Well, here we are, here I am- actually. It’s really only polite that I introduce myself properly, my name is Taeden and I own/operate/dominate the ‘Cult of Melancholy, otherwise known as Gloomth. As of today I’ve been doing that for about 4 years. Chances are 99% of what appears on this ‘zine will be filtered through the distortion mirror of my own perspective, for better or worse.
Below are fourteen questions I answered. Some were asked by fans on the Gloomth facebook, others are common questions I get, and I just made up the rest.
1. How and Why did you start Gloomth?
I had recently relocated to another city to live with my soon-to-be-husband, I had quit my decent day job, recently graduated, and was having a lot of trouble finding work I enjoyed in my new area. After trying to cram myself into several ill-fitting and decidedly soul-crushing part time jobs I started altering/making clothing and selling it on ebay to cover my bills. It wasn’t very long before demand for my stuff outpaced what I could make. I opened a website for my work and thus Gloomth was born.
2. Why Gothic/Lolita/Alternative Clothing?
4. What Inspires You?
Everything. I am an inspiration Pack-Rat, I am constantly amassing scraps; images, songs, fabrics and all manner of odds and ends that fuel me creatively. I can’t really pinpoint where the majority stems from specifically. I try to surround myself in things that make me want to create; people/objects/sounds.
5. What’s Next with Your Designs?
7. Why did you wait four years to start a designer blog?
There’s no neat and tidy answer to that one. I could blame it on being really busy, which is true, but that’s really not the only reason. I tend to be a fairly private person. I like to do my own thing, and I was always concerned that my personality or peculiar tastes would cast a negative light on the label. Over the years I’ve been asked time and again to go public and to write about the daily aspects of this job and myself, so we’ll see how it goes.
8. Where did you grow up? Where’d you go to school?
I grew up in a very small town, under 1200 people, in Northern Ontario, Canada. I am a bumpkin. I moved to the “big city” to attend the Ontario College of Art and Design and have since been unable to part myself from it. I have a B.A. in design.
9. What do you do when you aren’t working?
Sleep. Gloomth is my little monster and like any new parent I tend to over-coddle it. When you run your own company you don’t really get “off” time in the typical sense. As far as hobbies/interests I dabble, I do a whole lot of stuff but none of it very thoroughly. I read voraciously, I love dancing, I spend a lot of time being a goof with my friends, I take stupid pictures, go to lots of concerts, and I make silly crafts (many of which you can spot in our photo series).
10. You also style the majority of your photoshoots, how’d that happen? Do you have training as a stylist?
12. How would you describe your personal style?
I’m a shapeshifter, my style changes dramatically one day to the next.
Aside from my wallet/keys/predictable girl stuff? I have my little Japanese Pentax camera within arm’s length at all times. I take an abnormal amount of photos of my own head and of my two cats (Atticus/Smokey), I am also the jerk putting stupid stuff on my (or my friends’) heads at shops and then taking photos of it. The best part about my little camera is that all the buttons make a mewing noise when you press them, as though my camera is haunted by a phantom cat. We call it the “Kittycam”. I always have my MP3 player, I am a music nerd, if I am alone I likely have my enormous headphones stapled to my skull. Band-aids, I am forever wearing irresponsible girl-shoes and then walking halfway across the city. I also carry a couple of little things friends of mine made me everywhere, just cute crafts that remind me of my near-and-dears.
14. If you weren’t designing clothes what job would you have?
Ideally, something fish-related? I am completely obsessed with sea life, specifically deep sea species. I would happily spend my life documenting and studying odd fish. Otherwise it would have to be something creative. Perhaps costume for film or teaching armies of house flies to do my evil bidding. “Attack my miniscule pretties! Attack!”….
15. Why don’t you like sandwiches?
I have no idea. Logic states that if I like bread and the majority of contents in a standard sandwich that I would like them combined as a sandwhich, yet this is not so. I am oddly grossed out by trying to eat sandwiches, things between bread, much to the amusement of my friends.