I met Crystal when we were 12 years old, in junior high school. We both liked anime, comics, and games. I was a bit flighty, and a bit soft. Not stupid, but small and naive. Like my Mom, I’m a pleaser. I want to make everyone happy. I was lucky enough, from a young age, to be surrounded by friends like Crystal who kept me from being bullied and never made me feel like there was anything wrong with being exactly who I am.
Crystal is a natural protector, and when I think of her I think of strength. She is hard in ways that I’m soft, has little patience for stupidity or laziness, is deeply intelligent, and stylistically a bit edgier than I am. But, still undeniably feminine and beautiful. From her, I learned that it was ok to speak up, and that I don’t have to put up with bad situations or people. I also think my love of red hair (a lot of my original characters have red hair) also comes from her, since she has long, red hair.
I knew when I started this piece that I wanted to make a lilac flower. Lilac flowers are usually a lovely shade of purple, which works nicely against auburn hair. But, I thought I would go dark, with a deep burgundy purple and black pearlescent centers. It definitely reminds me of Crystal; to me this piece speaks of modern, elegant beauty with a hint of an edge. Soft silk leafs against crystalline petals, and rich, dark colors.
I like how this piece turned out so much that I’m planning on making a piece for the wearable art exhibition (which hasn’t been announced yet, but it should be soon) based on it. I’m planning on doing a tulle cape-veil made from champagne silk tulle and lilacs that wrap over the shoulders to hold the cape in place.
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