Style Raven http://www.styleraven.com Fri, 13 May 2016 17:32:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Tending the Bones http://www.styleraven.com/tending-the-bones/ Fri, 13 May 2016 17:32:52 +0000 http://www.styleraven.com/?p=6025 D.Lindenlaub and Hayley Evans (Style Raven) - flowers close-up

The sun bleeding in the western sky, draining slowly, the nocturnal plain. What ends, what persists. Gathering in sylvan fields, forming constellations with our bodies, trees looming as lost angels do, beseeching the sky. We listen, we wait, parting our lips and extinguishing the lanterns, a shallow breath. As the moon rises she pulls our skin tight across our tired bones—rebirthing us, glistening and raw—till our eyes fall from their cold hollows. The pain, oh the pain of outgrowing, but still I remember; I remember the scent, the taste, the thin film in the darkness, crossing over. We abandon our eyes to the earth, for they are simply organs of despair and isolation.

Then we are moving, moving outwards, moving west, guided by the sound of your tightening heart. The ocean awaits us, sucking eagerly on her broken jaw, shining like oil, or blood. She loves us—we, the sensual beasts who digest the light. Slick, wet. You’ve heard our calls; the wolves skirting the edge of town, the dark-eyed omens you have chased and burned and nailed to the railroad tracks. Yet we return, year after year, resurrected from twisted metal and ancient dust, running in the night, gazing skyward, clawing truth from the clotted belly of the world, keepers of the unkept. We tend to the bones, as we will forever, long after the grass grows from the knotholes in your own.

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In February, I had the opportunity to shoot with the radiant creature that is Danielle Lindenlaub, a talented photographer who I’ve (secretly, not-so-secretly) wanted to collaborate with for a long time. We’d been musing about possible shoot themes (with a mutual interest in the offbeat) before deciding on something dark, playful, and sensual, with the flavour of ritual and the occult. Danielle brought the flowers, I brought the skull, completing the necessary binaries of lightness and dark, life and death.

The night of the shoot it was a full moon—Virgo moon, no less, she who asks us to open the cages of our minds and seize our infinities. Since I’ve eloped with the west, I’ve been drawn to those lunar mythologies. So it all seemed fitting.

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D.Lindenlaub and Hayley Evans (Style Raven) - full-body shot

Pentagram harness: Teale Coco | Boots: UNIF Reverb Boots | Rune beanie: Disturbia, from Dolls Kill | Sunglasses: Zero UV | Disco shorts: American Apparel | Bustier: American Apparel  | Garter leggings: Yandy| Skull lantern: Forged and Foraged

With the support of the moon and the equally celestial Danielle, I was able to access those darker, sharper, deeper centres of myself; insecurities sloughed off like dead weight, passivity and shame dissolved. It was a fun and empowering experience. Danielle is so kind and encouraging in her approach, and her creative energy is infectious. None get more genuine than her, and I hope to collaborate with her again. You can check out her work on Facebook and Instagram.

Signing off again, into the nocturnal ether,
– Style Raven

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Model: Hayley Evans
Photography: Danielle Lindenlaub
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Beachcomber http://www.styleraven.com/beachcomber/ Tue, 26 Jan 2016 08:30:48 +0000 http://www.styleraven.com/?p=5960 rachel-rilkoff-styleraven-16

I’ll make sense when I can, lover, and wander the shores when I can’t, for someone once told me that salt water heals all things. As the tide ebbs I’ll gather the bones and glass left behind, I’ll pluck glimmering pearls from hollowed carrion eyes, I’ll cast silent spells on the wet stones. I might even leave this city one day, with flowers in my hair, nose in the seawater, pupils gashed open against the oncoming dark, the opaque slope of a dream. But I’ve always been one to look back, even though they say it brings bad luck. And so I’ll always follow the scent back home.

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Coastal marauder, sensitive renegade, dark blot against cerulean horizons; there are many ways I like to romanticize my penchant for wearing black on this veritable island oasis. I’ll wear it until they invent a darker colour, as someone clever once said. It’s the eternal paradox of sensuality and strength, passivity and assertiveness, a way to hide while chanting ominously on the breakwater—or something.

This was shot on an impromptu mission with the lovely and eternally witty Rachel Rilkoff, a good friend and talented photographer hailing from this paradisiacal locus of Victoria. She called me (me, still in bed), and I became her improvised subject, resorting to my usual morbid shades as we explored the shore.

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Dress: Killstar | Jacket: Reunion Boutique, by John & Jenn | Boots: UNIF Reverb Boots | Tights: The Bay, by House of Holland | Deer tooth necklace: Ebonnie Hollenbeck

Check out Rachel’s websiteInstagram, and blog to see more of her amazing portraiture and landscape photography. We have more lavish collaborations lined up for the future. . . .

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Godspeed.

Till next time,
– Style Raven

Model and styling: Hayley Evans
Photography: Rachel Rilkoff
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Afterglow http://www.styleraven.com/afterglow/ Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:00:51 +0000 http://www.styleraven.com/?p=5856 Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Growing up with a morbid imagination, I also developed a prolonged fear of the dark. Now it allures me. Darkness is the shape shifter’s elixir — we shed our skins when the night falls, and the world becomes an opaque sphere that hides the eyes but urges the soul. With our senses stimulated and obscurities deepened, we move as our own sources of illumination.

Exhaled onto the streets when the music ends, the city greets us as a landscape of shadowed corners and haloed streetlights. The deep, visceral thrum has deafened our ears but electrified our flesh. We wander, contented, forgetting the dawn. With the night as our shroud, we are enigmatic and intimate creatures all at once.

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Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo
Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Holographic skirt: Supershop 24 HRS | Backpack: OMIGHTY | Boots: UNIF Reverb Boots | Earrings: Marina Fini | Hat: Dolls Kill, by Supershop 24 HRS | Penatgram harness: Teale Coco | Bracelet: Dolls Kill | Gloves: Chicnova | Bustier: American Apparel 

Several things are at play in this outfit — the influence of festival season, my enduring love for electronic music, and a mash-up of Tokyo– and Los Angeles–based fashion. Flanking the Pacific, I find these two urban centres have intriguing aesthetic similarities: their subcultural, street fashion scenes are characterized by contrasts and a daringness that illuminates eccentricities rather than neutralizing them.

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo
Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo
As I’ve mentioned in my other posts, the 90s have been resurrected on the streets of LA for a while now. My holographic skirt — made by Supershop 24 HRS (part of LA’s legendary Lip Service Cult) — is indicative of this; such iridescent pieces are nostalgic of 90s rave-wear while also suggesting the infusion of digital culture into contemporary (alternative) fashion. Taking Cybergoth as an influencing style, I attempted to darken the ensemble with a leather jacket, gloves, and Teale Coco’s pentagram harness — although, with the help of Centennial Square’s glowing fountain, an inner, neon-drenched rave-worm persona burns through.

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

This was shot, as always, with the amazing Kim Jay Photography. If you’re interested in festival fashion, check out her portraiture project, We Are Revellers. You will find no better collection of beautiful (and beautifully strange) people wearing neat things and having an outlandishly fun time.

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Model and styling: Hayley Evans
Photography: Kim Jay Photography
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Onyx at the Acropolis http://www.styleraven.com/onyx-acropolis/ Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:02:01 +0000 http://www.styleraven.com/?p=5766 Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Crop top: Dolls Kill, by UNIF | Jacket: Helmut Lang | Boots: UNIF Reverb Boots | Earrings: Marina Fini | Shorts: American Apparel | Tights: American Apparel

Split down the centre, flayed open, an illuminated plane encroached by the shadows. Here: the jagged cliffs, there, the rushing sea. Now: the ascending sun, later, the darkness that engulfs everything at once. Contrasts are my lovers. Disparity quickens the blood. For that which attracts and provokes is that which is different.

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For this shoot, Kim Jay and I visited (what I would identify as) one of Victoria’s strangest places: the Gonzales Observatory, a cliff-side building with an edifice that glares like bones bleached in the sun. Surrounding it is a rather impressive panorama of the city. It is beautiful and absurd, resembling something transported from the terraced coasts of the Aegean sea. According to local legend, the observatory is one of the oldest structures in Victoria, having first served as an observatory, and then, as a consequence of light pollution, a weather station. Like an architectural hybrid of a mausoleum and an acropolis, the atmosphere surrounding it is both eerie and commanding.

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Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo
Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

The white walls were far too seductive for one who obsessively wears black. After being inspired by Auxiliary Magazine’s Tomorrowland fashion editorial (featuring the work of Gelareh and other designers), I wanted to experiment with similar high-contrasts of black-against-white and angular poses. Of course, I’m not the space-age fashion queens featured in Auxiliary — but it was fun none-the-less. The focal points of this outfit would be my two UNIF pieces – the boots and the crop, both of which emanate that LA (west coast) street-style I love so very, very much. I’m also wearing another custom work by the sublime Marina Fini, who I’ve featured earlier: a mirror version of her Happy Sad earrings, whose mood swings look spectacular in the sun.

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Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo
Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Thanks to Kim Jay for another fun shoot!

Till next time,
– Style Raven

Model and styling: Hayley Evans
Photography: Kim Jay Photography
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Shadow Garden http://www.styleraven.com/shadow-garden/ Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:32:33 +0000 http://www.styleraven.com/?p=5607 Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Death, that “sad bone,” that “good night,” our “dream kingdom,” stirring within us “like a barking where there are no dogs” — the poets have named it well. As self-aware and lethal creatures, death haunts and inspires our imaginations, signifying not only finitude and sorrow, but transition and transformation. I have always been fascinated by literatures exploring this abstract “state” (or “passage”? Or “absence”?), and I think many of us are, not to romanticize death, but to better feel with peace and satisfaction the earth beneath our feet, and perceive the ubiquity of growth and loss; the seasons, our bodies, ideas, desires, pain — everything in constant flux. And so it is, and here we are.

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Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo
Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Okay — perhaps I should have mentioned above that this post was going to get a bit dark. It is shot in a cemetery, after all (Ross Bay, for my fellow Victorians), a hushed place between worlds, a shadow garden, a waypoint for wanderers, philosophers, poets, mourners, and the departed. Follow the paths among the buried dead and introspect deeply. Yes, it’s dark, but there’s also an element of subtle illumination; for while it is not always easy to observe darkness within the world (and within the self), what emerges is awareness, an empowering, intimate understanding of one’s own strength, vulnerability, and presence.

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Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

This shoot was intended to be a portrait of such subjective ideas, while also depicting the muted beauty of the cemetery. Kim Jay did an excellent job capturing what I had envisioned; the style is similar to our Cataclysm shoot, where she and I meshed my outfit with a particular mood and the setting of Summit Hill. Such environmental portraiture is engaging, in that it tells a story — and as a lover of literature (and thus narrative), Kim and I will be going for this imbrication of style, environment, mood, and character in our future posts. We’re both excited about this new direction.

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Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo
Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo
Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo
Dress:
 Killstar | Vegan leather jacket: John & Jenn, via Reunion Boutique (Victoria)Beanie: Jawbreaking | Tights: Doll Kiss, Nagoya (Japan) | Boots: Dr. Martens, via Heart’s Content (Victoria) | Necklace: Aldo

The featured piece in this outfit is my (appropriately named) Sorrow Hood Dress by Killstar, a UK-based brand of “occult couture.” Pentagram tees, Baphomet leggings, and spiked jackets à la Hellraiser are all staples in their dark line. The material of the dress is lightweight but durable, and despite the boxy fit, it seems to hit the body in all the right places. The hood is a nice touch, too — although someone might mistake you for an assassin transported out of a fantasy novel. But I suppose that’s part of the look.

And for some final pieces to this story:

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Till next time,
– Style Raven

Model and styling: Hayley Evans
Photography: Kim Jay Photography
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Night Rituals http://www.styleraven.com/night-rituals/ Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:50:40 +0000 http://www.styleraven.com/?p=5560 Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

It’s Halloween, my friends, and the dominion of death has encroached upon that of the living. While I don’t follow any particular organized spirituality, I am deeply intrigued by the concept of liminality — that is, states of transition and ambiguity, as in the space that exists between our conscious lives and the opacity of death. In my perspective, Halloween is a time when we can openly face — and perhaps even celebrate — the macabre and the reality of our own mortality, as well as revel in those latent curiosities for demons, wayward spirits, and the undead. Mix this with the transformative effect and obscurity of nightfall, and this is what gives this “holiday” its unique and undeniable energy.

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Another form of All-Hallows-Eve liminality exists in our ability to shift our identities, to role-play, to try on that which we are not, or that which we secretly are. I don’t believe that self-hood is ever entirely stable; thus, I find it empowering to act out our fantasies through our clothing (or costumes) — even if it expresses our darker sides.

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

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For this shoot, I went with an exploration of the occult, of possession, of the power that lies in darkness. This beautiful red velvet dress by Motel can be dramatically transformed — it was, after all, my Christmas holiday dress last year, and now, with the addition of Lip Service’s cathedral tights and those damningly beautiful horns, it has become part of a gothic ensemble. I had a lot of fun with this one (as you may be able to tell).

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC
Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Red velvet dress: Nasty Gal, by Motel | Custom, handmade demon horns: Faery Essences | Cathedral pentagram tights: Dolls Kill, by Lip Service | Holographic body chain: Nasty Gal

Returning now to those horns, I’d like to take this moment to acknowledge an incredibly talented and creative designer in our midst — Faeri of Faery Essences, who makes (among other things) custom horns, dreads, and wigs. I’ve seen her beautiful creations worn on people at local events, I’ve heard people speak in testament to her skill, and, as her Facebook page shows, her works have travelled as far as Burning Man, New York, and the UK. I emailed her explaining I wanted dark horns, “curved back” (as that is how I envisioned my personal, fiendish profile), and she made them exactly to my description. Check out her Facebook page and Etsy for her work and to see what she has currently available.

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

And now, let us witness what happens when a foul succubus is exposed to the purifying light of an LED panel. Begone, vile demon! Back to the cavernous, hellish depths from whence you came!

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC
Aaaaand an awesome .gif Kim Jay made to top things off:

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Happy Halloween, all!

Till next time,
– Style Raven

Model and styling: Hayley Evans
Photography: Kim Jay Photography

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Shades of Autumn http://www.styleraven.com/shades-of-autumn/ Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:18:09 +0000 http://www.styleraven.com/?p=5499 Habit Coffee, Victoria BC, Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Hayley Evans model

Well, hello Autumn. Welcome. Your dark dawns and permeating chill remind me that my complicated relationship with Summer is now over. Now, don’t misunderstand me — most of the time I love Summer, with her endless days and fevered nights and quiet, buzzing dawns. But, I must admit, Autumn: I prefer you more. You’re my intimate ending; I love your grey morning stillness, the weight of your storm-bruised clouds and the taste of your rain, the leaves you gather for me at my feet. I’m so very glad you’re here.

Style Raven, Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay Photography

Style Raven, Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay Photography

Style Raven, Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay Photography

Style Raven, Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay Photography

Style Raven, Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay Photography

Anyways, seasonal eros aside, fall also means we’re all neck-deep in that (potentially awkward) transition period where it is too warm for sweaters some days, and too cold for short sleeves most days. Layering becomes key, my friends; and that’s when things get interesting. Now is the time to experiment with the vertical dimensions of your bodies; see what colour/pattern congruences or cacophonies please you. Right now, I’m pretty keen on this sheer black cardigan I’m wearing in this shoot — and certainly, while it provides little warmth, it’s a nice piece for those warmer fall days. I like the length, too; I’ve been seeing a lot of full-length cardigans around recently, which I think add an interesting and contrasting dimension to outfits with shorter or higher-waisted shorts and skirts.

Style Raven, Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay Photography

Style Raven, Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay Photography
Style Raven, Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay Photography

Style Raven, Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay Photography

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I’d like to speak briefly to the style of this shoot, and the mastermind behind it: Kim Jay. I have to say, it’s always nice to experiment with styles that stray from my usual formula of graphic tees + high-waisted shorts + tights. For this shoot, Kim took the creative lead; she wanted to try for an art-fashion look, playing with the appearance of black and white clothing as seen through glass surfaces. The results are fantastic; the photos have an introspective, minimalist, and sophisticated appeal to them — and I certainly don’t consider myself an inherently sophisticated person. Kim is extremely talented at capturing a mood and style.

Style Raven, Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay Photography

Style Raven, Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay Photography

Style Raven, Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay Photography

Style Raven, Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay Photography

Sheer black cardigan: Thrift store | Blouse: Clothing swap | Shorts: SALBACANDCO | Boots: Aldo, similar here | Bracelets: H&M | Rings: Flavour (Victoria)

More stuff coming soon… I have a special plan for my followers/fellow creatures in this season of All Hallows’ Eve (another one of Autumn’s finest attributes). The witching hour is near, my friends. Stay tuned. ☽○☾

Till next time,
– Style Raven

Model and styling: Hayley Evans
Photography: Kim Jay Photography

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Designs in Crystal and Brass: Maitri Handmades & Kat Made Jewelry http://www.styleraven.com/maitri-handmades-kat-made-jewelry/ Tue, 07 Oct 2014 19:00:17 +0000 http://www.styleraven.com/?p=5393 Breeze Photography, D.Lindenlaub Photography, Maitri Handmades, Kat Made Jewelry

Designers Bronwyn Hughes (left) and Kat McEvay (right)

It is always exciting to find new local and independent designers who use fashion as an artistic outlet and a means of connecting with others. It’s even more of a honour to be able to collaborate with them, to be given critical insight into their aspirations and creative intentions, and then to be able to write about them.

This past month, I had the pleasure of being introduced to the work of two fabulous and local jewelry designers: Bronwyn Hughes of Maitri Handmades and Kat McEvay of Kat Made Jewelry. They work from their studios in Victoria and Vancouver, respectively; and while their inspirations may emerge from different sources — with Bronwyn’s pieces drawing on crystalline energies and themes of interpersonal compassion, and Kat’s work anticipating up-and-coming alternative trends that are both feminine and empowering — both create stunning and unique designs, and both use their love-infused work to share their passions with people they meet at home and on the road.

It is with pleasure, too, that I share photos with you from a recent shoot Bronwyn and Kat did at the Government House Gardens with the fabulous Bree from Breeze Photography and Danielle of D.Lindenlaub Photography. These women in the photos — Bronwyn, Kat, Bree, and Danielle among them — are a wonderful group of friends, as is evident from the warmth that emanates from these photos. Bronwyn and Kat’s works often appear side-by-side in the same images, so explore both their pages if you see something inspiring! And check out more of Bree and Danielle’s incredible work on their Tumblr pages, here and here.

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D. Lindenlaub Photography, Maitri Handmades and Kat Made Jewelry
 


 

Maitri Handmades

Breeze Photography, Bronwyn Hughes, Maitri Handmades and Kat Made Jewelry

Bronwyn

Bronwyn is a worker of brass, gemstone, and crystal jewelry — beautiful pieces made with loving intention and imbued with unique energies. I met Bronwyn at Bubby Rose’s Bakery and Café on Cook Street to talk about her work a couple weeks ago. It was a blustery day, the sky white with ambivalent clouds, the chill of autumn in the air. Bronwyn, however, is one of those people who radiates warmth and care; she is generous in her attention, listens fully, and is capable of wordlessly forming connection with others. Significantly, her presence reflects the philosophy at the core of her work: “Maitri” is the Sanskrit word for loving kindness, connection, openness — in other words, a clear heart. We talked briefly about how the world can be a hard and disconnected place, especially in urban spaces and the oft-talked about effect of our busy, modern lives. What Maitri Handmade jewelry signifies, then, is a meaningful connection achieved between people through the sharing of art and energy; from Bronwyn’s hand and heart to yours, no matter where your long days and nights may take you.

Breeze Photography, Maitri Handmades
Breeze Photography, Maitri Handmades and Kat Made Jewelry

Bronwyn grew up in rural Ontario, just outside of Ottawa, where she developed a love for and connectedness within nature. Having travelled around Canada and Mexico, she arrived in Victoria last July. Identifying herself as “always crafty,” Bronwyn began creating her pieces in September 2013 as a means to rekindle her creative tendencies. And while her pieces are beautiful — cosmic, even, with the way the light changes when you look through the crystals’ translucent walls — they carry particular healing energies that operate on us on subconscious levels. She described the particular effects of the following minerals to me:

  • Quartz: Possesses a positive, healing effect that amplifies our energies.
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  • Amazonite: Connected to the throat chakra; associated with the heart, and thus love and communication. It is also helpful in cleansing geopathic pollution (referring to the technologies that over-stimulate and confound us spiritually).
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  • Amethyst: Connected to the third eye, useful for opening consciousness and clearing “drunken” (delusional) thoughts.
Maitri Handmades, Bronwyn Hughes, Victoria BC
Maitri Handmades, Bronwyn Hughes, Victoria BC
Maitri Handmades, Double Amethyst Point Necklace

The above pictures are from Bronwyn’s Etsy. From left to right, the minerals are quartz, amazonite, and amethyst.

While it can be valuable to know the attributes of the crystals and stones, Bronwyn emphasized that when choosing one of her pieces, it’s best to let them attract you; the one that draws you in, fascinates you, and resonates with you is the one you will benefit most from. And, aside from the ability to work with the energies of a diverse set of crystals and stones, it is this opportunity to connect with other people and provide them with healing, positive energies that excites Bronwyn the most about her project.

Victorians, West Coasters, readers near and far: I strongly encourage you to check out Bronwyn’s pages. Her jewelry is beautiful and infused with her genuine love and care. Furthermore, each piece is high-quality and completely unique, designed according to the crystal’s individual attributes and Bronwyn’s personal vision for it. She has also recently started to design canes (I got a sneak preview when we met), which are beautiful and well-suited to our outdoorsy, West Coast festival culture. Plus, Bliss Boutique downtown Victoria will soon be carrying her designs! Check out Bronwyn’s Etsy and social media below:

Instagram:
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Kat Made Jewelry

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Kat

On the front page of her website, Kat McEvay accurately describes her designs as the adornments of a “fearless babe who likes to make a statement [and] take risks.” Whether it’s the confident symmetry of a triangle suspended above the navel in a body chain, the smooth points of spikes dangling from a bracelet, or a hand ensconced gauntlet-style in diamond brass, her designs are both bold and beautiful. What makes Kat’s work even more awesome is her knack for creating unique designs coupled with a keen awareness of emerging fashion trends; when I asked her what inspires her line, she explained her creative method: “I like to create pieces that you can’t find in any stores, pieces that will make people stop and stare […]. I get ideas from fashion websites/magazines and like to see what the upcoming trends of fashion will be. I basically create pieces that I love and hope other people will love them as much as I do. It seems to be working out so far.” The results of this process are pieces of jewelry that are simultaneously contemporary, edgy, and one-of-a-kind.

D.Lindenlaub Photography, Kat Made Jewelry, Victoria BC

D.Lindenlaub Photography, Kat Made Jewelry
Breeze Photography, Kat Made Jewelry, Victoria BC

Kat, not unlike Bronwyn, had a crafty disposition growing up; she began making jewelry for herself and her loved ones as a hobby. Gradually, her pieces became noticed and got complemented more and more, and so she decided to channel her passions into the creation of a small business. Now, she has a website featuring her beautiful line, and in the next year she will travel around festivals in British Columbia, featuring her work. And Kat’s professional and artistic aspirations don’t stop there; she has plans to provide local boutiques with her work, and to take her designs around the world in order to seek out new inspirations while sharing her own.

When asked what she loves most about making and selling her own work, Kat replied: “I love walking the streets of Vancouver and running into people wearing my stuff. It’s so rewarding that someone appreciates and loves it as much as I do. There really are no words when someone tells you that the piece you made is one of their favourite jewelry pieces. That is why I keep doing what I’m doing.” In this — and herein lies the beauty and importance of independent designers (and our continued support of them!) — Kat’s designs are a means of creating a community, of reaching out to other women and providing them with pieces that evoke empowering feelings of individualism and confidence.

Below are links to Kat’s website and social media. Follow her and stay touch with where her work takes her next!

Instagram:
@katmadejewelry
D.Lindenlaub Photography, Maitri Handmades, Kat Made Jewlery
Breeze Photography, Maitri Handmades, Kat Made Jewelry
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I want to say thank-you to Bronwyn and Kat for this collaboration, and for the energy and passion they put into their work. It has been truly exciting to collaborate with these wonderful artists, and I know they will go far in their compassionate and creative pursuits. Thank-you also to Bree and Danielle for their gorgeous photography, and for letting me use their images to turn this page into a colour-rich dreamscape full of beautiful and mystical female beings.

Till next time,
– Style Raven

Photography: Breeze Photography and D.Lindenlaub Photography

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Between the Walls http://www.styleraven.com/between-the-walls/ http://www.styleraven.com/between-the-walls/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:23:45 +0000 http://www.styleraven.com/?p=5331 UNIF muscle tee, Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay photography, Style Raven

I love the city. I like the metallic sounds, the acrid smells, the wet things I see rising from muddied cracks in the asphalt. When I moved from small-town Ontario to Japan in 2010, I left the woods of my youth far behind, but I subsequently developed a love for the urban, the oil-slick sidewalks, the mercury glow of city lights at midnight. Walking alone under dripping eaves and telephone wires and down narrow streets full of strangers, there is an exhilarating sense of being enigmatic while simultaneously feeling the energy of unfamiliar bodies.

Hayley Evans, Kim Jay, Style Raven

Hayley Evans, Kim Jay, Style Raven
Hayley Evans, Kim Jay, Style Raven

Hayley Evans, Kim Jay, Style Raven

Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay photography, Style Raven
Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay photography, Style Raven

666 smiley-face muscle tee: SurfStitch, by UNIF | Platform sneakers: Dolls Kill | Beanie: American Apparel | Vegan leather jacket: Reunion Boutique, Victoria | Earrings: Aldo

While it is fun to get swept up in urban obscurity, I love Victoria because it is a place of environmental liminality; it has that urban “grit” that I love, while also sharing an intimate proximity with the forest, the sea, the mountains. Balance is important, right? So let us shift between contexts both familiar and alien like the transient creatures we are.

UNIF, Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay photography, Victoria BC, Style Raven

Hayley Evans, Kim Jay, Style Raven

UNIF Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay, Style Raven

fishnets, UNIF, Hayley Evans, Kim Jay, Style Raven, Victoria BC

This shoot took place in an alleyway Kim Jay showed me near The Upstairs Cabaret in Bastion Square. When it comes to gritty urban habitats, this place had it all; brick, cracked cement, black metal bars covering the windows, a chain-link fence, pipes with their paint flaying off. This place is apparently haunted, as well; unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately?), we encountered no wandering spirits. For this setting, I went with an over-sized muscle tee, leather jacket, beanie, and platform sneakers for a quasi-grunge look — and once again, another element of (early) ‘90s fashion rears its wonderful head.

UNIF, Hayley Evans, Kim Jay, Style Raven

Aldo earrings, Hayley Evans, Kim Jay, Style Raven

UNIF, Hayley Evans, Kim Jay, Style Raven

What do pugs, crude jokes, and the occult have in common? UNIF: the LA-based label created by Eric Espinoza and Christine Lai. This brand is pretty edgy, and their themes can be rather subversive (or offensive, in a witty, tongue-in-cheek sort of way), but they’ve garnered a HUGE following on the internet, and their styles are bang-on. This 666 smiley-face tee is by UNIF, and I love it. It has an inside-out construction (meaning, the seams are on the outside), and it’s made to look ragged and faded, but the material is excellent quality and buttery, buttery soft. I had been on the hunt for this shirt for a while, and eventually found it here, on the Australian-based website SurfStitch. Check out UNIF’s website and Instagram for more rad stuff, such as these pieces:

complete_mess, UNIF
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unif_devil_selfie_black_sleeveless_tee

Above images from unifclothing.com — click the pics for the product pages.

That’s all for today, friends!

Till next time,
– Style Raven

Model and styling: Hayley Evans
Photography: Kim Jay Photography
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♪☄ The Rifflandia Incident ☄♪ http://www.styleraven.com/the-rifflandia-incident/ Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:21:48 +0000 http://www.styleraven.com/?p=5259 Rifflandia music festival Victoria, festival fashion, Declared clothing, Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay photography, Style Raven

I shall preface this blog post with another address to my town and its people: Victoria, you know how to party. For a (relatively) small city, there is no shortage of art and music in Victoria — e.g., last weekend’s Rifflandia Music Festival, during which artists such as The Funk Hunters, Zeds Dead, and Girl Talk emerged onto our stages, seized the city by its nerve endings, and shook it into a celebratory fervour.

Hayley Evans, Kim Jay, Style Raven
Hayley Evans, Kim Jay, Style Raven

Alien crop: Declared clothing | Hand cursor earrings: Marina Fini | Disco shorts: American Apparel | Arm cuff: Romwe | Sequin shoes: Spinns (Osaka, Japan) | Socks: Spinns (Osaka, Japan) | Snapback: Forever 21

Unable (unfortunately) to see the entire festival, I attended the Sunday at Royal Athletic Park. I arrived around noon, when the sun was high, grounds sparse, and energy still low. People were taking it easy, hanging around the periphery or in the cool shade of the tent. This is to be expected after a weekend-long celebration; the music festival experience is one that wavers between states of exhaustion and surges of near-transcendent energy, euphoria and organized chaos. By the time Keys N Krates played, however, there was a buzz in the air; bodies donning their colourful festival apparel pressed near the stage, allowing the deep bass throb to propel them into a dance party that would last until the end of the night.

Hayley Evans, Kim Jay, Style Raven

Hayley Evans, Kim Jay, Style Raven

Hayley Evans, Kim Jay, Style Raven

Decalred clothing, Hayley Evans, Kim Jay, Style Raven
Hayley Evans, Kim Jay, Style Raven

Now: the fashion. Fashion is an integral aspect of the festival experience because, well, it’s an opportunity to wear whatever you want, to signify that aspect of your identity that revels in music and art and people and fun. “Go all out” is Kim Jay’s advice for festival-wear; as part of that counter-cultural belief system that once fuelled the conception of the music festival, “fest fashion” is another way to shake conventions, explore your fantasies, be loud, and be self-expressive.

Hayley Evans model, Kim Jay photography, Style Raven, Marina Fini hand cursor earrings

Declared clothing, alien crop top, Hayley Evans, Kim Jay, Style Raven

Marina fini hand cursor earrings, Hayley Evans, Kim Jay photography, Style Raven

What I eventually went with was a ‘90s inspired rave-style outfit mixed with elements of our contemporary cyberculture (check out those earrings). I love the revival of ‘90s fashion that’s occurring, from grunge to goth to hip-hop-inspired clothing and club wear. I was too young in the ‘90s to enjoy these trends, so this outfit can’t be claimed as a symptom of nostalgia — but I am enjoying the opportunity to try these styles now. I also love how the alien head icon is coming back, as it’s a fitting symbol for all us oddball creatures walking around our delightfully strange festival world (the Roswell incident, the Rifflandia incident — get it)? The top is by Declared clothing, who make all sorts of colourful and cropped tees. These amazing hand cursor earrings are made by Marina Fini, who I featured in my first Inspiring Artists post. Marina lovingly makes all her jewelry by hand, and she’s a fascinating and talented artist to boot, so check out her Etsy page here!

The following photos were shot by a local photographer named Matthew Urquhart, who I had the pleasure of meeting through our mutual friend, my girl Kim Jay! Matthew took these awesome portraits of me, and I wanted to share them with you guys. You can check out his Tumblr page here for more great work:

1-Rifflandia 2014 - Matt Urquhart-17, Hayley Evans, Style Raven
2-Rifflandia 2014 - Matt Urquhart-19 Hayley Evans, Style Raven
Rifflandia 2014 - Matt Urquhart-14 Hayley Evans, Style Raven
Rifflandia 2014 - Matt Urquhart-13 Hayley Evans, Style Raven

And here are some pics Matthew took of Kim Jay!

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Rifflandia 2014 - Matt Urquhart-12 Kim Jay

I wanted to end this post with a taste of what Rifflandia was like, courtesy of Kim Jay’s epic festival shots, which capture the energy so well. Check out pics of the Girl Talk spectacle below, and you can see more of her Riff shots on her Tumblr! She also worked on her We Are Revellers festival portraiture project while at Rifflandia (which I’ll be featuring in an upcoming post), and I strongly encourage you to check that out here and on Instagram!

girl talk 5 Kim Jay Photography

girl talk 6 Kim Jay Photography

girl talk 1 Kim Jay Photography

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Till next time!
– Style Raven

Model and styling: Hayley Evans
Photography: Kim Jay Photography
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