Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Burning Man Prep Time is HERE with New Faux Fur Coat Designs!

Can it be already the middle of June? We are in the full wave of Burning Man preparation time and boy is this year going to be an interesting one! The ticket situation is bound to create a few changes but change is good right? It helps us to see things differently and to value where we are presently because... everything changes... even on the playa!

Here at Wild on the Inside Faux Furs, we are changing a few things too! I am currently sewing up a storm to get ready for Prepare for the Playa 2012. I plan to focus primarily on my long coats - which is what i have come to be known for over the years! Not only am I sewing up a storm to get a full rack of beauties for you to try on when I go to San Francisco in a month... but I am making them ALL full of the best features! All of them have inside double zippered pockets. Some of the features that were optional are now a standard feature! Custom buttons and fully reversible with trimmed cuffs, hood and along the bottom of the coats! Creating a full one of a kind look - on both sides!

There is no reason to wait if you have your eyes on one of these one of kind beauties. I have updated the website to reflect all the coats that I have made and I am posting as I go -so you have the best chances of connecting with your coat - before the big sale!

Custom Garment Bag
Free with Order in June
For a JUNE SPECIAL I will include a custom garment bag with your coat order! So order in June and receive a special place to keep your Wild on the Inside Original clean and safe!

Here is the link to my Faux Fur Coats currently ready for new homes!
Faux Fur Coats looking for new homes!

Rocky Bubbles Reversible

The Amazing Technicolor Flame Coat
Lime with blue flames Reversible

The Fire Starter Coat

The Prepare for the Playa Events Happen just 2 x per year!
July 15th and August 5th, 2012
Free Entry

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Wild on the Inside Holiday Collection 2011!

Wild on the Inside's Holiday 2011 collection is ready to go to suit all your holiday parties and events in Faux Fur!!

Try one of the new designs or add a piece to your wardrobe!
Fur lined hoods, fur trimmed santa chaps and much more!! All of these items can be made in Green with Red trim too!!

Check out the Wild on the Inside Holiday Collection for yourself... or that special someone!!
Santa Con Upcoming Dates:
The first SantaCon took place in San Francisco in 1994 and was sponsored by The San Francisco Cacophony Society.

Now, Santacon has been going on for 16 years. Be a part of the history and pick up an inspired Holiday Look in Faux Fur from Wild on the Inside!

Santa Las Vegas Friday Dec 9th
San Francisco Sat Dec 10th
New York Sat Dec 10th
Los Angeles Sat Dec 17th

  Special Orders now being accepted to co-create your vision?
Have a unique idea in mind?
Special color combinations?
  • Hoodie Vests
  • Faux Fur Coats
  • Built in Hydration Vests
  • Faux Fur Chaps
  • Winter White Faux Fur Capelet
    ... what is in your imagination?
Link to Wild on the Inside's Holiday Webpage

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wild on the Inside takes to the High Seas!

Wild on the Inside's newest commision was to design a dozen Faux Fur coats for the Silversea cruise line based on this sketch!

These coats will be dancing all over the world as they 'work' the show Abba Revival. They will be taking the stage for the song Money Money by Abba! 

The coats are fitted with a rolled collar and length just below the rear end. They are all lined in an emerald satin. Creating a fitted look with Faux Fur can be challenging. To do this I took in at the waist and also eliminated the large pockets that normally grace my jackets for utility purposes. Since these coats are not for an all night jaunt on the playa it worked perfectly to give a great looking silhouette!

If you would like to see these coats in action you can jump on a Silversea Cruise line departing next month from Ft. Lauderdale, Lisbon, Athens and Hong Kong!!

Special Thank you to Suzanne, a fellow burner, of Choozi Entertainment that commissioned this order and will be bringing Wild on the Inside to the high seas!

Joining the Wild on the Inside series of perks is the custom printed Faux Fur Couture branded garment bags! This will be held over for custom orders for the upcoming holiday season - so be on the look out for upcoming holiday specials and this garment bag bonus for your gift giving this year!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fractal Fabric and Fur... what a beautiful thing!

Wild on the Inside's latest custom creation for Cello Joe!
Its a reversible coat with lots of pockets and secret zippered pockets!
The coat is fractal fabric with fur trim on the one side and fur furry goodness on the other! Side pockets on both sides and large patch pockets that double as inside pockets AND have a hidden zippered pocket inside!
There is also a zippered hidden pocket in the cuff of the coat! It took Joe a bit to find it as only the owner knows it's there!
Here is Cello Joe modeling his new coat on the fractal side!
It was a fun order to create!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Prepare for the Playa 09! Aug 1st and Aug 22nd/23rd!

THE ORIGINAL and Community Organized Event connecting you to Everything you NEED and everything you WANT for the Burn!

Playa Fashion shows, Playa University How To Clinics and Demos, Music, LIVE Performances and so much more!


60 + BURNER Businesses & Designers hosting THE BIGGEST AND BEST COMBINATION PLAYA SPECIFIC Products and Services available anywhere!

Playa Artist Benefit!!
PftP is supporting 3 different Playa Artists whose projects are going out to the playa this year!!
Chimera Sententia,
Museum of UnNatural Selection and
They will be on hand August 1st to talk about their projects and will be receiving 100% of the funds raised from the donation bar and 5% of the sales from the Sports Basement the day of the events!!! Three huge projects and undertakings! We also have the Playa University clinics and demos which are our gift to the community to share our skills and knowledge

Funky Fashion Shows at 2pm & 5pm!!
Showing the funkiest, most eclectic, unique and hard to
find playa products and fashions to give you inspiration and ideas to
get you ready for the Burn!

Prepare for the Playa happens just 3 times a year!!
Saturday August 1st,
Saturday August 22nd &
Sunday, August 23rd

12pm-8pm at
The Artist Grotto and North Parking Lot of the
Sports Basement 1590 Bryant Street, SF

Everything you Want: Lights and EL wire, fuzzy fun furs, funky fashions and sexy costumes, hoops and poi, masks, adornments and lots of super fun unique items to get you ready for your journey HOME from Burner-Preneurs!!
Everything you Need: Bikes, headlamps, sunscreen, camping needs and equipment, dust masks, sunglasses, goggles

Playa DJ mixes all day
Live performances by Burner All Stars in Poi, Staff and Hoop!

Playa 'U' How to Clinics and Demonstrations all day
on not just surviving on the playa...but THRIVING on the playa!

BE THE ART!! Playa wear strongly encouraged!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I'm a 'Featured Artist" WAHOOO

I am featured on the blog Mishaps and Osculations as a featured artist! It's posted here or you can read about other artists or topics directly on this blog by visiting the link below.

Mishaps and Osculations

Featured Artist: Nikki Doran

Nikki has a perma-link on my blog. She’s one of the most inspiring people I’ve met in this lovely city. Always down for creative exploration and positivity. I’ve asked her a couple questions for you guys…so that you can learn a little bit about why she’s a must-see…must-get-to-know type person.
Current Location: Live in Mill Valley in the North Bay, Working Studio is in San Rafael CA

If you had to describe your art/clothing - how would you best describe it?

I create funky faux fur fashions that dress your wild streak. Everyone has a wild streak, whether or not they show it every day, every month or just once a year. My fashions are for those times when you want to stand out - when you want to have fun with fashion. Everything doesn’t need to be so serious.
Sometimes, just putting on something colorful, flirty and bright can change your whole outlook.
Have you always been a creative genius?

I have always been crafty. I was raised by a belief that I could do anything. So if I saw anything that I liked or admired, my mother would tell me “ We can make that”. I believed her! I am the offspring of a creative genius. I have a mother that loves costumes. She makes them in her head, cuts a piece of newspaper, holds it up to your body and a few hours later you are draped in gold lame and transformed into a Venetian Goddess… that actually happened to me when I attended the Carnivale in Venice in 96. We really stole the show!

When did you first realize that you had a fur fashion fetish?
I came to the Wild side after my first year at Burning Man. That is where the name Wild on the Inside came from. I had a Wild streak, a streak that is bold, daring and fun… it was just buried deep. The fears of not dressing appropriately to the event, what color shoes you can wear after Labor Day etc…all those rules go out the window at Burning Man. Anything goes and nothing is over the top, too outrageous etc… Once you have a taste of that freedom - you want it to be a part of your life in everything you do!

How long until you started to feel confident making fur fashions with a sewing machine and a piece of multilayer brightly colored fur?

My sewing skills have evolved, as I have evolved as a designer. Certainly, faux fur has its challenges as a fabric to sew. I discovered techniques and supplies that assist me in working with heavy fabrics and learned unique ways of cutting and sewing to ensure the long hairs of the fur stay full and fluffy. When you spend 40-60 hours a week sewing and designing.. it’s amazing how good you get!
When you walk down the runway at the end of a Fashion Show - looking at all of your creations - do you silently chant “I’m too Sexy…Too Sexy for this Fashion Show” and if not…what are you thinking?

I think to myself, I can’t believe I am here. These are all things I created!! It is a thrilling few minutes and a moment to reflect on all the hard work that goes into each item. I have a great sense of pride of
accomplishment at that moment.

With your business, what’s been your biggest accomplishment?

Wild on the Inside - Faux Fur for your Wild Streak!

Getting the publicity on TV and also in the San Francisco Chronicle. Watching the news story and reading the articles is pretty amazing. It’s like seeing it from a third person, like looking in on my life.

When the View from the Bay aired I cried!

THE BUZZ ABOUT NIKKI –> News page on her website…

Where do you see your business in 5 years?
I see taking what I have learned and experience first hand and sharing that with other entrepreneurs. I love the ‘idea’ and helping people reach their market. That is one of the reasons I started the event series Prepare for the Playa. I want to help support people that have an idea, that want to do their own thing… to be able to do and be successful! I see a chamber of commerce type organization that offers business classes, support, counseling, marketing and networking events that all support
unique, independent, local business people making their ideas reality.
You seem to always have an insane amount of energy…Are you a Wheaties girl? What do you often eat for your breakfast to keep your energy up?… cause I’m kinda jealous.

I am a coffee girl in the morning and hit the ground running. As long as I get 9 hours sleep, I can go forever. I am one of those productivity people. I have a list with me at all times and feel accomplished as I cross things off of it. I would say I’m self motivated to the extreme. Sometimes I want to chill out and relax, but if I have a list of to dos… forget it! My mind won’t let me. I think it’s a curse and a blessing.
Sometimes I think that I’m a horrible boss (to myself) since I pretty much work 7 days a week. I am working on the Biz from the moment I get up… to when I fall down in my chair at night (even then I’m on my laptop returning emails or researching something).

Who is your biggest inspiration?

I would have to say my Mom. She has a great head for business and all the creative skills a person could want. She has been my constant support for this business and helped me out from bouncing ideas off of, selling at shows to loading and unloading! She is my inspiration, best sales person and
all around supporter and cheerleader!
My other inspiration would be my husband Merritt. He is always pushing me to be Wilder, to make things even funkier… but with a utilitarian bent. He is the Wild customer things are made for initially. If they pass the Merritt test… then I know people will like it!

(Above: Nikki at a show - her mom in the background sellin’ Below: Nikki with Merr!)

I hear you have a pet lizard? Do you speak to her about your fashion designs?

Yes, Elektra is a pretty good listener, especially for leopard geckos! She does have favorite furs and designs. At the moment, she really likes the urban bomber hats. She is able to use the ear flaps to crawl up the side of the hat and perch on the top of my head. Its really quite cute. The ridges in the fur help her from sliding off and she rides around up there for a while.

Have you ever made something and was like…eh, I’ll use this as a shammy for my car before I try to sell it?

Absolutely! Designing is more of a hit or miss. I have made plenty of things that conceptually in my head are AWESOME! But once I make them up… well, not so much. I have an area of my studio that misfit toys goes to. Sometimes they are able to emerge into beautiful new designs and sometimes they
languish there forever.

If you are alone in a desert with only a scrap of pin stripe-fur and pink zebra print plush - would you
make me a skirt? ;-) (Juuuuust kiddin)

- of course ;)

Outside of being a creative genius - what else do you have a passion for?

My other passion if for Rock Climbing. I absolutely love it. I think its perfect for the over active mind. It really helps you to focus on what is happening right now! In other sports, they allow your mind to
wonder, rock climbing keeps you in the hear and now. I love it. I have been climbing since being introduced to it in 2004. I never considered it as a sport until the first time I hit the rock. It was love at
first reach.

If you could say anything about me - and I’d never find out about it - would what you say?

I would say that Katy is full of exuberance and positive energy. She is wide open to life and does not see limitations and thinks all is possible. You go girl!

How can I be more like you? - specifically, where can others learn how to get into this type of business…
There is a two pronged approach - two sets of skills that are needed. One is the sewing skill. If you want to learn to sew, start by taking a class or by buying a simple pattern from the fabric store and start learning the basics. Then you build on it from there. The second skill is the business part of things. I would start with a book on how to start a business
and then as you go through getting legal with your sales tax, business licenses etc… start talking to others or researching. The internet is great once you have a path of where you want to go or what you
want to find out. Develop a list and start checking it off.
Then the fun part - find your market!! You may have all the licenses and business plan and all the sewing skills and product developed - but if no one sees it… well you will stay at square one forever.
That is one of the reasons I developed the Prepare for the Playa events. These events connect funky and wild business with the folks that attend the Burning Man Event. You need to find where the
your market is and then figure out where they go and where they shop!

Tell me about a few of your upcoming events and where we might find your work.

I am planning on participating in city wide events over the next few months like How Weird and Union Street festival. These are the warm ups for the summer series I produce called Prepare for the Playa. These events have full fashion shows, funky & Wild Vendors of unique and creative wears and great how to clinics and demonstrations.

More images of her fashions:

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wild Funky Glasses.... $30 Bucks???

Every outfit and look deserves a fun and funky pair of glasses, right??

But at $300-600+ dollars plus a pair... its hard to justify this expense more than once a year or so. A flight attendant friend of mine ha
s been getting her glasses made in Asia for years for $20 or $30 a pair. But this price you would never find in this country... or would you??

I found a blog that was talking about one such site that creates glasses for $30 bucks a pair. The variety is amazing in the frames and free
coatings, free shipping.. how could I go wrong?!

$30 Bucks for Prescription Glasses

So, I decided to try it out. Worse case scenario, I would donate the non-correct, bulky or otherwise crappy pair of glasses.

I was excited by the price and the selection of frames. The decision was tough, but I got my prescription out, shopped for the perfect frames and placed my order for 2 pairs of prescription glasses. I quickly ordered one pair of regular prescription glasses and another tinted for sunglasses.

A week went by and then via USPS I received them! I was delighted with the glasses - have I told you the price??? I couldn’t believe the quality! The glasses came with crystal Clear lenses, coated with anti-reflective, UV and anti scratch coatings.

I am such a believer I signed up as an affilate because I knew that I would be telling everyone I knew, that wears glasses, about where to get their next pair, or two... or three!

I am going to order several more pairs to have a few different looks. Heck at this price you can have one for each day of the week! My last pair of glasses cost over $300 and that was at a discounter. I chose a conservative pair that would last for several years and would go with every look I wanted to create. Now I can have funky, creative, serious, intellectual etc... to wear with whatever mood I have!

Just click on any of the images on this page and you will be linked to the glasses website. Please use this link when purchasing or forwarding as this is how I receive credit for the referral!
(I'm working on a pair for every day of the week... heck perhaps one for every day of the month!! Help me out!)
Here is the direct link to forward to use: $30 Bucks for Prescription Glasses