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.
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.
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!
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.
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.