All the votes have been tallied and you’re the winner for Gothic Beauty’s Readers Choice Award for Designer of the Year 2005. Congratulations! You will receive a crystal engraved award (mid to late April) and a free full page color ad to use in GB.
Now that is what I call a *good* email! Wow.
Thank you so much to everyone who voted for supporting what I do ~ it means more than you could imagine.
When I began designing, I never tried to create what was popular or in demand by the masses (or even by the underground scene), but instead wanted to bring to life an outwards reflection of what I was feeling inside. At that time, I felt so out of place with the modern age and longed for a land filled with veils and shadows, velvet and moonlight. In reality, the world outside screamed with garish commercialism and intolerance for difference. Instead I wanted to create luxury from a darkness that I found both haunting and comforting, and delved as deeply into as possible ~ trading the harshness of light for the softness of shadows.
In those first days, I thought the half-size catalogue of all-black pages, silver ink and nocturnal photos might succeed in reaching a *few* other people out there who would share my aesthetic for the elegance of timelessness and an opulence of the faraway, letting them know they weren't alone... Perhaps I would even meet a couple of like-minded friends along the way, but I never imagined the kindness, appreciation, and support I have felt over the years from so many of you all.
Contrary to those beginnings, I no longer feel isolated in the wrong time and place. Instead, this is a perfect moment when so many of us choose to make the most of our freedom to transform our surroundings into our own personal interpretation of beauty. In this newfound tribe we've formed from an age unlike any other there has ever been, where friends can just as easily come from next door or half a world away, we can revel in our creations and visions together.
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