Nuit: Les Fleurs du Mal

Nuit: Les Fleurs du Mal

Nuit Clothing Atelier’s FW16 Les Fleurs du Mal collection explores the world of Baudelaire: Romanticism, decadence, and the hidden magic of Fin de Siècle Paris. Comprised of linens, lace, and velvets, its perfection lies in its simplicity with casually draped angles and layered silhouettes.

View the full lookbook on Nuit’s Facebook page, and shop the collection at NuitClothing.bigcartel.com

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Occult Activity Book Volume II

Occult Activity Book Volume II

The Occult Activity Book Volume Two picks up where its eerie predecessor ends and continues the reader’s extraordinary journey through mysteries of the unknown. Once again, find your happy place on the dark side while indulging your inner child with esoteric creative exercises: whether you’re soothing your demons with mindful coloring of fiendishly-rendered illustrations or summoning them from the depths of hell with a mad libs-inspired wordgame, our Occult Activity book aims to disturb and amuse in equal amounts and is a fun way to explore your favorite esoteric themes in the relative safety of your own home with little to no consequence.*

*Please note: we still cannot be held accountable for consequences.

Pre-Order you copy now at MunichArtStudio.bigcartel.com

Occult Activity Book Volume II

Occult Activity Book Volume II

Occult Activity Book Volume II

Occult Activity Book Volume II

Occult Activity Book Volume II

New Video Post: Autumn Eyes

I created an autumn inspired eye look for this video featuring all Lime Crime products! I personally love Lime Crime, and they were generous enough to send me their Living on a Prairie Velvetines and the amazing Super Foil collections. If you haven’t tried the Super Foils out yet, go get them right this very instant! I cannot wait to get my hands on the new colors that were just released this week.

This was supposed to be nothing but a makeup tutorial, but I had two visitors while filming: one needy little cat that loves to make appearances in my videos, and an unexpected shadow figure that I didn’t notice until I was editing this. I’ve had many experiences with shadow figures throughout my life, and I didn’t realize it was there while it was happening, but it sufficiently spooked me while I was home editing. New Orleans is full of ghosts, and I’ll be sleeping with piles of obsidian next to my bed tonight.

What do you think of the look? And, what do you think of my shadow visitor??

Products Used:
Super Foil in Gilded Carriage
Venus II Palette “Mustard”, “Jam”, and “Mud”
Saddle Velvetine
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Venus I Palette “Aura”

Shop Lime Crime’s Website 

All jewels by BloodMilk, always. Wearing the Bat Bones Pentacle, Lorraine Cross earrings, Rings are the Large Planchette, Easeful Death Large Coffin in Onyx, Hecate in Onyx, Endless Night part I, and Belonging to the Darkness in Moonstone.

Music by Belong, used with permission of artists.
Song is “The Door Opens the Other Way” off of the “October Language” album

This is not a paid post, all opinions my own! Super Foils, Venus Palette, and Velvetine Liquid Lip Stick were provided by Lime Crime. Some of the links above are affiliate links, and Haute Macabre will receive a small commission from them. We truly appreciate your support but understand if you prefer to seek these items out via another method.

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A Glittering Menace: The Designs Of Manuel Díaz

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We are currently all a-swoon over the complex and beautifully structured creations from the studio of Manuel Díaz, an enigmatic, avant-garde fashion designer from Mexico City. Draped in chain mail, harnesses, and braids, and embellished with glittering crystals and menacing spikes and piercings, these objects both appear as ornate cages for dreamy demons, and suggest the threat of dangerous, intricate weaponry. We don’t know whether to restrain ourselves in, or arm ourselves with these incredible pieces–and it’s a conjuring a rather delicious confusion.

See more of Díaz’s custom, bespoke creations for discerning creatures of the night on his tumblr, facebook, and instagram.

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BloodMilk Book Club: Salt is for Curing via Sonya Vatomsky

We are very happy to introduce J.L. Schnabel of BloodMilk Jewels to our team of staff writers. Please welcome her here on Haute Macabre, in an especially communal post, as it features our own Sonya Vatomsky’s collection of poetry, Salt is for Curing, for the BloodMilk Book Club and two special giveaways.

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a writer. Throughout high school and college I wanted to be a poet. This changed to wanting to be a short fiction writer and an MFA followed and then, I abandoned it all like a decaying house to write for art magazines & to work on my jewels. I’ve always stayed committed to being a reader however, and it was at AWP when it set up its circus in Minneapolis in 2015 when I found my way back to poetry in a big way. I spent much of my time there along the rows of mostly independent book press booths and picked up quite a bit of books I would have never come across otherwise. One of these books was ‘At Night’ by Lisa Ciccarello via Black Ocean, & as fortune had it, Lisa was at the table when I picked up her book. She signed my copy, ‘I hope this makes you the right kind of miserable’ & afterwards I carried the book around between my journal pages like a talisman and before bed, I would take small sips of its magic for months.

Reading poetry seems to more for niche readers; it can be difficult to discern and emotionally over wrought. Despite all this, poetry is one of my first literary loves. I discovered Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath when I attended a Christian boarding school, where any kind of ‘otherness’ was as unacceptable as wearing something against the dress code. The poems of these women, these tragic, self-obsessed, women saved me. I discovered what had felt like at the time, a fish hook piercing me and reeling me into my future.

Sonya Vatomsky’s book ‘Salt is for Curing’ feels like the sister to ‘At Night’ (the inscription to me read ‘I hope these poems bring you just the right kind of magic’ ) and seems to come from the linage of the ‘sister’ confessional poets, hell bent on confessing their transformations and their twin obsessions with death. Written in a feverish binge in the aftermath of a traumatic attack, Sonya has described the book as a ‘Grimoire.’ Featuring ‘recipes’ ( which feels reminiscent of another favorite book ‘Cure All’ by Kim Parko ), these confessional poems appear rooted in the rituals of witchcraft and the disassembly of the body. There is tender violence; the body, in some cases, becomes ingredients to be cooked and consumed. In form, the book reads as a personal, dark purging and a kind of macabre cookbook, an intimate slip of a book that is also the next BloodMilk bookclub pick. The BMBC will run from today until Nov 1st when I’ll randomly select a winner. To enter to win a jewel of your choice from my shop, pick up a copy of Sonya’s book here, & devour it whole or in sections ( I suggest a nightly ritual of small sips ). Afterwards, post an image of the book, open to your favorite poem, to your IG feed. In the caption, share why you were drawn to your chosen poem. The length of this response is up to you. Hashtag #bloodmilkbookclub. Optional but recommended: Find other readers and engage with them via the hashtag & explore previous BloodMilk bookclub picks.

Thank you for meeting me here.

In addition to the BloodMilk giveaway, Sonya is also offering a copy of Salt Is For Curing to one Haute Macabre reader. To enter to win, just leave a comment here on this post. You may of course enter both, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone’s entries.

Photo via our very own S.Elizabeth.

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The Haute List

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Plain Weave Top, $72  +  The Distressed Sweater, $36  +  Brave Soul Wrap Top, $30

Lolita Top, $108  +  Happy Skullidays Skirt, $59  +  Rick Owens Lilies Dress, $75

Shaggy Cardigan, $117  +  Twenty Boa Mesh Dress, $225 $90  +  Intarsia Sweater, $79

Vlad the Impaler Pins Pre-Sale

 

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VLAD THE IMPALER PINS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

You’ve asked, we’ve listened. Vlad the Impaler pins are available in the the Haute Macabre Shop for pre-order.

This is a Pre-Sale open until the end of September, and will ship early to mid November, depending on how long production takes (typically about 4 weeks).

Any other items ordered along with the Vlad pin will ship together in one parcel in November.
Yes, we are working on a restock of our Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab collection (with some new additions!) for later this fall! No, we don’t know an exact date yet, which is why we’re opening Vlad sales now!

Click here to visit the Haute Macabre Shop

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Through the Dark

Crystal Lee Lucas: Through the Dark

Photographer Crystal Lee Lucas recently released a series of images, “Through the Dark”.

“Through the Dark” is a series inspired by moths that fly by night and through the dark towards the light. Ultimately, the moonlight is their compass and navigator but this path can easily become confusing, exhausting and deceiving.

Crystal’s works all have a hazy fairy tale veil over them, with subjects just far enough removed from this reality to seem slightly ominous and otherworldly. View more of her work at CrystalLeeLucas.com and on her Instagram.

Crystal Lee Lucas: Through the Dark

Crystal Lee Lucas: Through the Dark

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Faiiint Capsule Collection

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Pretty things from Faiint‘s Capsule Collection.

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Between Fable and Reality: The Art of Darla Teagarden

Please welcome S. Elizabeth to our growing team of staff writers! Sarah is no stranger to Haute Macabre, having contributed as a guest blogger many times over the years. She was a contributing writer for our friends at CoilHouse Magazine, on the BloodMilk Blog, Death and the Maiden, and was the creative force behind Skeletor Is Love. View her previous contributions to Haute Macabre here, and visit her personal blog at UnquietThings.com.

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The Gift

The discovery of Darla Teagarden’s mixed media photography and conceptual self-portraiture was a thoroughly unexpected pleasure and a bit of a revelation to me when I initially became introduced to her work a few years back.

First, I suppose, because the image I chanced upon was a portrait of a friend, Angeliska Polachek–small world!–and secondly, although I knew my friend to be quite beautiful, Darla had transformed her into an otherworldly enchantress, a shimmering, splendid, utterly sublime creature. I’m not even the slightest bit embarrassed to admit that this was the very same way I pictured her, when I conjured the lovely Angeliska’s reflection in the mirror of my imagination!

As a fantasist who doesn’t quite always see things as they are, I view our world through a splinter of glass in my eye, a feverish vision of of circumstances and scenarios, slightly distorted and different. Darla Teagarden’s surreal photographic narratives, which walk that delicate line between fable and reality, resonated very deeply with this dreamer in me.

Angeliska Polachek as Titania

Angeliska Polachek as Titania

For the richly detailed imagery that comprises the highly atmospheric vignettes that she photographs, Darla draws on an intriguingly varied background consisting of experiences as a stylist, model, production designer, vintage clothes buyer and cabaret dancer. Through these myriad lenses, her projects are deeply imbued with fragile secrets and intense emotion, and I’ll confess, I have been following her subsequent work quite closely since the beauty of that first tremulous photo captured my heart.

Read further for this extraordinary artist’s insights and inspirations regarding her creations, as shared with Haute Macabre.

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Poem for the Unnamed Witches

Haute Macabre: You provide the viewer with a narrative through photography; it shares a story, tells a tale. While I understand that you don’t wish to convey utter reality, I would also hesitate to call your work fiction or fable. Would you say that your photos then inhabit the space in between? And why do you think that space is such fertile ground for your work?
We all sort of live between fable and reality, anyway. There’s that side of us which walks into a misty forest, let’s say, and in an instant we make the moment richer in relation to our own experience. Connecting our inner lives to day-to-day situations is a way we can better understand ourselves. Cinema has allowed us new emotional access, and photography is related. I guess what I’m saying is, photography helps me understand myself and my issues.

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Widow

…and as a visual story-teller, what are the kinds of stories you like best to share?
I love sharing symbolic insight and abstraction. I’ve always maintained that when I go into a concept it has to be succinct, like a poem. I love the challenge of being succinct while conveying something that could, if given the opportunity, fill a an entire film. I guess I like stories about survival most. We are all going to die, yet we still have to make choices.

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I have enjoyed reading about your perspective on failure. Fail big and often, you seem to say–don’t be a giant, fragile weenie, just go out there and do the thing! I’d love to hear about your inspirations and influences in terms of Doers of Things and Fabulous Failures.
I have always surrounded myself with people who seemed to care less about the perceived consequences of failure and more about the need ‘to do’. The need to do should outweigh fear or else you’re going to be paralyzed. Of course, this is a goal and not always the case, but I try to accept possibility either way before I try something new. When I first began doing my photo projects, I knew I would suck. I did, and the proof is floating forever in the ethers of the web. However, I knew I had something to say. I knew I had to do something that made me less miserable, something that could alleviate injury… and, If i get better at it along the way, great. My inspirations have always been friends who need, not want, to express themselves because, I need it too. I guess it’s a tribe.

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Ghosts

“Altars” was a collection of self portraits about living with mental illness, inspired both by your own life as well as the lives of friends and family members. Was your intent to educate or advocate, or perhaps to confront and work through some of your own struggles?
I would like to say my intention was to educate and advocate, but in the end, it was really just therapy for me. Yet, by coming from a singular place, it becomes broad and easily shared. It feels good when someone says, oh! I know this ! It’s a feeling of unity.

Mr. Goff

Mr. Goff

Mr. Goff, Guru of Grief, is a series that appears to be dealing with themes of mourning and loss. Can you speak to how this series came about, and who Mr. Goff is to you?
That series was in two parts, Mr. Goff and The Lamentation of Mrs. Fly. ( one of him alone and one with both of us).Mr. Goff is among the very few people I’d known in my youth, which is a big deal for me because I’ve lost so many friends to drugs, suicide, AIDS, mental illness, and the pure need to distance myself for survival. Anyway, he and I share the love and experience of one person named Nick Bohn- a visionary young man who died from a drug overdose after years of severe, poorly treated schizophrenia. He got me to move to New York were he was working with Kembra Pfahler, Little Annie and other like New York artists as a filmmaker. His life was frightening and chaotic but amazing, and inspired me to grab my own piece of New York. Mr. Goff and I reconnected recently and I felt to need to be with him in a piece of art to mourn Nick, but to also celebrate our survival in a simple visual poem. It’s in the shape of a fable but it’s all about mourning people who are gone , people who shaped you. Friendship.

Vesper (White Bat)

Vesper (White Bat)

And most recently, your Noble Creatures series, can you tell about that?
Noble creatures is about being misunderstood. For whatever reason I find it difficult to express what I’m about and what I need from people in real life. I just suck at it, but I keep trying nevertheless. These creatures are saying, “give me a chance or leave me alone.” It’s just a simple nod to people doing their best to be who they are without beating themselves up to fit somebody else’s ideas. I don’t mean to be precious–I am saying with a certain amount of humor, I’m pretty OK with myself these days, “Here’s my wings, here’s my many eyes, here’s my shell, my burdens, my dangerous bits… deal.”

Refuge

Refuge

Much of your work, though certainly abstract and surreal, is considered self portraiture. I’m curious as to where you see such your art as it relates to the “selfie society” that we’re thought of as living in today?
It’s the same in that the ‘selfie generation” is merely looking back at themselves to see themselves and hope others see them too. I am here! See me! But, there are rather significant differences in self portraiture, generally. Conceptual self portraitures are deliberate stories in relation to space that may or may not require the focus to be on the performer. My body and those of my collaborators are catalysts for story telling. I don’t require my ‘image’ to be the story but that of the environment created around the body. Selfies say, ”see me, I’m REAL !” Conceptual portraiture says, ”Feel this ghost”.

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Any fantastical ideas percolating that may manifest soon? Any future projects on the horizon?
I want to explore the idea of being saved. We’ve all been saved and maybe even saved somebody. I like the idea that we have the capacity to save someone, from death, from despair, from going down the wrong path, from being blind, loneliness, obscurity, from illness, others, from ourselves. I like how vulnerable we really are. I love that, even with all the casual cynicism, we are still unreasonable romantics.

Thank you kindly, Darla, for giving your time to answer our questions.
See more of Darla Teagarden’s work on her website or follow her on Instagram for news and updates.

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