Here is another piece I created a while ago for an editorial shoot. I love the silk organza’s color, and I wanted to create something nice with it . . . Something non-floral in every single way.
I don’t hate flowers, but I don’t particularly love them either. And, yet, most of the headpieces and dresses I’ve created so far have flower-shaped trims on them because I find them easy to make. As some sort of compromise, I make those flowers as geometric as possible. People seem to like them. So, all is good. Sort of. But, before long, creating flower-shaped trims has become some sort of a crutch. And, THAT, is not good. I really need to do something about it or I’ll stagnate. So, I challenged myself to create 3 flower-free outfits in a month. The one you see below is one of them.
The color of the fabric makes me think of the Greek Goddess of Harvers, Demeter. And, I imagined the fabric would make a beautiful Lanvin-style Grecian-inspired dress. But . . . it wouldn’t fit with the tone of the editorial I created this top for . . . Besides, I just can’t bring myself to knock another designers works off.
So, I decided to create something that features a several of my favorite SS2016 trends: ruffles, pleats, paperbag waist, and clothing with both transparent and opaque elements. But, I still keep the reference to Demeter. Like Ancient Greek chiton (or tunic), the wearer slips this top over her head and fasten it on the waist.
It looks nearly identical on the back, and meant to be worn with something else on the bottom.
A set of headpiece-and-mask you can style in many different ways. Please scroll down to see a few different ways I styled this 2-piece set.
(In case you are wondering, you – or your model – can see through this mask)
This is the first unit of the 2-piece set. It can be worn either as a mask or as a hat.
You – or your model – can also wear it as a hat with a half-face mask like this:
The “mask” or the first unit of the set can also be worn as a neck piece . . .either by itself or on top of a simple top or dress.
The crown or the second unit of the piece can be worn on the middle or on either side of the head. It fastens with a heavy-duty but soft elastic strap.
Because the front side and the back side of the crown do not look identical, this crown can be worn in 6 different ways.
Here are some other ways you can style the set.
[Note: The pieces you see below are the first samples of the design. The current version look much smoother than the sample. Please scroll down to see the comparison between the first sample and its current version]
Here are the comparisons between the first sample and the current version.
The mask consists of 5 separate origami units, and each origami unit is hand-stitched onto the other units.
In order to make sure the stitches won’t unravel for many years to come, I stitched each part using the use the thickest and strongest upholstery thread I could find.
Because of the extensive work involved, (at this moment) the two-piece set retails for $850. But, you can rent it from Dream Shoot Rentals for $75. And, right now, you can get a 10% discount on your first order).
The piece is currently out of stock. So, please bookmark the page and check back in a few weeks.
Oh, by the way, you can see a similar headpiece in the 29th issue of Dark Beauty Magazine.
This piece can also be worn in several different ways.
This one is also the first sample of the design. The current version is also seamless-looking (like the one seen on the 3rd image above this text).
It consists of 7 hand-stitched origami units, and fastened on the back using millinery grosgrain ribbons.
This one retails for $375 (+shipping) apiece.
(If you’d like to place an order, you can contact me via my Facebook Page)
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I haven’t shared anything on Instagram for a few days because I’m not allowed to show the photos of the projects I’d been working at just yet. So, please wait till the images are published in two certain magazines in a month or so (-:
Tomorrow, I’m going to start working on my next projects. So, you can expect to see my real-time updates on Instagram again.
Till next Wednesday~
– joyce// Miu Vermillion @ Angelica Brigade
Here are a few snapshots of one of the headpieces I designed and created for Dream Shoot Rentals.
(I took the photos in front of a few yards novelty fabric that I draped onto a garment rack. It makes quite an interesting backdrop)
I like to create pieces that can be worn in several different ways. For that reason, I decided to embellish both sides of the headpiece.
I always put each of my designs through something I call a snapshot test.
It’s very simple. It involves asking someone to model my design and taking many snapshots of the design from many different angles. That’s the only way I can make sure the piece will look great in photos.
I usually have to perform this test a few times because none of my designs ever pass the test the first time around. Some pieces might look fine in person but might look a little bit unfinished in photos (too empty here, not full enough there, etc).
I currently am not taking any new/incoming orders. I’m not selling any of my pre-made pieces either. However, I’m open for collaborations with other people whose work I find exciting and inspiring.
So, if you want to use this headpiece in your upcoming photo shoot, you can rent it from Dream Shoot Rentals for the fraction of its retail price (which, to be honest, is rather steep for something you can’t wear more than just a few times).
To receive information about Dream Shoot Rentals, their promotions, their new dresses & accessories, etc . . . please sign up for their newsletter.
And, if you are planning to attend the WPPI Expo in March, you can drop by at their booth to see the amazing dresses and accessories created by numerous designers from around the world. The pieces are available for rent right then and there.
Till next week, you guys!!!
-joyce @ Angelica Brigade
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It’s a part bonnet part kokoshnik (russian headdress) . . . and it’s reversible.
It will forever be a one-of-a-kind headdress because I no longer have enough materials to make another (identical) one.
The fabric supplier that sourced these French novelty fabrics for me is no longer open for business.
She emailed photographs of epic head-dresses to inspire me.
From those photos, I can get clear ideas of what kind of headpieces she’s looking for.
I would never copy other designers’ works. Not only because it’s disrespectful to other designer’s hard works; but, it also makes it hard for us to be memorable.
Last week, I blogged about the importance of being distinct. Without distinct trademarks, our works will never create any lasting impression.
So, while keeping the inspirational photo’s color palettes and overall silhouette in mind, I went ahead and designed something new.
I find gothic lolita, victorian, and rococo fashion beautiful . . . And, I’m highly influenced by the aesthetics of Japanese anime . . .
And . . . since my art school days, I often gravitate towards soft-cubism art, especially the works of Tamara de Lempicka and Umberto Boccioni . . . their clean, dramatic, and dynamic lines . . . their blends of fluidity and structure . . . and those shadows created by those flowing geometric folds . . .
You can probably see how Tamara de Lempicka’s painting style influences the way I shape my silk hair accessories (such as the one you see here)
This Umberto Boccioni sculpture might very well be my number one favorite. It creates a lasting impression on me.
I’m always impressed by the fact that, from several different angles, it looks like several completely different sculptures.
I’ve never thought of it before; but, subconsciously, I’ve been trying to achieve this ideal. (Here is one of my earlier subconscious attempts to create headpieces that looks different if seen from different angles)
Though I own a proper electric flower iron / dapping tool … I still prefer to shape my silk flower petals manually … with candle flame & metal clips
I started with a clear goal . . . how I want the headpiece to look like . . . then I think of ways to bring that goal into reality.
Just in case I want to make a similar piece in the future . . . I diagrammed my process in my sketchbook.
I basically built the headpiece part by part on a balsa block.
This is the first time I’ve ever made this type of headpiece in my life. As usual, I learned as I go.
Actually, this is the largest headpiece I’ve made so far.
Because I made this headpiece without any external help . . . and because I’ve never made anything like it before . . . I needed 80+ hours to construct the headpiece.
And, below, are some low quality snapshots of the headpiece. I took the photos in my workroom around 4 in the morning . . . so, please excuse the horrible lighting & blurriness.
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To be outstanding, one needs to be different
And to be different, one needs to embrace his/her uniqueness
Some people might consider certain distinct qualities as weirdness
And so, in order to avoid rejections and humiliation,
One might decide to keep one’s distinct qualities hidden
And thus, stay in obscurity . . .
The same principle applies to artists and designers . . .
In order to succeed, artists and designers need to offer something new and different
At the same time,
To make a living,
Some artists and designers might decide
to create the things they believe their customers want to buy
They offer watered-down versions of their aesthetics or ideas
Some of them might even decide to create things they don’t even like
There can’t be any joy in that . . .
But, what if people don’t want to buy our works?
All of us need to make a living.
So, what should we do?
I don’t claim to know all the answers
But, I know for sure that in order to succeed, we need to be memorable
If we don’t stand out from the crowd, we’ll be absolutely forgettable
And, if no one remembers us, no one will look for us and buy our works
And, so . . . take that risk
Be different, and shine
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter was rejected by 12 different publishers before Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury agreed to publish it.
Stephen King’s first book – Carrie – was rejected 30 times!!!
Walt Disney was rejected 302 times before he finally could get some fund to build his Disney World
At the same time,
Know that if we do our best and hold onto our distinctness, we’ll have a MUCH bigger chance to succeed
-joyce @ Angelica Brigade
Each night, before I sleep, I make it my habit to list all the things I can be grateful about. It helps me to see my life in a more objective manner.
It’s too easy for me to focus on the things that went wrong. Although it’s good for me to spend some time finding effective ways to solve my problems . . . if I don’t make it my habit to think about the good things that happen to me each day, I would think my life is “suckier” than it actually is.
This week, though, I have more things I can be grateful about . . . more than usual . . .
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The result of Fire Mountain Gems’ 2013 Seed Beads Contest is out! (You can see the complete list of the contest’s winners here)
Hours before I submitted my design (a few hours before the contest’s deadline), I sort of doubted it will pass the contest’s semi-final stage. (Mainly because my beaded headpiece is much smaller than other contestants’ designs . . . and thus less impressive). But, the worst thing that could happen was I wouldn’t pass the semi-final. Which isn’t so bad at all. On the other hand, if I chose not to submit the design, I have zero chance of even passing the semi-final. So, I decided to submit the design anyway.
I remembered saying “here goes nothing” as I clicked the submit button. And, now, I’m glad I did.
Actually, I say that very same sentence so many times these past few weeks . . . Which means that I decided to ignore my (sometimes) overactive superego and take a huge leap. And, again, I’m glad I did!
Last week, I decided to write to Lindsay Adler, a prominent NYC-based fashion photographer I admire. I showed her some of my designs and my online portfolio. When she said that she’d love to work with me, I was over the moon!!!
Last week, I also submitted some fashion editorials I styled and shot to several magazines . . . I haven’t heard back from them yet. But I’m crossing my fingers.
Till next week, you guys!
-joyce @ Angelica Brigade
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To some degree, people are anchored to their past.
But, we should never let our past to define our future.
It won’t be easy.
Old habits, uncertainty, fear of the unknown . . .
But, the struggle forward is worth the effort.
Many people might say
“What the heck?!”
“You are a designer . . . you make jewelry and headpieces . . . Okay, sometimes, you make dresses, too . . . So, stick on making things”
“You are lacking stick-to-itiveness. If you keep on doing this, you’ll never succeed in anything”
“Jill of all trades, master of none”
(or something similar)
Well, yes . . . I make things . . . And I will keep on making things.
I will never stop creating demi-couture jewelry, headpieces, and dresses . . . But, from now on, I will make conceptual photographs as well.
I won’t be taking clients. Not anytime soon, if ever. Because, I want to focus on creating images I like, and to tell stories through those images.
Many people don’t this, but I went to college as a Transmedia Art Major. I took photography and image editing classes . . . and, even after I graduated from college, I took a lot of dark, conceptual self-portraits. Not because I love myself so much, but because I had a hectic schedule (so, the only time I could shoot the photos are sometime after midnight).
So, I’m not a complete novice. A bit rusty, perhaps, but not a total noob. But, with a bit of practice, I’ll get the hang of it (again).
In order not to confuse anyone . . . and because my conceptual photography projects don’t always intersect with my demi-couture designs, I decided to keep them separate. For my photography projects, I will go by Miu Vermillion.
I promise, more than 80% of the contents will not overlap with Angelica Brigade
Right now, there are many things I still need to figure out . . .
But it’s a part of the process, right?
– joyz k / Miu Vermillion
Life is filled with unpredictable events; so, I’d learned not to say never.
But, these probably are the very last handmade flowers I create as a member/founder/leader of Angelica Brigade.
As of yesterday, I no longer sell handmade accessories and jewelry through any online handmade marketplaces
It was the end of Angelica Brigade’s years as a demi-couture accessories and jewelry company. But, Angelica Brigade is still here . . . This metamorphosis is just a beginning of something new.
My team and I are working on several massive projects. (Actually, we are still doing the very same things we’ve been doing these past few years, but in a larger scale. I’ll tell you more about those projects in a future blog post).
There are also a few fashion editorial photos that are going to show up in several publications early next year. (Hint: We produced them in October 2012; and it was the true start of Angelica Brigade’s metamorphosis).
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[from my Instagram photo blog]
As a person, I’ve finally come full circle. And, for the first time in my life, I feel whole.
I’ll write more about this next Sunday (December 22, 2013), but here’s the short summary:
I came from a family of white-collar workaholics. And, for decades I’ve been dealing with their not-so-positive opinions and reactions about my decision to pursue something they consider manual labor (using my hands to make art . . . and then demi-couture jewelry and accessories). I’ve learned not to care about what they think and say; but, it used to feel like a rebellion. But not anymore. It took many years; but, I’ve made peace with myself, the kind of person I am, and my wishes for the future.
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This upcoming Wednesday (December 18, 2013), I will share my favorite diy tutorials (written by other experts)
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(You can find the list of materials I used to create this headband at the bottom of this page)
Download the free pattern here and copy the pattern onto your beading foundation
The techniques I used to create this headband is exactly the same with the techniques I used to create the Christmas Ornament (last week’s free tutorial). For more details and step-by-step photos, please visit that blog post.
This time, I decided to make my own headband.
Feel free to reproduce this headband for commercial purposes, BUT:
If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to contact me by writing a comment on the reply box below. (Don’t worry if you don’t see your message on this page right away)
Alternately, you can also contact me via Facebook
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Slightly more than 2 years ago, I opened AnGeLICA Brigade – a small handmade silk accessories and chainmaille jewelry shop – and sold my works via Etsy.
One and a half year later, Etsy shut my store down. Even though I post a lot of my work-in-progress photos on my blog and Instagram, and took snapshots of me re-creating the item they want me to duplicate, they refused to re-open my shop unless I show them my trade secret (the only advantage I have, and something I need to guard if I want to survive in the business).
I was shocked, disappointed, angry, and had to go through several stages of grief … but I moved on. A few months after that, I consider the incident a blessing in disguise. I found new ways to market my designs . . . I collaborated with amazing groups of people . . . and I even got my works published in a number of magazines and blogs.
And now, 8 months after that incident, I’m ready to enter the next phase of my life.
Gradually, I will stop selling handmade items and write tutorials on how to make them instead.
I’m also working on a few related projects I’m not confident enough to announce yet. But soon, when I’m ready, I’ll write all about it in this blog (-:
It takes me a lot of courage to do make this rather drastic change . . . shutting down a business I dedicated the past few years to . . . and starting afresh . . .
[Then, why the hell am I doing this, right?!]
I’ve given this a lot of thoughts . . .
This got to change . . .
I don’t want to stop doing what I love to do . . . but I don’t want to destroy myself in the process.
So, I won’t stop doing what I love to do . . . I just won’t sell the items I make, . . . just my patterns and my methods of creating them.
With no pressure of creating something cheap enough and attractive enough for other people, I can design whatever I want to make. And, I will write the tutorials in a way that other people can adapt the methods I use to create something more affordable/sell-able . . .
As for the other other project I plan to start . . . I will talk about it some other time (-:
Now, let’s move onto my next topic: One of the three fashion shoots I did last month.
A super gorgeous location, isn’t it? The MUA I collaborated with knows someone who has the key to enter this private beach in Corona del Mar (in Orange County, California). I took this photo using my iPhone and did nothing to enhance the photo at all.
And here are some behind-the scenes snapshots I also took using my iPhone
For the first time in many years, I made a top from scratch . . . I made the pattern, cut the fabric, and hand-stitched everything in (approximately) 12-working-hours . . . I can see that I’ll make more clothes for more photoshoots in the future.
This is the same top the model wore in the shoot. It’s a one-size-fits-most 1960s-Balenciaga-inspired piece. The spiky nail jewelry and the beadwork ring is also made by me (-:
I also try to move on from making flower-shaped accessories. It was harder than it seems.
There was 6 different looks in total, and – with careful planning – we managed to wrap the shoot within 4 hours.
All in all, it was an amazing day . . .
Next Week: If you love doing beadwork and embroidery projects, I’ll have some fun and sparkly d.i.y tutorials & patterns to share with you. There are 3 tutorials in total; but I will release them one at a time (-:
Till next time!
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We can never “unsay” the things we’ve said.
In fact, it’s one of the issues I faced a few weeks ago.
It wasn’t a pleasant one, especially because the person who badmouthed me was a total stranger who’d never met/spoke/written to me (yet?) . . .
But, let’s not dwell on that.
Talking about it will only bring the negative memory (along with all the negative emotions that come with it) into my life.
Nothing good will come of it.
So, I decided to let it go and move on.
The past few weeks had been chaotic . . . but in spite of everything (and may be because of all the problems I faced) . . . I’d say that it was a successful couple-of-weeks.
Here are the things I learned from all the things that happened:
I’m getting ready for two more editorials shoots.
-joyce @ Angelica Brigade
I won’t be able to write blog posts for a few weeks . . .
I have tons of projects to work on and can only manage to write a short photo blogs (which I do on a regular basis).
-j @ Angelica Brigade
The world isn’t very kind to most newcomers
Especially new independent designers with no extraordinarily important friends …
Am I sounding a little morose?
Well, I’m not my usual peppy self this week
I’ve been trying to organize this other collaborative high-fashion photo shoot …
Apparently, hiring fashion models (even the “new faces” ) is not an easy feat.
Well, I do want to hire models who can pose well, can pull off avant garde outfits, and make the pieces look great …
The way I see it … 75% of the success of a high-fashion photo shoot depends on the models we work with.
High-fashion shoot is much more than looking pretty. It’s also much more than convincing people to buy things.
High-fashion models need to convey the concept / story / theme of a photo shoot. They also need to do poses most people don’t consider conventionally beautiful.
And since I’m going to spend hundreds of hours creating the accessories and jewelry for the shoot, borrowing designer clothes, and working with this amazing hair stylist I’m a big fan of … I don’t want to botch things by hiring the people who are not able to present the results of all of those hard work.
All in all, it’s been a busy but not so productive week …
I believe in my ability to design and create couture jewelry and accessories …
But, those are the things most people don’t consider to purchase in this kind of economy …
There are times when I ask myself whether I should consider another career …
But, I’m not the type to give up easily. I will have to work smarter, get to know more people, and things like that …
But, again, there are times when I wonder whether my refusal to give up is not a wise decision …
I’ve never said this in any social media before … may be because it sounds like a lofty goal … but, this, is one of the main reasons I refuse to give up:
Do you know that Angelica Brigade is an acronym for AvaNt GardE Luxurious Inventions by Collaborative Artists Brigade?
From the get go, I always want Angelica Brigade to become a launchpad for talented new artists, musicians, and designers.
I’ve seen so many talents gone to waste … It makes me sad.
There are numerous stories behind it, but I’m going to have to share some of those stories some other time.
But, can you imagine how much more beautiful the world can be if more talented people can get enough chances to share their gifts with the rest of the world?
Have a wonderful weekend, you guys!!!
This week in a nutshell~
My new designs, current work in progress, less successful experiments, and company related updates~
I’ve also been organizing a high fashion photo shoot collaboration … and collaborating with several artisans to create intricate headpieces / hair accessories at lower price points.
How do you like it?
Personally, I love its shabby chic & vintage-inspired, even slightly Victorian vibe.
I blocked/molded its base so it will follow the contour of the wearer’s head. Large pieces with flat/unblocked/unmolded bases tend to flap around, show their backings & clips, and look unnaturally stiff when you wear them …
This piece isn’t 100% handmade by me … It’s a composite of several machine-made parts, some components that are created by the artisans I collaborate with, and some of my own work.
Pieces like this will retail around $75. There will be many, many more.
Stay tuned for updates~
Or follow me on Instagram for real time updates :)
I’ve been obsessed with learning to create sculptural beadwork jewelry.
Ever since I received my copy of Kate McKinnon‘s Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, I’ve been spending most of my free time learning the basic principles taught in the book and adapting them so I can create my own designs.
Here’s an example:
I started by learning to create the triangular ring you can see on my index finger. Then, using the principles I learned by creating the simple ring, I created a more dramatic ring you can see on my ring ringer.
I also went a step further . . .
To make the ring extra shiny and rock-solid, I decided to glaze the ring
After that, using the same basic (but modified) principle and using different kinds of beads, I ended up creating this bracelet.
I’m still not 100% happy with it. So, I’m going to spend some time improving it.
Anyway, when I was trying to finish making this bracelet, I could see the possibility of making mini top hats & tricorne hats using these same methods. It’s gonna be a few months before I can create a decent beadwork hat; but, I’m so excited.
Next Saturday: New Directions, New Designs, and Updated Classics.
Have an awesome weekend, guys!!!
-joyce of Angelica Brigade
That’s the title of my newest piece. What a mouthful, right?!
To be honest, I don’t think I’m going to win. The design isn’t very mainstream and the concept behind it is a bit bleak. But, I ended up owning something I’d want to wear very often, so it’s all good.
I enter contests – even the ones I don’t think I’ll ever win – to challenge myself. And usually, I gain new skills and come up with some things I consider groundbreaking. In this case, they are:
This piece is inspired by many women’s and girl’s hopes and dreams, and their efforts to reach them and the beauty of imperfection
Many women want to be slim and beautiful.
We fix our teeth, wear make-up, accessorize ourselves, and some of us even go through numerous procedures (ranging from getting eyelashes extension, botox injections, to cosmetic surgeries). Some of us even develop eating disorder(s) and exercise addiction.
Some women have more resources and determination than the others. But, many of us do try. This can lead to never-ending strives. People cannot stay young and beautiful forever.
In the end, we need to accept that there are some things we can’t change and do our best with what we have.
So morose? LOL!!!
Well, just so you know, the other two designs I entered into the contest are on the frivolous side. I will write more about them next week.
I feature and use all of the characteristics of each material I incorporate (even the ones other people might consider as negative attributes) to advantage.
In this instance, for example: Galvanized beads.
Some people dislike the fact that the plating of galvanized beads cannot last forever. I, on the other hand, rubbed the plating of some of the beads off before I sprayed them with clear acrylic spray. It gives the piece more texture and makes it look more dimensional. Also, the slightly distressed look of the beads amplify the mood of the piece . . . the beauty of imperfection and the ephemerality of all things.
I also challenge myself by not relying on cabochon(s) to anchor my design. I could’ve used Swarovski rivolis for the eyes . . . and if I did it, I could’ve finished creating the piece a few hours faster. Instead, I choose to “draw, color, and shade” my designs using nothing but beads.
Actually, I planned to put some chainmaille links onto this design. That way, this piece will contain every single thing I specialize on. That’s the very reason I put a silk flower on it. But, I was running out of time & none of the combinations I tried look nice on it. So, I decided to nix the idea.
By the way, I love the butterfly wing the skull is wearing as a headpiece. I’m thinking about creating similar hair accessory (minus the skull) sometime this month.
To me, the most important step in designing a headpiece is making sure that it will look nice on someone’s hair. I had to change the proportion and the silhouette of the piece a few times before it looks just right.
Then, the beading process begins.
One bead at a time . . .
As always, I prefer to “draw” the outline of the piece by back-stitching each bead to create the shape.
I tried a more conventional beading technique before (gluing cabochons —> beading around the cabochons —> cutting the beading foundation —> beading the edges) . . . but, that technique doesn’t work so well for me. May be it’s because I don’t really use cabochons. But not just that, I want to go beyond beading things in radial pattern.
After I was done beading the piece, I bonded it – using hot-melt adhesive – onto high quality ultrasuede … and beaded the part where the beadwork meets with ultrasuede to make the piece more seamless :)
Because the silk rose covers the pretty butterfly the skull is wearing as a headpiece, I decided to make the flower a bit smaller.
And, the number of hours I spent to create this headpiece is . . . 60 hours. The first attempt in bringing an imaginary accessory into reality takes time because I still need to figure out how I can create certain shapes or effects using the materials that are available to me. It involves a few trials and errors. I can reproduce this piece in less time. Say . . . 45 or 50 hours :D
Next Saturday: The other designs I entered into Fire Mountain Gem’s Seedbead contest
That’s it for now, guys!!!
Have a terrific weekend.
Knowing – and in good terms with – the people who matter
Some people might not acknowledge this fact, but being friends with many important people in your industry and the industries that are related to your industry can help you to achieve your goal faster and with less pain or trouble.
How about the people who aren’t lucky enough to grow up with or became friends with those important people years ago when they weren’t very important (and thus, much more approachable), etc?
This is the very reason I said that the most important key to success is one’s likeability (as in exuding trustworthiness, reliability, thoughtfulness, and such … and less about sparky personality). Read more about it here.
Good business networks aren’t built overnight.
You can’t just approach random important people and act as if you are friends.
Build a good reputation.
Know – and be real friends to – a lot of people in your industry and the industries that are related to your industry.
And, don’t be an opportunistic boot licker as untrustworthiness can instantly ruin your creditability.
Instead, be known as someone who is competent, trustworthy, considerate, and easy-to-work with.
One of them might end up working with a more important person in your industry and if s/he likes and trust you enough, and s/he might introduce and/or recommend you to this person.
S/he might need your expertise and ask for your help. This can give you a chance to shine and demonstrate that you are awesome to work with. People will notice.
People tend to hire someone (e.g. hair stylist, gardener, wedding photographer, etc) who is recommended by the people they trust.
Likewise, companies tend to hire individuals who are recommended by their current trusted employees.
And here’s something some people might overlook … if you work for someone, impressing your customers and other business owners (especially your boss’ rival) can get you far. They might mention you to your boss. They might prefer to do business with you. They might want to hire you. All these will increase your value in your boss’ eyes.
There’s no shortcut.
And, you need to be proactive. You need to get to know more people and constantly strive to become a better version of your self. Become the kind of person they’ll want to know.
Presenting a glowing – but false – front facade isn’t good enough. The moment someone fails to deliver what s/he promised … or, the moment someone’s considered as an untrustworthy person … that’s the beginning of his/her fall.
Next Saturday: Important Keys to Success, Part 3
But, here’s something I’ve never done before … hand-painting the edges of fabric strips. But, I welcome all kinds of bespoke orders, as long as the skills needed to complete the order fall within the areas of my expertise.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Till next week, you guys!!!
-joyce of Angelica Brigade
How can we create or accomplish things that are much better than what we can ever imagine?
By collaborating with other people who are great at things we aren’t so great at!!!
Who’d ever thought that we can use my knotted chainmaille statement necklace to ornament a French Twist updo?! Denise Empey of Two Tone Umbrella did … I’d never crossed my mind that we can wear this necklace this way …
It was for an Amy Michelson 1920s & 1930s Hollywood Glam stylized bridal gown photo shoot … 3 different models, and 10+ different looks. Here are some behind-the-scenes and alternate angle previews of the photo shoot:
It was held in this amazing hotel in West Hollywood called The London … We couldn’t have been able to secure the place in such a short notice without Natalie Good of A Good Affair Wedding and Event Production
The editorial photos were taken by the talented Award Winning professional photographer – Kristi Klemens (KLK Photography), along with her husband, Paul Bennett (who also is an amazing professional photographer), and lighting expert Efren Beltran
Do you know what it takes to create picture-perfect images? Lots and lots of work … and attention to details
So glad that Danielle of Mon Amie Bridal Salon was there to lend us her expertise :)
I’m excited to see how the photos turn out (^_______^)
So … this – officially – is the end of my badly needed time off (read more about it here)
I’ll publish my daily blog posts every Saturday morning (Pacific Standard Time) again :)
Sorry for the lack of updates/new blog posts~
I’ve been knee deep in work~
I’m planning to launch Angelica Brigade v.02 as soon as I possibly can, and it involves a lot of research & planning.
I’ve also been racing with time as I’m learning to operate (the newest version of) several 3D modeling & animation computer programs~ (As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post, I’m collaborating with a writer to produce animation shorts & graphic novels).
And then, there’s my day job …
Plus, I’ve been creating several items I plan to enter into Fire Mountain Gems’ seed bead competition … making several some things for Mary Nine’s upcoming dance video … learning to create handmade lace … preparing several different jewelry-making & hair accessory-making tutorials … and making some other pieces for a big project that may or may not be put on hold.
Anyway, I’ve been posting many of my work in progress pictures on Instagram. That’s the best I can do at this time~
I don’t want to bombard people with the same photographs over and over again; so, if you want to take a look at what I’ve been making, feel free to find me on Instagram. You can also view those pictures by visiting this url >>> http://www.instagram.com/angelicabrigade
And, here are some pictures I didn’t post on Instagram~
This one is a test piece. I’m using 16 gauge jump rings for this one & the chainmaille base of this beaded bracelet looks a little floppy when it’s not worn on someone’s wrist:
Not like its original 14 gauge counterpart. I prefer this wire thickness better because the end result looks much neater/cleaner (and so, looks more professionally done).
Well, that’s it for today …
But, I found several interesting gadgets I want to share/show you guys this weekend. Till then~
– joyz*k of Angelica Brigade