Custom Ruffled Green Top for an Editorial Shoot

Here is another piece I created a while ago for an editorial shoot. I love the silk organza’s color, and I wanted to create something nice with it . . . Something non-floral in every single way. I don’t hate flowers, but I don’t particularly love them either. And, yet, most of the headpieces and…

Angelica Brigade x Miu Vermillion Update

Though I’ve closed my Etsy shop and have been preoccupied with my other endeavors, I never stop creating handmade pieces. These past few months, I’ve been expanding my skill sets, creating numerous hand-stitched dresses, and different kinds of nail ornaments. Below are some of pieces I created a while ago, made specifically for my fine…

The Importance of Being Distinct

To be outstanding, one needs to be different And to be different, one needs to embrace his/her uniqueness Unfortunately, Some people might consider certain distinct qualities as weirdness And so, in order to avoid rejections and humiliation, One might decide to keep one’s distinct qualities hidden And thus, stay in obscurity . . . The…

Objectivity, Gratefulness, and Taking Calculated Risks

Each night, before I sleep, I make it my habit to list all the things I can be grateful about. It helps me to see my life in a more objective manner. It’s too easy for me to focus on the things that went wrong. Although it’s good for me to spend some time finding…

New Endeavor: Conceptual Photography

To some degree, people are anchored to their past. But, we should never let our past to define our future. It won’t be easy. Old habits, uncertainty, fear of the unknown . . . But, the struggle forward is worth the effort. Many people might say “What the heck?!” “You are a designer . ….

Rumination

This conceptual photograph is the (almost) perfect reflection of my current state of mind. I’m giving myself a deadline. By the end of this week, I really should finish defragging my mind. . . . Last year, I overcommited myself to too many projects. I spent most of my waking hours (and sleepless nights) working….

DIY Tutorial + FREE Pattern: Beaded and Embroidered Holly Headband

(You can find the list of materials I used to create this headband at the bottom of this page) Download the free pattern here and copy the pattern onto your beading foundation The techniques I used to create this headband is exactly the same with the techniques I used to create the Christmas Ornament (last…

Unbelievably busy weeks

Hey guys I won’t be able to write blog posts for a few weeks . . . I have tons of projects to work on and can only manage to write a short photo blogs (which I do on a regular basis). To learn about my current projects, please follow me on Tumblr (http://angelica-brigade.tumblr.com) and/or…

Purpose, Reasons, and Doubts … My Life as an Independent Designer

The world isn’t very kind to most newcomers Especially new independent designers with no extraordinarily important friends … Am I sounding a little morose? Well, I’m not my usual peppy self this week I’ve been trying to organize this other collaborative high-fashion photo shoot … Apparently, hiring fashion models (even the “new faces” ) is…

New designs, new projects, new collaborations …

This week in a nutshell~ My new designs, current work in progress, less successful experiments, and company related updates~ I’ve also been organizing a high fashion photo shoot collaboration … and collaborating with several artisans to create intricate headpieces / hair accessories at lower price points. How do you like it? Personally, I love its…