Fall Fashion Alert: Coach Becomes Cool

When high fashion and horror combine, it’s definitely a win! I’m totally digging The Shining sweater I’m seeing in Coach’s fall adverts!

Here is the sweater from The Shining:

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Side by side comparison with the one in Coach’s Fall advertisement:

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Definitely a must have for Fall, even if I do live in the desert.

To grab one of your own you can pick one up from Coach’s website for just under $700.

Or purchase one from a handmade seller on Etsy.

JEREMY SCOTT’S BARBIE WORLD FOR MOSCHINO – ARTIST THEFT AGAIN ?

Gothcupcake:

Why can’t high fashion designers just pay the artists for the licensing? Why not a collaboration instead of ripping them off?

Originally posted on NAKID MAGAZINE:

MoschinoNikki Lipstick brand on left, Jeremy Scott’s creative direction on right 

Jeremy Scott has come under fire for stealing artist’s work ever since he came on the scene, I remember in one of his first shows he styled the models to exactly resemble a well-known club kid in NYC. She put up a fight and the Internet listened. Then in 2013 Jeremy came under fire again for his Fall/Winter line where he admittedly stole images from artist Jimbo Phillips out of Santa Cruz. After a lengthy court trial Jeremy publicly admitted his wrong doings and pulled the pieces that featured the legendary illustrator’s work from his line immediately.

jimbooJimbo Phillip’s illustrations above Jeremy Scott’s F/W13 line

Now it seems to be happening all over again with an independent designer from LA named Nikki Lipstick. Nikki came out with a new line titled BABELAND, which uses the iconic Barbie font in…

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SALE ALERT!

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Today only until midnight PST I am offering free shipping on all US orders from my Gothcupcake Etsy store with coupon code: FREESHIP! 

I just listed a whole bunch of awesome Scare Bows and accessories just in time for the witching season with more new items coming soon! 

Stay Spooky, 

Mary

Time Zero = Time to Be Inspired

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I just watched the Time Zero documentary about the final year of Polaroid film production on Netflix. I highly recommend anyone who has a love or interest in film to watch this documentary. I also would love all of the Impossible Project haters to watch this film, to understand what a feat it is they have accomplished.

The photos above are photographs shot on Impossible Project SX-70 B&W black frame film. It is by far one of the best films I have ever shot from them, the image developed almost immediately (highly improved on the very early 30-45 minute development times when they were first starting out!). 

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One of my first photos on my first pack of IP SX-70 color film, which needed to be shaded in the dark to develop.

Time Zero was sad, but also inspiring, liberating, and uplifting. It also made me want to do whatever I can to go buy a case of Impossible Project film! They are amazing people. I supported them in the beginning and I still stand by them today. Talk of their downsizing makes me a little nervous, but the hope is that the focus will be back on the film itself and making an even better instant film for people to enjoy. 

In addition to the Impossible Project there are other instant films out there… 

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In 2013 I used Fuji Instax mini film for a 365 project, taking one shot on instant film a day for most of the year (until I ran out of money and film in November). The entire project made me fall in love even more with instant film. That same year, however, Fuji announced that it would stop producing one of it’s most beloved films from their line: Fuji FP-3000b. No one else has picked up the packfilm, or tried to save it. Which just goes to show what a big deal it was for Florian “Doc” Kaps PhD and those behind Impossible Project’s to take on the risk and attempt to reproduce Polaroid’s integral films. Impossible Project is still working on improving their current line of films, and said it did not plan on producing FP3000b anytime soon. Understandable, since they are still perfecting on their own formula. However, not all is lost, there is someone else making waves in packfilm production.

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Shot in a Polaroid 100 camera on Fuji FP3000b packfilm.

New55 is a project I had been following for years on Blogspot, where Bob Crowley and Sam Hiser were trying to work out how to produce a product similar to Polaroid’s packfilms. They finally decided to get funding to produce on a larger scale with a Kickstarter campaign. As of right now, after the successful funding of their Kickstarter, the New55 project is working on getting the chemicals and supplies needed to produce it’s film in a limited run and shop it around to potential manufacturers. 

In the face of adversity, it is refreshing to see companies standing up for film, for the history of film, and not only keeping film alive, but creating new versions of these film products, especially in a digital era. It will be interesting to see what else happens in the world of film, what new frontiers are created and what new artists emerge. I hope to hold a place somewhere at the forefront with these visionaries. 

Long live film! 

Mary

Clap Your Hands If You Believe!

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Lately I have realized I have a hard time believing in myself. It is not only important in order to be happy, but also, in order to succeed. You must believe in yourself and what you do.

As a reminder, I made this really sloppy stamping, I plan on turning it into a necklace, so whenever I need that extra push, I’ll be reminded to believe in myself. I believe in me!

Do you have any daily mantras or tricks to get you motivated? Tell me about them!

-M

Period Panties

The genius artists over at Harebrained dreamed up Period Panties, ladies underwear with fun themed prints and an extended black liner fabric in the front for coverage, comfort and cuteness during “that time of the month.”  

Earlier this year they launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a whole line of Period Panties and distribute them to a larger audience. I pledged for a pair and was so excited when they arrived. I opted for the Rainbo Firstblood design, because they are so ridiculously awesome. They feature a Rambo-esque Unicorn with a machine gun set against rainbows and stars. Each pair of panties also came with a matching temporary tattoo of the back design. 

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Period Panties provide coverage without being granny panties and are just a lot of fun. I seriously want to pick up more of their designs now, so I have enough for the whole week. I won a second pair after entering a giveaway Harebrained was having on Facebook. It was a hard choice, but in the end (ha, pun intended) I chose the design called Bloody Hell. 

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My goth side was wooed by the skulls with batwings, the flames and the devil on the back. They were too bad ass to pass up! The folks at Harebrained also were kind enough to include temporary tattoos for all of their Period Panty designs too. Thank you Harebrained!!! 

Sizing is true to the measurements in their size chart.They run from XS-3XL. My hips are inbetween the measurements given for a size Small and a Medium, but I’ve gained 10 pounds over the last year and ended up ordering a Medium and it fit perfectly. 

Announcements say that even more Period Panty designs are in the works including one that involves Cthulhu, so check them out online and try a pair (or more) out for yourself! 

-Mary

Good Afternoon, Good Evening and Good Night

I quit my day job. 

It may have been the smartest, liberating and, the scariest, dumbest thing I have ever done, but I am proud of myself. It was really starting to take it’s toll on my health, and I couldn’t take it anymore. I put in my notice after I returned from my trip to New York City. 

I was too afraid to quit because I didn’t know if I could survive, but I had a last pay check and managed to get enough money together through Etsy sales to pay most of my bills this first month on my own. It’s hard to adjust to working for yourself and figuring out money and bills without a pay schedule, but it will all fall into place soon. It also may not have been the brightest to quit after taking a month off from the Etsy shops too, but it is what it is. 

Everyone asks what I’m doing to make money: I’m selling prints, focusing on hosting craft and photography workshops, making camera straps and items for my Film Photography Revolution Etsy store and restocking and gearing up for new products in my Gothcupcake Etsy store.

I’ve started doing some freelance writing for Lomography, Geek News Network and soon The Food Punks foodie blog. It pushes me to be creative, gives me structure, deadlines and keeps me sharp. Plus, I enjoy writing!

I’m organizing and curating a film photography show next month in downtown Phoenix, at Treehouse Bakery, featuring photography prints from myself and members of the Arizona Film Photography Club. I will have more time to dedicate to my photography and the photo club.

I’m also learning to play the harmonica, the guitar and finally going to sit down and spend a day figuring out how to use my serger! Goth darnit!

I’m keeping busy to say the least. Figuring it all out as I go. I think the key is to believe in myself more, have the confidence that I can do it and work hard. Wish me luck! (A little luck never hurt, right?)

-Mary

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