanigans…

So… the shennanigans that happened in Canada were of the pessimistic sort…

There are times in life, when everything decides to take a left turn whenever you think you are on track. This was one of those trips.
I left my car in Brooklyn the day before leaving to go north, in order to go to work, and my drivers side window got smashed in, and my GPS, or beloved LadyTron, as I call her, was stolen.
Ok, fine, brush it off, Stephen Stuart (videographer) and I called a repairman, and he was all set to bring a window, and repair it in an hour. He shows up, brought the wrong window, and we ended up duct taping some plastic sheets on, and away we went, snow, ice, and all.
We get to the border. Apparently, even if you are doing a fashion show at someone’s house, and helping them for free, it is considered “work” that is being taken from Canadians. Hence, we were put through a stressful interrogation, and turned away, after being told to procure more paperwork.
We get the proper paperwork, go back the next day, and were told (albeit by a much nicer customs officer) that it would just be best if we went home, and trying to get through the border multiple times looks suspicious.
So, after some well deserved duty free alcohol was purchased and consumed, we decided to just have a small vacation in Niagara, NY, since we came all that way, and didn’t want to have it all be a waste. After all, we have a jeep full of costumes, what better place to photograph than Niagara?
Long story short, we get snowed in to our hotel, making it difficult to go anywhere, and were even stranded at a Rite-Aid for 3 hours when the car broke down, and couldn’t be jumped back into action. Eventually, after we stocked up on food items, as though the apocalypse came early, an emergency road employee came to our rescue and revived my poor frayed car battery with magic, witchery, or what have you, but at least we got to leave the Rite-Aid without being towed.
Finally, on the day we were due to come home, we wake up to a foot of snow outside, that wasn’t there the previous evening, and it was a full out blizzard. We still had not utilized the costumes in the Jeep yet either. So we bit the bullet, and went out to Three Sisters Island, and had a photo and video shoot (in -3 degree weather) because by glory I was not going to leave this place after being completely unproductive!
Frozen, and at least feeling like we got something done, we headed home, through a blizzard, at 20 miles an hour.
Phew. I still haven’t felt like I’ve had a break, and have been drained by the experience. Though I am very glad I got to see Niagara falls, and I came to some realizations about my work and myself, that I might not have otherwise.
For instance, though I have a couple shows a month from now till October, I think I need to focus more on having good shoots, selling my work, and expanding the way in which I think about costume. I feel a lack in fine art in my life lately, so new costumes might be more like wearable paintings or sculptures, in order to fill that void.
Ok, that was a longer more pessimistic post than my usual, but hopefully I will have some pictures to show from my trip soon! There were some good points, which I shall talk about when I can show pictures of them!