New “Porcelain” Photoshoot!

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Nicole Ruin modeled our new “Victorian in Mourning” print design recently! You might recognize her from our Salon Noir fashion show a few years ago. It was great reconnecting and we got some beautiful shots out of the day!🙂

victorian mourning ephemera dress gloomth nicole ruin

victorian mourning ephemera dress gloomth nicole ruin

Nicole is wearing Gloomth’s new “Victorian in Mourning” skater dress, part of our new line of casual Gloomth designs. It features items in my own collection of Victorian antiques and old family photographs.

I layered the dress over our “Apparition” blouse for a perfect 1990s feel!

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The necklace shown was graciously supplied by Alchemy of England and is their “Ordium Coelestium Mechanicum” and is absolutely beautiful!

There are loads more photos from the day in our flickr album!

Thank you to Nicole and to Alchemy of England for making this shoot so great!🙂

-Taeden

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Gloomth Halloween Bloomers Sale!

jack o lantern bloomers

It’s the most wonderful tiiiime of the yeaaaaaar! Halloween season! Happy first day of fall and tip into our favorite season!🙂

To celebrate Gloomth’s “Pumpkin Rump” bloomers are on sale until Saturday, Sept 24th! You can only get these bloomers til Halloween, then they disappear until next Halloween season.

Save $12 when you use the code at checkout: halloween

(Expires Sept 25th 2016. Valid on http://www.gloomth.com, questions? email us)

-Taeden

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Gloomth Miss Havisham’s Dolls Tea Party

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We are so excited to announce our next Gloomth Tea Party!  Sunday, November 13th 1-4pm at Applewood Museum in Toronto! $10 of every ticket is donated directly to the venue to maintain the museum home and all of it’s stunning true Victorian decor.

Tickets are $20CAD each.

The theme for this one is “Miss Havisham’s Dolls”, a spiderweb lace daydream of a mourning maiden left at the alter. Forever acting out her dream wedding day with crumbling porcelain dolls in her Victorian attic. Threadbare gloves, cracked crystal goblets, and a beautiful broken heart.

Full details here.

Come in your best Havisham or doll inspired attire and please bring your favorite doll or toy-companion! We will have prizes for the best Havisham inspired look, best doll outfit, and best toy-companion.

Tea, coffee, and snacks will be served. We will have a photobooth with professional photographer, musical performance, and a goodie bag (with a $10 off coupon towards anything on our website) for each guest. We will also have a raffle featuring prizes from our amazing sponsors and a museum wide scavenger hunt to gain extra entries into the raffle! And more!

Gloomth will have a few of our new print dresses, sample items, and accessories for sale in the chilly crypt (aka the basement meeting rooms) of the museum! It’s a great chance to shop our designs in Canadian dollars and to try them on in person.

Please consider spending the afternoon with us! We only have 22 tickets available this time and they will sell out quickly! You can grab yours on our website now.🙂

-Taeden

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New “Victorian in Mourning” Print Dress!

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The second in our new range of casual printed pieces is our “Victorian in Mourning” dress! A gorgeous and fully detailed print featuring Gloomth designer Taeden Hall’s actual Victorian mourning ephemera collection.

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In the print you can find mourning cards, hat netting, death notices, Taeden’s family photos, tintypes, cameos, and all sorts of morbid and sad items. Yes, those are my dead ancestors in the print (I’m sure they’re thrilled to be included, it must be awfully boring being dead ).

victorian mourning print dress

Available on our site in sizes xsmall to 5xl! $72. Super stretchy and comfortable, we love these dresses for fall paired with tights and a cardigan. Shown modeled by Nicole Ruin over our “Apparition” top!

“Victorian in Mourning” dress here!

-Taeden

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New “Broken Balloon” Photoshoot!

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I had such a great time creating this silly, lively photoshoot with my friend Meryle Trouble! I got to experiment with some makeup ideas I had brewing and take some ridiculous photos around my apartment building with her- to the confusion/delight of my neighbors as always.🙂

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Meryle is wearing Gloomth’s new “Vintage Toys” skater dress in this series, paired with a diy vintage doily neck ruff and a gorgeous clock-charm choker supplied by the incredible Alchemy of England.

“Uncle Albert’s TimePiece” Choker by Alchemy of England is available here!

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meryle trouble gloomth toronto

This fall I’ve been weirdly obsessed with clowns, mostly the idea of blending clownish themes and makeup into my own outfits and my styling work for the label. So much of being a woman is about performance, you act out these expected roles of mother, sister, friend, employee, etc- patiently absorbing so much expectation, of worrying how you are viewed/reflected- and I like how clown makeup can be a sort of satire of those roles. It can be unapproachable, it’s aggressive and visible (which women are told not to be)- it’s an armor against the projections and expectations of society. And it’s a lot of fun to do.😉

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This shoot has tons of great images which you can check out in our flickr!

Meryle’s Facebook Page

-Taeden

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Halloween Coloring Books and Greeting Cards by Taeden Hall

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Just a reminder we still have some Halloween themed greeting cards and coloring books by Gloomth designer Taeden Hall available!

The cards come with an envelope and are blank inside, they make great birthday cards or note-cards any time of the year despite the spooky themes. Each card has been hand glittered with subtle silvery accents. They also come with a bit of retro style tinsel confetti so you can tuck it in with the card and surprise the recipient!😉

Medical themed Halloween card!

Gloomth Girl Halloween card!

We only have a few Halloween themed coloring books left! $10 each and they’re a great size for tucking in your bag and coloring on transit or while ignoring other people.

-Taeden

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“The Hours of Silence” Opening at Gallery House

I recently attended the opening of the “The Hours of Silence” show at Gallery House in Toronto! It was an incredible exhibition and I had the honor of snapping some photos of the launch and of the artists present for the venue. I thought I’d share a few here since the artwork is very inspiring! This isn’t meant to be a formal review or critique of the launch or show at all, more just “holy, look at how amazing these all are”!🙂

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(Ray Caesar with his contribution to the show)

The show was curated by local artist Ray Caesar, he selected the participating artists and their pieces himself. He said:
““I chose the artists for the show based on the art I have found myself responding to over many years. When I dive into the ocean of their work I am forever influenced by feelings and emotions that I find difficult to assimilate at once … their work evokes a complex form of inspiration that sometimes is a vague indescribable feeling. I love the idea of bringing [many of] these artists to Toronto to Gallery House. Toronto has such a large and growing art community but it can also be a very rigid market that tends to show one flavour of work. I want there to be a doorway for artists outside of this city to have access as I think Torontonians as collectors and art enthusiasts would just love to see these works. Sometimes I find their pieces similar to my own direction if not in content but in nature or emotional response, and other times I find them so different that it’s refreshing to view their sense of image in contrast to my own. I have always made art on the assumption that if I love what I do …a few others will love it too. I want to curate shows on what I love to see …and I am sure there will be others who will love to see it too.”

His website.

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(Aron Wiesenfeld’s “Fog”)

Aron Wiesenfeld’s pieces in the show felt like staring into someone else’s story, almost as if I was intruding simply by looking at them. I kept losing myself (and forgetting I was supposed to be playing photographer) in front of these pieces. Such gorgeous, detailed worlds!

His website.

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(Aron Wisenfeld’s “Witness”)

Jessica Joslin’s sculptures were so intricate and eerie! Ornate metalwork built around skulls and glistening eyeballs, her creatures looked as those they’d spring to life and start tormenting the visitors at any moment (they neglected to do so).

Her website.

jessica joslin gallery house the hours of silence toronto

jessica joslin gallery house the hours of silence toronto

jessica joslin gallery house the hours of silence toronto

I am quite sure my heart stopped a little when I saw Elif Varol Ergen’s 3 pieces. Holy. The blend of Japanese guro themes twisted through with her own unique symbolism and aesthetic is just incredible. Also anything with gore-y artful themes is going to delight me! I went home and pored over her website for ages after the show.

From her site:

Her art mainly focused on parent-child relationship, sex discrimination, morbid psychology and narcissism.The characters in her works can be outlined as uncanny, spooky and strange existence with pale faces, sharp teeth and shadows. The heavy dose, grotesque in the images, severe form deformations, sagging and melting forms merge and blend with intensive contrasts in red and black. While the fragility and the repressiveness of the content could ease the audiences empathy, memories of the viewers maintain their dialogues with the works even after this experience. She usually combines digital and traditional media, uses techniques such as acrylic, ink, silkscreening, digital imaging and CNC-machined productions for installations. “

 Her website.

Elif Varol Ergen the hours of silence toronto gallery house

Elif Varol Ergen the hours of silence toronto gallery house

Elif Varol Ergen the hours of silence toronto gallery house

There were more beautiful pieces and photos from the event, if you’re curious the Gallery House facebook will be posting some of those- and some taken by others present. Otherwise this article is going to end up 20 pages long with photos of paintings and strangers looking at paintings!😉

 

Gallery House Facebook

-Taeden

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