“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!
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.
“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
If 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
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.
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