Breaking My Spell Was a Success!

The performance was a success and a great point of pride for me and the Art Posse.

On Reykjavik Culture Night Michelle came in last in the Reykjavik Half Marathon, as she had planned, after six and a half hours of walking.

I will upload more photos and information soon, but for now let me just say:


The Spell is Broken!

Photo by Tyler Hurd.


An Interview About Breaking My Spell

Have you been itching to know more about what Breaking My Spell is all about? Here you can read a fairly long interview with me about the project, as I wax poetic about our work process and give (gasp!) information about the outfits.

Read the interview on Michelle´s blog.

Logo by Carissa Potter Carlson

Here´s what´s happening in the present moment:

As the clock ticks down to the debut of Breaking My Spell (this Saturday at 8:40 no less) things are becoming more hectic. I know the heat is rising at the Art Posse headquarters what with some unforeseen setbacks. To top it off, I have been laying in bed since Saturday with a cold and fever dreams.

But I am confident that all will go well nevertheless, because on other fronts, the art gods have been smiling down upon us.

Plus we rock.

The Invasion Has Begun

Michelle Morby left for Iceland on Sunday with half of the art posse; Peter Max Lawrence and Kirk Wilder, to work on Breaking My spell. Now they’re there: Michelle training, Peter Max documenting and Kirk keeping it all together. Plus they have to do about a hundred other things. Jenalee Harmon, our style and makeup guru, and I will be arriving soon. In fact, I will be there on Tuesday!

The outfits are ready and soon Michelle will do a photo shoot with very talented Oddvar Örn Hjartarson.

Here are some photos of the art posse:

Peter Max

Distilling Towards Magic

Michelle is leaving for Iceland on Sunday morning and we are still in the process of designing and sewing!

Every night, we go to our seamstress’, studio with the idea that we are going to finalize this or that design and what usually happens is that we walk out a few hours later with new ideas and different conclusions (or what appears as conclusions at the time) to each design.

It has been challenging for me to work this way because I create a vision, which is then altered in the clothing itself and through the feedback of our seamstress and Michelle. So that means:

More editing = more time designing = fewer hours ‘till liftoff.

But that said, it’s been a real schooling for me in keeping a mindset of “there are no problems, only solutions” and of course, each design gets better and better with time. Our three minds create this amazing synergy, and our finished garments make us literally bounce with excitement. Magic.

AND: We’re almost there!

Scrapped, reconfigured, abandoned, reborn...

Sewing Away

These days Michelle and I go see our seamstress, Veda Ambeau, three times a week to work on the outfits for Breakin My Spell. During fittings, we gasp in awe of Veda’s artistry and keen eye, draw on muslins and tweak an inch here, three there. In between we shop for fabrics, finesse designs and plot to take over Reykjavik with our team.

I wish I could show you some of our designs, but we are going to keep them under wraps for the most part so that you may enjoy their debut on August 20th all the more.

Our stash of swatches and cue-card inventory

About Michelle Morby

Breaking My Spell, the project that I am working on with artist and dear friend Michelle L. Morby is well under way. We have been doodling, drawing and drooling over fabrics and inspiration for the last few months and now we are seeing it all come together as our seamstress transforms my designs into actual outfits.

Michelle running with glee in one of our creations

I would like to tell you a few things about Michelle.

Born in Argentina and raised on the East Coast, Michelle has worked as an artist in many shapes and forms since 1998, as a performance artist, traveler, photographer and “lífskúnstner” (Icelandic for master of the art of joie de vivre). She is a graduate from the Speos Photographic Institute in Paris and the San Francisco Art Institute, where we met last spring.

Personal, humorous, visceral and sometimes sexy, Michelle’s work is worth your attention:

Michelle L. Morby – Home

Breaking My Spell

I am very excited to announce that I am working with artist Michelle Morby on her project Breaking My Spell, which will take place in Iceland, August 20th, on Culture Night.

Michelle will be performing as she participates in the Reykjavik Marathon. While walking, she will be donning various outfits that depict the animals from Michelle’s fairytale Breaking My Spell.

I am the lead designer of these outfits.

    Here is the beginning of the fairytale, from her blog.

There once was a horse who became enchanted. She did not realize she was under a spell for it’s magic was slow. But the day came when this enchanted horse was transformed into a walrus and had to live in the dark waters of the sea. Years later, the walrus washed up on the shores of Iceland and met a horse. This horse, being Icelandic, realized that this walrus was not a walrus but an enchanted horse. “The only way to break the spell is to go on a quest to find the answers you are looking for” said the horse. Every journey starts with it’s first step, now you must get out of the water and join me on land and I will teach you how to walk…

One of our fabrics

Stay tuned…