Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Papusza Couture Feature/Paramicha Write Up in Artery NYC

I was truly delighted with the beautifully written and well researched write up that awesome NY based curator/creative consultant Daria Brit Shapiro did about my work, and Paramicha Collection, for Artery NYC. If you haven't had a chance to look over the article please have a peak at it here. I really appreciate the political and social focus of this article-I think it puts a great deal of emphasis on what this collection really is all about for me.

Paramicha is still a work in progress. I have stepped away from it for awhile to work on some other projects. Please stay posted for the development of Paramicha later this Summer.

Photo by Elizabeth Raab. Millinery by Katie Burley. MUA Chris Milone. Hair by Arian Garcia. Model Anelisa Durham.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Papusza Couture in January/February Meuse Magazine

After seeing Kylie Faye's beautiful Solace editorial-which I did the wardrobe for-in the Decmber issue of Meuse Magazine I was pleased to see 2 more editorials I did with Kylie in the current issue of the publication.

Have a look at the spreads below.

Round and Round: Model-Autumn Cheyenne, Makeup-Robert Holzer, Hair-Kyle Goodwin. Top Hot by Tami Marcarian. Gloves and wardrobe by Papusza Stain.

Fly With Me: Model-Emily Bogen, Makeup-Kerrin Birchenough, Hair-MeriEsther Luci. Earrings by Nicolia Jacoby Gibbs. Mask by Change of Face. Slip by Papusza Stain.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Life Outside NY Part 6: California, My Goddamned Graceland

In early October, after spending a bitter sweet summer in Seattle I said goodbye and headed South with great relief. Although I neglected my typical costume creations during this festive, and favored time of year for me, I endured some great adventures. I set on my way on a road trip into Northern Cali with an old friend, as mountaintops, fields of wheat and graffitied trains painted the Indian summer shades of gold and green around me. Soon we fell off the grid as Autumn disappeared into the smell of the night and coniferous plants took the place of the amber colored turning and dying tree's which had surrounded me in the week before in the Pacific Northwest.

I will not say so much about the bizarre adventure that I endured for the month of October and the early weeks of November. I will say that I found my heart there in California this past fall, as painful and uncomfortable as moments of that time may have been. It was not a bad time, and quite frankly the whole period was visually stunning; between the exquisite golden roadside fields off of the freeway, the vivid mountains of Mendo-smelling sweet with pine, distant from the world-and the gorgeous Golden Gate Bridge, spilling me out into San Francisco when I journeyed in and eventually came to live for a bit. I will also say that for the first time in my entire life I did not dress up for Halloween this year, a realization that still stings me to think of... my favorite holiday got away from me this year.

Here is a bit of the story in pictures of the place that owns my heart; California, My Goddamned Graceland.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Papusza Couture in Meuse Magazine: Solace

Have a look at spread "Solace," which appears in the December issue of Meuse Magazine, photographed by Kylie Faye. The garments are from my Papusza Stain line, available on etsy. Kylie and I collaborated on the art direction of this shoot. Issue can still be purchased online.

Credits are as follows:

Photographer: Kylie Faye
Hair and makeup: Shontelle Vincent
Wardobe and Styling: Kaytee P.
Model: Ryonen
Bird Nest Chocker: Nature's Twist
Hat: Katie Burley
Giant Dreamcatcher: Amra

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Life Outside NY Part 5: Seattle, Grunge is Not Dead

Those of you who have been following Papusza since the early days know that I first launched my couture in Seattle. I embarked upon the journey into the heart of my creative vision in this rainy city... the aesthetic of the grunge era, Seattle at it's forefront, still plays a huge role in my aesthetic, especially when it comes to streetwear. Seattle is a city alive with artistic spirit, and some of the finest craftsmen I have come to know. There also lies a tremendous creative community in Seattle, which I will forever be grateful for.

Before moving to New York, the community I had in Seattle provided me with the support, encouragement and inspiration I needed to have the faith and desire to move my work forward on a much broader scale. Without Seattle, I never would have found the courage to move to New York, and without New York I never would have had all the opportunities to travel and get press and exposure on an international level.

I have hardly had a chance to return to the Emerald City, since moving away over 5 years ago. I was excited to head back this past summer, having the opportunity to work with a couple designer friends of mine, and reconnect with artist friends I have there. After my adventures last spring in SF I headed north, and found a mish mash of my old friends. I won't go into specifics, but the Summer was full of experiences, both positive and negative. Returning helped me remember just how much I have done and how much my work has grown... it also reminded me what a wonderful artist community I still have in that rainy city... although I can only handle the summers there. At this point in my life the grey rainy season is to much for me to bear.

See some photos below capturing some of the adventures I had in Seattle while I was visiting this past Summer...