Monday, August 3, 2015

Advocata Evæ

“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!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bonds

Photography and everything else by Casstronaut
Ropework by Rohmy
Sheer lace up bodysuit by Widow
This is one of the larger attempts at expanding my photography work and I'm quite pleased with the results! Usually photographing myself is an emotional and logistical struggle. I live in a fairly small space that I've turned into a live-in set, so space can be very limiting and sometimes impossible at times. Because of that, it's tricky to create the perfect composition combination that's both flattering, interesting, and showcases the items I'm trying to shoot well. I'm so inspired by the work of my friend Myriam of Rohmy Couture that it all fell together so naturally and seamlessly. My husband John usually helps me take photos, but yesterday he was home sick and confined to the Netflix dungeon, so I took to myself as not to murder him in a tiny room with hot lights. I of course made a huge mess of my bedroom and taking a handful of photos took nearly five hours, but I'm so pleased with the result! Especially considering all the black! I've only tried to shoot in front of my bedroom curtains once, but it was futile as black on black on black on black usually just doesn't fly. But enough of that. Look at Myriam's amazing work!
Speaking of! Rohmy and I will be doing a giveaway very soon! She will kindly be gifting one of her ropework harnesses to one lucky lady. Be sure to scope out our instagram accounts frequently to be the first to know!
ROHMY

Monday, July 6, 2015

d.i.y. Privacy Screen

Here's the breakdown of everything I did to make the Vespere Vintage backdrop!
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First, I picked up a couple of old doors from the Habitat for Humanity - which was hilarious because my car is tiny and these doors are huge. The length of one door basically took up the length of the car, so on the way home (we had to drive each door home separately) I had to fold myself up in the front seat.

I sanded them down a bit because they both had quite a bit of paint, dirt, crayons, and probably other things I don't care to think about. Washed them, hinged them together with some hardware from Home Depot, then started to glue on the moulding. 

I wanted it to look a little organic, so after I lazily glued on the moulding I added quite a bit of texture with caulking along the edges, corners, and here and there and this and that. 
Then I did quite a bit of under painting with blues and grays and crackle paints so it looked like it had had a lot of attention and paint jobs over the years. 
The moulding was painted a dark burnt sienna so the gold had a little more depth. 
I lost track of how many layers of black paint are on this guy, but I'd say three at least with different brushes and sponges. 
I dry brushed a bit of gray along the edges of the moulding and on some of texture on the black so it looked a little faded. 
The moulding has a couple of layers of gold in acrylic and then finally a layer of gold leaf. 
The appliqués are painted copper with gold leaf. 
It's hard to tell (which is kind of what I was going for) there's a laser cut wood design in the gold rectangle at the bottom. I used a ton of caulking and tissue paper on it to make it look really dingy and textured, then put a few layers of black over it to flatten it. 
There are a few parts of the doors that also have a bit of tissue paper texture under the black paint.
Many of the corners, areas surrounding the appliqués, and the moulding are dripping with burnt sienna and gray to emulate rust and fading. 
There's a layer of thick embossed wallpaper under the middle appliqué that I traced, cut out, and glued to the back of the appliqué before I glued it to the door. 
The gold lining is just paint pen carefully applied with a ruler. 
The final part, the filigree design, is a an older recycled illustration of mine that I projected onto the door and traced. The projector was probably the hardest part of all of this. It had to be adjusted exactly so in order for it to be placed on the correct area of the door, so I had to stack and and prop it up precariously on maybe three feet of books on top of a four foot shelf. Any minor movement on the doors or the projector itself would change the placement dramatically so I had to be careful. 
The doors aren't exactly the same dimensions (one is half an inch shorter and a few inches narrower) so I had to cheat the design a bit to make it appear symmetrical. 
I scribbled the designs on the doors with pencil and then filled it in with the paint pen. 
Finally, I aged it a couple more times with a few angry swipes of a wire brush.
Voilà!

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