My early B-day present from the most awesome husband in the world! Best gift EVER!
Song Crush of the Week: Crosses
In lieu of the moulded leather cross chest plate that I am working on.
Song Crush of the Week: True Widow - KR
“And I wanna do nothin’, and I wanna do somethin’, and I wanna do away”
Song Crush of the Week: “But a few leagues off the shore, i bit a flashing lure, and I assure it was not what I expected it to be.”
Song Crush of the Week: Adam is an awesome singer/songwriter/story teller/friend. And everyone should know of his talent.
This is the song crush of the week because, my amazing husband/best friend dedicated this song to me on FB, for everyone to see. He knows when it counts.
Who the hell wouldn’t want to follow a blog named Sequin Crush! It’s just awesome! Many thanks to Jasmine for posting about my most recent show. She is wearing one of my fringe tops in the photo below, and it looks amazing on her.
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Song Crush of the Week: Do you really think that love is going to save the world? Well, I sure hope so……but, I don’t think so.
It’s been about a month since my latest show, at NOLAFW. I have been meaning to post my thoughts on the show, but I’ve just been so busy the last few weeks. I’m here, now, so let’s discuss.
I’ve always kept a dream diary, ever since I was a young girl. I felt that the dreams….mostly nightmares….that I encountered, meant so much more that just a never ending lethargic race down a hallway. They were a code to understanding my innermost thoughts that my brain carefully and secretly stuffs deep down in the crevices, only for them to creep back up to the surface….unexplained….uninvited.
This collection had a number of influences, but my recent intense nightmares were the anchor for the details to tie on to. Another inspiration, was the work of Brad Kunkle. Brad is a mind blowing artist that uses gold and silver leaf in his oil paintings that play with light and depth perception, as the light shifts throughout the day. For me, his work has a surreal element that I feel is very familiar. I identify with the darkness that seems to lie beneath the surface. Many of his pieces seem to have something pulling the subject into a world in which they have tried to escape but, they have a quality in their faces as if they knew it was coming….they never really broke free. And, some pieces are so reminiscent of a few dreams that I have had, that it’s almost hard to look at them. The tone of his work really came through in the multiple shades of gold that were used, but also with the flowers delicately strewn atop a few of the pieces and the black moulded leather feathers that laid restless on the bodice of the gold tulle.
There were several pieces that showcased my experimentation with leather work. I wanted to utilize the small pieces of vegetable tanned leather that I had accumulated from a previous project. In these pieces, I hand cut figures that continually reappeared in my nightmares. These figures would always show up, but never in the same setting. In two of the sculptural pieces, I represented various animals, music notes and flowers. The other two sculptures were made up of feathers. These pieces were all hand cut, moulded and dyed. They were definitely the most intricate and difficult in the collection.
After my show, several people inquired about my music choice. Music is always at the forefront of my inspiration. It’s hard to explain how a song can create a vision, but this is how I connect to music. I hear certain songs, and they move me so much that I can picture what is to happen when this particular song is playing. That’s how I know when a music piece is special. I generate playlists for every collection that I create. These playlists are made up of music that inspires the collection, or tells a certain story of my work, or how the line makes me feel. Many of the songs and artists veer into other playlists because their music may speak to me on more than one level, or they are just so moving that I can’t stand to have them in one place. For my show, the first song was Bass Player by My Brightest Diamond. Shara Worden’s voice is just absolutely intoxicating, but has a since of hope and hopelessness all at the same time. The second song was Mother by Wye Oak. This incredible Danzig remake has more of a haunting feel than the original. I think it gives out the eerie feeling that the song warrants. The third song was Otherworldly Dreamer by Dax Riggs. Dax is always in my playlists. His ominous vocal stylings are eccentric and hypnotic. The kind that soothes, but still leaves you feeling uneasy. The final song was written by a friend of mine, Chase Pagan. It is the title track from his album, Oh Musica! All of these artists are absolutely awe inspiring. Their music will change you.