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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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prysm.break vest

More than anything, my favorite part of being a clothing designer is having the skill to turn a sketch into a wearable outfit.  I’m sure every maker loves seeing this process happen in their own craft, but it still just blows my mind every time.

Scribble sketch of a vest idea for prysm.break.

The photo above shows a scribble sketch and the photo below shows fabric cut into vest pattern pieces.  There’s definitely some patterning magic that happens between the sketch and the pile of pieces ready to be stitched together, but I don’t have the photos to prove it. So, trust me. Magic.

Pile of vest pieces, including a handcut leather prysm applique.

I geeked out about pretty much every detail on this vest.

“Ah! Assymmetry!”

“Yay! Colorblocking!!!”

“OooooOOooohhh. Purple and black! My fav!”

“Fringe!”

“LEATHER!!!!!”

“TRRIIIIIIAANNNNNNGLES!”

It’s a great vest. I love it.  All of it. Every dang detail.

Photo montage of me handstitching buttons onto a finished prysm.break vest.

My partner freaked out about this vest just as much as I did.  I surprised him by hanging this on his closet door!  It’s an “I love you” gift (obviously) and also a “Thank you for being a patient fit model.”  I’m probably the worst fit model for men’s sized clothing, since I’m pretty much child-sized.  I’m thankful he’s willing to help me out.

Perks of being my partner: prysm.break clothing before it’s released.

He was puh-retty pumped about it.  He started to rattle off different outfits and layering options. This is EXACTLY how I want people to see prysm.break!  I want people to look at the garments and accessories and be able to easily visualize them as part of their own wardrobe.

My partner, Cameron, enjoying the silhouette of his new prysm.break vest as it allows him to show off his rodeo belt buckle.

The prysm.break vest (and the rest of the prysm.break collection) is available at www.audiohelkuik.com

 

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prysm.break collection is online!

Today is the day! My microcollection titled prysm.break made it’s online debut on my all NEW online store!

Shop prysm.break at http://www.audiohelkuik.com/collections/prysm-break-collection

 
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Posted by on 06.28.13 in Collections, Fashion

 

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prysm.break collection video

Garments and accessories from the prysm.break collection available soon at audiohelkuik.com

 

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Rookie Animator

I wanted to make a short video for my prsym.collection debut.  I went back and forth on what sort of look I wanted for the video.  After deciding that I’d be making the video myself (because I like to do EVERYTHING myself), I felt a few limits shift into place on what type of video I could make.  I have very little video-making experience, and I mean VERY VERY little (maybe a loud wind-infused video from a 5th grade project…..does that even count?).

I remember thinking to myself, “I can draw, so technically I could animate, right?  And now I can draw digitally, so technically I could probably animate digitally…..right?!?!?”  and that was the confident-ish beginning step into my first ever animation project. The next 10,000 tedious steps of the process weren’t so confidently maneuvered.

Storyboarding time. My first time.

First step, get some sketches going.  I knew I wanted to use a loose style of illustration.  I’m really into that right now.  Maybe because I’m trying to slowly let go of my perfectionist tendencies.

Drawing digitally outside with my drawing pad.

Crrrrrrrrrotch. Someone’s gotta draw ’em.

Technically, I think I taught myself motion graphics skills instead of animation, but I keep calling it animation anyways. Animation sounds cooler to me because it’s always been a dream job, but I think in reality a lot of the video is created through motion graphics.  I’m too much of a rookie to really know for sure.  And really, either way, my video still looks the same no matter what you call it.

Time to get those graphics in motion! DANGER: LEARNING CURVE AHEAD!

I finally got the hang of getting things to grow, shrink, slide, twirl, etc.  It was very tedious work, which I sometimes enjoy. This was not one of those times.  I’m sure there’s animation software that maybe helps with some of this finicky work, but I was working out of Photoshop.  Photoshop is really not the greatest program for this project but as I maybe mentioned a few dozen times: ROOKIE.

Building a digital marionette looks a lot like dismembering a human.

I pretty much changed 90% of my original storyboard idea, but I like what I came up with.  At first I changed my concept due to the fact that I have extremely limited skills.  Then I changed my idea AGAIN because I realized that I could, in fact, create my original concept  if I spent enough time on it and my secondary idea was boring to me.  I found a happy medium.  I made a video that allowed me to learn a new skill, but didn’t make me spend an extra six weeks fleshing out an idea using the same skills I just mastered in a ridiculously repetitive manner.  Compromise is hard for me, but happy mediums are happy.

Working on my animation project out in my porch office.

After many, many days of rethinking and refining, my prysm.break video is FINISHED!  Even though my video is only about a minute long, I had to create it in six or seven separate files since my computer couldn’t really handle all the frames and layers I had going on in Photoshop at once.  I didn’t get to see all of the sections cropped to the right size and set to music until the very end.  That’s a lot of anticipation!

Watching my prsym.break video in its entirety for the very first time. So much emotion!

Hold on to your pants, folks.  The prysm.break video will be debuted this Friday!  One minute of  awesome rookie animation headed your way!

 

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