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In progress shots: Making a Half-Helmet

Fashion Week started yesterday here in Omaha.  I’ve shown a collection at Omaha Fashion Week at least once a year EVERY year since I’ve moved here.  It’s making me a little sad that I’m not part of the frenzy this time around.  I tried to figure out a way I could show a collection at fashion week AND start all these new exciting leatherworking projects AND pay the bills, but something had to go.

Turns out, maybe I can’t do it all. (Denial! DENIAL! Go back into denial! DO ALL THE THINGS!)

Since I am a little sad and reminiscent, I have been looking through all the photos I have from last year’s Omaha Fashion Week where I showed my monoprismatic collection in the Avant Garde Show. This year’s Avant Garde themed runway show is tonight, so I thought I’d get in the spirit and share some behind-the-scenes shots of me making the studded and feathered half-helmet from my monoprismatic line.

FIguring out the sculpted feather shapes and patterns.

Deciding on feather placement.

Stretching and molding the buckram.

Vintage woven fabric. Delicious!

Prepping a sculpted feather for bias trim. I’m not afraid of a bit of hand stitching!

Feathers are stitched. Helmet is studded.  Ready!

Who doesn’t love chain tassel detail?

My half-helmet hits the runway!  (Photo: g thompson higgins gallery. Model: Dawaune Hayes. Makeup: Sirens at the Loft.)


Happy Avant Garde Night tonight, Omaha!!!

Yellow Studded Half Helmet by Audio Helkuik available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/108139984/yellow-studded-half-helmet

 

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Making Glovelettes

Have I mentioned I like accessories?  I want to make ALL THE ACCESSORIES.

For my prysm.break collection, I wanted to try my hand at a new hand accessory. Ha.

Ouch.

I thought a little tough glovelette would be fun. I’m really into leather accents right now, so I thought this would be a perfect addition to my prysm.break collection.

Sketching prysms onto my hand.

It took me a bit longer to get the pattern correct on this accessory than others. My dressforms don’t have hands, so I couldn’t drape the pattern.  Even if they did have hands, they wouldn’t move organically.  I needed to try the glovelette on myself to get an idea of what the glovelette would be like on a REAL LIVE HUMAN hand.  This meant I made lots of paper mockups and even more muslin mockups.  I made several fully finished glovelettes, complete with leather and hardware, before I got the pattern to be everything I wanted it to be.  Next challenge: finding fit models and grading the pattern up.  With every success, there’s a new challenge waiting to get tackled.

Perfecting patterns.

I’m pretty excited about this accessory pattern for a few reasons.  Mostly because it’s totally something I would wear: tough, unique, comfortable, leather.  Into it.

The prysm.break glovelette is really rad. Shocker.

My prysm.break collection drops into my online shop on FRIDAY!  My store will be at www.audiohelkuik.com.

 

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