Psycho Girlfriend

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Oldie but a Goodie

by Vanessa Bonet

I was poking around the internet the other day and came across an old video made by our friend and talented photographer Pixie. It documented her photo shoot for Amanda Palmer’s album: Who Killed Amanda Palmer, and features a few of our dresses. I think it’s a fun video, so I thought I’d share.

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Shooting Amanda Palmer

by Pixie Vision Productions (www.pixievisionproductions.com)

So Amazing…

by Vanessa Bonet

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Fluid Dress by Charlie Bucket

Click the image to see it in action.

Autumn Lights this Saturday

by Vanessa Bonet

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We’ll be showing some of our pieces at Autumn Lights this Saturday night.
We’ll have the three newest pieces that we’ve posted on the site — the ballerina, the space dress, and the lead dress, as well as a brand-new commissioned piece that has yet to be revealed to the public at large. Please stop by if you can. We are showing amongst an amazing group of artists and it should be a really fun night.

After the Slump…

by Vanessa Bonet

I’m gearing back up to do more art — had my post-art show slump and then was slammed with a bunch of work. I have a couple of personal, non-PG-related projects that I’m working on, but hopefully will be able to juggle those along with a new dress that I’ve been wanting to make for years. I’m hoping to have a very productive summer.
I just wanted to post *something* as I’ve been silent on the blog for far too long.
More soon…

Johanna Blakely’s TED Talk - Fashion’s Free Culture

by Kasey McMahon

Johanna included a couple of Psycho Girlfriend pieces in her TED talk at TEDxUSC and we are very proud to have been a part of it! The talk is fascinating and sheds some interesting light on the notion of copyright as it applies to fashion and other consumer markets. Thanks Johanna!

Psycho Girlfriend at TEDxUSC

by Kasey McMahon

We were thrilled to be a part of the TEDxUSC conference… a few photos from the event below. Photos by the amazing Marianne Williams. Huge thanks to all involved!

Two New Pieces

by Vanessa Bonet

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I just finished two new pieces — just in time for TEDxUSC, and consequently Art Walk, which is this weekend. The one on the left is titled “Industrial Ballerina” and consists of a stainless steel outer boning, pink leather, satin ribbon, and chiffon. It’s probably the prettiest, girliest dress I’ve made to date. The one on the right is titled “Space!” and it’s made of aluminum and UV-reactive plastic tubing. I made all of those aluminum pieces from scratch (sheared the aluminum sheets to 2″ squares, drilled 5 holes in each square, cut 2″ pieces of aluminum pipe then tig welded them to the center of each square, then hand-polished each piece to a mirror finish) making it the most labor intensive dress I’ve ever made.

Art Walk will go until 6pm tonight, so if you have a chance, please come by and check them out!

http://breweryartwalk.com

Addendum:
I should note that it’s not the fact that the aluminum pieces were hand-made that made the dress laborious, it is the sheer quantity (approx. 200) that made it so. Most of the pieces we make are created from raw materials (even the doll heads on the baby doll dress are hand sculpted), so that’s nothing new…

The Lead Dress // Atomic Number 82

by Kasey McMahon

You are my density.
http://www.yourpsychogirlfriend.com/lead

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Just finished up a dress made of lead. It was amazing material to work with. I wish something that was not poisonous had the same properties. It’s incredibly malleable, beautiful material.

We shot photos in my studio against the freshly painted pink biohazard wall. (Thanks Marianne!) I couldn’t feasibly ask a model to wear a poisonous dress, so I carefully donned the dress and tried not to make ridiculous faces at the camera.

The Lead Dress // Atomic Number 82
Dangerously heavy fashion… poisonous even…
Lead sheet, steel and silk • 2010

Just in time for Spring, a light and airy little number made of the densest metal on earth.
High fashion at its finest - not actually wearable.

What better way to dance into Spring than with a frock constructed of the end product of complex radioactive decay?

Widgets

by Vanessa Bonet

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My friend Kevin came over the other night to see what I was up to. I pointed to the large quantity of aluminum parts that were on a table next to me.

Jokingly, he asked, “So did you manufacture all of those pieces yourself?”

To which I answered, “Yes. Yes I did.”

“You’re kidding, right?”

“Nope. I made ‘em. And it took me months…”

Hoo boy, have I learned a lot about aluminum. There have been countless hours dedicated to trial and error, because no matter how much research you do beforehand, there will be mistakes. Also, an important thing to note — the internet is about 75% wrong, particularly when you’re digging around in various forums where everyone is an expert in the field of whatever…

So, after months of work, I’m finally taking my 200 little parts in today to get anodized, and when they get back they will be assembled into what is probably the strangest dress I’ve made to date.

I’m crossing my fingers that it actually looks good. Guess we’ll know in a few days.

Bob Ross Wisdom

by Vanessa Bonet

“There are no mistakes, just happy accidents.”

Nature by numbers

by Kasey McMahon

Maths

by Vanessa Bonet

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I’m always surprised at how much math I use during the design process. When I’m making patterns, a calculator is my most important tool…
Kids, stay in school — math is your friend.

Hamster is the new black - controversial critters

by Kasey McMahon

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The hamster dress is by far our most controversial piece. People seem to have no problem with birds or bugs in enclosed spaces, but put a furry rodent in a habitrail and prepare for some upset humans.

As described to a variety of displeased individuals:

1. We only leave the hamsters in there for half an hour max (they are Union).
2. Habitrails are specifically designed for hamsters - yes, of course they can breathe.
3. It’s a fabulous way to wear fur.

You may notice a running theme in some of my work - I find it really interesting to create ‘housings within housings’ or have people wear functioning enclosures for creatures. More on that coming soon…

The Cricket Skirt - a little backstory

by Kasey McMahon

bugz The cricket skirt was originally designed as a wearable terrarium, specifically for crickets. It had a surprising design flaw: the crickets chewed their way through the screen (!) We had a minor cricket infestation at the studio for a while thereafter.

Cricket skirt version 2.0 became the Ladybug Skirt, which again failed as they were small enough to set themselves free, crawl all over the wearer, etc.

Finally, the skirt has successfully morphed into the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Skirt. Excellent for Summer evenings on the town.

Our designs generally go through a variety of changes through the build process, but this was the first time they were literally buggin’…

Amazing…

by Vanessa Bonet

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This is an absolutely beautiful short film
Nuit Blanche
Even more amazing is the “making of” video:
Making Of Nuit Blanche