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April 18th, 2013

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September 18th, 2013

06:29 pm - The wings we grow, the wings we shed...
I just got back from a rather surreal walk in which I first happened upon a gigantic imperial moth caterpillar slowly, yet purposefully undulating its way across a path, and then a bit further down found a recently deceased hummingbird ~ so perfect and supple as if it had just fallen from the sky. Both green, fantastical, beautiful in their own ways… caught in a moment of time in which they’re on the way to becoming something else, a transition of the self.

I accompanied the caterpillar long enough to make sure it could safely cross the path and find its preferred new home in a rather stout tree; the hummingbird is currently wrapped in silk, looking as if it’s soundly sleeping. I’m giving it a little more time for its spirit to soar ~ to ‘hear’ the birds chirping in the nearby trees, and will then give it a peaceful burial.

Between the sudden appearance of these two wondrous creatures, there must be a story in here somewhere… The wings we grow, the wings we shed ~ a mirrored beauty of life & death. Shades of transition in iridescent green.

(Crossposted from Tumblr: http://kambriel.tumblr.com/post/61618390885/caterpillarhummingbird)

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April 13th, 2013

10:57 am

Also ~ possible Aurora Borealis viewing for some in the US tonight ♥

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February 16th, 2013

04:39 pm - Thundersnow & The Bed Song
Just now I heard the wind howling and looked outside to see a sudden, blustery snowfall. After a few moments of looking skywards (and taking the photo below), I saw a streak of lightning flash across the sky, followed by a crash of thunder. I’ve heard thundersnow before, but this was the first time I got to really ~see~ it too… Wonderful.

Also ~ Amanda Palmer’s ”The Bed Song” video directed by Michael McQuilken & filmed by Sarah Lasley has been released:

(“The Bed Song” dress (created on the spot out of bed sheets!) by Kambriel)

You can see my original post from when the video was first filmed, with loads of photos & some behind the scenes stories here:


Love with an open heart, and never be afraid to ask

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February 3rd, 2013

12:08 am - Kitchen witchery of the day...
Eight of these have managed to survive the day ~ it's a miracle!

Pumpkin spice muffins with almonds and dark chocolate candied ginger. They were "experimental", and the main purpose was keeping warm on a cold Winter day, but they came out perfectly, so I had to snap a picture :)

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February 1st, 2013

09:22 pm - Suspiria
Some new creations & art! These are just the tip of the iceberg of what we've been doing lately, but I realized I hadn't posted here in a while & wanted to at least share a couple of new designs/photos :)

Suspiria Gown photo of ONOH (& mourning doves!) by DividingMe. I really adore how this gown turned out, and when I first saw this photo, I thought it might need to become a poster... it's capturing one of those mystical dreamworlds you wouldn't mind getting lost in.

Also... the Sherlock Greatcoat as worn by the mysterious damsel I half-suspect of being "Jacqueline the Ripper":

This is based on a custom Kambriel greatcoat made for Neil Gaiman that for those of you not on Twitter (where I'm able to update more frequently) or Tumblr recently sparked a humourously surreal debate from Neil himself as to whether he believed he was actually "cool enough" to wear it...

I daresay he is.

There's lots more in the works & I'm trying to make the most of each day even though the Winter weather beckons wishes for the simple luxury of hibernation. Summoning my inner Rumplestiltskin...

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January 16th, 2013

10:01 pm - Rainy Day & Evening of Awesome

Photo from the other day when I walked a mile and a half in the rain. Peaceful quietude, filled only w/birdsong & the soft sound of raindrops on pine needles and Winter-bare branches overhead. The sky looked like mercurial silver, so I couldn't resist taking a picture & trying to capture just a bit of it.


These are from last night's "Evening of Awesome" at CARNEGIE HALL! Neil is wearing his one of a kind black velvet & striped Kambriel coat... Yes, there are indeed threads in there that aren't black ~ hopefully I’ll be forgiven this flagrant trespass, but I tried to make up for it with the rest of the frock being made from über soft to the touch black velvet ;)

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January 12th, 2013

07:25 pm - Cabal ~ in memory of a truly wonderful dog...
Yesterday the world lost its noblest dog, Cabal. Cabal was an old soul dressed in the body of a white German Shepherd that survived being chained and uncared for until April 30, 2007 when fate intervened, he was found by Neil and became part of the family he was always meant to have.

My belief is that his spirit will cause the moon to glow a little brighter.

A few moments in time...

Master Cabal, alert & at the ready (with an adoring, slightly worn out Lola faithfully by his side):

Sharing a peaceful moment on a hot Summer day:

Heading out for a walk... I loved how Cabal kept corralling me back in:

The personification of love, loyalty, fulfillment, friendship, faithfulness, understanding & an unbreakable bond that neither distance, time, nor death itself can sever...

Neil's heartfelt post: http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2013/01/the-power-of-dog-cabal-2003-2013.html

"If Love Could Have Saved You, You Would Have Lived Forever." ~ Within the hearts of those who loved him, I know he always will.

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December 28th, 2012

08:58 pm - Purple Rain...

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I've been busy this past week making some brand new custom stagewear for Amanda Palmer! These pieces were created for the upcoming New Year’s Eve show at Terminal 5 in NYC wherein the entire “Purple Rain” album will be performed live to wrap up 2012 & ring in 2013. In honour of the performance’s muse, I wanted to create a neo-romantic decadent, yet structural look Prince himself would approve of. The jacket design was drafted by hand just this past week & originally made from an intense fuschia brocade which I then layered with four different tones of dark purple, glittering gold & violet paints to achieve a deeper, multi-dimensional shimmering effect. Here’s hoping it sparkles under the lights of the stage!

For those attending the show (sadly, due to a huge unexpected expense earlier this month, combined with a snowstorm thwarting the long drive, it looks like I'll have to be there in spirit) ~ keep your eyes peeled and you might also catch sight of a sheer, metallic purple kimono I made for Amanda, as well as a raspberry beret...

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December 21st, 2012

07:45 pm - Solstice

Wishing you a magical Winter Solstice...

(Photo: DividingMe - Headdress & Gown: Kambriel - Model: Nancy Dee)

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