Archive for December, 2010
photo Danilo Pivato
After an early morning ski on the mountain, I am feeling reverant of Winter. The trees are dripping with snow. I felt like I was in a Scandinavian fairy tale…but I guess it was a Canadian fairy tale. Yes, this is the chosen land. For me at least. Last night I was shovelling my front steps at 10:30 pm and my neighbour (who is a Hasidic Jew) was working hard on his front steps next to me. We were both scraping and shovelling and sweeping. I was wondering how he feels about the winter. Is it paradise to him the way it is to me?
Here is a poem I want to share:
A Morning Offering
I bless the night that nourished my heart
To set the ghosts of longing free
Into the flow and figure of dream
That went to harvest from the dark
Bread for the hunger no one sees.
All that is eternal in me
Welcome the wonder of this day,
The field of brightness it creates
Offering time for each thing
To arise and illuminate.
I place on the altar of dawn:
The quiet loyalty of breath,
The tent of thought where I shelter,
Wave of desire I am shore to
And all beauty drawn to the eye.
May my mind come alive today
To the invisible geography
That invites me to new frontiers,
To break the dead shell of yesterdays,
To risk being disturbed and changed.
May I have the courage today
To live the life that I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer
But do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more.
~ John O’Donohue ~
(To Bless the Space Between Us)
Elisabeth Giorux is a powerhouse of creativity. A force to be reckoned with. She is a passionate hobby photographer of nature, a eccentric and powerful designer of jewelry and an accomplished musician. Come discover the artist behind the creative abundance tonight at the boutique!
We will be celebrating this amazing artists with wine and refreshments. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge at the door and Elisabeth will share with us the incredible new collection of jewelry she is working on as well as offering us the treat of a moment of her cello playing.
This was the first wedding dress I ever made! And it’s red! It was for the late December wedding of my dear friend Djahane and she wanted to feel like a snow queen. I embroidered fluffy stars swirling around a large white mohair tree. The ivory velvet jacket had red silk roses on the front.
I also made the groom’s tie, seven little boy bow-ties and two red sashes for the flower girls. I love the contrast between the blue shirts and the red ties!
Below is the fabulous Ali Luminescent. She is a multi-skilled performance artist and circus performer. She is wearing the blue Jolly top from Spring 2010 in this shot. I think the whole composition of the shot is great!
Recently, I got a call from two Sirkus Smirkus graduates who were looking for some new costumes. They are a young and ambitious duo consisting of: Lindsay Culbert-Olds and Kia-Melinda Eastman. Though I am in design mode for Spring 2011, I felt like this would be a fun little interruption. The girls got a corporate gig in Hong Kong doing an aerial number at a mall. Well, why not?
Here is the sketch I proposed for their Jester costumes. I coloured them according to the circus colours: purple, green and silver. They were made at my studio by myself and my design team’s most talented Katharina!
Here are the girls at their first fitting: posing and looking cute! Imagine them with white face paint and black diamonds over their eyes and purple rhinestones.
the most artistically challenging part of this gig was adding the mall’s logo. It was not part of my original design. Below You can see the logo printout next to the textile logo I made for the girls’ costumes.
This photo I got from Kia. I think they are happy with their costumes.
just added these pics from the show in Hong Kong. Looking good!
Meet Claude, a local Montreal legend. Sometimes you can find him, sometimes you can’t. He can freestyle amazing script and perfectly copies fonts. He’s great at what he does. He works in oil paints and most people hire him for permanent window text, but I hired him to do my Christmas window. It took two days and he smoked many many cigarettes (not in the store!). He stood back to measure and look at his work. I wanted it to happen faster, but perfection was his vice and so he took his time and made it great.
Here you can see the big bows that he painted above each window. These were inspired from old art deco posters. I wanted to make the windows look like gifts and everything in the store is in the box with a big bow on top.
After he was done with the window, I asked him to make me a new sandwich board. He hummed and hawed. He needs the work, but grumbles a bit along the way. I think he did a spectacular job on the sandwich board. I love it so much!
This is the window display at Johnny Ruth in St-John’s Newfoundland.
Kim Winsor, the owner and buyer for boutique Johnny Ruth, has been an inspiration and mentor to me for many years. She has great fashion sense. She is a powerful and compassionate entrepreneur. She is the reason women in St-John’s, Newfoundland look so good!
If you happen to be in St-John’s over the holidays, why not stop by:
Johnny Ruth, 166 Water Street
My friend Vimala is a true eccentric and her amazingness only grows with age.
South African by birth, today she lives the life of a hermit near the holy mountain Arunachala in the south of India.
Ten years ago when we first met, Vimala picked up a brush for the first time.
Her entire life she’d been convinced that she “couldn’t paint” but her mystical and whimsical paintings had a different opinion and were impatiently waiting to materialize.
Needless to say, Vimala hasn’t put the brush down since.
In 2008 we went to Mexico and there, inspired by the vibrant art and handicraft scene of Oaxaca, Vimala told me her paintings “refused to be hidden under [her] bed any longer”. She began a quest that would finally turn into the most amazing and original pillow art I’ve ever seen.
[pic – “Kiss to Frida Kahlo”]
She found a family in war-torn Kashmir, that were brave enough to join her. applying their traditional hookwork skills to make pillow art, translating designs so unlike any they were used to.
The entire extended family is involved in the production. They dye the wool themselves, the women do the hookwork and the men then stitch the actual covers together. This tradition has been handed down many generations and even though they work extremely fast, due to their many years of experience, it still takes two full days to complete one cushion cover.
They start off with the colours as per Vimala’s original design and then change the colours completely. Each different colour combination changes the vibration and look of the cushion completely. Only a few of each colour combination gets made, so they always look a little different and it is a constantly evolving work. They never mass produce any combination.
The fruits of this beautiful collaboration is now, for the first time, available in Canada at Boutique Katrin Leblond.
Hurry to get yours.
Share your gifts and make the world a more beautiful place!
I was very excited last month when I got a preliminary phone call inviting me a to be apart of this years WAWA (an acronym for: We Are Women Artists). I got to dress the femme fatale herself…drumroll please…Amanda Mabro! The contact was made when Krin, my fashion show artistic director and circus star in her own right, was invited to hostess the event. We did the press photos at the store and tickets will be available at boutique Katrin Leblond soon.
This is one of my all time favouritqe costumes. I made this for Krin’s wheel act and it is made with entirely designer silks including 10cm of Dior.
Here are the digs on WAWA:
Amanda Mabro, The WAWA Show
February 26, 8 p.m., $25, Gesù — Centre de créativité
Fresh off the heels of her outstanding performances at the 2008 and 2010 Montreal Jazz Festival and OSHEAGA music festival, musical visionary & vocalist Amanda Mabro brings you “The WAWA Show!” An acronym for “We Are Women Artists”, Mabro’s main inspiration for the event is fostering community among female artists internationally. Now in its 6th edition, WAWA is pleased to be part of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival delighting the ears, eyes, hearts and minds of festival goers; witness the powerful pipes and soul-pop sounds of Amanda Mabro herself, the soaring gypsy voice of Cirque de Soleil singer Mirjana Milovanovic, the achingly beautiful harmonies of 2010 Juno winners The Goodlovelies, the colorful and classy couture of Katrin Leblond, the amazing concert photography of Andree Anne Handfield, and the incredibly entertaining hosts & circus artists Krin Haglund and Andreane Leclerc.
Here is a little peek inside my closet.
As I dig out my winter clothes and re-organize my mittens, i noticed how pretty some of the colours looked and thought i would share them with y’all. Below is my accessories drawer for mittens and scarves. At the top left is the unicorn scarf (still available at the store) and next to it is one of Colette Van Haaren’s amazing knitted pieces.
Here are my belts. I guess I don’t wear a lot of belts, but you can see my travel belt folded up with the sunset stitched over the water. My travel belt was detailed in an earlier post. It is an embroidered belt in which I documented a trip across Canada through stitching.
Here are my handbags all piled up.
And my long dresses including Vintage Fairyesque and Ana Sui.
The most important drawer of all: BIKINIS.
The skirt bikini, a little number I released way to late last summer, is available again at the store for all you snow birds.
From left to right: Cozy coat 2009, Ivko coat (two left in L and XL), Purple and Red Velvet coats…still some left at the store on sale now at 1/2 price and of course my purple parka! Wish I could design parkas, that would be fun.
Silk scarves in multi colours and textures are a must have for summer and travel. Cover your hair when you enter a church in Italy or visit a temple in Thailand. Add a touch of colour to a simple summer dress. Identify your luggage as it travels with you around the world. Collect them and enjoy the luxury of soft shiny silk.
Now go buy some colourful clothes so that you too can have a princess closet!