Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Casstronaut Cathedral T-Shirt

Limited edition of 100.
Free shipping to US residents!

This is my first ever attempt at printing my artwork besides my few collaborations with other shops who have their own established relationships with printers. This is why I'm starting out with a small run with simple artwork on a basic styled garment. Slow and steady wins the race! 
If you buy one, which I would really appreciate, I would love to have completely honest feedback so I can learn to improve this process and what to look for in a printing company. Feedback will really help my future in garment printing brighter! Thank you!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Vespere Vintage Debut Look Book

Vespere Vintage Grand Opening Documentary
We hope you all enjoy this video CASSTRONAUT put together to explain why she chose to open Vespere Vintage! This film includes behind the scenes of our photo shoots, a short interview with Cassie, the making of the golden Victorian screens Cassie assembled, and of course items that are available in the shop right now! Read more and see the full debut look book on our blog: http://casstronaut.blogspot.com/2015/08/vespere-vintage-debut-look-book.html
Posted by Vespere Vintage on Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Model: Cassie Meder
Photography:  Seth Farmer
Hair & Makeup: Hannah Farmer
BTS videography: Delaney Royer
Videography: John Soares & Cassie Meder
Music: Lykanthea
Most items available now at Vespere Vintage.

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who was so kind and patient throughout the process of opening my store, Vesepere Vintage. I couldn't have made this what it is without the patience and support of my husband, and his understanding and acceptance of my taking over our office with boxes of clothes. And to everyone who provided their talents in making this possible. To Seth for being a trooper and for really *getting* my style, to Amber and Hannah for making sure I didn't die on our shoot, to Delaney for capturing all the chaos, and to Lakshmi for providing her beautiful music.

One thing I didn't have the time to mention in the film above is my growing frustrating with the fast fashion industry. In 2013 I became aware of my guilt in sustaining this dirty, unethical stain on our society simply by not thinking about my purchases from regular department stores and wholesale manufacturers in China for my every growing need of "basics". It wasn't until I saw The True Cost earlier this year when I realized something was irrefutably wrong about our consumption of textiles and indifference toward factory workers. Coincidentally I had already began to work on Vespere Vintage with the planet and ethics in mind, but The True Cost made me really believe in what I could do with this store. I had become very wary of who to trust as a consumer, so I decided that old, used, and recycled was probably the safest route. My hope for Vespere Vintage is to encourage adoption of clothing, rather than consumption and regurgitation. To find permanent homes for lovely well loved garments, rather than encourage massive rotting graves of cloth.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Advocata Evæ

By Cassie Meder. 2015. 
Various sized limited edition prints are now available here.

This piece was commissioned by some of my favorite fashion forward folks! We will soon have more news on the extension of our collaboration at the end of the year!

In the mean time, I thought I'd take a moment to shine a bit of light on the inspiration for this image. This year I've been very drawn to Marian art (halos on everything), and how she is usually found to be depicted simultaneously as the nurturing mother, the melancholy Queen of Heaven, and an overall fierce woman. An image of my dear friend Kindra reminded me of the feelings Marian art instills in me. My friend is very close to nature, as is Our Mother, and I find it to be no coincidence! What a rich love it is to have for nature, but also a sad weight as the responsibilities for natural life are so unbalanced nowadays. Both women are advocates for humans, our home, and for the self of the beyond that can only be achieved through love. That is why one of Mary's many names is ADVOCATA EVÆ, in Latin, or in English, Advocate of Eve. See what I did there? Tada!

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