Saturday, June 27, 2015

Love comes before judgement

I was going to bed with a full mind & heavy spirit last night after a whole month of major news events such as:  transexual/gay/lesbian agenda publicity,racially influenced hate crime shooting in a Charleston, SC ,banning of the confederate flag. Then 2 days ago the US Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. Talk about MAJOR events in modern times! Should be a cause to CELEBRATE right? Well..about that...

I start seeing so many hate filled opinions in my social media from people making statements that cause division, judgement, & utter disrespect for humanity. Starting arguments, unrest, division & enabling hate to multiply.It made my stomach turn!

I felt so saddened & confused by people’s reactions including fellow CHRISTIANS responding with chastisement & division towards the VERY people who are given new freedoms!  I don't feel it’s a compromise to extend love & acceptance & celebrate the newly given freedoms for a group of people who have felt neglected & unequal by our nations laws for so long. I am sure many in history have felt the same way during times when segregation or slavery ended. It cost many their comfortable & familiar way of life. Many were forced to accept change they did not endorse & for many it cost them everything they had, but the changes were necessary for the betterment of our society and the world at large. We as a nation are at a crossroads again; to choose to make our society better by embracing equality.How do we respond?


I am a holy spirit filled, born again Christian believer in God & Jesus Christ. It hurts my heart to see the division & lack of LOVE that surfaces from some other Christians during this time of testing. When others start to attack this concept of equal rights for those they feel are "living against the Word of God or living in sin".  For one, who are WE to judge? Doesn't the word of God say he who is without sin be one to cast the 1st stone? ......but none of us are without sin (John 8:7)!  So once you open your mouth to speak against another, you are opening the door for judgement right back onto yourself & division & hate takes place. A cycle of hate & segregation continues. Our God solves this issue in Isaiah 33:22 "For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us.” That leaves US free to LOVE and extend grace & forgiveness and move forward in peace & unity (All these things he gives us freely & as he has freely given to us, we should freely give them back). 

When I was going to sleep last night I was crying out to God in my prayer "What of all this Lord? How do I respond, how should I feel? I don't want to draw the wrong conclusion on all of this.”  He responded with "There is no right or wrong answer. How do you feel?” This response took my breath away! How do I feel??....I feel LOVE! He flooded me with responses in his word about LOVE (1 Peter 4:8) “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” Then I am reminded of his mercy in Luke 6 .. LOVE COMES BEFORE JUDGEMENT--without love we have nothing!

We have come to know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected within us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.
How did GOD show his love for us?  1 John 4:16 "This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him." When we accept Christ into our lives as Savior & King, he then starts an initiation process of cleansing & holiness. He empowers us by his spirit with heavens version of LOVE, COMPASSION, MERCY, & GRACE. He never asks us to go & condemn the world for not living the lifestyles we were led to by Holy Spirit. That happens by the Lord’s doing on his timeline and personally in each transformed life. All he asks us to do is LOVE one another. John 13:34 "A new command I give you: Love one another, as I have loved you, so you must love one another."

So this response to my prayer of what should I feel... was mind blowing! I felt immediate freedom to accept, love, celebrate, support, & UNIFY with the new changes of the times we are living in, BECAUSE they were positive & in possession of LOVE & UNITY! 

As generations have learned to do with each passing of old traditions we should embrace the new. The focus of this change is equality, respect, unity, & hope. I am reminded of how much I LOVE Colossians 3 and the part in verse 11 "Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all." CHRIST IS IN ALL! 

And LOVE is KEY! Love sets us FREE! 

Col 3:14 "And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."


Friday, June 19, 2015

My process from imagination to execution

  What inspires my art? How do I plan a shoot? What is involved in creating it?
Many things inspire me but mostly amazing artists from the art deco & art nouveau period like Erte or Alphonse Mucha. When I am creating a headpiece/costume design I enjoying taking elements that inspire me from fav works of art & interpreting them though my own lens. I enjoy textures, shape & depth. You may be able to see the layers I put into each headpiece design & detect the historical influence in each piece.
I also envision elements of the finished image & how I plan to shoot it, as I am creating the fashion design.I spend many hours just working on the digital backgrounds & styling elements needed to create the image for the final presentation of the new piece.There are so many hours of planning involved in each image including:concept design,wardrobe styling,background ect.
For this reason, I create many of my own overlays & textures for the editing process after photographing on the model. I normally spend the week prior to the shoot,working on background,overlays,concept design,styling ect. Then a few days prior to a shoot I start working out makeup/hair design for the specific look.
I never know if it is all going to come together the exact way I see in my mind, but it is the joy of the process of creating the entire work of art that I love to share with others! I hope you enjoy my work when I share,and I hope you notice ALL the elements & work involved to create just one image like this one!

A huge thank you to model Brooke Casteel for becoming my perfect muse for this piece for Victory Vintage Boutique.

Creating an overlay is easy when you start to look at every day objects in a new way. You will want to look around at things that catch your eye.. Then evaluate their movement, light reflective properties & overall texture. Is it something you can manipulate within a program to get a desired effect?
 I developed the overlay for a Light filled Victorian Art Nouveau set..

I used the mother of pearl on a vintage purse detail and the metallic fringe from another bag I had in my collection. Here are the before & after images for my overlays.

And the Mother of Pearl beautiful!

Its my absolute joy to create unique one of a kind handmade fashion & headpieces, then develop a concept for the shoot, design the background via overlay design, then direct, shoot & execute its presentation! I hope others are able to enjoy my work, art & sharing of the process. I want my passion & love for art to multiply in others so thank you for taking time to read & share with me!


Friday, March 27, 2015

High Fashion made from Vintage Millinery Feb/Mar 2015

What makes my designs unique? 12+ years as a vintage curator and an heartfelt appreciation for the craftsmanship of vintage millinery notions. This new collection is made from 60+ old vintage velvet & silk millinery flowers & blooms. You will see sweetly sheer bodices, matching bottoms & shimmering petticoats that work effortlessly together. This collection is now available. See link below to visit the Design Studio. 

Visit my Etsy Design Studio Victory Vintage Design Studio

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Artisan Etiquette discussion

I have been thinking about posting something about this for sometime. I have talked to too many professional artisans lately who have felt repeatedly disrespected by patrons or admirers.It breaks my heart, because I have received the same types of indirect insults from people over the years and feel its time to discuss the proper etiquette. I realize it may be due to the fact that most people do not know how to show their appreciation for art in a respectable & appropriate manner. When you see something on a website or venue such as Pinterest or Etsy you have the opportunity to like, love or favorite an item. This is such a great way to show the creator or designer of the piece you like & appreciate their work! Considering the high tech social media age we live in, anyone can tweet, post, or msg just about anyone instantly.That includes artists, craftsman, creators & designers of a product you admire. It seems these days most interests are asking for information regarding a piece that has sparked their interest. This is what I want to address.

As an artist, I am VERY excited to hear from people who admire my work, efforts & product! Actually I long for it! I want to know my efforts, vision & work is appreciated by others rather than just me. I look forward to feedback or responses when I release a new headpiece, fashion editorial or image. As the artist I welcome comments or questions but prefer they be regarding the availability of  the product, price or custom order. It is when people start to ask me how I created an item or what basic building process I use to get the result that starts to rub me the wrong way. This is RUDE! The best way to show your appreciation of an artists work is to PURCHASE their product! If you are interested in learning how they made it...BUY IT, study it yourself! That way you will show your appreciation and admiration of the product without offending the maker. This is the appropriate etiquette for dealing with artisans. They have studied, tarried, failed, succeeded, repeated & perfected their craft for many years, sometimes after decades of work! So when you just randomly ask an artist how can YOU make the same product they just presented to you? It's expect that the answer will be YOU can't right now.After you have given the years of effort, passion, study, multiple failed attempts, experience, finances, inspiration, & emotional involvement you may be at the place to ask such questions. But if you are not that person,what do you say?

So,you love their work? You want to know more about it? Ask the artist about THEM, not how they made the piece. The artist WANTS to know your interested in their product! Actually your interest is what they look for most! So ask them about their inspiration, ask them how they come up with their concept, design,or  ideas. Every artist's mind is a deep ocean of the unknown waiting to be explored! We WANT YOU TO EXPLORE! We want to share our original thoughts & inspiration.We want to tell you about the process, not the formula, because there probably isn't one. That comes with skill & experience gained during the journey of discovery AND its ever evolving, so it cannot be delivered to you without the, back to cost! Artists create for a living! It's how we make a living! It's how we provide for our families!It's how we survive! SELLING our product is our work! Our prices are not always set by market pricing, as many of us are not producing a mass product but an original lovingly created one of a kind piece. Keeping in mind all the skill,study,time & details that are not mentioned, our prices bring all this into consideration.If you are like me, you may feel it's rude to respond to someone criticizing cost with "Do you know how much it took me to create this? Or how long it took to design and how much money in supplies it cost me to produce this piece for you? I don't like to list all the details of WHY this piece is worth what I am asking,I want you to already know that part and establish MY WORK as WORTH IT!

So what I want you to walk away with after reading this is,a new appreciation for an artists life's sacrifice & commitment to their craft. Some are very blessed to be able to produce a product to share with others, and if it inspires or touches YOU, show your appreciation appropriately, by purchasing their product which allows them to continue to bless others with their craft! Its appropriate, its business, its blessing!

Please go purchase your favorite artists work now!

Thank you for your support!

The Making of the Wheat Harvest Warrior Editorial

My inspiration for this entire editorial set started with a couple of bundles of wheat. I found the stalks in a vendors booth in a flea market. They were just tossed into a bucket with some other junk, but I knew instantly I wanted to do something with them. Make them into a wearable piece of art. The woman who checked me out that day laughed when I told her I was a fashion designer and was going to use it for a costume of sorts. She laughed and said "I wouldn't want to be the one wearing that outfit!" I laughed too reassuring her it would be comfortable and wearable when I was done. I had an amazing couple in mind I wanted to use for this shoot. I let my models inspire alot of the style & fit of the pieces I wanted to make.
So I laid things out for a few days, to let them speak to me.

I sealed the wheat stalks with spray sealant, making sure to completely seal each individual wheat head I was going to use for the bib as well. I started designing the headpiece next.

I started the bib neck piece my cutting & measuring some vinyl and used vinyl glue to attach each individually sealed wheat head in the place I wanted. I added some military grade shoestring as the ties.  I finished off with some burlap ribbon to the top. I also made a matching headband for the male model for this set.

Time for makeup & transformation into the Harvest Warriors for this set! Kelsey was makeup artist AND photographer for this day's shoot. She is almost as amazing as my models for the day!

Out on location, time to get into the garb!

I found a field that had tall grass since we don't have any wheat fields that would of been ideal for this shoot. We would have to go about 400 miles west to Oklahoma for that, but this place seemed to work just fine.

I was so pleased with this beautiful couples fulfillment of my Harvest Warriors vision! All the fashion/costume designs are now listed in my Etsy shop. Now onto the next assignment in inspiration..

Monday, November 25, 2013

Fashion is not a distraction its my attraction

Fashion is not a distraction its my attraction. We are all attracted to a medium we can express ourselves by. I think that is why FB and twitter became so popular so fast. 
We are attracted to things we identify with and there are many avenues for identity and expression. I have always been drawn to fashion, even going to school in full vintage era costume when I was in 6th grade! I have always loved vintage garments and enjoyed finding a way to incorporate it for modern day. This led to my designing for the perfect topper or headpiece to finish off an amazing vintage wedding gown.
My passion today is designing these headpieces for high fashion and concept editorial art I produce for fashion magazines. On any given day you will find me reviewing my albums of Fine Art from the Renaissance and Art Nouveau era looking for inspiration for a new piece. I love being inspired by these great artists minds centuries ago. This offers me an avenue for expression of my own creative response. I have always found myself coming back to fashions as my inspiration. As with the beautiful artwork
"The Birth of Venus" by Jean Honore Fragonard 1755 

I am drawn to textures, fabrics, colors and design in these beautiful works of art! This led me in a whole new vision for this amazing work of art..I saw the series underwater! And so "Renaissance Delphine" was born!

The fashion of my art is what makes it stand apart. Its carefully planned, designed, styled and executed with spiritually led design from my heart. I am very excited to share this editorial and look forward to its publication in the future! Its how I interpret fashion!

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

"Thirst for Knowledge" Behind the scenes

Shooting the underwater art is one of mine and Kelsey's favorite part of fashion photography! Originally we had a library theme in mind for this, but last minute we decided to translate that to underwater! Thirst for Knowledge was born!
Leslie was the perfect model for this set! She did excellent in her underwater job! 

We had to get several shots of the book floating and pages turning to get the effect we needed for the image. Here is some behind the scenes of how we had to do it over and over.


After the book gave us exactly what we were looking is some simple edits we made to get the right elements for the final look.

Kinda eerie isn't it? 

Leslie gave me some beautiful images to work with!
And again...look at the grace of my underwater mermaid! So beautiful...


Here is the final set of "Thirst for Knowledge"

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