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Desert Loom Trunk Show at Vida Moulin
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Birdytell Delivers Love and Thoughtfulness Throughout Phoenix
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Kimono Playdate with Kimono Zulu

Desert Loom Trunk Show at Vida Moulin

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

Tiffany Egbert is a Phoenix-based ‘jack-of-all-trades,’ as she dabbles in everything; whether it be graphic design, photography, macrame maker, vintage seller, and now….painter. Her brand- Desert Loom, initially launched with woven tapestries and vintage clothing, but now she’s switched the focus to handmade macrame and the abstract paintings. She recently hosted a trunk show at Vida Moulin, which featured her fluid paintings. She recalls, “I’ve been creative my entire life but had never really painted up until March of this year. I had been having more interest in creating handmade things since the majority of my creative work up until two years ago had been primarily digital and I just needed something more tangible. I initially learned how to weave and then I learned macrame and finally, most recently I discovered fluid painting.”

The local boutique was the perfect place for Tiffany’s work, as it just has that earthy, bohemian vibe. The space is curated by Chantell Moulin Nighswonger, and features women’s clothing, accessories, home decor, and gift items from independent brands from all over the globe. She also has some select vintage pieces thrown in the mix, as well as a DIY Succulent Bar, and DIY Bar- where you can style a vintage camo jacket with cool patches and such.

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

Tiffany, on what inspired her to expand into painting: “I was on YouTube looking for a tutorial on how to do paper marbling so that I could create a cool background for a design project I was working on and this suggested video on fluid painting popped up. I watched it and was mesmerized and ended up watching the majority of this entire youtube channel where these two artists were doing fluid painting demos. After doing a bit more internet research, I decided I needed to try it and I bought myself a little resin kit for my birthday, which was in March. I used up the entire bottle of resin in about a week and was hooked. I knew I had to do more. I had remembered something called the 100 Day project and thought maybe I could do some sort of 100 Day painting project. It turned out the official 100 Day project started about 2 weeks from this time so I decided to go for it and created 100 fluid painting in 100 days. It was pretty ridiculous and totally worth it.”

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

She explains her creative process further, “The materials are acrylic paint mixed with resin and I generally paint on canvas or custom cut wood boards. It’s fluid painting so there are actually no brushes involved. You basically mix your paint and your resin into cups and then pour each individual color onto your canvas row by row. Then you hold the canvas in your hands and move it around to move the paint around. The resin hardens within about 45 minutes, so you have to work somewhat quickly which is actually nice you can’t really over think it. After you do your pouring, you take a torch and pop all the little air bubbles so that it has a super smooth finish. When you are all done you completely cover your piece and leave it for about 24 hours so that the resin cures. When I started my paintings were pretty random. Now I’ve got it down to a bit of a science and am able to have pretty good control of the paint even though I’m not using brushes. Sometimes the materials don’t behave like you expect them to and you get surprising results, which is usually pretty fun and make’s it kind of magical. It’s kind of like it’s not completely up to me how it turns out. I like that.”

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

“Every piece is one of a kind. I couldn’t even replicate one of my own pieces because again I have a good amount of control but sometimes the materials like to make their own decisions. I think because of my background in design I’m able to see balance and color in a special way which really helps me out in creating these pieces…Because I have a ton of artwork on my hands after doing the 100 Day project, my pieces are currently priced pretty reasonably. The pieces are priced by size from $75 for a 1’x’1 to $300 for a 3’x3’ circular piece.”

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

Find Tiffany on Instagram HERE and HERE. Be sure to also check out her Desert Loom website.

Vida Moulin is located at:

1568 Bethany Home Rd.

Phoenix, AZ 85014

HOURS:

Monday: 12-7pm

Tuesday-Friday: 11-7pm

Saturday: 11-6pm

Sunday: 11-5pm

 

 

Birdytell Delivers Love and Thoughtfulness Throughout Phoenix

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

“A little birdy once told me…. ”

Lisa Morrow was five when she moved to Arizona. For a while, she traveled around; but always found herself back in Arizona. She’s always had a fondness for the state, as well as entrepreneurship and creating. She owned a coffee shop in Phoenix for a bit until becoming a parent. She then got her Master’s in counseling, and worked as a crisis counselor. It was during that time that she realized how disconnected and lonely people were, especially since technology has gotten more prevalent in our daily lives. It had her thinking about how to connect the future as our society becomes more plugged in.

Birdytell was largely born out of a moment of frustration. Lisa kept getting asked, “What do your kids/husband want?” as it neared the holidays. “I’m going to be buying all these gifts, and trying to take care of all these needs, and I won’t have time to spend with my children because I only have a few days off to do what I love to do… It’s the idea that we are purchasing things, but we don’t really know people very well anymore…There’s got to be a way for people to be more thoughtful to one another. I think there are ways to connect with people through celebration, and even connect them within their community. All these feelings just bubbled up in this moment while I was at the office… I just started thinking about how we can know and connect each other better and do that through celebration,” Lisa explained.

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So one day, she came home and told her husband about the idea. “I wanted to eventually leave my job and start this whole team and company, and he was very supportive. The next morning, he said, “you’ll have to come up with a name,” Lisa was telling me. “I just didn’t want the word, ‘gift’ in the name. I wanted it to be something sweet and a little more meaningful, like a ‘little birdy told me…’ So the husband wrote ‘a little birdy told me,’ and changed the configuration of the words. He came up with ‘birdytell.’ I love birds so much, but it had nothing to do with that. It was just a phrase that came to mind. It’s like if a little birdy could tell you a little bit more or remind you that we want to be thoughtful…People have a deep need to connect and the intention is there..there’s just a mismatch of how it plays out. So if you just had a birdy to tell you, then we could all be a little more thoughtful, so it’s a play on that.”

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Throughout the years, entrepreneurship has risen in Arizona, especially in the Phoenix area. Due to that, Lisa thought that the community would be a perfect start for this bespoke business. She found a quaint office space in the heart of Downtown Scottsdale, based upon its vicinity to the different communities around Phoenix. She wanted to source everything as thoughtfully as possible. “We wanted to know the people that made the items in person. We didn’t want things coming in boxes. If we were going to buy products, we wanted to support small businesses. We want to champion people that are trying to create great things and make their dreams come true. We also do things that don’t make sense. We don’t ship. We’ve had to turn away business, as it doesn’t fulfill the experience of us really wanting to be something special and unique.” With that being said, they only hand-deliver within a 25-mile radius of the Phoenix Metro area. They also give their clients a choice of stopping by the Scottsdale office to pick up the gift.

As far as vendors are concerned, they offer quite an assortment, though they are always on the hunt for new and exciting brands. “We encourage vendors to come in, or we go meet them. We can talk a little bit about market needs/desires. Or have you thought about making this or that. That dialogue really helps shape our business and connect with people and understand their products better… We want to create collaboration instead of competition, so we try to take a few items that would be unique to an experience. We can fit people in different places where they can shine, and are unique.”

Seriously, who wouldn’t want a cute box of goodies from local artisans?! Birdytell offers most of my favorite local brands, including:  Paige Poppe, MAME Soy Candles, Oxford Dogma, Ruze Cake House, Iconic Cocktail Co., Teaspressa, M+A Naturals, Crooked Cactus, Iron Root, Enlightened Candles, Boyfriend Candles, Burn Candle Co., XO Confections, The Simple Farm, Black Rock Engraving, Citizen Home Decor, Stone Grindz Chocolate, Tea Time Scottsdale, wooden toys made by a 2nd generation toy maker, Fynn Baby, Be Good, See Salt, Passport Coffee, Bluehouse Coffee, Lafayette Avenue Ceramics, American Mule, Happy Tails Barkery, and Lua Skincare.

The curated gifting experience had a soft launch during Mother’s Day of last year, and has had an amazing response.

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Be sure to check out their Instagram, “We feel like we can tell a visual story better, and celebrate more people that way. We try to highlight makers every week, as well as show new things that we have.”

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

“There’s something lovely about getting a gift that’s been made by, hand packed by, and handwritten by people in their own community. It’s just this nice circle… We’re all here for you on your special day.”

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

The holiday season is soon approaching. If you are local to the Phoenix area, what better way to show your love, or appreciation of your friend or significant other, then to get them a personalized or curated box from Birdytell.

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Thank you, Lisa!

 

Kimono Playdate with Kimono Zulu

 

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Tina Zulu knows kimonos. The niche market PR and branding guru launched her passion project- Kimono Zulu – September 2016, and it has been growing organically ever since. She officially launched at Launch HTX, and currently hosts pop-ups, trunk shows, and even offers kimono playdates; one of which happened while I was visiting Houston a couple months ago. I met up with Tina, along with the brand’s muse-  Zoe “Fashion Plate” at Launch, where the kimonos were set up on a clothing rack. Tina also brought along other fun props and accessories. We also utilized some pieces from Launch HTX, such as: gloves from Inclan Studio, bracelets from Burdlife, handbags from Magpies & Peacocks, and necklaces from Modern Artifacts. As you can see from the photos, we clearly had a blast!

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Tina, in a way, is like my soul sister, at least in regards to fashion. She’s always had that eclectic style and creative spirit. “Vintage is a part of my personal style — I love mixing old and new, high-end designer pieces with vintage gems and thrift scores to express myself.

Throughout the 90s, she ran an event production company called Urban Sugar Productions, where she met a thorough list of artists, models, designers, etc., most of whom she still works with today; like graffiti artist- GONZO247. “On a whim, GONZO tagged a couture evening gown for me for a graffiti themed gala. I loved it so much, and it inspired me to work with other artists to embellish our kimonos. GONZO really inspires me and I’m so proud of the work he does to brand and represent Houston’s creative spirit.”

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Tina has always been a fan of Japanese culture, which started with Hello Kitty (I mean…who isn’t a fan of HK…). She’s been collecting the cute cartoon kitty memorabilia since its’ launch. When she took her son to the Japan Festival last year, she came across a booth that offered vintage kimonos. She immediately connected with the vendor and invited her to do a booth at Houston Vintage Festival. When that vendor was unable to do so, Tina offered to do the booth on her behalf. “I think it was at that moment, that I realized I wanted to be a kimono hustler! So, while filling out Houston Vintage Festival vendor form, I had to enter a company name and upload a logo so that’s when I came up with “Kimono Zulu” — when you marry someone with a cool family name like ZULU, believe me, you’ll use it for everything!”

So the concept of Kimono Zulu was born…..

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

“Our brand muse- Zoe is a long-time friend and personal inspiration — not only in the fashion sense, but also by the way she lives her life. Zoe’s fun-loving attitude, creative energy, and generosity is contagious and we are grateful to have her support as we spread Kimono fever to all.”

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Since launching, the brand has collaborated with several fashion designers and multimedia artists to reimagine and embellish vintage kimonos. These artists have done anything from screen printing, hand painting, to spray painting their designs on the kimonos; while the fashion designers cut and re-design the kimonos, transforming them into new and sometimes more modern silhouettes. Collaborations to date have included: Selven O’Keef Jarmon, Katsola, Christy Karll, Rene Cruz, Elijah Coccetti, Dandee Warhol, Jennifer Gabiola of Dawning Soul, Royal McGee, Ann Brooks, Mina Gaber, Soi-K, Judy Masliyah of My Flaming Heart….and stay tuned for more!

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to be showcased among so much local talent. I made great relationships with fellow designers and wonderful people that have since kept in touch with — and even collaborated with. They helped me “launch” Kimono Zulu and introduce it to a broader audience and for that, I’m forever grateful!”

Every kimono I have is special, a one-of-a-kind treasure. One of the oldest I’ve had was patchwork silk kimono of beautiful shibori (Japanese form of tie-dye) fabric from the 30s.”

Prices start at $150-$325 for vintage kimonos and $250-$525 for artist collaboration pieces. For more information, visit the brand’s Facebook page, and follow on InstagramFollow @kimonozulu on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to find their next trunk show or pop-up! Or schedule a kimono playdate with Tina Zulu, tinazulu@zulucreative.com, 713.581.4788.

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

 

 

** All images c/o Tina Zulu **

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