True Colours

So I’ve been posting a lot of my art lately, but I know so many incredibly talented artists! I completely surround myself with them. Sarah, my best friend, the other half of my brain happens to be one of the most talented people I’ve ever come across. (In case you were wondering, yes, it IS the Sarah from my Wooly Unicorn post.) Last Saturday, we were supposed to collaborate on a body painting for the opening of the new location of Kryart Studio Gallery. We were so excited! After how many years we were going to collaborate? But fate is a funny, fickle friend and all our models seemed to back out at the last minute. We were crushed but the show must go on! She already had an idea in mind that, as artists will understand, HAD to come out. What was there left to do? I stepped up to the plate.

And I’m so glad I did! We had such a blast and we couldn’t be happier with the results. They requested abstract art and Sarah absolutely delivered!

(C) Masha Nazina Photography

(C) Masha Nazina Photography

(C) Masha Nazina Photography

(C) Masha Nazina Photography

(C) Masha Nazina Photography

(C) Masha Nazina Photography

I’m so used to being the body painter that it was such an experience being on the other end of the brush! I totally now feel for all of my models. For everyone who has ever had to model for me, THANK YOU SO MUCH for putting up with the standing, the odd positions, and all my humming and hawing. (Oh and not having to go to the bathroom too!) I can’t get over what a buzz it was to be swept up in such an intense creative project. It was an honour and a privilege to be involved in especially with my best friend.

(C) Sarah Ebisuzaki 2014

(C) Sarah Ebisuzaki 2014

(C) Sarah Ebisuzaki 2014

(C) Sarah Ebisuzaki 2014

 

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(C) Sarah Ebisuzaki 2014

So being painted, I had no idea what I looked like. Not wearing my glasses certainly didn’t help in the least.That may have actually been a blessing in disguise seeing as it was more of a performance art piece than anything so I didn’t get stage fright but I was so floored when I saw the final result. I was a piece of art! I completely blended in with the rest of the gallery.  I felt like I should have been in Cirque Du Soliel (so naturally I climbed up the side of the wall and hung off a pipe but that’s beyond the point)

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(C) Sarah Ebisuzaki 2014

This entire experience was made so incredible just by the fact that Sarah and I get each other. We bounced off of each other’s vibes as we always do. She truly is one of the most talented people I know as well as my sister.

You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged
Oh I realize
It’s hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
And the darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small

But I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow

Goodbye Surreal-life

I got my ticket for the long way round

Two bottles of whiskey for the way
And I sure would like some sweet company
And I’m leaving tomorrow
what you say

When I’m gone…
When I’m gone..
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me by my hair
You’re gonna miss me everywhere
Oh, you’re gonna miss me when I’m gone

 

One of the first tradeshows I ever did with Dawn

One of the first tradeshows I ever did with Dawn

It’s a little bit like the end of an era. I’m not sure how I feel about this nor do I believe that it had really sunken in as of yet. I am no longer employed. I will no longer be living with Dawn. What am I going to do? I’m so used to spending like all my time with her working and hanging out it is going to be so weird. What other job will I ever have that has a one minute commute during rush hour scuttling down the stairs from my room to the basement studio?

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I love Dawn dearly and I really owe her a great deal. She has been way more than a friend and mentor to me she has become family and I would not have been able to make it through such a troubling time without her support and guidance. Living with her has been surreal, leaving her seems doubly so. Thank you Dawn and Love, Poetry Corsets!

Steam on Queen 2012

Steam on Queen 2012

 

On the note of Love, Poetry Corsets.

FanExpo 2013

FanExpo 2013

For those of you out there who constantly complain about the high price of artisan crafts right in front of the creator, please listen up:

Just because you can buy something mass produced elsewhere does not make our merchandise “ridiculous” or lower quality. If you’re going to be rude and say things like “who the hell would pay that kind of money for that?” right in front of us, please kindly keep it to yourself. Our prices are not unreasonable. Why? Let me tell you. We had to pay to be at that tradeshow you are browsing. We had to drive there. We had to turn a part of our house into a studio to create every single one of the creations you saw displayed in front of you. We put up our booth by ourselves and pack it away and move it to the next show. We have to buy the materials you are caressing. We had to wrestle with all that metal hardware that defines the quality of our products as opposed to the plastic that is a cheaper option elsewhere.

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You don’t want to pay for quality? That’s fine.  No one is telling you otherwise. In the day and age where everything is disposable, why would you want something well made to last when you can just get a new one cheap as a one off?

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Let me break down all the work that goes into our corsets. We design that corsets, sometimes we even draft those patterns. We size those patterns. We sew the shells and lining by hand. Cut the boning by hand and insert the busks. We insert the grommets into metal. We lace them. We add trim. Sometimes we even handstitch beads and lace. I spent the last three days creating the corset you say pictured above. Thirty hours of hand stitching lace and wrestling a sewing machine. You may not be able to afford something handcrafted and that’s perfectly ok, but never forget that it is handcrafted and handcrafted with love. Some people still do actually work until their fingers bleed. Please respect the artist. Dawn is an incredible woman who has struggled to singlehandedly run this operation for ten years so please don’t insult her if you see her selling her gorgeous creations by saying something like “who the hell would pay that kind of money for that?”

Love is a Greyscale

Love is a Greyscale

Respect for all guys. That’s all.

Lesley with Love is a Greyscale "When I look into your eyes It's like watching the night sky Or a beautiful sunrise There's so much they hold And just like them old stars I see that you've come so far To be right where you are How old is your soul?" -Jason Mraz

Lesley with Love is a Greyscale
“When I look into your eyes
It’s like watching the night sky
Or a beautiful sunrise
There’s so much they hold
And just like them old stars
I see that you’ve come so far
To be right where you are
How old is your soul?”
-Jason Mraz

 

Perfect Pairing

“But the corset had the odd power of making her seem somehow more naked; it turned her into a forbidden, armored creature with a soft side inside he had to hunt for.”

~ Jeffrey Eugenides

So excited about our matching garter flask belts! Yes, unfortunately it’s my last week here at Love, Poetry Corsets, but why not go out with a bang! We sold one of the first corsets I’d ever made all by myself today with the matching garter belt so i couldn’t be happier or prouder! I can’t believe I’ve sold two garter belts in a month!

Juliette with Wanderer "Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines And too often is his gold complexion dimm'd" -Shakespeare

Juliette with Wanderer
“Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines
And too often is his gold complexion dimm’d”
-Shakespeare

I’m glad Juliette went to a good home. It’s got a very steampunk feel don’t you think?

Peregrine With Regency “I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.” ― Roman Payne

Peregrine With Regency
“I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.”
― Roman Payne

This one was one of the first steampunk corsets we ever designed and specifically for the first Steam on Queen!

Missy Ink Publication

Well Bella finally did it! Missy Ink is now available in Chapters across Canada! First national publication! And if you so happen to flip to page 6 you will find….me! Love, Poetry Corsets now has ads in Missy Ink and Bride & Groom Canada! Never modelled in a magazine before so it was pretty darn exciting to actually walk into Chapters and purchase it. Can anyone say best break-up revenge?Image

Minion Custom Garter/Flask Belts

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Garter/Flask Belt for my cellphone made from scrap corset fabrics.

“One kind of man I impatiently scorn is the kind that looks bored if I mention Ibsen or ceramics or Aztec civilization but is interested instantly, alertly, if I mention my garters.”

-Mary MacLane

No more messing around. ‘Tis the year and the season to get everything up and running as it should! Time to start anew! My pet project from last year has finally been launched on Etsy! Came up with the idea last year to make garter belts with flask pouches that can also be used to carry your cellphone around (infinitely useful at tradeshows let me tell you.) It’s a rather stylish way to keep yourself hands-free without sacrificing all the trinkets that we so dearly covet. It’s all I use at tradeshows now but they’re also good for weddings, costumes, cosplay etc. We shall see what happens but it’s a good way to get rid of some of that scrap corset material. I gotta get a move on this year! It’s time to get off my ass and start making things happen. When my man’s decided he needs time for himself to focus and make a something out of himself, well why can’t I? Anything you can do, I can do better buddy! It’s on! The explosion of creativity is ON! Go all out or go home. #NewYearsResolution2014

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Love, Poetry…Etsy!

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Ike, one of our first painted corsets done by the airbrush/graffiti artist Sergio.

It’s official! The company I design/work for, Love, Poetry Corsets, now have our Etsy page up and running! We’ve just listed some of the old Art Series corset from last year’s calendar. Hopefully we’ll have the time this year to do one for next year. It’s all for the cause don’tcha know (children’s art therapy). And who doesn’t love support local artists? I’m so proud of all my ridiculously talented friends who were able to donate their time, efforts and talents to this project. Check us out if you have the time. 

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The LPC ladies (myself in one of our Art Series Corsets painted by my best friend Sarah) at Fan Expo 2013.

“… but the corset had the odd power of making her seem somehow more naked; it turned her into a forbidden, armored creature with a soft side inside he had to hunt for.”
― Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex