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Angelica Brigade for Dream Shoot Rentals: Geomatrix Modular and Convertible Headpiece and Mask

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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.

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You – or your model – can also wear it as a hat with a half-face mask like this:

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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.

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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]

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Here are the comparisons between the first sample and the current version.

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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.

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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.

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This piece can also be worn in several different ways.

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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

Angelica Brigade for Dream Shoot Rentals – Tasha Reversible Headpiece

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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.

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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).

  • Each part of this headpiece is handmade . . . including the star-shaped chain/ornament.
  • Each bead is hand-stitched . . . each flower is handmade . . . and the hat base is hand-molded.

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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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Making Mistakes: Learning What Works and Doesn’t Work – It’s a Matter of Perspective

Even so, it can be a little disheartening

Looking at all the materials I can’t re-use but not ready to throw away . . .

I really need to remind myself – time and again – that, at least, I now know what doesn’t work and what I should do next time

That’s how I learn to create every headpiece & jewelry I make . . . through trial and error . . .

True, I graduated from FIDM (Fashion Institute of Designs and Merchandising) . . . but as a merchandise/product development major . . . So, I never got any formal training in millinery and jewelry-making.

But, I have no intention of getting any formal training in hat-making and jewelry-making . . . Because it’s the main reason my designs don’t look exactly like other designers’ . . .  (Which, I believe, is a good thing)

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And so, I’ll be making more and more mistakes and try my best to learn from those mistakes.

I hope, next week I can share my new designs . . . This week, unfortunately, I can’t produce anything worth sharing.

I spent the bulk of my time reproducing a few of my designs for Dream Shoot Rentals. (Check the link out to see pictures of amazing designs by various fantastic independent designers).

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I’m happy to say that this one looks a lot better than the original.

The original piece was a result of my experiment. It was the very first time I created that type of headpiece. So, it’s only natural that this one looks a lot better than the prototype (below).

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I’ll be making a few more headpieces for Dream Shoot Rentals. You can expect to see real-time updates of my progress on Instagram or Facebook.

Till next week (-:

– joyce @ Angelica Brigade

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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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The Importance of Being Distinct

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To be outstanding, one needs to be different

And to be different, one needs to embrace his/her uniqueness

Unfortunately,
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 . . .

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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 . . .

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But, what if people don’t want to buy our works?

All of us need to make a living.

So, what should we do?

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I don’t claim to know all the answers

But, I know for sure that in order to succeed, we need to be memorable
and,
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

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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

So,
Expect rejections
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

New designs, new projects, new collaborations …

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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.

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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 :)

-Joyce

Ceaseless Ardor … 1920s (and, The Great Gatsby) Inspired Beaded Bridal Hair Accessory

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Here is the second beaded piece I entered to Fire Mountain Gem‘s Seed Beads Contest.

Actually, I created the piece for an editorial photo shoot. [ You can read more about it here ]

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It is inspired by the glamorous accessories people wore in 1920s in general . . . and Daisy Buchanan (of the Great Gatsby) in particular.

I call this (stylized) leaf-shaped hair adornment Ceaseless Ardor . . .

It embodies Jay Gatsby’s eternally unrequited infatuation towards Daisy Buchanan . . . Many years has gone by, but his idolization remains strong and unchanging. Whenever I reflect upon that aspect of the tragic story, the word evergreen pops up in my mind.

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Original photo by Daniel Miłaczewski, annotation by MPF.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen

Evergreen . . .
That’s how Jay Gatsby sees her
Eternally beautiful, graceful, and glamorous
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Evergreen . . .
That’s what she will always be remembered as
The object of Jay Gatsby’s eternal adoration.

And . . .
That’s the how Jay Gatsby’s feeling towards her will remain . . .
Everlasting . . . undying . . . amaranthine . . .

And, so . . . when I was asked to create a Great-Gatsby-inspired bridal accessory, I couldn’t find a better design to represent Daisy Buchanan than an evergreen-leaf.

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Plus, I believe that this is a headpiece Daisy herself would’ve wanted (or considered) to wear.

I also made the headpiece as sparkly and opulent as I possibly could. To do it, I used nothing but sterling silver beads, silver-lined bugle beads, gleaming Swarovski crystal pearls, extremely shiny fire polished beads, and 24k gold plated beads to embellish the piece.

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With that basic idea in mind, this is how I created the headpiece.

Step 1:
Pattern-making.

It’s important to make sure that the piece will look nice when someone’s wearing it . . . and that it’s neither too small or too large
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Step 2:
Using beads, I “drew” the outline of the design.
I call this step “drawing with beads” . . .
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Step 3:
Covering the beading foundation with beads . . . making sure that the beading foundation is completely covered, and that the yarn doesn’t show up at all.
I have a thing for dimensional and textured beadworks. So, I used different kinds of beads in several different sizes to create the effect.
I call this step “coloring and shading the design” . . .
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Step 4:
Blocking (or shaping) the headpiece usinga traditional millinery hatblock.
That way, it will perch beautifully on top of the wearer’s hair.
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See how it curves?
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Step 5:
Heat-treating the edges of the ultrasuede so none of its parts will unravel.
I basically melted the edges of the ultrasuede with candle flame.
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Step 6:
Beading the edges of the beadwork and the ultrasuede to connect those two parts into one seamless piece.angelica brigade handmade beaded bridal hair accessory angelicabrigade independent designer glamorous great gatsby 1920s inspired headpiece for bride design process

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Step 7:
Creating the straps/headbands
Yep . . . this part isn’t made using a pre-made chain . . . it’s constructed one link at a time . . .
I call this step "drawing with beads" . . .

Phew . . . what a long post!

I guess I better show you the third piece I entered into the contest – and its design process – another time :O

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Next Saturday: The third design I entered into Fire Mountain Gem’s Seed Beads contest

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Want to see what I’m making right now? Find me on Instagram. My user name is AngelicaBrigade.

You can also see my current work in progress and other behind-the-scenes activities here.

Have a wonderful weekend, you guys!!!

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-joyce of Angelica Brigade

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Update (1/13/2014): You can find the list of all of the materials I used to create the headpiece here

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The Serenity Prayer of the Ephemeral and Imperfect Beauty (or . . . Sephie Beau)

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That’s the title of my newest piece. What a mouthful, right?!

It’s one of the pieces I entered to Fire Mountain Gem‘s Seed Bead Contest (you can read more about the contest here).

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:

  • The eyelashes
  • The seemingly-floating star, and
  • The details on the butterfly

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Then, the beading process begins.

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One bead at a time . . .

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As always, I prefer to “draw” the outline of the piece by back-stitching each bead to create the shape.

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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.

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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

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Next Saturday: The other designs I entered into Fire Mountain Gem’s Seedbead contest

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That’s it for now, guys!!!

Have a terrific weekend.

-joyce

Angelica Brigade’s New Studio

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It’s tiny: Only 130 square feet (12 square meter) in size & located a few footsteps away from my living room.

To make the most of it, I asked a local carpenter to create ceiling-high cabinets (in glossy white) so I can make this home office to look clean & organized.

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I keep the decor to a minimum:

  • Two of Jasmine Becket-Griffith‘s limited edition canvas prints
  • A vintage canvas hat with one of my handmade lurex flower headband on top of it
  • One of my handmade gigantic silk flower propped on top of an art-deco inspired vase
  • One of my handmade alternative bouquet (it can stand upright on its own – without any support whatsoever)
  • A floral & metal centerpiece I made for my wedding’s cocktail party, and . . .
  • A framed chalkboard

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At the end of each day, I put everything inside of the cabinets to keep them clean & dust-free.

Everything has its own space. It makes it easier for me to find things.

According to the American Demographics Society, Americans waste 9 million hours a day looking for misplaced items.

To me, time is a luxury. And once we waste it, we can never recover it.

I also like to start each of my workday afresh. Plus, it’s easier for me to clean the table when there’s absolutely nothing on top of it.

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This is how I make sure that each of my in-stock items are completely dust-free & stay pristine.

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I always keep Fire Mountain Gem‘s catalog nearby. It’s an amazing & comprehensive resource I need whenever I am designing a new piece of jewelry.

So, this concludes today’s short tour of Angelica Brigade’s Studio. Thanks for stopping by~

A headpiece that looks different if worn at (& seen from) different angles

It took me a while to make sure that this headpiece to look good when seen from & worn at many different angles

My method? I constructed the piece on top of a canvas head.

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Angelica Brigade handmade hair fascinator AngelicaBrigade hatinator for wedding bridal bride race racing festival party parties special occassion event lolita silk flower floral organza shantung headpiece hair fascinator unusual unique couture quality

Angelica Brigade handmade hair fascinator AngelicaBrigade hatinator for wedding bridal bride race racing festival party parties special occassion event lolita silk flower floral organza shantung headpiece hair fascinator unusual unique couture quality

Angelica Brigade handmade hair fascinator AngelicaBrigade hatinator for wedding bridal bride race racing festival party parties special occassion event lolita silk flower floral organza shantung headpiece hair fascinator unusual unique couture quality

Angelica Brigade handmade hair fascinator AngelicaBrigade hatinator for wedding bridal bride race racing festival party parties special occassion event lolita silk flower floral organza shantung headpiece hair fascinator unusual unique couture quality

Angelica Brigade handmade hair fascinator AngelicaBrigade hatinator for wedding bridal bride race racing festival party parties special occassion event lolita silk flower floral organza shantung headpiece hair fascinator unusual unique couture quality

Angelica Brigade handmade hair fascinator AngelicaBrigade hatinator for wedding bridal bride race racing festival party parties special occassion event lolita silk flower floral organza shantung headpiece hair fascinator unusual unique couture quality

Angelica Brigade handmade hair fascinator AngelicaBrigade hatinator for wedding bridal bride race racing festival party parties special occassion event lolita silk flower floral organza shantung headpiece hair fascinator unusual unique couture quality

Here’s a high resolution closeup of the headpiece

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Extremely low budget photography for craft sellers

I still take all the photographs using my iPhone 4,

&

Use natural sunlight

&

Rely on my one & only $100 plastic mannequin to model my pieces
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Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade handmade silk hair fascinator silk floral clip headpiece red fuchsia hot pink raspberry iridescent green shantung taffeta photography fashion style indie independent designer

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So many people (even some fellow Etsy sellers) asked me where I got my mannequins …

(They seem to think that I own more than one mannequin)

I actually got my mannequin from a liquidated store.

This is how “she” used to look like:

I used COPIC Markers (not in these exact colors) to contour her cheeks and to make her eye makeup more dramatic

Because the markers are alcohol-based, I used alcohol swabs to blend the colors and to erase some mistakes (hey, it was my first attempt after all)

Then, I glued 3 layers of false eyelashes on “her” top eyelids …

Since wigs can look very plastic, shiny, & fake on photographs, I powdered the wigs I bought for my mannequin with talcum powder. And to make the wigs look more natural, I made them look less perfect by brushing them [not-so-gently] with my synthetic circle hair brush.

Some of the synthetic hair broke & got stuck on the brush, but the acquired imperfections cause the wigs to look much more like humans’ hair.

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See … there’s nothing good make-up & good haircut cannot fix.

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Now … let’s talk about the photographing process

I took most of my product pictures against a white 3 and 1/2 feet (or approx. 1 meter) wall behind my house.

Most of the time, I only use her torso, arms, & head and keep her lower limb in my garage.

I like to take the pictures when the sun is shines quite brightly (but not too brightly) & when the sunlight falls at an angle. I usually do a light check using my iPhone 4’s screen. If the sunlight doesn’t cast too much shadow & if the colors of my mannequin & my handmade items are not too distorted, then I know that it’s a good time for me to take the photographs.

>>> The key is to ignore what’s right in front of you & focus only on the image you seen on your iPhone’s screen. If you use a digital camera, rely on your digital camera’s screen or viewfinder instead <<<

Then, use the screen to find the mannequin’s best angles. Ignore the mannequin itself, and only look at the screen and keep on moving till I find good angles to shoot the mannequin from.

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To take this type of photograph, I lay a white foam board on the ground, at the spots where I get adequate sunlight. I use my iPhone’s screen to find the best spots & the best times to take the photographs (again, not too much shadow, no significant color distortion you can’t fix with simple photo-editing software)

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To take this picture, I laid a foam board on top of a small table, & pose my mannequin on top of them.

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And, to take this picture, I laid a faux-fur throw on top of the same table.

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Then, I moved my iPhone around till I find great angles to take the pictures from.

Once I arranged the mannequin on top of the table, I did not look at it (not even once!) and when I fix her hair or re-arrange the mannequin, I also rely on my iPhone’s screen to show me how I should do them.

So, what do you think? Wanna give it a try?

If you have any question, please feel free to leave me a comment :)

@k_joyz of Angelica Brigade

Previews

So,

Here are some of the pieces I made this week:

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AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade handmade accessories accessory jewelry jewellery bracelet chainmaille chain maille chainmail bracelet necklace Swarovski Crystal Pearls

And …

Here’s am unedited [just watermarked] sneak peek from today’s photo shoot

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I’ll upload more pictures & list more items on my Etsy shop ( http://angelicabrigade.etsy.com ) soon

@k_joyz of @AngelicaBrigade

My Handmade ChainMaille Jewelry & Hair Accessories: As Seen on a Major Daytime TV Show & La Carmina Blog

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The episode is called “Health Dilemmas Caught on Tape”

It was aired Wednesday, October 24 in the daytime. Check your local listings for repeats. Or, you can watch the segment on La Carmina‘s Youtube Channel:

More pictures & more information about the show are available in http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2012/10/the-doctors-tv-show-guest-japanese-bagel-head-body-modification-la-carmina-on-cbs-medical-daytime-tv-show/

Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade La Carmina LaCarmina Chain Maille Jewelry ChainMaille Jewellery Statement Necklace Handmade Hair Accessory Accessories Silk Flower Floral Clip Headpiece Hair Fascinator TV Show CBS Bagel Head BagelHead NatGeo National Geographic Japanese Forehead Saline Inflation Taboo Body Mod Body Modification

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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Louella : Avant Garde Hatinator / Headpiece / Hair Fascinator with Gravity-Defying Net Ribbon

I created this headpiece for a magazine photo shoot

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angelica brigade handmade hair fascinator handmade hatinator handmade heirloom quality headpiece avant garde unusual angelicabrigade hair accessory silk organza with gravity defying net netting ribbon looks like ears la carmina lacarmina magazine photoshoot

 

.:: 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

Questions? Comments? Feel free to contact me via Facebook or Twitter

random stuff

Me*, one of my pliers**, and one of my designs***

* joyz*k of Angelica Brigade (http://www.twitter.com/#!/k_joyz)

** Eurotool Duck Bill Plier, with its tips covered with Tool Magic

*** https://www.etsy.com/listing/103749675/

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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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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