BFF’s: Angeline & Mayra

Over the winter, I got ask to do makeup for an old and beautiful friend from high school. I thought it was just going to be a solo photoshoot but I guess it turned into a best friends day, early Christmas card and lesbianic looking photoshoot which was so much fun. Thank you to the models Angeline and Mayra and our photographer Ricardo.

Follow Ricardo on Instagram: ricardo.velasquez.524

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Students will research, develop and produce a collection of 5-7 textiles.

  • Creative Statement / Collaboration
  • Inspiration / Mood Board / Samples – yarn and dye
  • Sketches
  • Techniques used in production
  • Innovation – 1 piece must include two of the following:

-innovative theme (story or audience)

-innovative material

-innovative construction method

  • 3-5 completed textiles
  • Itemized list of processes for each textile.
  • Itemized list of costs: materials, time and net pricing for pieces.

(*Extra credit= Price production for a small run of one of your textiles. If self-producing, figure out your own costs for production.

  • List of 5 textile companies that your collection complements
  • Blog Posting of process and final garments
  • Fashion Show


Gemiinii Madness is a pinch of sugar, a spoonful of wishful thinking, and an ounce of chaos cooks into Gemiinii Madness’ new collection. Dramatic silhouettes are merged with maniacal patterns and textures to create something straight from a figment of the imagination. Phantasmagoria is a twist on the innocence and darkness of fairy tales that lurk within our hearts.

As for the textile artist’s point of view and plan for this collaborative project, I needed to match the dramatic and exaggerated ideas and sketches of my design partner, therefore, I used a lot of non-traditional materials as my textile from latex paint to metal chain mails. The ideas, materials and techiniques for the textiles used in this project consisted of:

-chain mail rings for a metal fabric
-studs attachments to garments and accessories
-metal wire forms for underneath skirts
-buckram used for many accessories and collars
-unique graphic design fabric
-metal eyelets for leather cord lacing
-use of solvy paper for technique of ‘knitting’ of black yarn for a skirt
-latex house paints as textile dye
-nylon strapping
-metal buckles and attachments
-uses of safety pins for non-traditional closures
-leather cording
-fur, checkered print fabric, black and white linen, black gabardine, blue acetate, black satin, black pleather

A technique of innovation would have to be a lot of of the techniques and materials used for this project since most to all of them were non-traditional, which is the reason for the non existent relationship and similarities to textile companies. I think that the techniques and materials used in this projects relate more to a textile artist rather than a traditional textile company, those who use textile as their expression of art, such as Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, a textile artist and professor at San Jose University who uses textiles and non-traditional materials as her art of expressing and bringing awareness to border patrol problems between the United States and Mexico.

Our creative collection dedicates it full attention to a set group of followers, those of the Harajuku, Japanese Street Fashion, Anime and Fandom Cosplay and etc.

Our main fabrics for our collection mainly consist of a black and white checker print pattern fabric, white linen with colorfully bright latex house paint, metal chain mail fabric piece, blue cotton silk original graphic design, black linen, gabardine, and satin, black, white and blue fur.

A list of materials and prices:

-Spoonflower original graphic design $74
-Michael Levine $332.76
-black and white fur $65.40
-jump ring for chain mail $44.52
-studs $7.85
-paint $22.43
-metal dress forms $100
-lookbook (2) $127.45-Joanns $52.52
-portfolio prints $16.74

brings a total of $857.63
(excluding checker print fabric, black satin, blue, fur, boning, nylon strap, black pleather)


Here is a link the a mock of the lookbook:



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Art 492 Presentation


Art 459: Redress CSULA

So the final assignment for Art 459 was a collaboration advanced fashion design, was to redress a CSULA staff and my partner and I had an amazing time creating designs for Professor Carol Blaszczynski who works in the business department of CSULA. We designed an awesome pair of gabardine pants, a Chanel inspired black and pink trimmed coat, a silk wrap dress, and a navy dress with a shawl.

Thank you Amanda for the amazing photos

Amanda Sweikow







Art 420 Position Paper Powerpoint


Art 420: Position Paper


Art 420: Stock Report


Art 442 Midterm Project


Each student will design and complete a mid-term project.

The project must be related in some way to one or both of the two topics that we have discussed in class, Textiles and Technology, or Textiles as Art.

Form of the project:  you may conduct research or make something.  You will present the project to the class.

Thursday January 30:  individual meetings with professor to discuss your proposal.  Bring your proposal, written on paper, to hand in and discuss / get approval.  The proposal should include: what you intend to do, how it is related to the class topics, what the product will be, how you will share this with the class.

Project presentations will be February 13 (2 weeks to work on the project).


My project proposal is to involve trash couture, upcycling with environmental factor which will be deforestation.

Trash Couture has been a popular topic amongst recycling, upcycling and using non-traditional materials as a part of the green movement in the textiles and apparel industry. There is actually a trash couture house in Denmark that uses left over fabrics from large couture houses for their collections and runway designs. The fashion designer Trash-Couture is Ann Wiberg who uses the left over fabrics to design collections inspired by nature and was invited to showcase in Paris Fashion Week back in 2005 working with Ethical High-End Fashion and was quoted as being “The fashion industry’s most important element for the future.”






            I am inspired by the use of non-traditional materials into fashion but mainly trash couture which is using trash as my medium to make apparel, textiles and art. Since the fashion designer of Trash-Couture was inspired by nature, I wanted to run with the same theme and focuses on deforestation which brought to extinct plants, flowers, lands and people. My plan is in association with extinct flowers such as the laelia gouldiana, which is an extinct form of orchid originating from Mexico and the Franklinia alatamaha of the Franklin Tree which is extinct in the United States. After crocheting some of these flower replicas out of regular yarn and some out of trash, such as plastic, my goal is to photograph them in a dry, deforested garden or area or the second thought will be placing them on a cement item that will make it seem that the flowers are outgrowing over the cement item.



-“Deforestation, clearance or clearing is the removal of a forest or stand of trees where the land is thereafter converted to a non-forest use.”

-Reasons being trees cut down for fuel or sold, cleared land for pastures, settlement
-Effects of deforestation without reforestation in damage of habitat, biodiversity loss and aridity.
-deforestation causes extinction, climate conditions changes, displacement of populations

Extinct Flower Species

Laelia Gouldiana

-Hidalgo state of Mexico
-magenta, red with bright green leaves
-orchid species
-bloom in fall and winter

-orchid estate in Santa Barbara sales for $35 each

Franklinia of the Franklin Tree

-lost camellia native to Georgia, U.S.
-one of rarest trees in the world
-small tree or large shrub with snow-white flowers with golden yellow clusters in the center blooming in late summer
-“Today efforts are being made to restore the tree to the wild by planting specimens near the site where they were originally  discovered.”
-known for roots rotting and wilting which means flower is difficult to grow


             I enlisted the help of Youtube to crochet flowers, however, the flower crochet tutorials are really simple and rounded so I made some alterations to make one particular flower more of an orchid shape. I also incorporated different colored yarns and plastic bags. After completing this project, I would have liked to have the crocheted flowers incorporated out of just trash inside of having yarns incorporated, so with the plastic bags incorporated I would like to have paper, scrap fabrics and other recyclable materials. However, I think my final picture goes really well with my concept which is bringing awareness to deforestation by having my crochet flowers overtake the cement light post.



Art 459 Assignment #2 Collaborative Dress CSULA