It has been an extremely busy couple of months!!!
I was in New York for a bit to join Miss Aniela‘s Fashion Shoot Experience . . .
Then, I spent most of my time creating clothing, jewelry, and accessories for editorial photo shoots I personally arranged, styled, and lensed . . . and, wrote a few articles for Beautiful Bizarre Magazine.
I am not great at handling fragile things . . . and so, I like everything I own to be sturdy, and if possible, armored . . .
I guess, this 2 Terabytes Rugged Armor Military Shockproof External Hardware is perfect for me, LOL!
I really like the hot pink padded hard case as well
Last week, I spent the bulk of my time editing the photos I shot in the past months . . . I’m planning to submit them to various independent magazines.
The photos I recently shot look much more elaborate than the ones I’ve shot in the past. I collaborated with numerous people who love what they do and great at doing what they love. I’m looking forward to share them with all of you very soon (-:
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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.
You – or your model – can also wear it as a hat with a half-face mask like this:
The “mask” or the first unit of the set can also be worn as a neck piece . . .either by itself or on top of a simple top or dress.
The crown or the second unit of the piece can be worn on the middle or on either side of the head. It fastens with a heavy-duty but soft elastic strap.
Because the front side and the back side of the crown do not look identical, this crown can be worn in 6 different ways.
Here are some other ways you can style the set.
[Note: The pieces you see below are the first samples of the design. The current version look much smoother than the sample. Please scroll down to see the comparison between the first sample and its current version]
Here are the comparisons between the first sample and the current version.
The mask consists of 5 separate origami units, and each origami unit is hand-stitched onto the other units.
In order to make sure the stitches won’t unravel for many years to come, I stitched each part using the use the thickest and strongest upholstery thread I could find.
Because of the extensive work involved, (at this moment) the two-piece set retails for $850. But, you can rent it from Dream Shoot Rentals for $75. And, right now, you can get a 10% discount on your first order).
The piece is currently out of stock. So, please bookmark the page and check back in a few weeks.
Oh, by the way, you can see a similar headpiece in the 29th issue of Dark Beauty Magazine.
This piece can also be worn in several different ways.
This one is also the first sample of the design. The current version is also seamless-looking (like the one seen on the 3rd image above this text).
It consists of 7 hand-stitched origami units, and fastened on the back using millinery grosgrain ribbons.
This one retails for $375 (+shipping) apiece.
(If you’d like to place an order, you can contact me via my Facebook Page)
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I haven’t shared anything on Instagram for a few days because I’m not allowed to show the photos of the projects I’d been working at just yet. So, please wait till the images are published in two certain magazines in a month or so (-:
Tomorrow, I’m going to start working on my next projects. So, you can expect to see my real-time updates on Instagram again.
Till next Wednesday~
– joyce// Miu Vermillion @ Angelica Brigade
Here are a few snapshots of one of the headpieces I designed and created for Dream Shoot Rentals.
(I took the photos in front of a few yards novelty fabric that I draped onto a garment rack. It makes quite an interesting backdrop)
I like to create pieces that can be worn in several different ways. For that reason, I decided to embellish both sides of the headpiece.
I always put each of my designs through something I call a snapshot test.
It’s very simple. It involves asking someone to model my design and taking many snapshots of the design from many different angles. That’s the only way I can make sure the piece will look great in photos.
I usually have to perform this test a few times because none of my designs ever pass the test the first time around. Some pieces might look fine in person but might look a little bit unfinished in photos (too empty here, not full enough there, etc).
I currently am not taking any new/incoming orders. I’m not selling any of my pre-made pieces either. However, I’m open for collaborations with other people whose work I find exciting and inspiring.
So, if you want to use this headpiece in your upcoming photo shoot, you can rent it from Dream Shoot Rentals for the fraction of its retail price (which, to be honest, is rather steep for something you can’t wear more than just a few times).
To receive information about Dream Shoot Rentals, their promotions, their new dresses & accessories, etc . . . please sign up for their newsletter.
And, if you are planning to attend the WPPI Expo in March, you can drop by at their booth to see the amazing dresses and accessories created by numerous designers from around the world. The pieces are available for rent right then and there.
Till next week, you guys!!!
-joyce @ Angelica Brigade
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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)
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).
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).
Till next week (-:
– joyce @ Angelica Brigade
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It’s a part bonnet part kokoshnik (russian headdress) . . . and it’s reversible.
It will forever be a one-of-a-kind headdress because I no longer have enough materials to make another (identical) one.
The fabric supplier that sourced these French novelty fabrics for me is no longer open for business.
She emailed photographs of epic head-dresses to inspire me.
From those photos, I can get clear ideas of what kind of headpieces she’s looking for.
I would never copy other designers’ works. Not only because it’s disrespectful to other designer’s hard works; but, it also makes it hard for us to be memorable.
Last week, I blogged about the importance of being distinct. Without distinct trademarks, our works will never create any lasting impression.
So, while keeping the inspirational photo’s color palettes and overall silhouette in mind, I went ahead and designed something new.
I find gothic lolita, victorian, and rococo fashion beautiful . . . And, I’m highly influenced by the aesthetics of Japanese anime . . .
And . . . since my art school days, I often gravitate towards soft-cubism art, especially the works of Tamara de Lempicka and Umberto Boccioni . . . their clean, dramatic, and dynamic lines . . . their blends of fluidity and structure . . . and those shadows created by those flowing geometric folds . . .
You can probably see how Tamara de Lempicka’s painting style influences the way I shape my silk hair accessories (such as the one you see here)
This Umberto Boccioni sculpture might very well be my number one favorite. It creates a lasting impression on me.
I’m always impressed by the fact that, from several different angles, it looks like several completely different sculptures.
I’ve never thought of it before; but, subconsciously, I’ve been trying to achieve this ideal. (Here is one of my earlier subconscious attempts to create headpieces that looks different if seen from different angles)
Though I own a proper electric flower iron / dapping tool … I still prefer to shape my silk flower petals manually … with candle flame & metal clips
I started with a clear goal . . . how I want the headpiece to look like . . . then I think of ways to bring that goal into reality.
Just in case I want to make a similar piece in the future . . . I diagrammed my process in my sketchbook.
I basically built the headpiece part by part on a balsa block.
This is the first time I’ve ever made this type of headpiece in my life. As usual, I learned as I go.
Actually, this is the largest headpiece I’ve made so far.
Because I made this headpiece without any external help . . . and because I’ve never made anything like it before . . . I needed 80+ hours to construct the headpiece.
And, below, are some low quality snapshots of the headpiece. I took the photos in my workroom around 4 in the morning . . . so, please excuse the horrible lighting & blurriness.
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To be outstanding, one needs to be different
And to be different, one needs to embrace his/her uniqueness
Some people might consider certain distinct qualities as weirdness
And so, in order to avoid rejections and humiliation,
One might decide to keep one’s distinct qualities hidden
And thus, stay in obscurity . . .
The same principle applies to artists and designers . . .
In order to succeed, artists and designers need to offer something new and different
At the same time,
To make a living,
Some artists and designers might decide
to create the things they believe their customers want to buy
They offer watered-down versions of their aesthetics or ideas
Some of them might even decide to create things they don’t even like
There can’t be any joy in that . . .
But, what if people don’t want to buy our works?
All of us need to make a living.
So, what should we do?
I don’t claim to know all the answers
But, I know for sure that in order to succeed, we need to be memorable
If we don’t stand out from the crowd, we’ll be absolutely forgettable
And, if no one remembers us, no one will look for us and buy our works
And, so . . . take that risk
Be different, and shine
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter was rejected by 12 different publishers before Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury agreed to publish it.
Stephen King’s first book – Carrie – was rejected 30 times!!!
Walt Disney was rejected 302 times before he finally could get some fund to build his Disney World
At the same time,
Know that if we do our best and hold onto our distinctness, we’ll have a MUCH bigger chance to succeed
-joyce @ Angelica Brigade
Each night, before I sleep, I make it my habit to list all the things I can be grateful about. It helps me to see my life in a more objective manner.
It’s too easy for me to focus on the things that went wrong. Although it’s good for me to spend some time finding effective ways to solve my problems . . . if I don’t make it my habit to think about the good things that happen to me each day, I would think my life is “suckier” than it actually is.
This week, though, I have more things I can be grateful about . . . more than usual . . .
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The result of Fire Mountain Gems’ 2013 Seed Beads Contest is out! (You can see the complete list of the contest’s winners here)
Hours before I submitted my design (a few hours before the contest’s deadline), I sort of doubted it will pass the contest’s semi-final stage. (Mainly because my beaded headpiece is much smaller than other contestants’ designs . . . and thus less impressive). But, the worst thing that could happen was I wouldn’t pass the semi-final. Which isn’t so bad at all. On the other hand, if I chose not to submit the design, I have zero chance of even passing the semi-final. So, I decided to submit the design anyway.
I remembered saying “here goes nothing” as I clicked the submit button. And, now, I’m glad I did.
Actually, I say that very same sentence so many times these past few weeks . . . Which means that I decided to ignore my (sometimes) overactive superego and take a huge leap. And, again, I’m glad I did!
Last week, I decided to write to Lindsay Adler, a prominent NYC-based fashion photographer I admire. I showed her some of my designs and my online portfolio. When she said that she’d love to work with me, I was over the moon!!!
Last week, I also submitted some fashion editorials I styled and shot to several magazines . . . I haven’t heard back from them yet. But I’m crossing my fingers.
Till next week, you guys!
-joyce @ Angelica Brigade
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