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Kucoon

June 11th, 2010 § 0

you rock my world!

The first time I saw this designer’s work (Designer in Chief, Andrea Spratt) atHarmony Festival a year ago I’ve wanted one of everything they sell.  To me it’s pure comfortable luxury and absolutely fits the description they give in their biography as “elegant, yet whimsical”.  With soft, comfortable, flowing fabrics, a focus on cut, options of layering and a sophisticated color pallet, their pure concept of style breaths through every piece they make.

Visit their store here: http://store.kucoondesigns.com

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Not only are they one of my favorite companies but they were also a huge inspiration to me as the Artistic Director of the Hoop Technique DVD

One of the first things I knew when Rich and I sat down to conceptualize the hooping DVD we wanted to make and he asked if I would be the artistic director of it (see my profile here) I knew exactly what kind of style I saw him (and later Spiral) in.  One of the first thing I gave them were these images as the inspiration for their wardrobes (the first three of which were Kucoon’s designs)…

Coincidently, Spiral knew the designer, Andrea, who invited them down to the Kucoon warehouse in LA where she helped them find some amazing clothing for the DVD.  Spiral wore Kucoon pants in all instructional parts of the DVD and they both wore their black and silver striped pants their performance shoot.  I can’t wait for the release of the DVD!!

Visit Hoop Technique here: http://hooptechnique.com/blog/

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Black

June 9th, 2010 § 0

…is not just a color

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and White

June 9th, 2010 § 0

…is not always white

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Onyx’s (Secret) Closet at LIB

June 9th, 2010 § 0

One of my goals, along with this blog, creating an Etsy store, throwing trunk parties etc is to set up a booth (which I call my ‘closet’) at festivals to bring my creations to our community and to hopefully find them new homes with people who love them as much as I do. Seeing as how I only started production a month and a half before Lightning in a Bottle (a music/art festival in southern California) I decided to only do a test run of sorts there.  My very supportive husband and I (in one week) collected mostly re-used (as all my creations) a pop-up tent, fitting forms, a rug, curtains, lamps, tables etc to set up an amazing place to display my work.  I set it up at our camping area and invited my friends to come and visit.

As expected, this was a great experience in showing my work and definitely helped me clarify my intentions on how I want to share it.  I had originally thought of, rather than just selling my pieces, to set up a system where one could come and borrow pieces for a day or night and if you wanted, you could even bring your make-up and get ready there too, wonderful inspirational women all inspiring each other and bonding before the big night of dancing and play…  I was so happy to be able to loan out my pieces and see them worn on such beautiful women at LIB, but the details of making this system work seems to be a larger task than I think I’m ready for right now.  I’m still open to the idea, but maybe it would work best down the line when I have a larger selection.  I love that all of my clothes are about 80 recycled materials (about 50% of that being vintage) and that they already, by completion, have a story behind them; and I love even more the idea that they are worn in and characterized pieces, not something you buy brand new off a rack, that each time a new women wears them its story continues and brings new inspiration to the next woman who wears it.  Plus, aren’t the most beautiful clothes the ones that have made it through 5 Burning Man’s!!  I still have intentions towards this, but until I get it worked out more, if you have a big event you’d like to borrow a piece for get a hold of me and lets play!

Personal Style

June 8th, 2010 § 1

If you’re looking for inspiration into your own personal style, one thing that has really helped me is that each year (usually after Burning Man which is not only my internal ‘New Year’ but also the place where I get the most inspiration each year) I create a folder on my computer called “Inspiration” or “Style” in which, if I ever see an image of something that I like, that I feel is expressive of the way I feel, that exemplifies the direction I want to go with my personal style, that I think would look good on my body type, or for some reason just speaks to me, I’ll just throw it in my folder.  My best method of finding these images is to find other peoples blogs that I share similar taste with or that I just find inspirational.  I’ve bookmarked 4 or 5 of my favorite fashion blogs and every few days (or couple of weeks if you prefer) I’ll read (or just quickly look at) their newest posts.

Then, anytime I’m going shopping or about to sit down to make something, I’ll just open my folder, select all the images and open them in my Preview application. Then I just scroll down the images quickly not thinking too much about them. Your brain will do that on it’s own and hence you won’t end up necessarily copying what you see but allow your brain to translate what it sees and interpret them into new things. I believe this is part of the reason why they made us memorize thousands of slides in Architectural History class. Being exposed to many different languages (of design) will help your brain create it’s own (don’t reinvent the wheel, use it in new ways).

The blogs I follow regularly are:

http://hautemacabre.com

http://www.twistedlamb.com

http://siouxzenkang.wordpress.com

http://teacupsandcouture.wordpress.com

http://froufroufashionista.blogspot.com

And here are some of the images from my “Inspiration” folder…


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Inspired

June 8th, 2010 § 4

I never thought that I would have a blog. 

I’ve always been a person of few words, bringing all of the long hours I spend in human observation and inner contemplation (that I almost never share) to the world solely through the spaces that I design as an architectural designer.  I know there are many architecture blogs, but to me, architecture is not something you can write about, nor show in a picture; its something you experience, its the way a space makes you feel and how it effects your actions, quietly influencing your life through your routines, your human comfort, your perception of self, your rituals, your feeling of safety, your bodies mobility… when it comes down to it though, what are the clothes you wear but the first layer of human architecture?  Unlike architecture today (versus tribal times) most western humans no longer have the ability to take control of their built environment because the basic framework of design is just not a shared cultural knowledge anymore. Architecture is mass produced for the lowest cost (in so many ways) and pumped out as a universal solution to everyone needing structure. Unfortunately our clothing has followed the same trends away from personalization and towards mass production and distribution.

Unlike architecture though, most of us have the basic knowledge of how clothing effects us through our routines, human comfort, perception of self, rituals, feeling of safety, bodily mobility etc leaving personal style as an easy(er) first step in taking control of the built environment we live in, hence, no longer accepting the universal solutions of design our society is trying to feed us.  And so, if I want to always wear layers of loose cotton blends that could easily be worn to bed then rolled out of (wrinkle free) in the morning (to get a bowl of ice cream which I then go back to bed and eat) and spend my day working and sitting on the floor, rolling over to my low couch to cuddle with my love until I leave the house when I’ll throw on a long cotton blend coat because it fits my frame well… then so be it.  I love my life, I love my clothes, I love myself enough to just be me.

As in architecture, I don’t believe one can fully express their ideas of personal style and the experience of clothing solely through a blog but since people have been asking me for years about my personal style, how I make my clothes and will I make them something, I’ve finally decided to take the step and share myself and my experience with anyone who wants to go on this new adventure with me.  This blog is my way of sharing my new adventure of designing clothing not only for myself but for all of the beautiful and inspirational women in my life and in our community.  You are the new abundant inspiration in my life and these are the creations you bring out of me.

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