samedi 16 août 2014

Rock'n dolls

Two new shoot with two different people, two different style and 2 different atmosphere.

Amy 'Synth' Elizabeth Kingsmill by
Jan Fetishclubpix, dress made with Loulou Reloulou

In a way, it is less work for me, than also posing in the costume  I just focus on the costume design job.  let the model or the performer interpret my creation. 
by Jan Fetishclubpix

It is quite tricky because  to embody my designs, you need to understand the character of the costume and not let them wearing you but still have the charisma to wear it a subtle balance to find. 
This is a meeting between 2 creativity, the performer’s one and mind, sometimes I see model wearing my creation posing just as if it was a fashion item and it look a bit akward wereas you need the personality to embody the character. That is why I usually prefer performers. 
Bratz bra under the colourful dolls dress made by Loulou Reloulou & I 

I just give away the cloths, giving free rein for the setting, the aesthetic, not being the stylist or the artisitic director just collecting the dresses back with the final pictures.
I like the fact that my costume have their own life, they are working for me while I am doing something else at the same time. 
by Jan Fetishclubpix

Amy Kingsmill , extremely passionate performer about visual expression, like to explore her own identity through the unique clothing combinations that she style and creates. 

by Jan Fetishclubpix

« I love to create work that communicates a creative idea or a specific intention.
To me modeling is an extension of my art practice. I find shoots with a theme, message or concept behind them the most productive. As an artist I am capable of thinking in a creative way and helping with the construction of shoot themes etc. A lot of my work as a performance artist involves the creation of characters and styling them myself, and so I have a large wardrobe including latex, masks, haute couture pieces, vintage pieces, fetish and much much more. »

Amy found the perfect house for the shoot with crazy wallpaper and quircky decorative objects! 

'Amy Kingsmill, is an artist who, through incorporating her love of all things surreal and fetishistic into her performance work, creates looks that viewers have described as disturbing and arresting, but also empowering. ' -Rachel Hardwick, Skin Two.
She recreated her all world around the dress, I made for her  with Loulou Reloulou (made with more than 50 colourful dolls).   

colourful dolls crown worn as a necklace 

She made the dolls headpiece herself and a Bratz- bra to matching with the see-through transparent dress. 
Creating a pop and worring  mecanial plastic dolls deconstructing Barbie’s smooth and polished image. 

by Tony Patrick Smith

This dress is made out of thousands of piece of colored rubber. 
The fact that is not fabric make an amazing motion while twirling. 
by Tony Patrick Smith

The story of this dress come from a facebook status. A  Facebook designer friend using a lot of rubber in her work,  moving away was giving away a big bag full of rubber . I jumped on the chance and went the day after collecting the rubber with my big suitcase. 
Like in the majority of my creation, the idea come from the material rather the design, it is like a reverse process where the final garnement exit because I found an interesting material and not the contrary, whitout this gift, I would never have made this dress and not even think about doing it. 

I was inspired by the rubber material being the rubber man in my friend Mette Sterre show, wearing a 30 kilos rubber thousands of rubber bans put together,
by Tony Patrick Smith

by Tony Patrick Smith

by Tony Patrick Smith

What to do with a monopoly game where you are missing all the cards?  a monopoly necklace of course!
available now on my online shop 

In a last post I was wearing myself this afro-inspired tribal costume but I felt it would be nice to get a black model to match with the black head dolls. 

by Tony Patrick Smith

by Tony Patrick Smith

Little mermaid necklace and dolls heads dress
I already made a three snow white necklace and in my exploration of the disney princess theme I made this Ariel necklace. 

Last but not least, I have the surpise to be featured on a Finnish blog specialised on monster dolls!
Proud to be so international even if I can't understand a word of what it says!
read the full article here

jeudi 7 août 2014

Ram place & the Barbican adventure

I had the great opportunity to be part of the amazing project of the Ram place market by the Barbican, to perform my Lego piece  for the festival and to have stool at the market.  

the audience building the transparent lego dress creating their own design

Throughout the market’s eight-day tenure a series of events and workshops  took  place including performances, talks and workshops with photographers, artists and fashion industry professionals including designer James Long, film-maker Kathryn Ferguson, and performance artist David Hoyle In summer 2014 Ram Place Fashion Market opened in the heart of Hackney and saw designers, artists, traders and performers come together to celebrate London youth fashion. A unique programme combined performance, talks, food, gigs and workshops alongside retail stalls from leading east London designers.

The market took inspiration from The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the largest retrospective ever to be staged of Gaultier’s work. Jean Paul Gaultier’s designs have long been influenced by youth culture and demonstrate his deep understanding of the issues and preoccupations of today’s multicultural society. Socially and ethnically diverse communities in London and Paris have provided particular inspiration for his work and the project aimed to place London youth fashion back into an international context. 

I made a new dress especially for the performance, using a transparent base. My idea was to create an optical illusion where the Legos look like they are floating in the air around the performer body. I also made this rigid crinoline structure for the audience to be more easy to stick the Legos on to.   

Cute mittle girl really into building my dress! 

you could also build my Lego shoes! 

You can read more about the concept of my Lego piece that I already performed several time here and watch the video on vimeo 

Speech for the launch night celebrating the vibrant creativity of East London 

I performed it twice, for the launch night and the closing party. The second time it was pouring out but SHOW MUST GO ON, I had my waterproof Lego dress! 

So proud to have my name written down on the Barbican programme! 

Recreating ly little world at the ram place market
 I  was offered a stool for 3 days to exhibit and sell my designs, it was a great occasion, to "play shop" and to interact with my potential customers and see they reactions "live", Some people were amazed some other were scared, but my creations always provoked a vivid reaction.  People told you about what it make them think off and always find a personal anecdote about their life, most often related to child hood, talking to a perfect stranger (me) about their imitate past!

If you didn't have a chance to come to the ramplace market, you can still visit my online shop 

At my stool, you could find unusual item like a baby hand in a cupcake box (picture from my instagram gallery follow me!) 

I had the honour to exhibit with incredible designers like the beautiful and talented millener Sahar Freemantle, on the picture wearing one of my necklace that match perfectly her amazing designs, check her work and like her on facebook  ideal for a wedding! 

By Monika Schaible 

No break  at the market! Monika Schaible caught me eating my salad I tried to finish between tow customer, don,t be ashame of a bit of salad caught in your teeth, this would be the new fashion trend! 

By Monika Schaible 
This day at the market, I stole my friend Simon's drag costume of our Demoiselle de Rochefort act with Luxurioux Snacks...
barbie hand sunglasses & little mermaid necklace 

Interviewved by Shorditchhype about my design, you can watch the video here

Tried to match my colourful design for wearing this colourful dress made out of rubber bits, love the motion when it thwirl! 

  Thanks to my favorite vintage Sonia Rykiel Dress, I am on the front cover of the Haus of Mirrors book, gathering pictures taken at a "Fete worse than Death" Festival in Rivington street, gathering picture made op a temporary photo studio around a antique circus mirror.

I actually like the distorting effect of the mirror on the dress creating amazing shape that you can't get with, it bring me some thoughts about the perception of the garment through optical illusion and what kind of post-production effect in photography can bring to the costume,  recreating a new reality for the viewer!

An article about my stool on Shante's blog, who I met at the ram place, 

She ordered me this pair of earing for her to order with very specific customisation request (black hands barbies, pearls bracelets, white and purple gems stone ring, multi-couloured nail polish...) go on her blog to see the making process of it, and if you would like to own your really special one, get in touch with me, or you can visit my online shop

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