I got the opportunity to attend this event which was the first time it has been done in Orlando. It is currently in over 50 cities and now in Orlando. So what exactly is Raw Orlando? Watch this video and it sums it all up! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqotKEnHqMg]
Check out some of my pics!
I wish I could have taken more pics but my camera was not that cooperative (technology can be your worst enemy sometimes). But here is a small recap of some of the conversations I had with some of the artists:
Francis Prachthauser: I was particularly blown away by his pieces. He makes jewelry and masks out of copper and bronze and they are FABULOUS! He even let me try on one of the masks! I asked him how long it would take him to make one of the masks and he said a couple hours. One of the designers Deanna actually used some of his pieces in her show! For more of Francis check out www.handmadebronze.com
Deanna Choinski: I was really blown away with her designs. I chatted with her briefly and she was expressing to me her love with working with leather. She also told me she is a IADT (International Academy of Design and Technology) Detroit grad. I asked if she uses patterns to create her pieces and she said very rarely because it would be counterproductive to the looks she likes to accomplish. She simply uses a dressform to drape. For more info check her out http://facebook.com/archaicleather
Parker Sketch: I loved his painting style! There was one piece in particular that caught my eye which was a crushed paint bucket with a Campbell's Soup can painted on it. I asked what his inspiration was for it and he explained to me it was Andy Warhol inspired.
Nina Lopez: She was the hairstylist for Like a Pistol. She created Rockabilly hairstyles that were so fabulous! She is an Aveda grad and recently obtained her license last year. I asked what she felt her specialty was and she said she absolutely loves cutting but she can do it all. Unfortunately my camera was being stupid so I didn't get any really good picture of her work. I will have to wait until my fellow blogger Beauty by Cat posts her so make sure you check back!
Elle Quinn: If you love the Rockabilly Era then you would definitely love Like a Pistol. You can even tell by looking at Elle that she embraces this era! Some of her pieces are ones that she creates, others are some that she purchases. For more info check out Like a Pistol
Shannon Holt: A true painter in every sense! No matter the canvas (including your body) she's painting it! I asked her how long it took her to body paint the two lovely ladies that were walking around and she said she had been working off and on since 3pm adding more and more designs to them. Even some of the attendees went to her to get painted! For more info check her out Bombshell Body Art.
The event was awesome and I wanted to give a special thanks to Ashlie and Vanessa for having me! There was music, a fashion show and so much more! It was a great way to network and meet other creative minds! This event was something very different from anything I've ever been to. If you missed this event don't worry because the next one is August 9 so mark your calendars! For more info on RAW www.rawartists.org.