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I am back again… Today I will introduce you to the new RL work of a known SL artist and designer: Irena Morris, aka in SL as Eshi Otawara… We spoke already about Irena in one of our older posts, about her art and her inspirations… Today her inspiration has become a dress, a black dress (of course), fully handmade and made of an intriguing material…
INTERVIEW WITH IRENA MORRIS
Tell us a bit about the history of the >”garbage dress”…
Sometime at the beginning on 2012 I’ve googled art organizations in the Milwaukee area in order to find some kind of a community I could possibly take part in and I came across Milwaukee Red Line. On the front page of their website they had an open call for dress designers for a competition called Re-purposed Runway whose mission was to create celebrity icon inspired wearable items out of materials that could be recycled in unexpected ways but unfortunately end up in landfills. They required a short portfolio of previous works on actual fashion garments based on which they would select 24 to compete. I did not have anything to show as far as “real life” work except a toga style dress I’ve done in college and, of course, my Second Life dress design portfolio so I’ve submitted the application with a lengthy explanation of Second Life and I’ve asked them to consider me because I myself was beyond curious to see what I could come up with in this challenge. So, after I got a notice of being accepted into the competition I’ve procrastinated for months trying to figure out what I would create. It was quite unnerving because I have never before created anything like this – the challenge was huge for me as I am not a dress designer but more of a fashion illustrator. Finally, I’ve come up with a shirt I wanted to recycle and I decided to weave in strips of garbage bags in order to get volume and texture. Cheap materials, no sewing – perfect! I spent about 200 hours and 300 garbage bags cut into 4 x 12 inch strips and I’ve woven then into the shirt and into long torn up bed sheet pieces in order to create the skirt. The dress took shape above any expectations and I’ve topped it off by blow-torching the plastic in order to give it more volume. The entire creation process was like meditation because I had to weave in some 5000 garbage bag strips into the dress so this painstakingly repetitive action eventually turned into a form of meditation. It became so automated to weave that hours would go by without me noticing time. I like when that happens in my art process. It pulls me in and that’s when magic happens.
Eventually we had several shows at the Wisconsin State Fair to promote Red Line organization and the final competition in September. All designers came up with some pretty amazing work. It was a mixed contestant crowd, from a couple teens to several professional fashion designers. It was a great experience all together!
Why the name “garbage”?, what´s the inspiration behind?
The inspiration for my dress was Georgia O’Keeffe. She was born in Wisconsin and I’ve wanted to honor someone from this state that has been my home for the past 4 years. O’Keeffe very often appears in photographs wearing black or dark clothing, she painted high contrasts and she painted wonderful architectural pieces as well as flowers. The name of my piece is not really “garbage bag dress” it is Black Dahlia. Funny as it is, I did not think of the notorious murder at the time of giving this piece the name – so in choosing the name Black Dahlia my aim was to honor O’Keeffe paintings.
Why “black” *smiles*?
Black is powerful, grounding…you cannot be indifferent to it. It pulls you in.
How is the garbage dress done? what kind of fabric did you use? How long did it take to conceive and create it?
I used one old perforated shirt, few strips of torn up bed sheet, approximately 300 garbage bags and a blow torch. I’ve worked on the piece over the time period of two months and approximate 200 hours.
How would you define your real life fashion comparing to your SL art? what´s similar, what´s different?
In RL, you have to take many things into account that in SL you do not have to worry about. Mainly the weight of the materials and how they behave. Second Life has the option to manipulate the physics and gravity and in RL you have to take the existing physics and gravity into account. You also have to manage things such as transporting the piece and making sure to do so with minimal damage to it which was quite a challenge for me because the dress I’ve created is really voluminous.
A new Irena Morris real life fashion label coming soon?
I don’t think I’ll declare a fashion brand on one dress made of garbage bags. There is still lots more to learn. Meanwhile, there is a brand of paintings people are encouraged to treat themselves with – it is all conducive to my overall capability to produce more.
If we want to buy it?
I am absolutely willing to sell the Black Dahlia dress. It’s stretchy so it can fit anyone from size 4 – 20. That’s another magical thing about it! If anyone is interested in buying it, you are welcome to make me an offer via e-mail eshi.otawara(at)gmail.com
still very busy for Milan Fashion week trying to catch as much shows as I can:)
I couldn’t take quality photos of Sportmax fashion show, the light from my position was somehow weired and most photos got blurry…
The collection itself featured a very nice black sporty suit (see image below) and some other nice black and whites and whites with stripped black and green. Besides I could take a lot of good shots in the backstage… Enjoy…
I will never stop repeating how much I love the dark, stylish and military touch of black leather over knees boots without heel, a trend since a couple of years…
You can see one of my previous blog post about this kind of boots here…
Today I show you a must buy from AllSaints: The boyar thigh boots in black…
Today I would like to share a striking quote from a russian friend and dark lady about dressing black: “This city definitely forces me to wear black. Even if I’m in the mood for some other color.This world forces me to wear black. No other color makes me feel comfortable with the humans“. “ (Augustine Strindberg)
It is indeed so, at least for me. I feel somehow forced to dress black, no matter how my mood is and what I would like. I can not easily indulge to any other color anymore, the only reasonable alternative I can find, just sometimes, is blood red which clearly fits conceptually and aesthetically to black. This world forced me and forces me to dress black, to a concept of extreme style, sober yet striking elegance, extreme sorrow and extreme power as contradiction. I am contradiction, I am black.
For the occasion, while walking again through the nice streets of Berlin I will show you a new black slightly dark blue Denny Rose sheath dress with darker black corset bones. A “petite robe noir”, like Chanel liked to call it, very classical, modern and always a trend.
I matched the dress with one of my own creations: “pleased to meet you” chain leash choker with black rose, to add a touch of sensual and elegant darkness…
Oggi voglio condividere con voi una frase di grande effetto e sostanza detta da un´amica nonche´ dark lady russa sul vestirsi di nero: “ Questa città mi forza, in modo definitivo, a verstirmi di nero. Anche se sono dell´umore adatto per del colore. Questo mondo mi forza a verstirmi di nero. Nessun altro colore riesce a farmi sentire a mio agio con gli esseri umani“.(Augustine Strindberg)
E´davvero così, quantomeno per me. Mi sento in un qualche modo forzata a vestirmi di nero, indipendentemente dall´umore o dalla mia volontà. Non riesco facilmente a indulgere ad altri colori, l´unica alternativa ragionevole che riesco a trovare, a volte, è il color rosso sangue che corrisponde chiaramente sia concettualmente che esteticamente al nero. Questo mondo mi ha obbligato e mi obbliga a vestirmi di nero, mi forza a credere in un concetto di estremo stile, a una sobria eleganza capace allo stesso tempo di colpire, a un concetto di lutto estremo e potere estremo come contraddizione. Io sono contraddizione. Io sono il nero.
Per l´occasione, camminando come sempre tra le strade di Berlino, oggi vi mostro un tubino nero, a tratti blu scuro di Denny Rose con stecche di bustino in nero più scuro. Una “petite robe noir”, come amava definirlo Chanel, il tubino nero resta sempre di moda, come sincretismo tra classicità e modernità.
Assieme al tubino ho abbinato una delle mie creazioni: la collana di catena con rosa nera “pleased to meet you” che aggiunge un tocco di sensuale ed elegante oscurità.
Today I was looking in a very good blog specialized in makeups: The Meteo Beauty and I got caught from Selma´s latest blog post about the new Lancome Midnight Roses Collection. You can see the entire blogpost here
The Midnight Rose collection, inspired by Trésor Midnight Rose features a majestic hue of purple, violet and royal reds.
While august is slowly fading away, autumn is at the door with tones of new 2012 collections and black fashion to enjoy…
I couldn´t resist, as often, to show you a must have styling from AllSaints. When I first saw the Neely Body I got immediatly caught by the seductive silhouette, the lace pieces and the luxury gold coloured metal zip at the centre back. A must have of the season which gives a charming dark romantic yet modern touch to every kind of styling.
So, when I tought what I would personally match with this body my eyes fell on a pair of extreme skinny fitting jeans made using high shine coated stretch black denim. The Petrel Brodie Jeans
The Hero Boot: a luxuriously soft, mid-calf boot made from Portuguese tumbled nubuck.a simple design enhancing the good quality of the leather.
Your style for today is done:)
Going on… seeking for the perfect ring with a dark original touch. Last time we spoke about the charm of black diamonds, this time I will introduce to you the black titanium.
Black titanium is being more and more used very often to create stylish and dark wedding bands for both, males and females. A “modern” metal, widely available on the market since the 90´s. The durability and strenght of this metal is very well advertised in the 1989 underwater science fiction movie “The Abyss“, where Ed Harris sticks his hand into a closing hydraulic emergency door. His titanium wedding ring stops the door from closing, saving his life.
Often crafted in combination with diamonds and other kind of gemstones, titanium is a very strong and hard natural element, harder than platinum, yet less expensive and hypoallergenic. Titanium is non toxic, lightweight, highly resistant to water and to corrosions. The black titanium with it´s dark color assures a minimalistic, simple and non-intrusive sporty stylish touch…
Core Jewels . Black diamonds rings. Designer: Yamasaki Norimasa
A very dark and stylish kind of design for haute jewellery…
Since Carrie Bradshaw, in the second movie of “Sex and the City”, has recived a 5 carat black diamond ring as gift, from her husband Mr Big, the request of black diamonds in engagement ring has dramatically raised.
So yes, diamonds can be white, coloured and black as well…
The “Black Diamond” also known as Carbonado is a natural polycristalline diamond found in alluvial deposits in Brazil and in the Central African Republic. Carbonado is more porous than other diamonds, opaque and don´t sparkle.
The origin of the black diamond is controversial,for this reason is often named “ The mystery diamond“. Some theories includes extraterrestrial origin such as: formation inside an earlier-generation giant star in our area that would have long ago exploded in a supernova and an origin in interstellar space due to the impact with a meteorite.
If you wish to know more about the supposed interstellar origin of the Black Diamond read here…
The mystery of it´s origin and the opaque ink dark colour invest the black diamond of an own unconventional charm and appeal, an appeal able to guarantee a place in the “fashion collective imaginary”. A part from Carrie Bradshaw´s ring you will all remember the Victoria´s Secrets black diamond bra worn by Adriana Lima in the campaign 2008…
Gemvara black diamonds and platinum rings
A classic and refined interpretation for a black diamond engagement ring…
While I was heading to Santiago de Compostela, waiting at the Bergamo Orio al Serio airport for the Ryanair flight I got caught by the dark front page and title of a book, which, I found out later, has become a cult and worldwide bestseller of the summer: Fifty shades of Grey.
“The second and third volumes of the trilogy are titled Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, respectively. Fifty Shades of Grey has topped best-seller lists around the world, including the United Kingdom and the United States. The series has sold 40 million copies worldwide.
The Fifty Shades trilogy was developed from a Twilight fan fiction originally titled Master of the Universe and published episodically on fan-fiction websites under the pen name “Snowqueen’s Icedragon”. After comments concerning the sexual nature of the material, the author, E. L. James, rewrote Master of the Universe as an original piece, with the principal characters renamed Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele and removed it from her website prior to publication.” (Source: Wikipedia)
At the book store…
My eyes point immediatly at the front page of the second chapter of the trilogy: Fifty shades darker (Cinquanta sfumature di nero, in Italian), featuring a venetian like mask on a dark background..(see below)
As you all know, dark and black are my passion…
Why not, I think, for two and a half hours of boring flight, I can give it a try, but better to start from the first book to follow better the story… dark front page with a grey tie image, not bad as well…
So here I am, after years of just online reading, I buy my first paper book again. At around 14 Euros, Italian version, at the expensive airport book store.
On the plane…
As the nice front page opens and I start reading… I detect immediatly that the audience will be equally shared between the ones that will love this book and the ones, like me, which will stop reading it after few pages.
At a first look the plot may seem intriguing: a young inexperienced and naive college girl meets a beautiful, young, business magnate with a taste for dominance and submission games, a control freak.
All things most of us have already dreamt about, all things some of us have already experienced, with just the little difference that we are not that naive, not that inexperienced, not so young and bad dressed like her, and we like to see our creative immagination fulfilled as we desire and deserve. So, lack of identification at first, for me. She is too young, not really going to enjoy the tones of experience that she will gain (thanks to Mr Grey), she is not enough imperative. Anastasia thinks and talks like a typical “double morale obsessed” girl making things bigger than what they really are and interpreting them with a typical unenlightened view. In short: she is too mainstream. A good reason for me not to identify with her, a good reason, on the contrary, for many to identify with her and buy the book.
For me, it’s simple: the fact we share similar (but not equal) dreams doesn´t make us the same, not our choices the same.
Let´s go on…
what about Him?
Mr Grey (the soon to be Master)… He is beautiful, pretty young (in his thirties), incredibly rich and successful, yet a little bit weired in his sexual preferences.
A dream of a guy, for many girls, partly for me as well… and that´s the point… too much unreal and too young for my taste. I like ways more experienced kind of guys, ways older than me, I do not care of young and beautiful skin, on the contrary I enjoy to see signs of experience on their faces…
Mr Grey is not the Darken Rahl of Terry Goodkind´s “The Sword of Truth” saga, a real powerful, eager, ruthless, experienced Master of the evil able to make, for real, good girls go bad.
He is not Darth Vader as well (Darth has been my first great crush since I was a child). Darth, the true “Switch” for excellence, so powerful yet slave. Beautiful and young, half machine and old, I don´t care… I will always love him. No matter how he looks like… and his metallic breath drives me completely crazy. He IS contradiction. He simply IS DARTH.
Mr Grey IS not, He is a Mr GREY indeed, not more, not less. Not my kind of guy. He could be, but he is not. Sorry–I like it darker than grey…
For now we have two typical mainstream characters and a promise of a “sexual and sadomasochistic initiation” for the virgin protagonist… mostly sexual–I would say–which means automatically boring. I already smell in the air that the BDSM session will be reduced to a normal belt spanking with her getting shocked for sure, and nothing really intriguing… She is not the beauty imprisoned in the castle from the dark prince… Forget about that. (If you wish to read somenthing like that I suggest to you “The sleeping beauty” written by Anne Rice, way more inspiring or the “Story of O“, gets straight to the point)
I am a bit pissed off… The reading is getting harder yet I go on jumping some pages… and get to a part that I hope will eventually catch my attention… THE CONTRACT
So.. as the World has begun, formal contracts in D/s relationships became a basic rule (except the many examples of war slavery and the Inquisition, of course), most of the time overridden, yet pretty fascinating as kind of game. But of course, it depends on what kind of contract we are talking about…
Ok, here I stop….
I start reading… yes, ok usual stuff.. he is going to do what he wants out of her…I go on……Con.. consensuality?? NO, NO, NO please NO. A safe sane and consensual D/s contract in a fictional book? This is too much. I close the book and stop reading, forever and ever. Please give me back the Darken Rahl which forces young sweet good girls to become terrible Mordsits and Mistresses through the hard way of true pain, survival instinct, and parental homicide, give me back the kidnapped princess enslaved from the bad, yet fascinating, sultan of the eastern lands. Give me back the Gorean way and the fight between forced enslavement and freedom. Give me back what I want to find in a book: my wildest dreams, my imagination, all my little secrets, all what I find hard to confess.
“Fifty” good reasons, at least for me, to stop reading it: too mainstream, to vanilla, too sexual and not enough pain and tears, lack of charm and sensuality. Too much “Twilight” (even tough I enjoy sometimes to the twilight movie, reading it is too much), as it was indeed originally intentionally inspired.
“Fifty” good reasons, on the contrary, why it has become a best-seller and is worth reading if you are seeking for safer and more conventional ways of facing your dark dreams… The book itself is well written (even tough I have seen just the Italian version, I think the original one, in English is even better) and has the right charm if you are yet unused to D/s thematics but wish to get slowly acquainted with.