Apparently, I have loved rainbows my whole life. I found this watercolor painting in a box of my grade school artwork. I think I was maybe 7 years old when I created this piece of art. I don’t really remember painting it, but I am not surprised.
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Okay, so I don’t do Watercolor Wednesday every week (partly because I lose track of what day it is nearly every day), but a few weeks back I did an ENTIRE DAY of Watercolor Wednesday and I absolutely loved it! I need to spend every Wednesday just playing with watercolors.
One of the projects I worked on that day was finishing up a set of watercolor fashion illustrations for my monoprismatic collection. I wanted to have these drawings done before the collection went onto the runway, but when the deadlines starting flying at me, I decided to finish the clothing first. No regrets.
Each figure was drawn to resemble the model that wore that particular outfit on the runway. I don’t always do that, but I think having a separate hue for each model created a strong model-color-outfit connection in my brain. I’m really color-oriented up there.
It feels good to have all the illustrations finally completed. Even better, I’m more than ecstatic about how they turned out. Now I just have to figure out how to get some prints made asap, since so many people have been fighting over these even before I had them all drawn! (If your an artist with a suggestion on how/where to get prints made, help a brother out. Honestly, I’m stuck in “passive research” mode and I’d prefer to be in “waiting for the beautiful prints to arrive on my doorstep” mode.)
I’m for real about the prints. I will figure it out soonish, so keep an eye out for prints of these cute fashion drawings to pop up into my shop at www.audiohelkuik.etsy.com. I’m excited to share the rainbowy glee!
At the Omaha Fashion Week finale runway show last August, the large main backstage area was several blocks away from the small actual-backstage-to-the-runway area. They had a trolley bring models back and forth when they needed to be on deck for the runway.
Under different circumstances, this trolley ride would’ve been a super fun time. Unfortunately, everyone was exhausted from prepping ALLLLLL day and waiting ALLLLLLL evening, and hopping on the trolley meant you were about to hop on the runway, so nerves were high.
Even with the exhaustion and the nerves, my models still seemed to have fun. They always do.
It was a short trip, but for some reason the trolley ride made quite a memory for me. I’m sure a lot of people that rode it just hopped on and didn’t think about it again, but I thought it was cool. I love taking blurry pictures (sorry! it’s a random hobby!) so a trolley ride over cobbled brick streets gave me the perfect setting for vibrating, blurry pictures.
Okay, so I know I’ve blogged about my love of rainbows about eight hundred bazillion times, but really…..I love ’em.
Today is October 11th, so in honor of National Coming Out Day, I’m dressed as a RAINBOW!
This costume is fun because it could look different every time you put it together. I went for a more casual/sporty rainbow look. I could’ve chosen all menswear items, or all vintage, or all sparkly (!)….etc. I just gathered all the items I had on hand and then asked around until I filled in all the color gaps. And KABLAM! Full body rainbow!
Omaha Fashion Week had themed runway shows Monday-Friday and held a “Best of the Week” finale show on Saturday of their week of fashion. I was invited to show my collection at this runway show. TWO RUNWAY SHOWS IN ONE WEEK = crazy and exciting.
I’ve already posted the photos that g thompson higgins gallery took at the midweek show with all twelve looks from my monoprismatic collection. You can look at them here. I decided to show just six looks at the finale runway show. I showed a pared down version of the color spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet.
Here are the photos by g thompson higgins gallery from the OFW Finale Runway Show.
g thompson higgins gallery: http://www.gthompsonhiggins.com
I love this shot of my models doing a final model march on the runway at Omaha Fashion Week. g thompson higgins gallery captured them in a mid-rainbow arc so you can see the end of the rainbow entering and the beginning of the rainbow exiting the runway. Such a great image.
While preparing to debut my monoprismatic collection, I started rainbowizing everything:
Last night I had my Omaha Fashion Week runway show. I showed on the Avant Garde themed night, and the the whole experience was great. I’ll probably do a few more blog posts about it, but for now, I just wanted to share a few of my favorite moments from backstage.
Showing this collection was just so fun. My cheeks hurt from smiling so much yesterday. Rainbows make me REALLY happy.
Runway photos to come soon!
Since black and brown are my go-to colors for most projects I create in my studio, those are the colors I am normally surrounded with while working. The illustrations are black and brown. The fabric piles are black and brown. The half-finished projects are black and brown. And the finished products are black and brown.
I have a handmade external closet (aka: a GIANT clothing rack) that is placed right in front of where I do most of my patterning. This has given me a front row seat as the finished garments of my monoprismatic collection have gathered to finally form a full rainbow.
It’s an unexpected burst of color in the middle of my studio. I can’t think of anything that makes me happier right now.
Since I am a fanatic of the reduce-reuse-recycle mentality, I tend to shred and save the scraps created from clothing construction. I use these shredded scraps to stuff the little creatures I make, which I talk about here and a little bit over here.
I’m really excited to make a few more plushies, because they will get some very special guts. Since my monoprismatic clothing collection is created out of only bright, saturated colors, my scrap pile is looking mighty rainbowy and happy. Some of my creatures will have super awesome secret rainbow guts!