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Where have I been!?!? COSTUMING!

I haven’t been posting as much as I have in the past.  Wondering why?  I accepted a full-time position at The Rose Theater as the Costume Shop Foreman, so I’ve been keeping QUITE busy.

Corner office with a view.

I’m still adjusting to working on children’s theater costumes from 9-5 and then working on my own brand during lunch breaks, evenings and weekends. I’m used to working a lot, but this new ratio of working outside the studio vs. time in the studio has been a rough change.

Repairing butterfly wings at my dayjob.

At first I was really concerned because of all the time I would NOT be spending on Audio Helkuik collections, but I’m really so grateful for this job.  If I have to have a 9-5, it’s pretty much the perfect for me.  Children’s theater is really random and wonderful.  My supervisor is really good and really, really, REALLY fast, so I learn a lot from her.  I can’t wait to be able to design, pattern and sew as quickly as she does.  So many of the skills I’m perfecting in the costume shop are exactly the skills I need to continue making Audio Helkuik better and better.  I love to learn.  I love getting better.

Day job work desk essentials: fur, leather, goggles, specs and coffee.

With my new position, I get to design a few mainstage shows each season.  Right now I’m working on designs for a show about a little family of singing mice.  Children’s theater.  So random.  So wonderful.

Designing outfits for singing mice.

My table at a staff design presentation event. Mice!

Really excited to see my designs on the stage again.  I love costume design.  I love fashion design too.  Don’t you worry.  I have LOTS of projects in the works for Audio Helkuik.  Screenprinting.  Leatherworking.  New collections.  Photoshoots.  SOOOOOOO PUMPED.

The future is looking up. Life is good.

One of my desk drawers at work is filled with antique irons. Cool. Random.

 
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Posted by on 03.29.14 in Audio's Life, Costumes

 

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“Catch the Bus”

I finally got my hands on the March/April 2014 issue of The Encounter!!!!!  I’ve been looking forward to this issue for quite some time!  Some Audio Helkuik garments from the monoprismatic collection were featured in the fashion spread which was styled by Nicholas Wasserberger.  He paired the bright outfits with bold jewelry from Cibola’s in the Old Market.  I drool over the jewelry they have at Cibola’s all the time.  It’s one of the few places where I enjoy window shopping.  Turquoise in excess is always a good idea!  I couldn’t wait to see how Nicholas styled their jewelry with my clothing.

Excited to have a hard copy in my hands!

March/April 2014 issue of The Encounter.

“Catch the Bus”

Model wearing monoprismatic garments draped in turquoise.

Cibola’s jewelry paired with Audio Helkuik clothing.

Beautiful bus ride.

“Catch the Bus”

The Encounter

March/April 2014

Photographer: Bill Sitzman

Model: Jordyn Ridner

Clothing: Audio Helkuik

Jewelry: Cibola’s of Omaha

Hair & Makeup: Hilary and Melissa at Sirens

Styling: Nicholas Wasserberger

Grateful to be part of this fashion feature! Nicholas Wasserberger makes Omaha look good.

 
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Posted by on 03.02.14 in Fashion, Photoshoots

 

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Halloween 2013

My Halloween 2012 was epic. A new costume every day.  Kind of hard to beat that.  (Okay, obviously two costumes a day would beat that, but you know what I mean.)

My Halloween 2013 was very different.  I started costuming full-time, which is awesome! I’m used to working from my own studio full-time and adding in costuming shifts here and there.  Switching my time ratios around so drastically has been a little rough on me.  So, my Halloween month only had two costumes and it’s taken me a week and a half to even post them.  HOW EMBARASSING!   However, I HAVE been stitching up crazy costumes for OTHER people and maybe that makes up for it…..?

Paintin’ on them eyebrows.

 

Party Monster!

 

Solo dance party as a Party Monster.

 

I almost always dress up as a kid of some sort during Halloween time.   My wardrobe, size, and personality all lend towards kid costumes really well.

“First Day of School” costume complete with “First Day of School” smile/grimace.

 

Corduroy elephants on this vintage handmade jumper I thrifted. Perfect for this costume! Perfect for my life!

 

Already scheming up Halloween 2014 ideas!!!  (I keep an idea list year round. Duh.)

 
 

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31% off sale at www.audiohelkuik.etsy.com

I love October more than all the other months. Autumn. Layered outfits. Pumpkin flavored everything. HALLOWEEN!!!!

I’m celebrating this year’s October by hosting a sale in my etsy shop: www.audiohelkuik.etsy.com

 
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Posted by on 10.19.13 in SALE

 

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androgyny in blue. androgyny in green.

I love androgyny.  I love creating clothing that looks good on any gender.  Here are some outfits from my monoprismatic collection shown on both a male and a female model side by side.

androgyny in blue.

 

androgyny in green.

Models: Domy Alai and Nicholas Wasserberger

Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Photography: g thompson higgins gallery

 
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Posted by on 10.18.13 in Collections, Fashion

 

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Zoo Day: Underwater Inspiration

My partner and I enjoyed a zoo adventure today.  The Henry Doorly Zoo here in Omaha is great, but it’s really overwhelming.  We focus on just one section at a time when we go and today was the aquarium!

Underwater life is crazy to me.  It’s like a wet Willy Wonka dreamworld but not made of candy.  A dreamworld with a few nightmares…..like this guy:

This giant crab’s claws have creepy human-like teeth!

I was on visual overload mode all day.  There were so many colors, patterns and textures to take in.

Jellyfish ruffles. Visually striking and so delicate.

TOTAL ACCIDENTAL BONUS OF THE DAY: my outfit matched a glittering piranha!  I’m not sure if sparkles make a piranha less terrifying, but it was fun to find myself accidentally matchy-matchy with a giant fish.

PIRANHA LEGS! My glitter tights matched this sparkly piranha!

One of the major highlights of the Omaha Zoo’s aquarium is the shark reef.  It’s the big tunnel where all the sharks, stingrays and sea turtles can swim around and above you.  Well, I have zero pictures of this display. I have no idea what inspiring imagery I could have captured from the shark reef.  I sprinted through this exhibit.  Before we went, I suspected I wouldn’t handle this exhibit very well but now my overhead aquarium phobia is officially confirmed.  My fellow zoo-goers got to observe me experience a bit of a breakdown.  I went to run through the tunnel, but midway I saw a shark over my head and then I SPRINTED back.  Then there were tears.  It was a little embarrassing.  Then I had to psych myself up to run through again and actually make it to the other side.  Anyone know the official name of “overhead aquarium phobia” or “tunnel aquarium phobia?”  I have it.  For sure.

I had my photo taken a few times in the aquarium by sneaky children.  I wanted to shout “I AM NOT AN UDNERWATER ODDITY!!!”  or  “IT’S MY HAIR, NOT A SEA ANEMONE!” but was still trying to regain composure when this happened, so…..I’m part of some families’ zoo day photo slideshow, I guess.

Once I was finally on the other side of the terrifying tunnel moment, I calmed down and enjoyed many more underwater oddities.  My new favorite animal of the day was a garden eel.  They are hilarious and adorable.

These little sprouts are garden eels.

 

 
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Posted by on 10.11.13 in Inspiration

 

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WANT. MORE. FASHION WEEK.

I’m seeing footage, reviews, photos, etc from Fashion Week in NYC popping up ALLLLLL over my social media.  It’s making me really really want to go to New York and have my own fashion week adventures.  Since that just didn’t happen this time around, I decided to go through all of my Omaha Fashion Week photos again.

Here are some of my newest photo favs from the fashion week adventures I had right here in Omaha.

My partner & I photographed at OFW by Kenal Photography. I’m rockin’ the tri-buns with a gilded forehead.  He’s rockin’ the handsome face.

One of my favorite Jenny Pool designs from her show this year and then Jenny Pool herself making total cute-face on the runway.

Got a little smirk from my model friend, Makayla Merolla. (She’s wearing an Angela Balderston creation.)

A shot of the moody runway scene Buf Reynolds and Dan Richters dreamt up for their show, VESSEL. Dress by Buf Reynolds. (Love the MST3K silhouette situation.)

Design by Buf Reynolds. Metal wing things. Yes please.

Boots. Made for walkin.’ You know the tune. (Photos from Nuevintage by Terri Buckner’s runway show.)

Dream boot alert! (Photo from Nuevintage by Terri Buckner’s runway show.)

This series of photos taken as Buf Reynolds’ spotted her sweetie, who was standing next to me, while she walked her designer lap on the runway after her finale show. (Adorable! Hilarious! Perfect!)

My partner, Cameron, in blue.

Red carpet couple. (photo by Herb Thompson.)

Photo by Herb Thompson.

Fingers crossed that next year I’ll have NYFW photos to share, whether they’re from watching in the audience or backstage at my own show!  It’s just silly not to be there, right?

 
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Posted by on 09.08.13 in Fashion, Fashion Industry

 

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My Real Life Hobby: Blurry Runway Photography

I have a lot of hobbies: drawing, painting, sewing, knitting.  Most of these hobbies have been sucked into my professional work, leaving me with very few completely “just for fun” hobbies.  Apparently one of these “just for fun” hobbies is runway photography.  Specifically, I like blurry runway photography, but really any kind is fun.  I don’t know why, but I just LOVE taking photos when I go to runway shows.  I’ll leave “real” runway photos for the professionals, but I really truly enjoy going to shows and just playing.  There’s no pressure to get a good shot.  My brand doesn’t depend on any of the photos I take.  It’s just me enjoying making art. I think this is probably what having a hobby feels like:  FUN.

Designer: Jenny Pool

From Dan Richter and Buf Reynolds’ VESSEL fashion show.

Designer: Buf Reynolds

Designer: Dan Richters

Designer: Dan Richters

Designer: Angela Balderston

Designer: Angela Balderston

Hope you enjoy my blurred runway photography as much as I enjoy creating it, but really it doesn’t matter because I will continue to do it regardless of anyone’s opinion.  HOBBIES ARE FUN.

 
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Posted by on 08.30.13 in art, Fashion, Side Projects

 

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Dan Richters is the WINNER at Omaha Fashion Week 2013

This year Omaha Fashion Week gave out a $20,000 prize package to just ONE of the designers that showed in their big finale runway show.  Omaha artist/designer Dan Richters was the WINNER!!!!  I was so proud when they announced his name!  But honestly, I’d be so proud of Dan even if he hadn’t won the prize.  The prize is just a cherry on top of what he did at this year’s fashion week.  (A crazy $20,000 cherry on top!)  But seriously, his work, philosophy on art, and focus is incredibly impressive to me.  I’ve been a fan of his work since I very first moved to Omaha.  And still after years of sharing the runways of Omaha with him, I’m still continually amazed at how incredibly talented and humble Dan is.

Dan Richter’s surprised face is priceless as the Omaha Fashion Week producers announce him as the winner.

Hugs and celebration!

OFW Producer, Brook Hudson, encourages Dan to do a victory lap on the runway.

I was especially impressed with Dan Richter’s collection this year because he developed and perfected some new construction methods for his garments.  Created out of latex, his work touches on a sense of other-worldiness, sci-fi themes and power.  This collection featured a lot of custom molded latex details included faces, celtic knotwork, leaves, spikes and fringes.  I was just blown away.

Pieces from designer Dan Richter’s collection.

Dan Richter’s work on the runway

You can view more of Dan Richter’s fashion designs (and drawings, paintings, sculptures, etc) at www.danrichters.com

 
 

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Menswear Runway Show Omaha Fashion Week Fall 2013

Last night I had the pleasure of attending Omaha Fashion Week’s Menswear Runway Show. Fellow menswear enthusiast Chris Hughes, the designer behind Artifact Bag Co., joined me for the event.

Chris Hughes (Artifact Bag Co.) and Audio Helkuik on the Omaha Fashion Week Red Carpet

While Chris and I both love menswear, we have drastically different tastes.  I knew it was going to be interesting to go to this show with him.  In the venn diagram of our favorites from the night, I think there was maybe just a single look that overlapped from his favorites and mine.  It was an ensemble by designer Borris Powell.

Designer: Borris Powell

My all-time favorite menswear look of the evening was an outfit by designer Paulie Gibson.  It reminded me of the easy summer go-to outfit: t-shirt and shorts, but awesome instead of lame.  A draped, asymmetrical shirt made out of an interesting fabric paired with fitted, patterned shorts makes this outfit totally covetable. Plus, it seems to be just the perfect level of masculinity that I like to wear myself.  Really into this one.

Designer: Paulie Gibson

As I was enjoying Paulie Gibson’s eclectic design flair on the runway, I wondered what Chris Hughes thought of this spectacle.  His face proves that he was genuinely entertained.

Chris Hughes being thoroughly entertained by designer Paulie Gibson’s runway show.

I just love menswear. So glad that I had the chance to see a few collections shown here in Omaha.  Hope to see even more next season!

Photo by Herb Thompson

 
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Posted by on 08.24.13 in Fashion

 

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