1/3/2013: Update, production times are running behind schedule. I am hoping for late January, but stay tuned for further updates.
After a wonderfully busy summer, I returned to my studio a few weeks ago energized and ready to illustrate a new Character Constructions collection for 2013. This year I really did not have a plan in place, but had this idea about flowers that I wanted to explore. It's never a good plan to build an entire collection around one idea, so I decided to incorporate a hint of steampunk. Steampunk, seemingly, would be a good fit for me with its origins in the Victorian epoch, albeit for the garments which tend to be heavy, dark and masculine and do not align with my feminine sensitibilites. But, alas, Louis Vuitton's fall Paris fashion show proved to me that it could also be a lot of fun.
I was particularly inspired by the costume accessories, magnificent hats, oversized bags, and those dramatic round eyeglasses. Merging steampunk with flower fairies was a challenge, balancing the hard and soft, the light and dark. So much so that initially I was designing two dinstinctly different character types, but as the story began to unfold the characters aligned and a title emerged, The Timekeeper's Garden.
The flower fairies and their steampunk counterparts are scheduled to arrive in Peachtree City in early January 2013.
Happy Holidays everyone!