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Katriona : Demi-Couture Headdress – my inspirations, working process, and the finished headpiece

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It’s a part bonnet part kokoshnik (russian headdress) . . . and it’s reversible.

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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.

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Inspirations

I made this headpiece for Lindsay Adler‘s new company: Dream Shoot Rentals.

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.

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I find gothic lolita, victorian, and rococo fashion beautiful . . . And, I’m highly influenced by the aesthetics of Japanese anime . . .

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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 . . .

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Portrait of a Young Girl in Green Dress by Tamara de Lempicka

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)

Source: http://artedeximena.wordpress.com/arte-contemporaneo/esculturas-s-xx/c-unique-forms-of-continuity-in-space-1913-umberto-boccioni/

Umberto Boccioni – Unique Forms of Continuity in Space. Source:  Artedeximena

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)

Working Process

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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

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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.

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I basically built the headpiece part by part on a balsa block.

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This is the first time I’ve ever made this type of headpiece in my life. As usual, I learned as I go.

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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.

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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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Current updates:

  • I was informed by Coco Magazine that the photoshoot I styled and directed will be published in their February edition of Coco Bride Magazine. Dark Beauty Magazine also told me that they are going to run the photographs I took in their Valentine Issue.
  • Right now, I’m making a few more headpieces for Dream Shoot Rentals . . . and building a cohesive collection using some materials I’ve never used before. (Super excited about this!!!). You can see my real time updates on my Instagram or Tumblr photo blog. Or, you can see some of those updates, along with photos of some other artists that influence me on Angelica Brigade’s Facebook Page.
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Angelica Brigade Jewelry & Accessories on Leveled Magazine & La Carmina Blog

Amazing set of pictures that make my day a lot brighter:

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Beaded Silk Headpiece by AngelicaBrigade via Etsy

10 inch Floral Headpiece / Hatinator with Gravity Defying Net Ribbon by Angelica Brigade via Etsy

ChainMaille & Swarovski Necklace by Angelica Brigade via Etsy

Dramatic and Unusual Bracelet – Chain Maille and Swarovski by Angelica Brigade via Etsy

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Silk Headpiece With A Hand Beaded Polymer Sculpture Center Piece – Wearable Art – Gothic / Lolita Headdress, Photo Shoot Prop

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Style name: Jeanne (d’Arc) v.03
Original design by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade

The sculpture is 100% handmade, hand-painted, and lacquered by me.

The diameter of the headpiece: Approx. 6 1/2” (16.5 cm)
The diameter of the beaded center piece: Approx. 2 1/2” (6.35 cm)
Weight: 64 grams / 2.25 oz. / 0.14 lb.

Materials: Italian silk organza, silver-lined Delica seed beads, silver-plated beads, simulated pearls, polymer clay, silver pigment, high gloss acrylic lacquer, die-cut high quality felt, alligator clip.

Made to order.

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.:: talent is overrated ::. my design process .:: a day in life ::.

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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.

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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 …

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And, here is how the latest version looks like:

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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

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A Gigantic (but lightweight) Floral Headpiece / Hair Fascinator / Headdress (a set of 3 floral clips) I recently listed on Etsy

Update 04/17/2016: I no longer sell my pieces via Etsy

Angelica Brigade High / Couture Quality Handmade Hair Fascinator / Headpiece / Headdress / Floral Clips - a set of 3 clips - in pale baby blue , palest warm beige , iridescent pink and peach rainbow sorbet , Gigantic but Extremely Lightweight, Unusual, Unique, Dramatic, Feminine, Neo Rococo, Marie Antoinette, Sweet, Elegant, Gothic Lolita, Cute, Can be made in custom colors, bespoke, Etsy, http://www.angelica-brigade.com AngelicaBrigade

This is actually a set of three silk floral clips:

Angelica Brigade High / Couture Quality Handmade Hair Fascinator / Headpiece / Headdress / Floral Clips - a set of 3 clips - in pale baby blue , palest warm beige , iridescent pink and peach rainbow sorbet , Gigantic but Extremely Lightweight, Unusual, Unique, Dramatic, Feminine, Neo Rococo, Marie Antoinette, Sweet, Elegant, Gothic Lolita, Cute, Can be made in custom colors, bespoke, Etsy, http://www.angelica-brigade.com AngelicaBrigade, teardrop fascinator, silk flower, 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 )

An Unusual Oversized Floral Headpiece with Large Swarovski Center Piece

Handmade Gigantic Oversized Dramatic Silk Floral Clip in Deep Red by Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade Swarovski Nautilus Fancy Stone in Light Colorado Topaz with Alligator Clip Hair Fascinator Wedding Hatinator Bridal Unusual Unique Avant Garde Wearable Art

Handmade Gigantic Oversized Dramatic Silk Floral Clip in Deep Red by Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade Swarovski Nautilus Fancy Stone in Light Colorado Topaz with Alligator Clip Hair Fascinator Wedding Hatinator Bridal Unusual Unique Avant Garde Wearable Art Gothic Lolita joyz*k

Style name: Emme. Original design by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade.

Dimensions:
– 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.

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Handmade Gigantic Oversized Dramatic Silk Floral Clip in Deep Red by Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade Swarovski Nautilus Fancy Stone in Light Colorado Topaz with Alligator Clip Hair Fascinator Wedding Hatinator Bridal Unusual Unique Avant Garde Wearable Art Gothic Lolita

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My Most Current Work: One of a Kind Mixed Media Wearable Art Necklace

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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

DIMENSIONS:
– 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.

MATERIALS:
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

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Some of the Hair Fascinators / Headpieces I recently made

Reina Teardrop-Shapped Headpiece / Hair Fascinator in Pale Lime Green by Angelica Brigade joyz*k of AngelicaBrigade

Reina Teardrop Silk Hair Fascinator / Accessory / Headpiece by AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade pastel summer spring

Reina Teardrop Shapped Hair Fascinator / Headpiece in Mint Green by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade pastel pastels AngelicaBrigade handmade spring wedding guest bridesmaid bridesmaids

Gothic Lolita A handmade lightweight broken doll sculpture, surrounded by bluish black silk roses with burned edges, placed on top of several layers of Italian silk organza (also with carefully burned edges) and surrounded by a frayed braided silk embellishment.  Made with meticulous attention to detail. Gothic Lolita Silk Headdress in Iridescent Purple, Memento Mori by joyz*k of AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Handmade Accessory

Reina Handmade Silk Organza Teardrop Shaped Hair Fascinator / headpiece / hair accessory  by joyz*k of AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Unusual, luxurious, & made with meticulous attention to detail.  Lightweight & drapes over the wearer's hair.  Looks like a cocktail hat but not constructed using a hat frame. Softer, more lightweight, and drape better than regular teardrop hat.

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Charla: Avant Garde Fascinator with Detachable Veiling

http://www.etsy.com/listing/89835207/avant-garde-fascinator-gothic-lolita?ref=v1_other_2

Layer upon layer of Italian silk organza with carefully burned edges, 6 silk roses, sheer flyaway ribbon & braided embellishment, all made using one same fabric.

Lightweight & drapes over the wearer’s hair.

Original design by joyz*k for Angelica Brigade. Style name: Charla.

Can also be made in Whisper Pink (very, very pale pink), with an optional stiff net veiling in white

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All pictures are taken using iPhone 4 (without any special app or filter) inside of my make-shift photo studio (namely, my closet) because I had to cancel an outdoor shot because it rained the moment I started to take the first picture.

My husband & I hung a large white fabric lined with taped-on tissue papers behind the mannequin and used my floorlamps as light source.

It was rather fun.  It’s like playing McGyver (with the ductape) or Michael Westen (Burn Notice).

Plus, the end results are surprisingly much better than what I expected

-joyz*k

Clothilde: Large Silk Fascinator with detachable veiling

Layer upon layer of folded Italian silk organza with carefully burned edges, 3 silk roses, , all made using one same fabric.

Lightweight & drapes over the wearer’s hair, following the contour of the wearer’s head.

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Discontinued. But can be made upon request.

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