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Friday, August 22, 2014

Mermaid - Gold & Sea Green Wire Crown













Model: Adrian Navarette
Hair, Makeup, & Styling By Adrian Navarette
Photographer: TyTanisha L. Zacharie
Wire Crown Handmade By TyTanisha L. Zacharie
Hello everyone! I have another post of my personal work for today. Does this crown look familiar?? Well, it should because it's my original DIY Wire Crown! I'm selling the crown that I taught you guys how to make. I've had my fun with it & I'd like to pass it along to someone else. :)
 
I tried doing this Mermaid on Land kind of thing. I edited the pictures to look like a fantasy. I hope it looks like that to you guys. I had fun taking these photos. My model is so fabulous and she did an incredible job. Her modeling really helped my vision come to life as wanted. The link for my Etsy Shop is down below. I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Have a great weekend everyone! :)
 
 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Black & Gold Wire Crown



 











Model: Darin Persyn
Wire Crown Handmade By TyTanisha L. Zacharie
Photographer: TyTanisha L. Zacharie
 
Hello guys. I know I haven't blogged a post in a while. This month has been crazy for me. I kept having problems with getting a model for this crown. I finally found one to work with and we took the photos yesterday. Darin is an extraordinary model and easy to work with. Yesterday was my first time meeting and working with her. Everything went by so smoothly.

In this shoot, I experimented with a new method I've learned about. I got the inspiration from Emily Soto Fashion Photographer. I talked to her through a facebook comment about this method that I saw her use in a video. She put mesh over her camera lense as she took pictures. She told me that she used the mesh to make the photos look hazy. I found that very cool and decided to try it out myself. Can you guys tell which ones I did with the mesh overlay?

I'm selling my DIY Black & Gold Wire Crown on my Etsy Shop. I told Darin to go for a Dark Bohemian kind of theme. I figured it would mix very well with the whimsy & imperfection of the crown. Darin styled the crown very well! The link for the crown is down below. I'll put the link to Darin's model page down below too! She has done such awesome things. I hope you guys enjoy! :)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ZachupurBowTy
 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Darin-Persyn/443061895768786

Friday, August 8, 2014

Black Embroidery Lace Hair Bow









 
 

 
 

Model: Christina Charo
Handmade Bow by TyTanisha L. Zacharie
Photographer: TyTanisha L. Zacharie

Hello Everyone! I have another set of photos for another hair bow today. I'm selling 5 of these lace hair bows on my Etsy shop. I kept in mind the same concept as the last post for this one. I got a lot more sunlight when doing these pictures. I really loved how the sun reflected on most of these pictures. The wind was in my favor too! I enjoyed doing these pictures as much as the last one. All these pictures are practice for me. I only hope to show you guys how much I progress within time. They are all unedited pictures. I keep them all completely natural.
 
Below I have the links for my Etsy Shop, Facebook Page, and my Email Address. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions on anything.
 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Black Grey Damask Hair Bow


 

 
 


 
 
 
 
Model: Reanna Witherspoon
Bow Handmade by TyTanisha L. Zacharie
Photographer: TyTanisha L. Zacharie

Hello Everyone! Today's post consist of photography by me. I took these pictures with my roommates camera. My grandparents actually surprised me with one of my own for my birthday!! I was too happy to finally have a camera of my own. Capturing the natural light was a huge goal of mine for these pictures. I picked up some knowledge about lighting in photography. So, I'm trying to do experimentations of my own. Sunrise and Sunset times are always the best for lighting.

I had fun taking these pictures. My friend here isn't a career model but I think she did an excellent job. I can't afford to use real models. So, I use friends that I think would look great with my stuff. I mainly did this photo session for my handmade bow. I made five of these babies to sell on my Etsy shop. I want to start off  with small amounts of small little fun things. I will progress within time. So, expect to see more on my Etsy within the year.

I wanted to show you guys how you can style this bow. So, that's why some of these photos aren't entirely focused on the bow. Also, I tried to have more fun with taking the pictures. I told the model that she could style the bow however she wanted to. Many females wear bows, but in their own type of way. Age and style vary around with accessories like this.

Below I have the link to my shop to make purchases. If you'd like a customized bow, just let me know. My facebook page or email will probably be the best way to reach me. I'll put the info for those down below also.

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