Glam Shots

Here we can gaze upon Michelle donning Walrus dress #2, representing one of the animals in the fairytale Breaking My Spell.

This glamorous photo shoot was shot by the lovely Oddvar Örn Hjartarson.

Makeup by Ísak Freyr Helgason.

Walrus 2

See all nine photos here.

More photos from Breaking My Spell

Here you can see more photos from the performance on August 20th. Photos by Tyler Hurd.

Michelle getting ready to start the marathon in horse dress number 1.
Marching by the ocean in the puffin dress.
People cheering for Michelle in Walrus dress number 2.
Change stop. Michelle's wearing the fox dress and fox make up.
Kirk and Jenalee in outfits of their own creation. Note tandem bike!
Walrus dress number 4.
Michelle with her medallion!
The train on horse dress number 2.
Designer and muse, tired and proud.

Breaking My Spell on Tv

On Friday the 19th, a couple of days before the performance, Michelle gave a Tv interview to talk about Breaking My Spell. You can see footage from the photo shoot that she was doing that day with photographer Oddvar Örn Hjartarson.

She appeared on the after-news-special Kastljos on the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service Tv channel.

Here is the clip.

(You need a Windows Media Player plugin to view the video).

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:

Michelle
Me
Peter Max
Kirk
Jenalee

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