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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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.
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
Me*, one of my pliers**, and one of my designs***
** Eurotool Duck Bill Plier, with its tips covered with Tool Magic
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/
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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.
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.
Discontinued. But can be made upon request.
Alternate versions of the pictures you can see in my Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Angelica-Brigade/205402069513750)
1. Lela … My stencilled/airbrushed silk headdress … 7″.
As usual, I made each style, including this one, it in several different colors. I will upload their pictures tomorrow.
2. Lyria … Headband/headdress
3. Ondine … a variant of my Seafoam headdress/fascinator
5. Starla … my star-shaped-base fascinator/hair accessory
6. Vespera … a variant of the Starla (w/ star-shaped base … with added ribbon at the base)
I also made a self-tie headband version of this shape called Luceella. I’ll upload her picture … along with several new stuffs I made … tomorrow
(As usual … I take all the pictures myself, using my iPhone’s built-in camera without any special app or software or filter. None of them is re-touched).