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My Childhood Masterpiece

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.

“untitled” by little kid Audio

 
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Posted by on 03.30.13 in art, Audio's Life

 

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Watercolor Wednesday pt. 1

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.

My painting studio is too chilly for me in winter, so I let my painting projects  take over my sewing studio for the day.

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.

Fros are hard for me to draw and paint, but this guy turned out adorable.

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.)

The finished monoprismatic fashion illustration set!

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!

 

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Fashion Show Trolley Ride

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.

My rainbow models entering the trolley (followed by Ellene McClay’s warrior models).

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.

Glam-blur models.

Even with the exhaustion and the nerves, my models still seemed to have fun.  They always do.

Chillin’ on the trolley.

The model in blue, Nick, thinks something about the trolley ride is HUH-larious.

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.

Rainbow models say goodbye to the fashion trolley.

 

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“31 Days…” Day 11: RAINBOW!

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!

Day 11: 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!

RAINBOW details: red hat/glasses/earrings, orange scarf, yellow shirt, green belt, blue shorts, purple leggings, fuschia legwarmers.

 
 

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Omaha Fashion Week “Best of the Week” Runway Finale Show

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.

Model: Symieon Harrison
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Aaron Steward
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Dawaune Hayes
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Domy Alai
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Nick Watson
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Model: Chikadibia Ebirim
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft

g thompson higgins gallery: http://www.gthompsonhiggins.com

 

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mid-rainbow model march

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.

mid-rainbow model march

 

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everything goes monoprismatic…..

While preparing to debut my monoprismatic collection, I started rainbowizing everything:

Saved by the Bell goes monoprismatic….

The Wizard of Oz goes monoprismatic…..

The Chipmunks & Chipettes go monoprismatic…..

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer goes monoprismatic…..

The Last Supper goes monoprismatic…..

 
 

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Backstage at Omaha Fashion Week 2012

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.


Bright, rainbow-ish flowers from my Grandma. Alot of my family drove down to see my show. They’re my number one fans, for sure.

My partner doing some work backstage in front of my rainbow-filled rack.

Lining models up to head out to the runway: the front of the rainbow….

And…..the back of the rainbow!

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!

 

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The Rainbow Invasion!

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.

Black garments on one side. Brown garments on the other.

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.

THE RAINBOW INVASION!

 

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Recycled Rainbow Guts

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!

monoprismatic gave me piles and piles of this rainbowy goodness.

 

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