Saturday, December 19, 2009

So I needed someone to build me a laser projector...

to project a starfield.

And um The Internet is magic. As soon as you think of something it's already being mass produced and sold on ebay.

To be fair this doesn't look like it actually uses laser light, so I still need one of those (I'm thinking some sort of modified starfield through to Gibsonian Matrix style animation in green laser superimposed on the white light starfield. sexy). but really. This is a piece of brilliance for 12$ including shipping.

My build budget has just been significantly decreased.


(oh I'm talking about my fringe production for this June's Montreal Fringe Festival. It shall kick ass.).

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Last minute gift idea...

Butoh Swimsuit Calendar

The solution to my quest for the perfect blend of reality with the sublime.

There's something brewing

And it involves a lot of rhinestones.

I've been using Tumblr as an easy image/style research portal. It's also cheaper than buying 8 million magazines. Which is what I usually do. You can look through hundreds of images in a short period of time that have been curated by an individual (or a group of individuals) with a specific taste. You can easily glean out trends, and ideas that are leaning towards trends, as well as just get wowed by wonderful images over and over again.

I'm loving Rhinestones right now. I've seen some trim up in the garment district that's a row of set stones, but it's 4$ a meter, and that's too expensive. I will continue to investigate the sparkle, and we'll see what happens.

All images taken from Tumblr.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Head in the Clouds

or really above the clouds.

I'm writing a space opera for the 2010 Montreal Fringe Festival.

I'm in, I was accepted and now a show!

I've been watching videos of shuttle launches for inspiration. I love the idea of what music makes sense for the mystery of space. This video has a really happy nerd doing play by play on the shuttle launch (official NASA play by play) with some soft quiet intense orchestral stuff in the background.



Monday, November 30, 2009

Capes! redux

I made another cape.

and then it snowed!

and so I got a chance to do some photographing and stuff.

on the etsy

cause you know you need a cape.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

New Design

As part of a mini collection I'm developing I made up this short little traveling cape.

And I guess I'm going to be making up a larger version of it for my dear little brother.

Look for the short cape on etsy and the long cape in the future.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Wants and Needs and Not so muches

I've been looking at these scraps of old leather on my work bench this week and thinking about making a little waist cincher thing out of them. Got me thinking about how fabulous a leather corset can look. With the alternative being shown in mainstream venues more and more, a lot of these designers that started out catering to the fetish market now have a much wider customer base to deal with. Especially with the WunderKammer that is Etsy.

Antiseptic Fashions have been at this for a while, and it shows. Their pieces are well constructed, and strong in concept. I'm surprised I haven't seen more in major fashion editorials. They're now available on etsy and while the prices are high these are true investment pieces.

While looking around on etsy I stumbled upon the etsy store Erikaswang, which I'm assuming is the work of Erik Aswang. It's in the vein of antiseptic, but has a more baroque element; even in the austere pieces in his shop. Again this stuff isn't cheap, but really who wouldn't want to walk into a club wearing this:

Ok maybe just me. But really worn over a long flowing light weight black silk dress with some serious boots, and everyone would just die.

His other work is also note worthy.

And a bonus piece that I've been craving for months, but is only available in a size small

It's made from old oil cloth gators. If there was a world in which it would fit me, I'd wear it with a tank top and jeans. It just looks like the kind of thing you could wear and forget about. In a good way. It's available from Velvetmechanism's etsy store.

Friday, November 20, 2009


housework, originally uploaded by cartwheeld.

Yesterday's oh so innovative outfit.


Maybe I should work on looking cooler.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Double Rainbow

winterwalk, originally uploaded by cartwheeld.

There are rules about this kind of thing.

I thankfully ignored them today, it's chilly out there but good walking weather.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Ruffely Goodness

So once upon a time I made this

And now Chanel and some other lovely pants have jumped on the Ruff bandwagon (please note I take absolutely no responsibility for this, as much as I would like to).

There's been a run on ruffles for the past couple of years, with Heavy hitters like Chanel and Givenchy covering garments in them. The neck ruff has had success with alternative designers, but to see it being shown on top runways is a little strange. It's certainly a statement piece, and one of those items that will get you noticed. It will be interesting to see it worn on the street. For the most part my big ruffs tend to go to performers, and the little ones are more like fabric necklaces anyway. I think I'm going to need to find a way to wear a ruff without it being a big deal.

I'll report back to you the results.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Going ons and Happenings in Montreal.

There's never a shortage of things to do in Montreal, but just in case you find yourself searching for entertainment and/or excitement in the coming weeks Table d'Hote Theatre is putting on complete Suburban Motel series written by George F Walker. This week's plays are Problem child and Adult Entertainment at Mainline Theatre 3997 Saint- Laurent.


November 10th -15th: Problem Child & Adult Entertainment

directed by Liz Valdez
with Joanne Sarazen, Mike Hughes, Catherine Lemieux and George Bekiaris
November 10 - 15 at 7pm,
November 14 & 15 at 2pm.

directed by Rebecca Harper
with Eric Davis, Liz Valdez, Patrick Charron and Annie Lalonde
November 10 - 15 at 9pm,
November 14 & 15 at 4pm.

I saw Adult Entertainment last night with a packed house. The piece, along with all the pieces in the series, takes place in a dingy motel room. The play ran a bit long for a one act (1:40 ish) but was well acted, and totally fabulous.


Starting on Dec 2nd Cinema L'amour is going to be showing Grindhouse movies one Wednesday a month!

The Cinema L'amour is an amazing historic Theatre in the heart of the Plateau. I'm totally excited to go see Faster Pussy Cat Kill Kill on Dec 2nd. Only 3$ and proceeds go to Head and Hands.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Practice makes interesting

I've started a Top Secret project with my bestie that has me drawing myself as a cartoon a lot. It's interesting, but the problem is keeping the character consistent. I usually just take a picture with my webcam and then draw my face from that. It's fantastic having such quick access to reference material, even if it is my own face.

As a side note this character is me minus some stuff. No glasses, piercings, or tattoos. or zits for that matter.

When (and if) the project goes live I'll let you guys know what's going on.

I promise.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Gucci Gucci Gucci

I feel like the brand was still riding on the wave of Tom Ford's work until recently. The most recent creative director, Frida Giannini, has finally stepped into something good. SS10 is looking slik, luxurious, on-trend and different. You can see echoes of Givenchy and Balmain but with a slim line that is trademark Gucci Luxury.

There's also a string of ideas and details that can be echoed and pulled into clothes that people actually wear. This is the kind of collection that could start trends, not just follow them. The sweeping crossovers, and sexy cutouts are reminiscent of the 90's without being a scary remake. It's kind of exciting to see clothes like this from Gucci.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009


I can't believe Nowhere Girl is still online.

It's a queer goth comic in two parts.

it's really quite lovely.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Miene Brudder

I'm steeling this photo because I love it so.

My brother is a total super star in a parka.

Artsy Fartsy Updateville

Through the magic of ebay I have procured a Holga and it is on it's way to my grubby little paws.

and really I probably should have just picked one up at Urban Outfitters.

but I wanted one that was as shitty as possible.

Cause the great thing about this camera is that it's medium format (high resolution, ability to have very small grain on a regular sized image, etc) but the lens is crappy plastic, the body leaks light, it basically only shoots one f-stop so everything is always under or over exposed, the projected image from the lens doesn't match the film mask so there's usually vignetting and or weirdness, and basically you get this great high quality shitty as fuck image.

And I'm about 15 years late to the party.


Saturday, October 31, 2009

Go Go Power Rangers

Go Go Power Rangers, originally uploaded by cartwheeld.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


capes by Apiary featuring Lipsy

are the thing apparently.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

First Neck Piece of the holiday season is finished!

adjustable red silk neckpiece with front velcroe closure and contrast stitching.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


OK so this year's halloween planning has been seriously last minute.

I'd considered doing barbarella, but only if I knew I had a good party to go to. and I didn't. So no Jane Fonda in space for me.

And today, the 27th of october, genius struck.

It's easy, it's skin tight, it's pink, and it isn't a gimp suit.

The Pink Power Ranger!!!!!!!!!

I promise photos, especially if I actually do it.

cause omg. go rangers go.

Monday, October 26, 2009

do you want my boots?

I put them on the ol ebay for a dollar. If you live in montreal we can probably figure out a pick up/no shipping situation.

these babies are awesome. they just never ever fit me.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

90's moment

mysocalled, originally uploaded by cartwheeld.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


for more frantic times.

Monday, October 19, 2009


So I got a logo redesign this summer, and it was fabulous but I haven't really spent the time to prep it for actual things I need. Like tags, stickers, hang tags and new business cards.

But I did a whole bunch of really quick work this afternoon and at the very least I know have a sticker design.