It’s been a busy two weeks (again) here in easttwinlandia. About three weeks ago, I was accepted as a vendor for the Rock & Shop Market. They were wonderfully aggressive in marketing the event and so I ended up being interviewed for a promotional piece, and then having one of my pieces featured on a local morning television program.
And then, I was asked to participate in a fashion show on the day of the market, organized by Jamie Powell of Revamp. In typical Oami-style, rather than making it easy for myself by showing pieces from the fall line, I decided to make some one-off, fun pieces appropriate for the runway. My own private Project Runway challenge. I did limit myself to five models rather than ten, and had two wearing some pieces from the fall collection. And in typical Oami-style, I reworked and changed my three special dresses many times before coming up with the final versions. I was incredibly lucky to find models who fit perfectly with the styles I had designed, and who were graceful and beautiful. Jamie also helped me find a wonderful stylist, Brittany of Blo. She did a great job with the hair, and was gracious enough to let us prep at her home.
It was intense, stressful, a ton of work but such an incredible thrill….I can’t even explain how great it felt to see my work on stage, on such beautiful women, with great music to accompany them. Thank you to Michelle, Reagan, Jamie, Karlie, Eileen, Stacey, Mallory, Lisa & Kate.
The Rock & Shop itself was pretty great. It was held in Durham, block party style at the Motorco building and Fullsteam Brewery. On the street in between, food trucks set up with food for shoppers and vendors. During the fashion show it started to snow, and after the show I went to get Kirk a piece of pizza from Klausie’s Pizza, waiting with friends, huddled under the eve of the building and watching the snow gently falling, coating everything including our hair with a light powder.
Kirk and I drove home in the slowly melting snow, stopping for barbecued pork and fried chicken. Arriving home, we took the dogs out, watching with smiles on our faces as Stella tried to figure out what the heck this cold stuff on the ground was. This morning we woke late and celebrated Kirk’s birthday. I’m so grateful to have you in my life, and to have the life I have. xxxxoooo to all, Oami