Archive for April, 2011
Woven from 95% post consumer material, used grain sacks are collected, cleaned, ground and melted into rolls of recycled plastic, printed with Blue Q’s super fantastic graphics, cut and sewn into bags of all shapes and sizes available at boutique Katrin Leblond. 1% of the sales of the bag shown above supports the conservation work of The Nature Conservancy. Blue Q guarantees a minimum contribution of $100,000! This company is an example of one of our very few exceptions in which we felt the product and philosophy allowed us to accept importing the product and adding it to our mostly locally created collection.
You can carry your lunch in style for $12.
There is something really magical about popping this great big flower open in the middle of a rain shower. It instantly brings brightness to a gray day. I feel like I am offering a moment of surprise and wonder to the people around me when I pop mine open. I love the quality of the mechanisms: the smooth slide and satisfying pop as it snaps open. I love the feeling of the wooden handle and the scalloped edge finishing. I also love the price. At $37 dollars I think it is a steal for the numerous moments of fantasy it offers and for its fabulous halo of petals. Get yours at the store now! Quantities are limited and the demand is now.
This is the last of my Artforms in Nature posts. I have really paid a tribute to artist and naturalist Ernst Haeckel. I leave you with a beautiful series of full colour plates showcasing larger lifeforms. Some might not seem so beautiful at first (the frogs!!!), but I insist, there is inspiration there for someone.
The orchids are just incredible. I made a series of dresses once for the Cirque du Soleil based on orchids. Below are two dresses by Michelle Ferranti that served as my inspiration for that project.
Here are the frogs!! Ha ha! They are so hideous and yet i have nothing against frogs. Actually, I think frogs are pretty important and I own a pair of little gold frog stud earrings that are quite delightful. We all loved Kermit the frog. Below I have added the image of a dress by John Galliano that seems kind of froggy to me.
This plate is classic Faberge egg inspiration. It is just so perferct. Look at he symmetry and ornament and texture.
You don’t need to be a genius to be an artist. You just need to take the time to do it. A lot of the work that I do is detail oriented and time consuming. Other designers look at my work and think I’m crazy to be cutting out shapes, making stencils and drawing with thread. But to me, it’s just what I do. Come see the new Spring 2011 collection at the boutique. I have been adding new styles every week.
Are you feeling the pastels yet? Are there easter eggs on the countertop at the depanneur? If you are not into the commercial hype of Western holidays, maybe you can find solace in the natural rhythm of the earth. It’s really just about Spring. It’s about sprouting, budding, beginning, hatching…it is that moment on the cusp of growth. It’s about birth. Or shall we say re-birth, since Winter will come again and then another Spring will kindle re-birth again.
These images are for you to savour. Taste them as if you are eating a meringue. Let them melt on your tongue. As much as they are about high-fashion, they are absolutely not about the clothes. They are a feeling, a mood, a moment. The crumbling broken statues and columns evoke a feeling of walking among the ruins of an old temple. The light and the colours are fresh. It is the morning. The day is new.
I see a still moment. A moment to breathe. A time out. A little gift of time alone with yourself. Just look out the window and stay there for a few minutes. Your nervous system will adjust to the slower rhythm, the lack of stimulation. Try. See how hard it is to do that.
And here is a little facial tip from Michelle Phan. She is my make-up teacher. I came to make-up late in life (like, last year) and have been really enjoying playing with colours and powders thanks to her.
This magical dress is the last of it’s kind. The production was a very small run. I think I only made six dresses. One of them was purchased as a wedding dress by a beautiful older woman getting married for the first time in her 50’s. Here is the last dress. If I remember well, it is a small….maybe a medium. If it is meant for you, here it is waiting in the shining spot light.
The Spring collection is almost completely in the store now.
My creative process this year involved a lot of cutting and pasting and collage-ing with a glue stick and small scissors. I felt like I was making clothes for paper dolls. It was the first time we had ever done anything like this in the studio, but it allowed us to visualize and plan so that the whole collection fit together better than ever.
You can see my little notes where I was planning how many items to cut of what size in which colour.
This year’s process also included a spiritual connection to all our wishes and hopes and desires. The women on my team, including my mother, each told me three things they would wish for the world if they could change anything they wanted. These wishes/blessings were then assigned to individual garments. Below you can see the note “Celebrating Native Women” on the long feather dress.
Come and see for yourself. The store looks more beautiful than ever! I am crazy proud of this year’s collection and all the magic that will flow out into my community.