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
“If your heart is not in it, get out of it or change it”
If one’s heart is not in it,
It’s impossible to give one’s all for it . . .
To spend many hours doing it . . .
“Masters are incredibly passionate and emotional people who just love to do things and when they love to do something, they do it all the time.”
I suppose, that’s the only way one can master a certain skill . . .
I love what I do
I love making things
I love avant garde fashion
I love taking photographs
I also love playing with image-editing software
There are times when work longer than 16 hours per day.
At the end of such days, I usually flop down in exhaustion. Even so, I couldn’t wait for the next day to begin so I can resume my work(s).
Lately, I’ve been doing more and more things that have nothing to do with Angelica Brigade (my handmade business).
And, as some of you might have noticed, I no longer sell my handmade accessories and jewelry via online marketplaces. Mostly, because I don’t have enough time and energy to take more than a small number of bespoke orders per month.
My priority has changed
I’ve been re-thinking some things for quite a while now . . .
Because of the things I’ve experienced in these past two years (ever since I established my handmade business) I’ve been dabbling with photography, image editing, marketing, social media marketing, website designing, accounting, financial planning, and many more to support my independent business.
Many things have happened . . .
I still love making things
I still love avant-garde fashion
But, it looks like I’m heading towards a slightly different direction
I’m still thinking the details through
But I haven’t changed
I’m more experienced and skilled than before, and I’m aiming to become a better version of myself . . .
It won’t be easy, but my love of creating things will carry me through this transition and growing process.
-joyce @ Angelica Brigade // miu vermillion
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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 . . .
(For a better view of the text, please visit http://www.firemountaingems.com/jewelryartists/jewelryartists_bio.asp?docid=KATUARIJ )
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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Some people might think that I am wearing 2 pieces of bracelets . . .
But . . .
These two parts of the bracelet are actually connected.
The chunky strap of beads (the one with the toggle clap) functions as the bangle’s wrist harness. Its main function is to prevent the bangle from falling from my wrist . . . or worse, launching itself and hitting unsuspecting people.
It’s the very first beadwork bangle I’ve ever created. So, I decided to refer to several sources so I can size the bangle correctly. But, because I’m extremely small boned (not skinny, just small boned), the bangle kept on falling from my wrist.
It actually hit my friend’s head. Twice. In a public space.
But, I spent more than a 20 hours creating it. I don’t want to throw it away. I was going to give it to a one of my friends or family members; but, it’s too small for them.
So . . . I decided that the only way I can make the bracelet more wearable is by attaching a strap or wrist harness onto it.
I started by making thin beadwork strap using the same beads I made the bangle with . . . but, to me, the smaller strap looked disproportionately small . . . So, I decided to replace the smaller strap and made a much larger one.
This beadwork bracelet is basically a modified and enlarged version of the rings I created last week. I just give the beadwork some extra edges & make it more asymmetrical.
Somehow, the piece makes me think of dinosaurs and old tree barks . . .
Anyway . . . I’ve been learning to create more and more shapes . . .
Love these dimensional triangles . . .
One of them is actually flat. It was my first try. I did better the 2nd and 3rd time.
There is a possibility that I’m going to write two different blog posts next week.
One of them has something to do with this video about Etsy:
I’m going to think things through before I say anything further.
If you have any input, additional information, or comment about this topic, please feel free to let me know. You can do so by writing a comment on this post or message me via my company’s Facebook Page.
Till then (:
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
According to http://www.hakes.co.uk/, Julian Hakes spent approximately 2 years refining this very light, comfortable, & elegant avant garde footwear. And, judging from the second photograph, they do look wearable.
And . . . the best news is . . . these award-winning* shoes aren’t insanely expensive either, and they are available via Amazon.co.uk (in many different colors!!!) >>> http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=Julian%20Hakes&index=shoes&search-type=ss
Pricey, yes, but much less expensive than most designer shoes that aren’t as original and avant garde as these ones.
I know … these shoes aren’t for everyone. And, I’m not planning to purchase them either – at least, not until I can try them on in person & see if they really are comfortable to wear and look alright on me . . . but, I count myself as a big fan.
*Drapers Footwear & Accessories Awards 2012 winner
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Have you heard about Tapeworks Art ?
They are images created using many layers translucent packing tape. You can check them out in http://www.khaismanstudio.com/
How do you like them
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What’s your opinion about this non-traditional wedding dress? The bottom part of the dress reminds me to one of the dresses seen on Lady Gaga in her Monster Ball Tour intermission videos.
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Chinese Style of Parenting
Many of you might have heard about Tiger Moms; but, have you heard about Wolf Dads?
It involves more than 1000 rules (including how to hold a cup, how to sleep, how to cover one’s self with a quilt) … and lots of corporal punishment
Read and cringe: http://www.npr.org/2011/12/14/143659027/and-you-thought-the-tiger-mother-was-tough
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Such craftmanship & out of the box ideas.
Her works makes me to aspire to become a better artist …
To ignore limitations and bring a concept into reality …
And to create the best things I can.
Often, I worry too much about the wearability and the production cost of the item I design/create.
I also worry about the item’s possible shipping cost and whether I the item can be packed / shipped easily.
All these considerations tend to limit my creativity … and at the end of the day, I often realized that I did not give it my all … and that I did not bring my designs/ideals into reality, but just a blurry shadow of it. This realization – which I tend to push to the back of my mind – tend to nudge me with some pangs of dissatisfaction that sort of bothers me from time to time.
Angelica Brigade (AB) is a new and small independent company with no external financial backers or angel investors. In order to survive, and in order for that to happen, we need to make a reasonable amount of profit so we can get more materials to create more things and so on. I’m not saying that we’ve been a total sell-out. We aren’t creating anything that aren’t in line with our artistic ideals or tastes … we do … but, only in its lesser form.
So, does it mean that we’ll go crazy and create nothing but labor intensive, expensive to create, and fantastic yet unwearable pieces?
No … But from now on, at least 20% of the things I create will fall into that category.
Slowly, but surely, AB will try to grow into the kind of artistic brigade we aspire to become.
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I created this headpiece for a magazine photo shoot
I saw this product at Sephora the other day and found it intriguing.
I was a little skeptical at first; but, then, I read the the instruction on how to achieve velvet-like the effect on the back of the manicure kit’s box.
Since the method sounds very much like how fabric manufacturers produce flock ( = create raised textures on fabrics)*, I thought that this product is going to work.
Does it really work?
The answer is …
In fact, it’s much more than what I expected.
The upper surfaces of my nails look & feel like real velvet
>>> P.S : Sorry for the not-so-good picture. It’s past midnight & my energy saving lamps aren’t able to provide good enough lighting for me to take decent pictures. Please check back tomorrow to see better / clearer pictures of the manicure. <<<
I’m going to write more about this product (about the manicure’s durability, whether it gets stained easily, etc etc) in a few days. If you are interested to find out, you might want to bookmark my site and check back in couple of days. My blog’s url is https://angelicabrigade.wordpress.com
But, for now, I have nothing but great things to say about this brand (Ciate) and this manicure kit.
It is a truly innovative, avant garde nail product.
To learn more about the brand, please visit the company’s site: http://www.ciate.co.uk
Be sure to read their brand philosophy: http://www.ciate.co.uk/about_us.php (Flash required).
To purchase the item, you can either visit your nearest Sephora store or the stores listed in the company’s ‘About Us’ page (above), or purchase it online at http://www.sephora.com/velvet-manicure-P375461
-joyz*k of AngelicaBrigade
Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.
To see more pictures of this necklace, please visit my Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/AngelicaBrigade )
This piece is extremely lightweight for its size.
As usual, the piece is made using Blue Buddha Boutique premium anodized aluminum jump rings.
And those two huge focal stones are Swarovski Fancy Stones
Thousands of jump rings in various sizes strewn all over the table
Along with ribbons, Swarovski crystal pearls, strips of fabrics, metal findings
I know I’d been sitting here for hours
Using 3 different sets of pliers, I’ve been weaving the jump rings, taking them apart, changing the sizes of the jump rings I used, re-arranging the placements and the length of the chain, crystal pearls, and the ribbons . . . and I’m not even half done.
Out of sudden I felt lightheaded. My hands started to shake . . .
It was then when I realized that it was 7 pm, that I had been working for 10 hours, and that I had not eaten anything all day . . .
Quickly, I decided to whip something up really quick before things get even worse
And when I was waiting for the water to boil . . . I couldn’t stop myself from thinking out ways to improve the necklaces I’m creating today.
It’s not uncommon for me to keep on working till very early in the morning . . .
And the moment I wake up, after I have my morning coffee (with lots of rice milk & cocoa powder), I usually go right back to work
Yes, I know that it’s not a very healthy lifestyle. It’s not a lifestyle I’d recommend to anyone else. I also know that it’s in my best interest to live a more balanced life . . . But, at this moment, there is nothing I can do about it.
There are a few plans in the works and I’m on deadline . . . But it’s another story for another day :)
Many people told me how lucky I am that I find something I’m passionate about and how fun it must be creating all these jewelry and headpieces. If they actually see the kind of life I lead, will they still think so?
All these fumes I inhale and all these ash that I need to clean up whenever I create silk floral headpieces / hair fascinator
Once in a while I accidentally stab my fingers with a needle and burn my fingers
And then, there are these natural byproducts of one’s decision to stay seated on the same spot while doing the things that require one’s close attention to detail: back pain, neck pain, dry eyes
There are times when I get stuck and no matter how much I try the pieces either don’t fit together and do not look the way I envision them to be. It can be very frustrating.
Yet, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I am driven by this impulse to create. Plus, the satisfaction that comes with the completion of each project is incomparable.
It’s uncommon for me to work longer than 14 hours per day
And … because of that, there are moments when I feel that talent is overrated. It’s the hours I spend doing, re-doing, fixing, and improving my works are the reasons I acquire these skills
Have you read or read about Geoffrey Colvin’s book “Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else“ ?
How about Malcolm Gladwells’ “Outliers” ?
Here are some good summaries of the books’ arguments:
– Why talent is overrated http://money.cnn.com/2008/10/21/magazines/fortune/talent_colvin.fortune/index.htm
– Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers: http://wiki.dandascalescu.com/summaries/Malcolm_Gladwell_-_Outliers
It takes about 10,000 hours for people to start to be really good ad something
True, I one of the reasons I like to create chainmaille jewelry is because it comes very naturally to me. If I happen not to be not good at it or if I happen to dislike doing it, I would never spend so many hours practicing, learning new weaves, and designing my own chainmaille jewelry. So, perhaps, passion and natural aptitude are parts of the mix … but if I never spend those hours making numerous pieces of chainmaille jewelry and fabric accessories, experimenting with new materials and techniques, and trying to figure out how I can make a better piece next time … I would not be able to make the things I am able to make today.
If I don’t spend enough time re-working this piece, this headpiece will still look the way the 1st version looks like …
And, here is how the latest version looks like:
There are still a lot of rooms for me to improve. There are a lot of techniques I want to learn and incorporate.
Alas … I’m not a super human and I do need to have some rest from time to time … How I wish there are more hours in a day
Anyway, look at the time!
I need to go back to work. I’m trying to finish creating these 2 new necklaces today. I will upload their pictures in a few days.
-joyz*k of AngelicaBrigade
Update 04/17/2016: I no longer sell my pieces via Etsy
This is actually a set of three silk floral clips:
I decided not to bond them onto one single hat frame because:
1. If I bond them onto a hat frame, the floral headpiece will look really stiff. I want the flowers to drape softly on top of the wearer’s hair. If I insist on I bonding all the three pieces on top of one single base or hat frame, I will need to mold and custom fit the hat frame to match the wearer’s head. If the wearer wants to wear this with her hair up, the hat base will need to be modified. And if the wearer changes her mind and wants to wear this with her hair down, she won’t be able to do it because there will be a big gaping space between the flowers and her hair.
2. I want the wearer to feel comfortable wearing the headpiece. I want her to be able to roam free, dance, even perhaps jump and run around if she wants to. She won’t feel very comfortable if she feels that her hair fascinator/headpiece is tugging on her hair … she can’t have a great time if she fears that her headpiece is going to slide off of her hair. Elastic band can loose its elasticity or even break. And personally, I don’t really like to wear Alice Band / headband either because it gives me a headache. Plus, it tends to slide off of my head. So —> I decided to device this multiple-clips system . It distribute the weight of the headpiece to different parts of the hair. And since these pieces are so featherweight, you won’t really feel like you are wearing them.
For more details about this piece, please visit this link >>> https://www.etsy.com/listing/103962253/
If you have any question, please feel free to contact me at angelicabrigade [ a t ] g m a i l . c o m
Or you can send me a Facebook message. My Facebook page’s address is http://www.facebook.com/AngelicaBrigade
But if you have a quick question and want a rapid answer, you can contact me via Twitter ( http://www.twitter.com/#!/AngelicaBrigade )
Style name: Emme. Original design by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade.
– The base’s diameter: Approx. 5″ (12.75 cm)
– Overall height: Approx. 2.5″ (6.5 cm)
– The roses’ diameter: Approx. 2″ (5 cm)
– The flower’s height: Approx. 1.5″ (3.75 cm) tall.
– The braided embellishment’s longest point: Approx. 1.5″ (4 cm) away from the flower.
– The Swarovski Nautilus Fancy Stone: 1 1/8″ x 1″ (3 cm x 2.6 cm)
Materials: Italian silk organza, Swarovski Nautilus Fancy Stone (4196) in Light Colorado Topaz color, die-cut felt base, and alligator clip.
A one-of-a-kind mixed-media wearable art necklace featuring a handmade, hand-painted, and then glazed polymer clay sculpture with several Swarovski bicone crystals embedded into it … and painted , distressed, & burnt silk organza.
Original design by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade
– Overall length: Approx. 18″ (46.5 cm)
– Overall width: Approx. 3.5″ (9 cm)
– Overall thickness: Approx. 1.5″ (3 cm)
– The center piece’s diameter: Approx. 3.5″ (9 cm)
– The center piece’s thickness: Approx. 1 3/4″ (4.75 cm)
– The sculpture’s diameter: Approx. 2″ (5 cm)
COLORS: Gray, black, and silver.
Italian silk organza, heat-treated poly-blend shantung, polymer clay, Swarovski crystals, a handmade chain maille necklace bright aluminum & anodized aluminum jump rings*), satin ribbon with heat-treated edges, tulle, felt, pewter (tin-based alloy) clasp.
Styled with an h.Naoto jacket
Handmade chainmaille necklace
Made with meticulous attention to detail, one jump ring at a time.
Lightweight for its size because it’s constructed using premium quality anodized aluminum jump rings.
Adorned with two large Swarovski Fancy Stones.
An original design by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade.
Bold and dramatic, but versatile.
You can wear it with a business suit
Or a wedding dress …
Or a little black dress
To register interest, please don’t hesitate to contact me via my website www.angelica-brigade.com
An unusual, dramatic, and sculptural chain maille necklace.
The necklace is extremely lightweight for its size because it’s constructed using premium quality anodized aluminum jump rings.
Made with meticulous attention to detail, one jump ring at a time.
Adorned with two large Swarovski Nautilus Fancy Stones.
An original design by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade.
I’m on Pinterest! To see the pictures of some things that inspire me, please visit http://pinterest.com/angelicabrigade/
Remember the bracelet I considered my best work in the year of 2011?
The moment I finished creating this bracelet/armpiece was the moment I started to see myself as a chainmaille artist.
Many people (even the people I don’t know . . . the ones who ask me about the piece whenever I wear it in “public places”) told me that I can definitely sell the piece . . . some store managers even told me that it will do well in certain stores . . .
But . . .
This piece, along with several other armpieces in the ‘Rigmarole Collection’, need to be custom-fitted.
In order to make sure that the bracelet to look the way it’s intended to look on the wearer’s hand, more than one fitting sessions are necessary
For that reason, unless I can find a way to reconstruct this bracelet in such a way that no custom fitting is necessary, I can never make the piece available for sale in my online shop &/or brick-and-mortar stores
It took me a while, but I’m finally able to achieve that goal . . .
The bracelet sits a little differently from the original one, but they look very similar and I like the reconstructed version as much.
Here are several before & after pics of the piece:
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-joyz*k of Angelica Brigade