Sunday, October 28, 2007
...I've known about blogs for years but I also knew it was something you had to have the time to keep up with, and that "time" I didn't have. I've already gone through two amateur style websites for butchdiva.com, in which both web/graphic artists I contracted to do the job figured they could get over on a young female working alone and "trying to start a business"...it happens! So I was left to settle with sites that I didn't fully approve of and that didn't even function!! So after feeling like money has been wasted and time lost, I finally turned to the blog lifestyle to present my work in a way that still felt personal to me - and I can manage it easy on my own...just what I needed! In addition, I love the fact that I can post links to other sites with you...it also works to keep track for myself...love it love it!!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
So its been a few weeks now since I've had the opportunity to catch up with myself and boo boo BUTCH DIVA, and first and foremost - being on my own schedule is a blessing!!! Besides that, I genuinely adore and love my work and the opportunities that cross my path. While spreading the BUTCH DIVA buzz, I tell supporters I'm not necessarily in it for the money - profit is a beautiful thing - but having a passion for something is even sweeter...my goal is to be able to share what I know, continue to create, and have fun learning and innovating, and taking pride in my work.
...Even as I spend quality time building this blog for you, I'm having sooo much fun visiting other blogs and being a part of the blog community. There is so much out there, I would never get through it in a lifetime, but consuming myself in creativity for blocks of time only contributes furthermore to the experience! Be sure to visit the sites I've listed on your right to see what inspires me and where I go for resources..
"You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club!" - Jack London
Women looooove to have a sense of control- whether its control over their lives, control over their careers, control over their men - the control is definitely something they need! I find having the control and ability to seduce someone mentally is sexy!! The BUTCH DIVA female is very much in touch with her sexuality yet she is even more in touch with her capabilities overall. She's a woman of courage, stamina...she's educated, goal oriented, confident, and enjoys knowing she can get the job done during the day...and have her way with life by night.
BUTCH DIVA- NOT JUST A LABEL...BUT A LIFESTYLE!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
On a creative rampage - BUTCH DIVA plays with volume and texture in this black halter below...made by hand and with love, I ripped strips of a textured chiffon which resulted in even more rippled texture and a deconstructed finish...I then cut the strips down to about 6", looped and layered them one on top of the other. They were tacked down to a jersey knit base until I achieved the desired fullness. I really allowed myself to open up to new techniques in creating a look here...which contributes further more to that rewarding experience...
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
We all have a lil pimp / pimpette in us...its just the difference of whether or not you embrace it! Like Jay Z once said in a verse "be an adult..have an affair for once"! One of my love affairs just happens to be for by boo BUTCH DIVA...and here modeling BUTCH DIVA is Lurdes in a brown leather halter, jersey knit skirt with high split, and reversible fur belt with wrap ties...top it off with a fedora and you're good to go! Pimp-juice!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
When I came across these prints at The House of Spandex, located @ 263 W. 38th St., I was quick to pick up a few sample yards to play around with. These pieces have since been the highlight of many shoots and a stylist's money shot when looking for something to complete an urban inspired set...
See more on Spandex House at www.spandexhouse.com
Above a BUTCH DIVA white linen skirt with a red/green/gold print inspired by the trend in jamaican culture...but side note BUTCH DIVA was ahead of its time, as this was shot about 4 yrs ago with Engage Design Studio...before Gwen Stefani saturated her image with the red, green, and yellow...before you were able to buy jamaican hats in Forever 21 for $12 instead of the $5 it sold for in the hood, and before Christian Dior plastered it all over his runway a few years ago...BUTCH DIVA was already making it happen! Say what!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Its been a long time coming...but I've finally given myself the opportunity to catch up and share my love affair with you...she goes by the name BUTCH DIVA!!!
I want the BUTCH DIVA blog to act as a tool in sharing my experiences working in this "eat your child" industry. There have been great...and there have been gruesome, but overall, its been one helluva ride and trust I wouldn't trade the feeling of accomplishing something in for the world!
Within time, I plan for BUTCHDIVA.BLOGSPOT.COM to become one of your first stops for user friendly resources...ranging from small production factory contacts, one stop fabric and trim shops within the NYC Garment District, pattern and sample maker contacts,trend forecasts, tips on starting and managing a small business, the latest news on flourishing BUTCH DIVA, links to other aspiring designers and fashion related blogs, and all the misc. stories and highlights in between that keep the experience and momentum going...
SPREAD THE WORD! BUTCH DIVA...ITS NOT JUST A LABEL - IT'S A LIFESTYLE!
Friday, October 12, 2007
You can usually find me on any random given night @ LUCA LOUNGE located at 220 Avenue B btwn 13th and 14th st, with a slice of bruchetta in one hand, a glass of Chianti in the other, and an order of baked lasagna on its way...however on this night LUCA shuts its doors and personally welcomed BUTCH DIVA for an evening of lust and a passion for fashion!
One of my dearest friends, and LUCA owner- Vito, granted me permission to use his place as a setting for a shoot...with little lighting but an abundance of space, it was quite the BUTCH DIVA experience!
See more below...