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Friday, July 25, 2014

F L I M S Y M O O N Kickstarter Lanuch Feature/Interview

Hello everyone! Today I'm doing something a lot more different than I've ever done. I'm going to end this month with a feature/interview with F L I M S Y M O O N. Freyia Lilian is the designer/creator of F L I M S Y M O O N. I met Freyia on my Instagram account. I found Freyia through promotion on A Curious Fancy's Instagram page. A Curious Fancy is one of my favorite plus size bloggers. She does beautiful photography and is as elegant as can be. Freyia took a liking into me and asked me if I could do this feature/interview. Of course I said yes! Freyia also wanted me to make her some of my DIY Wire Crowns to donate for her kickstarter party in London. So, I'll be sharing pictures of those on my social networks for you guys to see. I fell in love with Freyia's collection right away. I love how whimsical it is. It is innocent, flirty, sexy, playful, and beautiful all together. Her work is imperfectly perfect. Freyia is a wonderful, beautiful, and smart human being to talk to. I'm inspired by her wide knowledge of literature and fine arts. The story behind F L I M S Y M O O N and this whole collection is effortlessly dreamy. The photography of her work only made everything better. She had the talented photographer India Hobson shoot her work. I thought that was a wonderful decision. I have all the links for both of these gals at the end of this post. Support these lovely ladies!! Hope you guys enjoy! <3
 
 
 
"I'm really into positive body image in a big, big way and endeavor to promote great images and ideas to show there is a broad spectrum of beauty. "


Designer: Freiya Lillan, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings

 
"When doing my own photoshoot of my first collection samples for my website, I used two of my friends as models. Although you could say they are typical as in they are slim. I didn't choose them for that reason. I choose them because I think they are beautiful. I didn't want to hire models. "

Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings
 
 
 
ZachupurBowTy: Which college did you attend for fashion?
F L I M S Y M O O N: I didn't. I never formally studied fashion as a full course. I dipped my toe into a Fashion National Diploma, straight out of secondary school, aged 16, and didn't last more than a week. I got a weird competitive, cliquey vibe off the environment. Plus I couldn't use an industrial machine to save my life back then. Thankfully, I have much improved now!
I left the course and went to the 6th form to study Art, Textiles, English Literature and Media, after which I went on to the BA Hons Embroidery degree at Manchester School of Art (part of Manchester Metropolitan University) where my work evolved to a fashion outcome. In my 2nd year I did do 3 months of my degree at MOME, Budapest (Hungary) where I took the Fashion and Art Theory electives. The fashion course was quite technical and was all in Hungarian. That was definitely a learning experience.




 
ZachupurBowTy: Have you always known that you've wanted to be a designer?
Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings
F L I M S Y M O O N: Yes and no. I've always been interested in the themes that led me to become a designer. They have just distilled and grown through my formal and personal education. Designing lingerie seemed to be the best vehicle for the expression of those ideas. 
As a kid, if you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, the one that always came back was 'fashion designer.' However, I went through a period when I strongly believed that I wanted to steer more towards the fine arts. I've always been equally interested in aesthetic and concept. That's why my course was so good as it was with such a great balance, and allowed me to balance the two. However, I soon realized that, whilst I adore the fine arts, and less practical explorations of gorgeous ideas, I can't work that way myself. I don't draw for the sake of drawing. I can't make without an idea of a usable outcome. I discovered I'm a designer at heart.



 
ZachupurBowTy: What made you want to do Embroidery?
Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings
F L I M S Y M O O N: During the 6th form of college, I was an avid reader of Embroidery magazine and Selvedge (two pretty geeky beautiful textile art/design magazines) and discovered the course that way. When I read the information about the degree in the University booklet I sent off for, I instantly got those heart flutters, I am sure you can relate to, you get when you are deeply inspired by something and just KNOW it's right for you.
Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings
The course is no longer an option at the University (I was in the penultimate year to graduate), and it has been going for years and years and was pretty prestigious, so it's such a shame. It was such an exciting degree, and not AT ALL what it sounds like. If you envisage loads of girls in lines with linens in hoops you couldn't be further from the truth of the actuality of my old studio! The course was by definition, contemporary. Yes, we were introduced to many traditional techniques initially, but it was up to us as students to expand on that if it was relevant to our practice. Outcomes from students ranged from pure fine art to industry driven trend work, with everything in between. The idea was that it was 'Embroidery inspired', work came from a place to deconstructed all that Embroidery is/was/can be So EXCITING!
I chose the course because I was not yet ready to follow a pure design pathway. I don't know about you, but fashion courses in the UK are very practical and woven into industry. There is not much time to contemplate in the library, write contexually and discover philosophy. Our course allowed us to grow intellectually alongside out practice, and that balance was so key for me in discovering the essence of what it was I wanted to explore and expand.
If I'd gone down a pure design route, I don't think I'd have been happy. I'd have been a very frustrated student!
Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings




 
ZachupurBowTy: What's the story behind the name F L I M S Y M O O N?
F L I M S Y M O O N: I love that people are interested in this! A couple of people have asked me.
Well, it's been my email address since I was 14. I loved the wordplay. I coined the description when I was writing a school assignment that year. We were studying the Brontes, and apparently when they were kids, they wrote these 'island stories', creating a kind of common mythology between them, in these handbound little books. We had to write something inspired by this. As I was writing my contribution, I used to description 'the flimsy moon.'
It'd been on the backburner for a project name ever since. 



 
ZachupurBowTy: How did the art of your logo come about?
F L I M S Y M O O N: When I started seriously turning my University final work into a collection and building a brand last year, I was looking for some nice logo art. Something playful, feminine and simplistic. Elegant with a touch of naivete. Luckily I was quite close to a lot of Illustration graduates (I lived with five of them in my third year), and approached the highly talented Joanna Houghton, who designed my lovely logo! Jo is such a talented artist. It's funny the logo is a huge departure from her other work, which is based in photorealism with an uncanny edge, but she was always someone who really understood my aesthetic. You should check her out, her work is beautiful. There's a portrait of me in there somewhere too! See if you can spot it!
Joanna Houghton's Website: http://www.joannahoughton.com/
Joanna's picture of Freyia: http://www.joannahoughton.com/Hair-Postcards
(She's the 5th image out of the 7 pictures)



 
ZachupurBowTy: Why whimsical?
Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings
F L I M S Y M O O N: Whimsy is both poetic and playful. Dreamlike. I have a fascination with female archetypes, especially in folklore and fairytales. Something I am particularly interested in is the idea of the 'female other' demonstrated in 'Animal Bride' tales (any story in which there is a female/nature-animal hybrid...think mermaids, nymphs, fairies, swanwomen, birdwomen). You know, that image of an ethereal female which is both of this world and not. It can be viewed as a symbol of the male gaze, in the sense that men often have viewed women as 'other' in the sense that they are the same but different from themselves. (READ BORIA SAX 'THE SERPENT AND THE SWAN'!!!) Although this notion can be profoundly dangerous and expressed in a cold, misogynistic manner, which I am by no means romanticising or advocating. I think in this context it is more a symbol of admiration/fascination/figuring out/awe and romance. These women are whimsical. Yes, they are objects of desire, but the male hero doesn't just pursue these women because they are TOTAL BABES! The hero's quest is one of knowledge. These women are fascinating not just because of their bizarre beauty, but because they are NOT MEN.
Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings

Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings

Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings
I could talk about this concept for hours.
Anyway to cut a longer paragraph short, I love this image. I think its a great archetype to play with and own as a woman. To dress up and revel in your femininity (if you choose to express your femininity in this particular way) for yourself as well as for a partner. This archetype is all about the beauty of the feminine, in general. I feel there is so much pressure these days to appear strong and edgy. I think there is strength in vulnerability, in being flirtatiously sexy. You don't have to embrace the leather and get your tits out to own your female sexuality, if that aint your cup of tea. There is power in the flipside too!
Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings

Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings




 
ZachupurBowTy: Why did you decide to do intimates?
F L I M S Y M O O N: Okay, so this leads on nicely.
As I've said... concepts of femininity, romance, sex and such are a huge part of my imagination. Lingerie is such a powerful vehicle for expression of these notions.
Plus, I really enjoy working small!
Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings
 
Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings
 
Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings

Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings





ZachupurBowTy: On your about page on the website. It talks about your first collection, Kiss me under flimsymoon, being inspired by the Romantic Ballet, Demure. I'm not too familiar with this ballet. Could you tell me more about it?
F L I M S Y M O O N: Well basically, it is a dance movement which began in the early 1800s. It was part of the Romantic movement in arts in general, a rebellion against the Age of Reason and logic. Stories such as the ones I discussed were very much en vogue. Themes of nature and the spiritual were very present. There was a real 'Cult of the Ballerina', where the star dancers, in the of "spirit women—sylphs, wilis, and ghosts—who enslaved the hearts and senses of mortal men" embodied that sort of ethereal otherness I spoke about, and it entranced a generation. The thing I found inspiring about the heroines in these stories is they embody a subtle sexuality. They are entracing, playful and kind of childlike, but they are definitely sexy. Alluring.  
Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings

Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings

Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings

Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings




 
ZachupurBowTy: How long did it take you to finish your first collection, Kiss Me Under Flimsymoon?
F L I M S Y M O O N: Well it was initially my final University work, which developed over a year period. I have been tweaking patterns with a lingerie pattern cutter over the past year.
Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings

Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings

Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings

Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings
I am now ready to produce the final samples in all my intial sizes (which I really want to expand upon once I am established). I am launching a Kickstarter August 30th this year to raise the capital to be able to do this.
F L I M S Y M O O N Kickstarter Info: http://flimsymoon.co.uk/kickstarter



 
ZachupurBowTy: I really admire your photography for the collection. It's very beautiful work. Where did you get your photography inspiration from?
Designer: Freyia Lilian, F L I M S Y M O O N
Photographer: India Hobson, India Hobson Weddings
F L I M S Y M O O N: I wanted to embody these ideals I have been discussing with you. I worked in collaboration with India Hobson, who is an amazing photographer who also came out of my art school. Have a look at my Pinterest board for photography, you'll get a general feel for the type of image that makes me tick.
Freyia's Photography Pinterest Inspiration Board: http://www.pinterest.com/flimsymoon/photo/
 
 
 
F L I M S Y M O O N  Social Networks
Twitter & Instagram: @flimsymoon
 
India Hobson Social Networks
Twitter & Instagram: @IndiaHobson

Friday, July 11, 2014

I Must Be A Mermaid, I Have No Fear of Depths

 
 
 
 


 





Hard Candy Teal Mascara
Urban Decay Basics Eye Shadow
Lime Crime Pink Velvetine
DIY Wire Crown - ZachupurBowTy Wire Crown (Myself)
Green & Blue Gold Embellished Blouse - Cato Fashions
DIY Lace Inset Cardigan - TyTanisha L. Zacharie
Acid Wash Cutoff Shorts - Forever 21
Micha Boots - Alloy Apparel
 
Check out my recent DIY. I teach you how to make a crown like mine. So, you can feel like a mermaid too. http://zachupurbowty.blogspot.com/2014/07/ZachupurBowTyDIYWireCrown.html

Happy Friday everyone! Today I'm continuing off the styling of my DIY Wire Crowns. I went for a mermaid type of look for this crown. The sea green and gold wire with the pearls made me think of mermaids. I see this look as a mystical bohemian styling. I added the lace in the cardigan myself. The cardigan goes with one of my design reconstructions. I'll be showing the whole outfit sometime soon. I wore the cardigan because it actually goes really great with this look.

I've had my blouse for a long while and decided to wear it out again. The acid wash shorts balance out the mermaid looking colors. I topped the look off with my Micha boots. It gave it more of a bohemian look. I put on teal mascara and cream eye shadow for a mermaid feel. The pink velvetine seemed like a perfect mix. I wore these really pretty crystal heart shaped earrings but I know you guys probably can't tell. I'll definitely be wearing them again.
 
I try to come up with very meaningful blog post titles along with my outfit post. The title for this post came from a book. I originally got the title searching on Tumblr. The book is meant to be for woman who has a clear and beautiful vision of herself in the world. I believe that my pictures and story behind this look expresses that. "I Must Be A Mermaid, I Have No Fear of Depths And A Great Fear of Shallow Living." 
 
Hope you guys enjoyed this look! Have a great day! <3

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

**** Black And Gold ****

 
Hello everyone! Today I have an outfit post. It's a part of my DIY Wire Crown series. I wanted to show you guys how I styled one of my wire crowns. I did a chic type of look for the black and gold crown. For this crown, I did two layers of the black wire instead of three. I also only did one layer of the gold wire instead of two. The top of the crown pieces are twisted like I learned from the Free People tutorial. I have the link for my tutorial post down below. Feel free to try it out! :)

http://zachupurbowty.blogspot.com/2014/07/ZachupurBowTyDIYWireCrown.html
 

 

 
 


 


 
Gold Eye Shadow- PacSun
Styletto Opaque Lipstick - Lime Crime
 DIY Wire Crown - ZachupurBowTy Wire Crown (Myself)
Black & Gold Polka Dot Top - Forever 21
Lace Trim Cami - Lane Bryant
Turquoise Skinny Pants - Target
Boots - Thrifted

I'm wearing my black top with gold polka dots to match my DIY wire crown. I wore the lace trim cami to give the black top more of a pop. I also wore the cami to contrast with the chiffon cutout in the back. The turquoise skinny pants made all the black I was wearing pop out a lot more too. The turquoise, black, white, and gold mix very well to me. I decided to wear my black boots to balance off the black in my look. I put on my glitter gold eye shadow and black lipstick to add more of the outfit colors in my face area. On Wednesdays, We Wear Black. Have a great Wednesday today guys! Hope you enjoyed my post! Don't forget to check out Monday's DIY. <3
 

Monday, July 7, 2014

^-^-^ /\_/\_/\ ^-^-^ YOU ARE NOW THE KING/QUEEN - DIY Wire Crown ^-^-^ /\_/\_/\ ^-^-^



This whole idea is inspired by my love for the Bohemian culture. I just love the earthy vibe. Bohemian culture gives me this feeling of being wild and free from the world. Free People is a retail business that I'm absolutely in love with. Everything about this business is so beautiful in my eyes. Free People has a super cool blog that has anything you can think of. It's a blog for Bohemian lifestyle. Their blog includes Fashion, Music, Beauty, Food, DIY, D├ęcor, Inspiration, and Movement. One of my personal favorites is their DIY Wire Crown. I found it very whimsical and inspiring to make. So, I decided to make a how to of my own.

 
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: 2 packs of different color wire (20 gauge), Beads, Pliers, Wire Cutters or Scissors, Ruler or Measuring Tape (I used it to measure the lengths of my pieces but you don't have to do the same)


Start by making the base of your crown using your head as a guide. Leave room for comfort and attachment before you cut your wire piece. Cut 1 or 2 more pieces of the same color wire in the same length. It really depends on how thick you would like your crown to be. Twist all your pieces together.



 
Cut 2 pieces of another colored wire much longer than your base crown. You'll be putting your beads on one of these wires.
 
Twist both of your wires about 2-3 times and then add your bead. Repeat this process until both ends of wire are twisted and beaded up. Leave some length on both sides of your beaded wire for the next step. Use your pliers if you're having any trouble twisting the wire with your hands.
 


 
Attach your beaded piece of wire to your unbeaded wire. Start from the middle of both different colored pieces and twist together each side.
 


[My piece of beaded wire came out shorter than I expected. So, it's only in front of the base of the whole crown. I twisted a single piece of extra wire on each end to have more of my other color wire around my whole crown.]
 
Use your pliers to wrap the ends around the crown. You can also use your pliers to bend in any little raw edges you may have. Try on the crown to see how you like the fit.
 
 
 
 
Start cutting your crown pieces once the base of your crown is finished. Cut the pieces as long as you want them to be. I cut 12 pieces of each color. I cut 10 inches of my unbeaded color wire and 12 inches of my beaded color wire.
 

 
 Twist each pair of the unbeaded color wire you used. Bead your beaded color wire like you once did before. Leave some space at the ends for your beaded crown pieces too.
 
 
Attach both of your different color wires starting from the middle. Bend the middle of your pieces once you have both sides of each piece twisted together. Your crown piece should look like a triangle. Make sure your beads and ends are even.
 

 
 Put your 6 crown pieces around the base of the crown to decide your placements.
 
 
Bend the ends of each crown piece for wrapping around the base of the crown. Use your pliers to wrap them around once you have them as you like.
 

 
^-^-^   ^^-^^-^^   ^-^-^   You're done! You Are Now The King/Queen!!   ^-^-^   ^^-^^-^^   ^-^-^
 

 
Feel free to contact me through any of my social links if you have any more questions about this DIY. I want you guys to tag me through my social networks if you do this. I would really love to see your crowns! You can find all my social links through my Facebook page.

 I hope you guys enjoyed doing this! Tell me what you liked and disliked. Also, tell me what other DIY's you would like to see from me. Below I have 3 versions of my DIY Wire Crown. I'll explain more about the other two through my styling of them in outfit post. Have a great day everyone! <3