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Violent Fade armor

My sweetie rocks.  For real.  He’s in a band.

Violent Fade is a three-piece prog-rock band (progressive rock……I had to ask, too) from Omaha and Des Moines.  They practice in my basement and they are seriously good.  I mean, of course I’m biased because I’m in love with the drummer, but ya gotta trust me.  They are good.  Or don’t trust me and see for yourself.  First show: April 21st at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines.

So, now that they’ve got gigs lined up, they are gonna need something to wear on stage.  After I chatted with the guys a bit, I decided to make them some accessories.  Some very masculine accessories.  I love making armor, so I wanted make them some armor but with a bit of a lost-boys-from-Neverland twist.  Rufio!  Rufio!   Ru-Fi-OOoooo!

So, you know how I’m kind of addicted to recycling.  These pieces have so much textile recycling going on, I can barely handle it.  The different fabrics are from all over the place: a worn out tunic dress I saved from a costume shop dumpster, some old corduroy pants, bits of lining scraps from the last garment I made, and some practice samples from a huge rug-making experiment I just finished.  The leather is from a coat and a vest.  The fur is from a vintage coat.  I only use recycled fur and leather.  I never buy new.  It’s my compromise:  I don’t want to feel like I’m actually helping the leather/fur industry because I love animals.  I also love fur and leather.  Conundrum.

I love texture.  I tried out some new texture techniques while incorporating things that I already know that I love: distressed leather, studs, fur, fringe, chain.  One texture that I’ve been trying to use more of is hair.  It’s not human hair (this time), but some synthetic strands I picked up awhile ago.

With all the handstitching and detail work on these accessories, I needed to take alot of puppy breaks. I took one of the shoulder armor pieces I had been working on and put it on my tiny pup’s head.  It makes a pretty badass bonnet. But, my tiny pup, Thor, looks good in everything.

My tiny best friend, Thor, in his badass bonnet.

The shoulder armor looks pretty badass even when it’s not worn as a puppy bonnet.

I’ve said before how I LOVE making stagewear for musicians.  It’s one of my favorite things to do.  This project was extra fun because I got to design these pieces while they practiced their music.  No need to make an inspiring playlist–Violent Fade provides live music from my basement.   This project was also extra fun because they pretty much told me “just make us some cool stuff to wear.”  Yeah….I am pretty sure I can handle making “some cool stuff.”  And I’m in love with the drummer.  So, of course this is a fun project.

Violent Fade armor

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i-Make/u-Buy Exhibit

I do alot of runway shows and quite a few fashion photoshoots.  I don’t get to do a lot of art gallery shows, so I’m happy to say that I’m doing one this month!  I was invited to participate in an art exhibit at the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.  It’s called “i-Make/u-Buy: Textiles in the Electronic Retail Age” and it will feature artists/designers who use textiles in their art, clothing, or accessories and also sell them online.

Here’s the gallery website for info:

In correlation with the gallery show, UNL has planned a series of panels of artists to share and discuss their work, their business, their advice.  All free of cost and all open to the public.  Sweet!  Free advice!

UNL is where I studied Textile & Apparel Design, so it’s cool to be able to show my work in the gallery space.  If you are in or near Lincoln, definitely go check it out.  I will have two complete looks in the show.

My friend, Mary Pattavina from PrettyGoodThings, is showing a series of her handmade hats in the “i-Make/u-Buy” exhibit.  Her work is way super awesome.  Also, a plushies artist from Omaha, Amy Morin Quinn from Plaiderpillar, is part of this show.  She makes GIANT rabbits, tiny birds and all sorts of things in between.  I’m pumped to show alongside these two designers.  I admire their work quite a bit.

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