Wednesday, August 2, 2017

My Briar Rose.....and the low!

This year started off with a bang, I got all creative and made this little beauty for a photoshoot:-


Sometime after it was presented online, a potential customer asked if we could discuss custom options (as this piece was made for a very slim model, and also from a limited supply of fabric I would need to upsize and find replacement fabric).........she also wanted to see more unedited pictures? After I provide high res images of the back and front she completely disappeared. Not much longer later give a month or so I spotted this on FB:-

  

Of course I thought to myself holy heck that looks like mine.......as it turns out this is an exact copy from the images I provided this potential customer - because she had flippen taken those images to another corset maker to copy it!!!!! Whats worse is the corset maker was being hit up to take more orders for it????? OMFG really.....when your just above being a starving artist and you see other people making money off your work......you do wonder what the point is!!! I mean really there was no imagination used.....lace up front, vine fabric, lace up straps, colour, and roses across the bustline!! It wasn't inspired - it was just copied!


Here is mine.......next to the imposter:-




I'm really not sure why this upset me so much it happens all the time.....literally, I have had all kinds of things copied (not usually as fast as this incident) , but I guess it was because I was approached first so it was not like the designer was unknown to either the customer or the other corsetmaker  :( 

Anyway I have to believe I have lots more creating to do and hold onto idea I can create something even better, because in the end creativity is it's own master and exist more for the pure joy of expression then just for $$.

AND then it was 2017....

Well that went fast!! It's been nearly a whole year since I've attended to my blog?? The days have keep on rolling by and I haven't so much kept track of myself like I use to (I maybe getting a little feral lol)!

Where am I at? My collection hasn't quite unfolded like I would have liked....but I have kept on creating and making so I guess that is something ;) I took sometime to have a clear out and am having bit of a Forge Etsy Sale, this is all directed towards sorting things out so I can get to my new projects as desired. Prior this I had a bit of a flop into the - 'I might just throw in the towel now' after having some mighty underhanded customers and dishonest folk scold me good! Along with that I found myself sewing at the kitchen table which hasn't exactly being ideal for taking custom commissions. But  really I  aways fall back into it......inspired excited and motivated toward some new project that fires up my heart again! Looks like I'm back, making plans, getting excited - so lets see what happens shall we!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Alan Bishop Photography

A month or so back I had the pleasure of working with Alan Bishop Photography on providing wardrobe for two separate shoots.  Here are the results:-



Model: Angelika Svetlove
MUA/Hair: Asha St Claire
Assistant: Alex Glen Bishop
Wardrobe: FORGE
Photography:- Alan Bishop Photography





Model:- Mikki Wild
Wardrobe:- FORGE
Photography:- Alan Bishop Photography



***You can look forward to a few more collaborations before the end of the year, both here and further a field - always excited to have a few projects up my sleeve :)

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Productivity and staying motivated for winter...

I finally got myself settled into our garage......it's a little on the cold side, but actually more space in the long run, plus my teenage daughter and preschooler no longer have to share a room, and my 16 year old son is really appreciating his own space (giving everybody a bit of what they want really is the answer).

As we are heading into winter here in Christchurch, keeping healthy and motivated can be a bit of a struggle. This year I am determined to stay on task, and keep myself busy, creative and above all positive about what I'm doing. Small and big goals are being made, with some 'give' for all the waywardness of general life.

Currently I have a couple of orders to finish up, and then it's onto my planned project......
A new collection!! I hope to start as soon as possible, the intent is to keep my passion/interest in corsetry alive, in the spirit of this I hope to not only try things I've never done before, but also to expand on what I already know. Exciting!!!

But back to the present, I have been busy making stock for a local shop and also my ETSY Store https://www.etsy.com/shop/Forgefashion, as obviously my sales will help fund some of what I do (not that hoarding stuff for years will go astray either, I'm bound to work with what I have to start with). I also have that 'Trinitynavar' thing going on where I do my own photography with friends and local models. I've become quiet passionate about this sideline and actually shoot outside of Forge now, anyway I'll leave you with something from one of my recent playdates.


Model:- Cindy K - Model
Wardrobe:- FORGE
MUA & Photography:- Trinitynavar

ELISANTH for Forge Fashion.....






Model:- Elisanth
Lingerie Set:- FORGE
Jewelry:- Typical Paradox
Photography:- Zatsepin Alex



*** Can't wait for the rest of the images......

Monday, April 25, 2016

Valentina Grim......

Ive been busy moving somethings around, my workroom has moved into the garage, so not much sewing and more organising/planning at the moment unfortunately. But I did do a shoot for the port of a lovely MUA recently with Valentina Grim and a few other girls.




CorsetDress and Headpiece:- FORGE
Model:- Valentina Grim
Makeup:- Hello Pretty - Freelance Makeup Artist
Photography:- Trinitynavar
 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Leather Corsetry

I have always been a fan of making corsets from recycled leather, and this piece is no exception.....
As a sample I was trying out another a new 'cut' and worked some of the parts of the jacket into the design. This is another set from my shoot with Michelle as previously mentioned.





Super proud of this corset and the photography too......I will be making a few adjustments to my next one 'cut' wise, like an extra panel in the back for example which will add a wee bit more shaping and balance out the seam placements. Hoping to start on my next one soon.....:)