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

Monday, March 16, 2009

Faux Fur and Fleece Hoodie - Road Tested and PASSED!

So, I have been showing you some of my 'urban' designs. These designs you can easily incorporate into your active wardrobe!
I designed a unisex hoodie with faux fur sleeves, hood and side fur accents. The side fur also lines the pockets for a super luxurious hand warmers!
Merritt and I wore the hoodies around, traveling and of course on the rock! We love the comfort of the style - fitted at the waist. Also the hood is fur outside and fleece lined - so perfect for pulling it up to protect your head from any winds that might pick up while outside!
I also washed the hoodie and it wears and looks just about exactly the same as when it was new!

I am planning on adding these hoodies to the website and creating an Wild level: Wild, Wilder and Wildest so you can select your comfortable level of wildness! What ever you are ready for... add a little Wild to your life!!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

More Hoodies- Unisex and Cropped Variations

Hi All
The hoodie factory continues and I have a few to add to the line. I have been experimenting with the unlined versions and different hood linings. In the blue hoodie I used a lightweight lizard print while in the purple hoodie I used the purple leopard velboa and then a medium weight fur in the green. I am not sure which one I prefer and since I love offering choices to people - I will let the masses decide! These urban furs lend themselves perfectly to unlined products. The fabric has dimension with the raised fur design and also has a stiffness and thickness that make it the perfect weight for an unlined jacket.

The unisex styling of the blue tiger has side pockets and inside pockets so you can carry all your gear.

Yesterday, I created a multi-piece hoodie with black sherpa fleece! Fur and fleece are a great combination in that the fur is fun and the fleece if functional! More to come on this front and my hoodies might make a hard right turn in favor of half fleece! Great for Rock Climbing too!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Faux Fur Hoodies - Active wear for funky folks!

You are probably wondering why I haven't blogged in a few weeks... well, I've been in the great white north! I took a trip to MN for a bit of family time and to test out the warmth and effectiveness of my fur coats! The report is now in - They are Very Warm!! I never had a problem the entire time! Fur coats and fur hats kept Merritt and I toasty warm!

In the meantime, I have been back in the studio this week preparing for my next show. I will have a booth at the Spirit of the Flame Challenge down in San Jose, CA. This is a multi-day gymnastic tournament. So, in that vein, I am creating fur items for mainly teenage girls.

One of my favorite designs I have made is one that I made for myself and not for the rack or the website. It is one that I wear a lot and truly love and that is why I think the teenagers will love it as well. It utilizes the short pile fur into a long sleeve cropped hoodie. For my favorite hoodie, I used yellow leopard with an orange leopard lining in the hood.

For my new design, I used my 'urban' furs that I used for the urban bomber hats. The blue tiger stripe and instead of a short pile lining to the hood, I used a full long pile fur. It really creates a new look and new focal point. I think it changes the design and creates a whole new aesthetic. When you put the hood up - oh my goodness- the fur around your ears snuggles your head and feels oh so good!

I will be making a few of the hoodies in a full length mens/unisex size in addition to my cropped versions. I am working on the sizing and style of that one as we speak.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Special Orders - One To Be Announced

Well this week, I was busy decompressing from the Fur Con and also completing my sales tax report due to the state of California. Wow, sometimes bookkeeping can be sooo daunting!

On the positive side, I have been working on a few special orders. The first one is for a client who provided their own fur to create a waist length coat. The fur is a sliky green and cream textured and I lined it with a technicolor lizard short pile fur to add an ***POW** to the inside!

The second special order is the hooded vest in grey with black. In the lining of the hood I added 2 fabrics together. I rimmed the hood with black silver studs. It frames the face and creates real dimension.

The third project is another waist length coat. It is created with purple and pink bubble fur and the cuffs are trimmed with frosted purple. This is a custom order so my client really wanted to make a statement. We lined it in purple leopard fabric. Of course, inside pockets and a zippered closure. I can't post a picture of this coat until next week as my client reads this blog and is expecting the finished product as a surprise!!

The 'Mad Bomber' hat is started to 'move off the shelves' and two more are packed to go!

Thanks for reading and more posts and designs are on the cutting table... until then!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Fur Con '09 - Furlicious!!

Fur Con is a 3 day furry convention in San Jose CA. Merritt and I donned some furry ears and a tail and headed on down!
From the group shot - you can see there were 500+ participants in the furry parade! The convention had about 2500 attendees!!

This is the first convention we have participated in and we have to say it was a blast!
The people are fantastic and very warm and friendly!
We shared a table with a very talented artist and even got a sketch of Electra, our leopard gecko!
I am attaching several pictures of the event, the participants and our booth!
We have some great ideas for future shows and perhaps Merritt will even do some of his digital art! The event is very creative and art focused and there are lots of artists with many different styles. I think Merritt has been inspired! If you haven't seen his work... it is amazing and perhaps we can get him to start posting his work!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Further Confusion- This Weekend!

I've been working the last few days on getting ready for my next show coming up this weekend in San Jose. The show is called Further Confusion. Further Confusion is one of the largest international conventions celebrating anthropomorphics in all its guises. With an attendance of over 2,400 and growing, it is one of the premiere events of its kind.

Needless to say, I have been busy incorporating tails and ears to my coats, jackets and cloakes. I will include several pictures of what I have been creating for the show.
You will see from the pictures, the ears and tails are really quite fun!

The show is 3 days and I will be sure to post some images and stories from our little adventure into furryland.
I'm going to call my weekend 'Where the Wild things are!'

Friday, January 16, 2009

Tailed and Trimmed - The shorts get the done stamp!

The shorts finished their transformation - they are not tailed and trimmed out in orange fur!

I added 2 inches of fur trim to each leg and also added the slightly stuffed and wired tail to the back of the shorts! The tail is quite unique as it seems to have a life of it's own with the wiring and also the slightly stuffed nature of it. You can bend it and form it into many different positions - depending on how you are feeling... Feeling frisky?? Feeling playful? All can be determined by the shape and bend of your tail!
I placed the tail coming out of the back of the shorts but sewed it in place inside the waistband. This way the waistband will take most of the stress on the garment and is a very strong place to secure it. I mean what would happen if someone came up to you and gave you a tug on your tail?? If it ripped your shorts out that would be a huge bummer! This way, the waist band and the strongest part of the shorts - will take the stress and all will be well in kittyland!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Fur Shorts - Tail coming soon!

When you want a slight breeze to tickle your knees, when you want to dance all night or work the dj booth til 5am... you don't need fur pants... you need fur SHORTS!!!

The newest and latest creation, as part of my custom order, is fur shorts. We decided as a design team, to go with a shorter pile black fur. A complimentary style fur and not matching. I think this will end up being more comfortable, lighter weight and easier over all to manage. It turned out to be correct!!

The black fur is more of a vintage crushed velvet style and lent itself very well to something as movable as shorts. I added front pockets, lined in orange leopard, and 2 back patch pockets totally lined. Belt loops on the front and the back with an interfaced waist band also in orange leopard.

I will be rimming the bottom of the legs in orange fur and adding a 36 inch long wide orange fur tail to the back of the shorts to add the finishing touch!