The making of the Birka Collection: I made your cloth

April 28th my new Birka collection will be presented at the Uma Obscura festival in Umeå, Sweden. I am so excited, my very first fashion show! I have been collecting items for this line for over three years, now I see my vision take shape.

When you know exactly who made your cloth.

Today I scored a vintage hand woven locally made table cloth, made by a lady called Nanny Falkman-Johansson from Källö-Knippla, one of the islands of the Gothenburg archipelago. Isn’t that amazing? Talk about knowing who made your clothes. It turns out that one of my closest friend’s grand mother lives at that very island. I asked her about Nanny to see if I could find out some more information, and I sure did. Nanny lived to be over 90 years old and was well known on the island as a very talented crafter who worked with textiles.

The Birka Collection will be made of 95 % upcycled material, all hand woven wool, vintage handcrafted copper and silver jewelry and natural material which resonance with my Scandinavian heart.

❄❄❄ Tickets are out – get your to the Uma Obscura festival. It will so be worth it!

The making of the Birka Collection: hidden treasures

Pretty things are easily found, but for me, beauty possesses another dimension. A depth. I tend to fall in love with what is not obvious. In the tinest of things, in what is hidden. It resonances in most things I do, and especially in my design.

What is hidden, might be found.

Working on my new collection, this is my main approach. Transforming items, hiding elements which are like buried treasures to be discovered, or maybe to remain unrevealed. I know what they are, the care and love put into creating my vision. It brings a smile to my face. That is enough.

This is a centerpiece I made for one of the Birka costumes which will be featured at the Fashion show at the Uma Obscura festival April 28th 2018 – will the crowd notice the dark amber stone I put in the centerpiece? Certainly not. I don’t even think my model will notice it to be honest. If I didn’t know it was there, I’d probably miss it, too. Still, even if not searched for, it is there. Not waiting to be discovered, unlike people, a piece of stone hardly know the meaning of waiting. Still, there it is. Now isn’t that a thing of beauty?

Shop update: kimono robes, antique jewelry and vintage accessories

I finally gotten around to list new items in my Etsy shop. These past few months has been crazy, so many travels, so much work, commissions to complete and just finding space to breathe and be with my loved ones.

Among the things you will find are some awesome pieces of vintage and antique jewelry, amazing fabrics and dupatta stoles from India – and of course, new FireBirdFusion kimono robes.

If you find anything you just love, make sure you use the cupon code HAPPYSEASON for a 10% discount at check out.

Some of the new listings found in FireBirdFusion’s webshop.
These two gorgeous hand made glass bead necklaces can be found in my webshop – don’t you just love the colours?!
Crazy beautiful dupatta stoles and an absolutely stunning antique Ladakh ring are among the new listings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just listed this gorgeous FireBirdFusion kimono robe. This beauty is a size XL in dusty pink with bronze/antique gold sequins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve gotten around to list twenty totally stunning ooak kimono robes in sizes from XS-XL. They are well worth checking out. Hand made by yours truly.
If you want to see them live, drop by Skjulmarknad this weekend in Göteborg at Studio Skjulet, Fiskhamnsgatan 41, Saturday-Sunday at 11-16 hours.

FireBirdFusion på Röda Sten Konsthall: julmarknad för design och konsthantverk 1-3 december 2017

Jag är så stolt över att delta i årets upplaga av Röda Sten Konsthalls julmarknad för design och konsthantverk!

Jag finns på plats med en helt ny kollektion av magiskt vackra kimonos. Varje plagg är helt unikt, skapat av noga utvalda handbroderade vintage tyger från mina resor till Indien.

Jag kommer att ha både färdiga kimonos med mig och ett urval av tyger som jag kan sy upp inom en vecka och anpassa utifrån önskemål om färg, stil och storlek. Den perfekta julklappen till dig själv eller någon du håller av!

Röda Sten Konsthall ligger vid foten av Älvsborgsbron, alldeles nere vid vattnet. Läs mer om hur man hittar hit och om julmarknaden HÄR

Kom och besök mig på Röda Sten Konsthalls Julmarknad 1-3 december!

FireBirdFusion Creative Challenge of October 2017 – oh they are so trying to get me this time!

This seem to be somewhat of a theme, every time I ask my kids to clean out their toys or clothes, they give me something to transform as a challenge. They absolutely love it. This is the second time, and apart from Halloween times, orange seem to be another theme of theirs. The last challenge I got, the orange baby T-Rex toy, became the Jurassic Hide n’ Seek hair ornament. Could I possible top that?

So….this is what I have got to work with. A pair of worn out orange pants.

Well…this is what I have to work with. My son’s worn out orange manchester pants. And the challenge? Make it into a belt, mum, he said. Pumpkin shaped belt.

Make it pumpkin shaped, he said.

It will be interesting to see where we’ll go from here.

Stockholm Burlesque Festival & the Octbooberfest Tasseltwirl championships, Oct 13th-14th

The count down to one of Europe’s biggest and most lavish burlesque events is on: the unmissable Stockholm Burlesque Festival!

Soon our beautiful northern capital Stockholm will be hosting a weekend full of parties and shows, introducing amazing talent in styles as diverse as classic and neo burlesque, boylesque, drag, dance, live music, comedy and cabaret including top solo performers, ravishing duo acts and spectacular troupe numbers from 12 nations!

Octbooberfest is the Pink Ribbon/breast cancer research benefit of the Swedish burlesque community and Stockholm Burlesque Festival. Octbooberfest is also an international tasseltwirling championship, and a celebration of what we love most: BOOBS and chests of all varieties!

The championship gala is part of Stockholm Burlesque Festival and takes place at Nalen ballroom in Stockholm, Saturday October 14, 2017. Throughout the festival (October 13 & 14) they will be selling raffle tickets and giving everyone the chance to win wonderful prizes. All prizes are donated by their lovely sponsors and every raffle ticket penny (or Swedish krona, to be precise) will go directly to Cancerfonden.

These are the prizes donated by FireBIrdFusion

A gorgeous one of a kind FireBirdFusion 1920s style kimono robe, size S-M
The Harlequin Hot Pink Flamingo hair ornament, hand embroidered with hundreds of Swarovski crystals and vintage buttons and jewelry

Octbooberfest was founded in 2008 by Duchess from The Amazing Knicker Kittens Burlesque Revue.

Champions so far:
2016 – Lady Laverna (Finland)
2015 – Kitty Litteur (Australia)
2014 – Judita Latigós (Venezuela)
2013 – Aurora Galore (Great Britain)
2012 – Kitty Sincane (Sweden)
2010 – Duchess (Sweden)
2008 – Coco Berlin (Sweden)

2017 lineup of for the Tasseltwirl championships and proud supporters

Read more about Octbooberfest at
facebook.com/octbooberfest
Read more about Stockholm Burlesque Festival at stockholmburlesquefestival.com

***HOW TO DONATE FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY***
The e-mailadress to use when using paypal to donate from another country is octbooberfest@gmail.com

FireBirdFusion Creative Challenge July 2017: The Jurassic Hide n’ Seek hair ornament

Tidy up your room, I said, handing my son a large paper bag for him to put all toys he did no longer wanted to keep in. Two hours later, he come to me, smiling and saying that he is done. We go to his room and he shows me the bag. There is one broken toy car in the bag. That’s it. By the look on his face, I can tell that he is very well aware that I am not very please with the result, but there is something else there, too. I can sense that he has something up his sleeve. Whit the most adorable smile, he looks at me and says:

“Mum, this is for you. He only got one leg, but he is too pretty to throw away! Put him on one of your bras!”

The Challenge, a cute little orange baby t-rex toy with one foot missing.

How could I ever resist such an adorable challenge? I gave my son an ice cream, and looked at the little fellow in my hand. A bra? I really didn’t feel it. This creature needs a habitat.

A few days later, I cut my son’s worn out jeans to create the base for the fascinator. Adding a multitude of mainly duck and pheasant feathers, I wanted to create the right back ground for baby T-rex.

For the base of the fascinator, or habitat as I thought of it, I used my son’s old jeans and a multitude of feathers with a pre historic feel.

That done, it was time to create the habitat. Where did dinos live? I needed rocks, sky, vegetation.

It took me quite some time to search through my treasury of vintage buttons and beads to find pieces that made me think of a pre historic nature. I placed them, rearranged them, removed and added until I had the basic shape the way I wanted it. Since baby T-rex was missing a leg, I wanted to make it look like he was standing on a rock.

Searching through my treasury of vintage buttons and beads, I chose pieces that I felt had the right pre historic vibe.

I glued the main pieces in place, and then started sewing. I wanted it to be more rocky and earthy in the bottom, with flowers and a tree growing up along one side and over the dino, with the blue sky behind him.

During the whole process, baby T-rex was around, trying out how he would fit in his new habitat.

To make the whole piece sparkle, coz we do want sparkles, I created the impression of sky, leaves and some branches with Swarovski crystals. To make it even more eye catching, I decided to turn the tree into a weeping willow like type, so the dangling branches would follow the movement of the person wearing this piece, turning it into a piece of fun, wearable art.

To finish it, I glued and fastened baby T-rex with thread, then lined the fascinator with another layer of my son’s jeans and added alligator clips.

I named this fascinator the Jurassic Hide n’ Seek hair ornament.

Only one thing missing, to present to you the finished FireBirdFusion Creative Challenge of July 2017: The Jurassic Hid n’ Seek hair ornament

The Jurassic Hide n’ seek hair ornament by FireBirdFusion, Creative Challenge of July 2017

Shop update: FireBirdFusion kimono robes

I am so excited to introduce this – my beautiful line of FireBirdFusion kimono robes. I have been making them for myself quite some time, but somehow it did not occur to me that others would love them as well.

They make the most beautiful cover ups for your bellydance or burlesque costume, or why not wear them to a party or dinner invitation? My favorite use is still to just slip into one of these beauties in the morning when having that essential wake up coffee. It simply makes the world a prettier place.

FireBirdFusion’s 1920s style ooak kimono robe, handmade of vintage saree fabric.

I make the robes out of vintage saree fabric and trims which I buy on my travels to India. As with all my creations, I want to use as much vintage material as possible. I don’t like to see the beauty and effort of such amazing craftmanship go to waste, and by using vintage material less chemicals are spread in our environment. All fabrics are carefully washed before being transformed into new shapes.

A beautiful FireBirdFusion 1920s style kimono robe in dusty green and peachy pink with large ivory trims covered in sequin embroidery, size Extra large

Some of my robes are made out of silk, others from synthetic fabric. What they do have in common is that every single textile used is carefully chosen by myself, they got the most beautiful and intricate embroidery with sequins or glass beads, and they are all unique, one of a kind creations.

Adding the trims to a lovely dusty pink saree fabric to create a FireBirdFusion 1920s style kimono robe.

The robes are usually not made to order, rather I make them in between other commissions whenever I find time. All currently available robes are found in the section FireBird costumes on my Etsy shop, so take a look there if curious to see what is in stock right now. I make them in sizes ranging between Extra small to Extra large (European sizes).

Four amazing 1920s style kimono robe in gorgeous vintage hand embroidered saree fabric.

Since the fabric is vintage, they show sign of being loved and used, and as such there will inevitable be some sequins or beads missing. It is part of their charm. To make them last long, let them air after use. If you do need to wash them, gentle hand wash is recommended. For the silk robes, dry clean is the better choice.

Shop update: Beautiful vintage banjara jewelry

I have just added some beautiful pieces of authentic vintage banjara jewelry and DIY components in the FireBirdFusion shop – definitely worth checking out!

These beauties were curated by myself on my latest trip to Northern India.  Coins date all the way back to the 1950s and 1960s. All pieces are in good condition, but as expected with jewelry that has been around for so long, there are imperfections like missing stones or beads. But isn’t that is exactly what we love about them, the beautiful patina and the charm of being loved and worn?

Authentic banjara upper arm bracelet with cowry shells and coins from the 1950-1960’s
Vintage cowry shell tassel with glass beads.
There are a few of these beautiful banjara buttons available at the FireBirdFusion shop right now. I am just in love with the craftmanship visible in these vintage pieces. I am personally using them for headdresses and costume bras, but the options are endless.