Wearable art by San Francisco designer Kaisik Wong. Collaborator/friend to the Cockettes and Steven Arnold (among others), inspiration to many, and rivaled by none. To have been a fly on the wall when these were made…
The master himself. Second from right. Rare photo of the play Dragonfly. Steven Arnold on the far left.
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Tagged 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 60s, 70s, 80s, American, art to wear, avant garde, bay area, cockettes, couture, designer, hand crafted, handmade, Kaisik Wong, Native Funk & Flash, san francisco, Steven Arnold, wearable art
This morning I recieved a message from Liss of Daydream Lily, telling me I won this lovely necklace and earring set from Ten Things jewelry. Sterling silver + aqua crystals = one excited me. I’ve never won a blog giveaway before and wasn’t expecting to win, so Liss caught me by (pleasant) surprise. Yippee! Many thanks to her and Ten Things.
Speaking of jewelry, I have a big announcement to share soon – a side project I’m hatching for the au naturale lovin’ ladies out there. Needless to say I’ve been very, very busy lately. My apologies for the infrequency of posts as of late. I’m hoping to get back on track starting next week though.
If any of my rockabilly dolls are reading this via Viva Las Vegas, I hope you’re having a wonderful time! Drink a boot of frozen margarita and jive to ‘rock-a-bayou baby‘ for me.
This music lover has opted to stay local this year. Next week I’m headed south for Austin Psych Fest, which I’m SOexcited about! I’ll be meeting up with my dear friend Stacy, who’s flying out from the east coast. It’s been too long since I’ve seen her last.
Hopefully I’ll run into Chelsea too. We’ve been online friends for several years and tried to meet face to face a few SXSW’s ago, but that was a missed connection. So here’s to making up for that! She’s an amazing gal, who’s as obsessed (if not more so) with music as I am. Needless to say her and her boyfriend are the perfect match – he owns Austin’s own Breakaway Records. Sweet, eh?
So many great things are happening right now. I can’t wait to share more with you when the time comes! Till then, look out for more Goldmine Trash vintage later tonight. I’m in the midst of making some strapless House of Trash dresses for summer too. A big thanks to all the lovely ladies who support my work. Seeing my own creations outsell my vintage always shocks me…. in a good way.
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Tagged apf4, austin, Austin Psych Fest 4, blog, Breakaway Records, Chelsea, clothing, daydream lily, drone, earrings, etsy, friends, fun times, GOLDMINE TRASH, goldminetrash, handmade, house of trash, Jewelry, Necklace, ooak, psych, Psychedelia, Stacy, sterling silver, ten things jewelry, texas, tx, vintage, vntage reproduction
60s jewelry artists Alex and Lee. Their one of a kind necklaces (such as the one pictured above) were loved by the likes of Sonny and Cher, who made them household names after wearing their creations on their show.Fabulous!
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Tagged 1960s, 1970s, Accessories, Alex & Lee, Alex and Lee, artisan, artists, blog, California, collectible, designer, designers, GOLDMINE TRASH, goldminetrash, handmade, Jewelry, one of a kind, ooak, rare, Sonny and Cher, Sonny Bono, variety show
I’m constantly in awe of Boudoir Queen, this Sunday’s Sweet Shop.
Ever held on to a vintage garment because it was too pretty to toss, but too fragile (or damaged) to wear? Ever wished there were a way around that?
Former model and makeup artist Dawn Younger-Smith did, and with a little resourcefulness and innovation she bore a solution. Scissors, a sewing machine, and an army of ‘as is’ clothing, fabrics, and jewels from the 1800s-1920s in tow, she did what most vintage collectors considered unthinkable. She ripped ‘em up to start again.
Stained panels of silk were tossed, while their pristine counterparts were salvaged. Trims of Czech glass, rhinestones, and lace were scrapped from moth eaten dresses. Similar approaches were taken to head wear and accessories. And from these ashes came a rebirth. Dawn’s Boudoir Queen label was born.
This menagerie of antique wearables refashioned to create new wearables is Boudoir Queen’s signature aesthetic. Coats made from hand embroidered piano shawls, slip dresses with 20s silk flower appliques, cuff bracelets with Victorian lace, and flapper style headache bands with lavish ostrich plumes are among the handmade, one of a kind pieces you’ll find in this shop.
With a style so unique, it’s no surprise Boudoir Queen has been featured in several music videos, and counts Imogen Heap, the Veronicas, Emmy Lou Harris and Karen Elson as loyal clients. Boudoir Queen continues to influence many other designers, while always remaining at the forefront of upcycled fashion.
Based in Austin, TX, infamous on Etsy, and armed with an adorable website which plays Marlene Dietrich songs, Boudoir Queen’s sphere of influence continues to grow. In addition to the Boudoir Queen label, the site now stocks vintage clothes in their original unaltered states, home decor, and antique textiles. I can’t wait to see what Dawn comes up with next.
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Tagged accessries, ankle, antique, artisan, austin, beading, blog, blouse, boho, Boudoir Queen, clothing, cuffs, Dawn Younger Smith, Edwardian, Emmy Lou Harris, fascinator, feathers, flapper, Georgian, GOLDMINE TRASH, goldminetrash, gypsy, handmade, headache band, headband, Imogen Heap, Karen Elson, lace, Marie Antoinette, mark younger smith photography, music video, Necklace, one of a kind, piano shawl, regency, silk, sweet shop sundays, texas, textiles, the Veronicas, top, turban, tx, upcycled, upcycling, Victorian, vintage, wrist
Melody Club ‘winterland’
Woke up to 6″ or so of snow this morning. We’re not accustomed to snow here in TX, so it’s too unsafe to drive anywhere. I walked accross the street buy some candles and Mexican pasteries, and have otherwise spent the day sewing and watching movies at home. Kind’ve a pain. It sure is a pretty sight though, eh?
Here are my ‘winter gloves’ – 40s fishnet crochet w/ the tops snipped off. Paired with my favorite ring from Buffalo Exchange. He has green rhinestone eyes but one eye fell out, so I named him One Eyed Jack. I suppose I could buy him a new eye, but I kinda like him this way. He has character.
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Tagged 2011, 40s, brrrr, crochet, Dallas, February, fingerless, fishnet, gloves, god damnit!, GOLDMINE TRASH, goldminetrash, green rhinestone, handmade, ice, Melody Club, mp3, owl ring, silver, snow, texas, tx, winter, winterland