S E V E N

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GLUTTONY – Photography: Lance Kenneth Blakney Model: Jessica Hughes Hair: Mike Drost MUA: Billy Peterson Fashion Design: Aly Keeley Silk Surface Design: Dee Wilkie
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LUST – Photography: Lance Kenneth Blakney Model: Kayley Reed Hair: Michael Drost MUA: Billy Peterson Fashion Design: Michelle Duncan Surface Design: Dee Wilkie
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ENVY – Photography: Lance Kenneth Blakney Model: Sophie H-L Fashion Design: Michelle Duncan Hair: Michael Drost MUA: Billy Peterson Surface Design: Dee Wilkie
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WRATH – Photography: Lance Kenneth Blakney Model: Gillian Glover Fibre Artist: Aly Keeley Hair: Michael Drost MUA: Billy Peterson Silk Surface Design: Dee Wilkie
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SLOTH – Photography: Lance Kenneth Blakney Model: Athenais Testi Hair: Michael Drost Fashion Design: Adrienne Goodine Surface Design: Dee Wilkie
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GREED – Photography: Lance Kenneth Blakney Model: Jake Clark Hair/MUA: Billy Peterson Surface Design: Dee Wilkie
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PRIDE – Photography: Lance Kenneth Blakney Model/Fashion Designer: Bronwen Robbins Hair/MUA: Billy Peterson Surface Design: Dee Wilkie

“SEVEN” was an idea I came up with almost a year ago when, one night, I started to get really envious of other people who were making their dreams come true and really “making it” in terms of their craft.  I didn’t just want to sit in my living room feeling jealous, so I decided I would make a piece on jealousy and envy as a productive outlet. Then I started getting more and more ideas and thought, “hey, why don’t I do a series on the seven deadly sins (pride, envy, wrath, gluttony, sloth, lust, greed)!?” I messaged one of my favourite local Photographers, Lance Kenneth Blakney, right away and told him about my idea. He was totally onboard and as enthusiastic as I was.

Of course I couldn’t do a project this scale on my own 😉  So I recruited a group of local fashion designers, hair stylists,makeup artists and models (read more about them here).  We did a professional full grade photoshoot for each look (the process stretched out over five months) and then finished it off with a gallery showing at the George Fry Gallery and a feature on CBC!

“Turn lemons into lemonade.”

D.W.

 

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You’re Invited…

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The Art Project here.  Your one and only source into the talented lives of Fredericton’s creative elite.  Some people say that there is “nothing to do in Fredericton,” while others complain that there is no fashion industry here.  Leave it to these artists to change all of that.

Anybody who is anybody knows that tonight is the opening of S E V E N, a collaboration between a group of local artists.  Fashion, food and fun are on the agenda tonight, not to mentioned seven gorgeous hand made garments made by Fredericton’s finest.  Seven stunning photos shot by Lance Kenneth Blakney himself will also be showcased.

Rumour has it that there are going to be homemade cupcakes and chocolate covered strawberries at the opening.  Switching things up from boring fruit trays to something unique and local should be no surprise when it comes to this group!

This just in… Billy was seen working away in his studio, pampering some of the other  S E V E N artists and doing their hair and makeup.  We have heard that B is super generous, but this just proves it!

Spotted, Karen Ruet and Bronwyn Gallagher finishing up some last minute touches to the gallery.  We thought we saw seven mannequins through the window.  Could those be the same ones we saw Dee and Aly making earlier this month?  Speaking of Aly, our sources tell us she in in Hawaii right now and will miss the grand opening by ONE DAY!  Sorry Aly, hope to see you next time.

As for everyone else, see you at the George Fry Gallery tonight dressed to impress at 4:30-6:30.

xoxo, D.W.

“Destiny is for losers.  It’s just a stupid excuse to wait for things to happen instead of making them happen.” – Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl

 

 

Feature Friday: S E V E N Artists

 

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Lance Kenneth Blakney is a photographer based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He works as a media artist for the University of New Brunswick and is on his way to becoming a successful international fashion photographer. His passion for still imagery, in combination with his honours degree in Media Arts and Cultures, facilitates the creation of visually beautiful photographs that can also exist within a social and political context. Solo gallery shows, guest lectures, workshops and numerous international publications have given him a presence within the artistic community both locally and abroad.
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Adrienne graduated from NBCCD in 2003 from the Fashion program and continued at UNB graduating with a BAA in 2005. She currently works for What On Earth Jewellers as a designer but also continues to design garments for shows, clients and herself. Her favourite things are polka dots, bows, classic black and white and delicious colours. Her dream is to someday have her own label and continue doing what she loves the most, Fashion Design.
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Bronwen Robbins was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1981 and she continued to live there until the year 1990 when her family moved to the small Caribbean island of Jamaica. Three years later, her family moved back to Fredericton, much to the elation of the young girl who missed snow and root beer. In 2002, she graduated from the New Brunswick Collage of Craft and Design, with a major in Surface Design. Not ready to face the real world yet, she returned to NBCCD during the winter semester to take corseting in 2005 and discovered a talent and love for costume design. The following fall, she enrolled in the Fashion Design studio, pursuing an interest in costume design. She graduated from the program in 2007 with Honours and Principal’s Distinction and began working with costumes and clothing for Asian ball jointed dolls. After some coaxing from staff at the school, she returned for the 2011-2012 school year as a graduate student. She graduated with Honors from the program on June 15, 2012 and is very excited about the future of her business.
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Michelle Duncan is a Fredericton-based fashion designer and recent graduate of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. She draws inspiration from historical fashion, combining elements of various eras to create modern, unique pieces that blur the line between high fashion day-wear and sensual lingerie. Michelle is a lover of nature and organic beauty; her next endeavour is a collection of elegant, linen lounge-wear.
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Alexandra Keely MacLean is a visual artist based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. MacLean holds a joint Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree from the University of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. It was while studying at NBCCD that she discovered her passion for the fibre arts, prompting her to continue her studies at the college, where she obtained a Graduate Studies Diploma, Fibre Arts division, in 2012. Although MacLean creates an array of wearable and decorative fibre art pieces using an assortment of fibers and processes, her true passion is creating beautiful one-of-a-kind art pieces. Her predominant focus as an artist is addressing social and political issues (including environmental degradation, the human condition, inequality and current events) in ways that will inspire her audience to think.
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Dee Wilkie graduated from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in 2012 with a focus in Surface Design/Textiles. Before that, she attended St. Francis Xavier University and did two years of art/fine arts courses which included Batik and Stained Glass Window making.“What is a Surface Designer!?” You ask. Well, the best way to describe it is this. Ever wonder where the patterns on tissue boxes, shower curtains and wallpaper come from? A Surface Designer is the person who creates those patterns. It is their job to create the artwork that goes onto products. Dee specializes in textiles and creates patterns and artwork for fabric. She then uses that fabric to turn into beautiful things by herself and with other designers. Some of her designs have made: scarves, dresses, skirts and headbands.Dee primarily works with silk and is a big fan of bright, highly saturated colours and high contrast. Her love of colours and pattern is probably one of the reasons she loves to travel so much. Dee has been to New York, Bermuda, Cuba, Guatemala (just to name a few) and can’t wait to explore the rest of the world while continuing her art.
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Billy Peterson is a hairstylist and makeup artist. He has been doing hair for almost 13 years and makeup for about half that. Billy is from Fredericton, New Brunswick and took both of his trades at Atlantic Hairstyling Academy and Atlantic Esthetics Academy. He is currently working at Avenue Eighty-Five located on the Northside of Fredericton.
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From colour, to cuts, to wild styles, Michael Drost, hair stylist does it all. Michael works at one of Avalon’s three locations in Fredericton. Michael is located conveniently downtown and would love to cut, colour, or style your hair! Avalon is an Aveda concept salon that uses Ayurvedic practices incorporated into all services. For more information or to book in with Michael, call (506)472-1772 ext. 1.
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Athenais has walked the past three season of Atlantic fashion week , the heart truth gala, nascad and nbcd shows. She modeled for designers such as Adrienne Goodine, Dee Wilkie, Veronica MacIsaac, Orphanage, Anya Knees, Anthony El cid, and Overman, to name a few. Her work with photographer Maya Fuhr was published in the UK and she appears in Dreck magazine and Dazed. She was also featured in Megan Spence portofolio, and Vogue Italia. She is a hard worker and is very dedicated to modeling and studying. She skipped two grades and is in grade 11 of the IB Program at only 14. Every collaboration is an opportunity to learn and grow. Athenaïs is signed with the prestigious agency Plutino in Toronto.
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Twenty Two year old Gillian Glover has modeled for businesses such as Wear Your Label and Shoptilleul. She loves exploring new looks and working with photographers. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Brunswick in 2015. Gillian is currently in her “gap” year and is going backpack Thailand.
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Jessica Chantelle is a social entrepreneur and community developer by day but in her free time she keeps her artistic side alive by immersing herself in the local fashion scene. Through fashion photography and runway modeling Jessica has been able to satisfy her insatiable love of the arts. Some of her outlets include Atlantic Fashion Week to creative collaborations with local and national photographers such as Dave Brosha and Lance Kenneth Blakney.
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A model since age 16, Kayley’s passion has translated in numerous areas of the fashion industry; from styling to design. She is signed with CITY Models and has walked two seasons of Atlantic Fashion Week. Despite her focus shifting behind the scenes of the runways, she continues to love collaborating with other professionals in front of the camera.
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Sophie has been passionate about modelling and fashion for as long as she can remember. Despite her career in health care, she continues to do modelling as a hobby. The local modelling industry has permitted her to meet amazing people and participate in projects she will never forget.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

D.W.

Model Call

ATF Model CallIf you could not tell in one of my previous posts last week (I Got A War On My Mind), I have been a bit discouraged over the “lack of industry here.”  Well, what a difference a week makes!  This past weekend I attended the Atlantic Fashion Week (AFW) model call and I had a great time.

As I walked into the doors of Brent McCombs’ studio, I was immediately impressed.  AFW director, Angela Campagnoni, greeted me almost immediately and took me upstairs to sit at the panel of designers.  There, I was greeted by some of the more seasoned designers and they filled me in on what previous years have looked like.

I was able to see 75 models in four hours. I would have liked to have seen more, but unfortunately, I had to leave the call early (waa-waa) for the long drive back to Fredericton. So many beautiful bodies and faces flashed in front of the panel, it was so great to see.  Another beautiful thing I saw in that room was the acceptance.  We had androgynous models, men walking in heels and drag kings. To be honest, these were some of the people who impressed and inspired the designers the most.  I heard a few different designers express their creative thoughts about designing an androgynous line just because they liked what they saw for talent.

After getting home from Nova Scotia and a full day of work at my day job, I headed off to another photo shoot for SEVEN.  Oh. My. Word.  It was a dream team.  I can’t express how happy I am with the results thus far!  We shot envy and everything fell into place perfectly.  Our hair and makeup team (Billy and Michael) did an incredible job and our model killed it.  Not to mention the dress that Michelle Duncan created which was STUNNING!  Needless to say, I am more excited than ever to see this concept through to completion.  Lance showed us a few shots on his camera where, even on a teeny tiny screen, the shots looked perfect.

“If you can dream it you can do it.” – Walt Disney

D.W.

SEVEN

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BTS hair set up for “Sloth”.

I am writing this blog post after completing our first photo shoot for “SEVEN.”  SEVEN is a project featuring (at this point) ten different local artists. Involved in the project are: fiber artists, surface designers, hairstylists, photographers, models, MUA and more.

“SEVEN” was an idea I came up with when, one night, I started to get really envious of other people who were making their dreams come true and really “making it” in terms of their craft. I didn’t just want to sit in my living room feeling jealous, so I decided I would make a piece on jealousy and envy as a productive outlet. Then I started getting more and more ideas and thought, “hey, why don’t I do a series on the seven deadly sins (pride, envy, wrath, gluttony, sloth, lust, greed)!?” I messaged one of my favourite local Photographers, Lance Kenneth Blakney, right away and told him about my idea. He was totally onboard and as enthusiastic as I was.

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Lance shooting our first “Sin” at Odell park.

So tonight, after months of planning and nagging, I mean organizing, we finally had our first shoot at Odell Park.  The location was perfect. It had that dark and erie, “once upon a time” feel I was imagining.  Our model, Athenais Testi, was professional as always.  We shot for, I don’t know, maybe an hour or so?  However, we probably didn’t need to. I think we got the shot in the first 15 minutes.  Adrienne Goodine who I have mentioned in previous posts, made our dress for this shoot out of my hand dyed fabric.  (There will be more about her and our dress in my blog post this Sunday.)

Tonight, unlike other nights after a photo shoot, I am not filled with excitement and joy like I usually am.  This was really bothering me on my drive home. So I thought more about it and realized, we have six more shoots to finish.  One for each sin.  Needless to say, we aren’t finished yet.  I am not excited and on a natural high yet because there is still so much work to be done.  Now that I have come to this realization, I am kind of getting excited again!

I am also PUMPED to announce that we are going to be featured in a local gallery (Dec.10th – Jan.19th at NBCCD) where our dresses, as well as Lance’s photography will be on display.  I will keep you all posted on our progress and of course invite you to the opening night of our show closer to the event! 😉

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

D.W