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The Encounter Sept/Oct 2015 Issue

I’m a little late in posting this, but some of my leather designs were featured in the fashion spread in the September/October 2015 issue of The Encounter Magazine. I love everything.

Leather: Audio Helkuik || Hair/Makeup: Victor/Victoria Salon || Model: Walker Greene || Photography: Bill Sitzman || Styling: Nicholas Wasserberger || Clothing: Wallflower

 

Leather accessories available at www.audiohelkuik.com

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Audio Helkuik feature in Belle Armoire Winter 2015

 

Congratulations to me!

 

Belle Armoire’s winter 2015 issue ran a feature on my “h/g: you be the hunter, i’ll be the gatherer” collection.  This was the first time I was asked to write the copy for the feature which was equally cool and strange since I’m not a professional writer. The process was one I am familiar with: at first it was hard and then fun and then I cried and then I felt proud.  Kind of like any new artistic endeavor, right? Can’t complain being paid to write about myself though, since I am THE expert on me.  Heyo, hire me to write about me!

 

Enjoying this article I wrote about myself! Narcissism looks good on me.

I had make the tough choice between sending in a photo series or sending in my clothing collection. I opted to send my garments to the in-house photographer because I always love to see how other people shoot my clothing.  I love organizing photoshoots (okay, I hate organizing anything, c’mon….but I LOVE having control over how my work is shown), but I am becoming more and more curious to see how someone outside of my own brain can interpret the same concept. I gave up control.  You hear me?  I, Audio Heluik the Control Freak, GAVE. UP. CONTROL.

And the outcome was beautiful.

Audio Helkuik’s “You be the Hunter, I’ll be the Gatherer” feature in Belle Armoire’s winter 2015 issue.

 

 

To view or purchase any of the one-of-a-kind items from my “h/g: you be the hunter, i’ll be the gatherer” collection, visit:

“h/g: you be the hunter, i’ll be the gatherer” collection

 

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Fashion Spread in The Encounter (jan/feb 2015)

Omaha stylist, Nicholas Wasserberger, is doing some seriously phenomenal work.  I love when he requests my pieces for any of his upcoming photoshoots because I know I’m going to turn into the heart-eyed emoji when I see the final fashion spread in print.

Yesterday I got the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of The Encounter and Nicholas has done it again.  I have the heart-shaped eyes to prove it.

 

Encounter jan/feb 2015 fashion spread featuring Audio Helkuik blue-violet pleated satin pants.

 

Encounter jan/feb 2015 fashion spread:

Photography: Bill Sitzmann

Stylist: Nicholas Wasserberger

Hair & Makeup: Sandy Butt, Victor/Victoria Salon & Spa

Model: Jordyn

Clothing/Accessories: Audio Helkuik, Hello Holiday, Wallflower Artisan Collective and stylist’s own

 

 

To view/purchase my blue-violet pleated satin pants: https://www.etsy.com/listing/130462597/blue-violet-pleated-satin-pants 

 

 

Links to other wardrobe pieces:

Hello Holiday

Wallflower Artisan Collective

 

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Kabarett of the Absurd

“Kabarett of the Absurd” photo collection by Blacksheep Photography features clothing and accessories from my sugar.skin.circus collection.  Here are a few of my favorite shots:

Model wears Circus Sun Goddess Headdress, Carnival Kimono Shrug, Sunburst Circus Tank and Avocado Velvet Cuffs.

 

Model wears Three Ring Militia Hat & Circus Bustle Jacket.

 

Model wears Three Ring Militia Hat & Circus Bustle Jacket.

 

Model wears Circus Sun Goddess Headdress, Carnival Kimono Shrug, Sunburst Circus Tank & Avocado Velvet Cuffs.

 

 

To see the rest of the “Kabarett of the Absurd” photo series, click here: KABARETT OF THE ABSURD

To shop the clothing & accessories you see, click here: sugar.skin.circus collection

 

Photography: Blacksheep Photography

Clothing & Accessories: Audio Helkuik

HMU: Ash Robinson

Models: Chrisane Jarosz, Sammy Greer, Chelsea Hanna Nielsen

 

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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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Undressing…

I started taking my own product photos for my etsy shop a few months ago. I feel silly when I think about how much of my work week is spent dressing and undressing fake humans, but someone’s gotta do it!  Even if I get real good at it, adding “Professional Undresser” onto my resume seems kind of like a bad idea.

undressing . . . .

Blue-Violet Pleated Satin Pants available at www.audiohelkuik.etsy.com

 

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Cute Face.

I ended up in one of the photos while taking product shots of the blue garments from my monoprismatic collection.  My latest go-to pose for photos is called “Cute Face Pose.”

Cute Face Pose.

 

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New Website!

I moved my blog from audiohelkuik.com over to here (here, meaning where you are RIGHT NOW) at audiohelkuikblog.wordpress.com so I could turn audiohelkuik.com into a showcase of my creative work.  It includes my past clothing collections and a bit of the theater costume work that I’ve done.  I’ve been working on it real hard. Here are some screenshots from the homepage.  Feel free to explore the site & see what there is to see:

I’m in love with that header image above.  It’s just awesome.

 

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Painting Studio Planking

With my new in-house photo setup next to my painting studio, there’s been an invasion of dressforms amongst my canvases.

Inverse planking in my painting studio.

 

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New In-House Photo Setup

Disclaimer: I AM NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER.  I’ll be the first to admit this.

I’ll also admit that I typically spend way too much time working on a garment.  By the time it is done, I am so excited it’s finished! So much detail work!  I want to show everyone!  Normally, this is when I’d call up my people and try to coordinate the busy schedules of photographers, models, hair stylists, and makeup artists with my own crazy schedule.  It’s not impossible, but I find the process of coordinating everything kind of stressful and sometimes it dampens my excitement.  When schedules don’t line up great, I’m stuck with a pile of cool clothes and no way to show my online customers what they could be buying.  I kept thinking, “I wish I could skip all that and just have the photo.”

I finally got tired of wishing this thought over and over and decided to try something new.  Maybe if I could just take the photo myself?  I’m DIY all the way anyways, so I’m surprised I waited this long.  I figured out a place in my home studio where I could put a little photo spot.  My parents recently gifted me with a new digital camera.  I gathered a bunch of lights.  Time to start practicing!  (aka: taking a gazillion shots of the same thing while clicking one button at a time on my new camera.)

My new photo setup in The Coalmine.

While it’s not exactly an ideal photography setup, it’s what I’m working with for now.  This little space has been lovingly nicknamed The Coalmine.  I like that it looks grungy and rough, but when I started I kind of forgot that it really was ACTUALLY grungy and rough. I had to spend a whole week cleaning this little nook out.  It was previously being used for storage, so I emptied it out and then swept about sixteen million dustpans of dirt out.  It was a lot of work.  (Whine, whine.)  Also, it’s COLD in there during the winter.  I have to wear some winter gear when I take photos.  I’m a total wimp about being cold.   (Whine, whine.)

Manny the Mannequin: Ready for his closeup.

Prepping a pair of coveralls.

I know that my new photo space isn’t perfect, and neither are the photos that are taken there.  For one, I’m definitely still working on learning about my new camera and getting a better light arrangement.  I prefer to show my clothes on live humans as opposed to dressforms or hangers, since it gives the clothes more energy.  Even with the inanimate models and the rookie photography skills, I’m pretty pleased with the setup and the ease of the process.  Anything that helps me get garments from my sewing machine to my customers in a more efficient way is awesome.  Have I mentioned how much I’m really focused on becoming more efficient?  I also like that the photos I take are MINE.  I can do whatever I want with them.  I can edit them.  I can put watermarks in.  I can take the watermarks out.  I can use them for print, for online and for profit.  They aren’t perfect, but they are all mine.

One cool thing about working in a space that is nicknamed The Coalmine: You can say “Yeah, I’ve been working down in the coalmine all day.”

 

 

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