Moving away from the ‘default’ world


Image and Dress by Heather Wakefield

MUA + Model,  Jaclyn McMillian

Designing and creating worlds and taking photos of them.

Mothers day tribute: My mom has always very supportive of me doing my own thing, and this is my mothers day blog for her. LOVE YOU MOM! Thanks for the unconventional wisdom.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to design and build your own world? In the computer science world and popularized by the burning man festival ethos there is an idea of the ‘default world’ in which you accept the world you were born into without question, defined your life by the conventions that were taught to you and follow them the best you could. That is life. Where would you even start in moving away from the default world? All those time tested ideas and values that have served for so long?

I propose that crafting a one of a kind look in your home is a great place to start if you want a way to explore the idea. Start with a feature, one feature. For example a wall of photos. There is a lot of rich exploration there.

I began creating unique interior schemes when I was young. This can be quite scary, apparently, to simply question the default world as it is handed to you. I remember one room I made, in which a cousin came to visit and was so upset with my world, she literally tore it all down! Ouch! Why is your room so weird? She said and proceeded to rip it apart. I was 12, she 16 at the time and I still wanted a teddy bear hanging from a giant ball in the middle of my bedroom and she was wearing 3″ heels. I was so happy to learn about power tools and my dad let me use the drill by myself! Needless to say I did not stop. I was like- whatever! Can I get them in Platforms so I can actually walk?

Needless to say, I have been building my own ideas all along. Basically, if I think something could work I like to make a prototype and work out the kinks and then do it again with improvements. I find 3 times or so usually leads to something I like and that functions well. You will see this in all my designs. I “work it out” until it is good and then I keep the pattern or the formula and use it over and over. I am a pattern maker.

People will say things like- “you are crazy” , “How do make money with that?” or” Jill of all trades” or something… I think anything… in a effort to figure out why on earth I would do this crazy thing. Meanwhile,  I go along observing and problem solving. I find solutions for existing structural, functional and beauty dilemmas and design solutions that make sense. I am an artist. That is what we do. I enjoy designing and making things. Simple as that. Some people like golf, I like to build things alone and in teams with others. It is a sort of life long passionate hobby of mine.

Of course in my ideal world there would be someone there to build it. Sometimes design minds and build minds are different, and the two together are very powerful.  I like it when that happens. Yes, it is exhausting always figuring out how to make things and then actually doing it, but being short of luxuries like a team of builders, I do it myself. But here is the key- it is also fun and entertaining and great for using my mind and learning and maybe in doing it you will discover a hidden gem, such as something uniquely your own.

If you want to make a ‘feature photo and art’ wall in your home send me an email and I will come do a free consultation in your home. I am available Monday and Fridays for fun art projects like this.

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Boudoir Spring Special with Heather

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Boudoir Spring Special 2015

You know you want it


adjective [glam-er-uhs]

  1.  full of glamour; charmingly or fascinatingly attractive, esp. in a mysterious or magical way
  2.  full of excitement, adventure, and unusual activity
  3. having an air of allure, romance and excitement

synonyms: captivating, beguiling, fascinating, alluring, bewitching

Don’t miss out of this fantastic weekday quickie mini promotion.
Book by April 1.

Now you too can be glamorous, I make it super easy.

Boudoir Photo Package

Get updated photos of your sexy self to tantalize yourself and your fans with.

  • This Springtime Introductory Promotion includes:
  • Always Free initial consultation
    1 hour-long ‘sitting fee’
    Modeling tips
    Videos on getting better photo results
    Preparation tips
    6- 5×7 prints
    1- 8×10 print matted and ready to frame
  • Private in person preview and sales session to review all the images,  and pick the ones that come with the package and choose from my other products.

This introductory package usually goes for over $1000. but is slashed to just $500 /3= just $166 each! So get a couple of girlfriends together and get your sensual on!

Additional friends just $150. each who each get 3 5×7 photo prints with online use for that.
So the more the merrier.
Perfect for brides to be or for a birthday or graduation present.

Special also includes discounted prices on my most popular products like canvases and metal prints you can order during the preview.

To sign up or for more info up just go here and fill out this interest form.

  • Hair makeup and styling are a separate charge of $80. per person. For on site makeup arrive 1 hour early.
  • Sessions happen daily between 2 and 6 PM, by appointment only.
  • After registration Heather will contact you.
  • 1/2 non refundable deposit required to reserve spot.
  • Arriving from a distance? Room available for overnight stay by arrangement.
  • Limited number available of these packages available so get them while they are hot.
  • To order click here:

about Heather: Women want to feel beautiful on the inside and once they do they are ready to let that light shine on out. I craft photos of such women for themselves and their loved ones that show this in a glamorous way. These are photos men love but women love more!I prefer real women who can are confident but maybe shy.I want to capture your beauty right now and preserve it forever. This is an adventure you will love.

Confidentiality Assured:

Women today do not have a lot of time and they want to pick their vendors carefully.
Your confidentiality is assured The models you see on my site are just that so you can see my work and you don’t have to take any risks of being seen unless you want to. Of course you can be a model by just saying I can show your photos.
I will take tasteful and beautiful photos, edit them and show them to you in person, make prints and send you emails so you can reveal them to those who love you.

I recommend every woman get updated photos once a year.
Why? We change and so does our style.
And at a price like this you can start now!

Simply click below and get your first time shots.

I will call you for the consultation. The initial consultation is always free.

  • Notes:
    Arrive hair and makeup ready. That includes a french manicure and pedicure
    You should invest in good lingerie and silk stockings with a garter (elastic cuts into your thighs)
  • over 3.5” high heels (nude color)
  • Allow 2.5 hours just in case we go over

The Preview Session: 2-3 weeks from the session we will schedule a private in person preview session. During that time you pick the prints that come with the package and others from a special spice sheet you will receive. I will sometimes in international cases do a skype order session.
Most women get a little pink book (24 prints) and a canvas, or wall triptych (3 in a row) prints on canvas or metal.

All costs included in package except tax and shipping.

Contact form for questions or want to be added to my specials email

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Ovid, Fasti 5. 222 ff (trans. Frazer) (Roman poetry C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :
“[Chloris, the goddess of flowers, speaks of the metamorphosis of handsome youths into flowers :] Narcissa
Limited Edition Print
Concept and Design Heather Wakefield, Lo Kat
Photography: Heather Wakefield
Model: Lo Kat
MUA: Stephanie Evans, Kaitin Molina
Lighting Tech: Ed Lark

The Dark Side of Transformation

Sometimes I don’t know where inspiration is going to come from, which was the case for this painting. As a Fine Art Conceptual Photographer it comes from different places but I am always interested in the inner narrative in my work. That is the deeper psychological aspects of ourselves. These sessions become very “process oriented” not all planned with every last hair in place. I allow room for a spontaneous creativity to enter into the piece.  I create a structure and then see what happens. Many are absolute failures. Some work out, like this on. I like it and I hope you do too.

In this piece I teamed up with a friend who agreed to model for me and to learn along with me.  This was just one stage set out of 4 that day, but the dialogue about the photo was very in-depth and personal. It took 9 months to birth. I really did not expect a digital painting to emerge from it. So, I was surprised when that expectation was broken.

In the end a female narcissus revealed herself. She got caught in her own reflection and turned into a flower at the side of a stream. Do we want this fate?

The fear of being caught in the reflection is very strong in many women. Like take myself for example. I cannot stand to have my photo taken. Like many feminists I value other things such as my character more than a pretty photo. And yet, when I see a photo of myself I just automatically do the same thing as every other woman, I look at all the flaws, and for me it HAS to be a decent quality photo in addition to being an attractive capture. I can go on for days about some bad low light capture in bad light with a terrible angle…So many ugly selfies out there, too. No wonder women think they are not attractive.  Would we rather get caught for another day feeling frozen and helpless?  Feeling insecure, shamed, self-conscious than to take one small turn, put on some lipstick, and turn slightly into the flattering light? and say hello to the person next to us before we smile. SNAP! Delete.

I see this as a metaphor, when we become paralyzed by our own inner world we are expected to just do whatever it is our fears are telling us.  I work with many  aspects of the female psyche and the value of beauty, my photographic conceptual paintings in essence are universal self-portraits that have come out of my mind with others as actresses. I work with attitudes toward beauty, describe visually inner narrative and what it is and is not very directly in my personal work.  This is the power of art. To look at our emotions from the outside. To see something in a new way. SNAP. Delete.

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Elemental Alchemy, March 8 2014, Counter Culture Gallery

As worn by Kara Nova at Hot Couture. Photo by Will Bucquoy

As worn by Kara Nova at Hot Couture. Photo by Will Bucquoy

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Presented by  Counter Culture Art Haus Gallery, ACE, the Satellite Art Station, Bohemian Beauty. Special thanks to our sponsors:

Logos Elemental Alchemy double up

The most stunning visual display of fire & fashion art in the Northbay, Spring 2014Get your ticket in advance at:


Stoke the Fire element of love in every area of life

Join us for the debut of ‘Elemental Alchemy’ art in two parts: An art opening to start  and an evening of entertainment including a  lantern procession,  fashion show, benefit auction and musical concert, March 8, 2014 at Counter Culture Art Haus Gallery.

6:00 PM Free Photography print show and sale with three photographers

7:15 Procession from Whole Foods- Dress in a Kimono and bring a non fire lanterns and walk over to the gallery with us!

7:30PM The evening of entertainment begins at Counter Culter after the procession.

8: Fashion Show

Get seated quickly for the fashion show. You will be sitting on the floor and a snuggle in approach is encouraged. Say hi to your neighbor and skooch! Space is limited. Back jacks, pillows and first few rows seating are for the 15 VIP ticket holders. Please get your tickets ahead of time so this flows seamlessly.

8:30 Amaya Rising

9:00 Laura Inserra

10:30  After Party with DJ’s Alex Theory and RickyDMingle with the models

Ticket $15. advance, $20 door

$30/$35. VIP  ticket- includes champaign and and afterparty ticket!

Benefit for Sunmaker Horse Rescue and the Crucible.


Come chill out and dance and mingle with the models at the official EA After party with Alex Theory and RickyD!

More show details:

Print Sale: Three different visions of the same event taken at the Crucible. These prints will be ready to take home and will add a beautifully decorative element to warm up any room. Print Prices Start at $40.

  • Heather Wakefield Photography
  • Stanley Mouse Nouveau Paintings
  • David Korman Photography

The Photos on display in the gallery will share both show shots and private shoots of Heather’s 2014 line of corsets and fire dance wear for The Crucible’s Hot Couture event in which Heather participated for the second year. In the photos and live tonight you will see:

New and favorite Fashion Designs by Heather Wakefield, including the famous ‘sequin dress’ owned by Eva D’Luscious. Designs will be on display in the gallery and on the models. Many are available for sale.

Heather Wakefield’s Avant-Garde Fashion Designs

I imagine a world where we can be ourselves where we can be authentic whether that be glamorous, or real, elegant, innocent, playful, moody, or adventuresome but mostly to be happy and to have that be natural. In my designs I desire to have this be the inspiration. These designs are an expression of my dreams and desires. They come from a deeper place in my psyche. I love underwear from all time periods and find it fascinating. Each piece is unique and is made from my imagination is an exploration of various aspects of the undergarment. These designs are worn for stage, special occasions, art events, and public appearances. They are incredible art pieces that will be a treasure you enjoy forever.

  • Bows by Jacqueline McMillan- Our beautiful Model Jacquelyn makes the most wonderful bows.
  • Fire Embellishments by John Van Strien and John Williams
  • M.C. Eva D’Luscious Sonoma Counties sparkliest export
  • Auctioneer Will Longfellow

The Art Opening is free and open to the public for 6 to 7:30. The Photography show runs from March 1-16.

The entertainment ticket includes:

  • art auction
  • inside runway will be a fashion show featuring Heather’s 2014 authenticity art wear line; ‘Breaking expectations with paper dresses”. Heather makes sensual one of a kind couture designs for stage, Burlesque and fire dance. Always sure to make a statement her corsets, dresses and accessories convey a narrative with sizzle.
  • Concert featuring
  • Laura Inserra; a vibrant multi-instrumentalist,
  • Amaya Rising; Gypsy Flamenco Guitarist

Laura’s music preview:

To see what Amaya is all about:
This will be a spicy evening come tantalize your palette with wine, cheese and chocolate from Whole Foods, anti aging spice drinks from s=Spice Pharm, and wine from Balletto Vineyards.

Counter Culture Art Haus Gallery
6780 Depot Street, suite 100, Sebastopol, CA.
% of proceeds go toward Sunmaker Horse Rescue and the Crucible.
Tickets also available at Counterculture Art Haus Gallery

Bohemian Cover Photo by Will Bucquoy, Design by Heather Wakefield, ‘Sign of the times corset and bustle’  by Heather Wakefield, all items are for sale at the show.

This is a shoe free show. Please bring small pillows or back jacks to sit on if you like, space is limited, snuggle in. Thank you.

Heather Wakefield is booking photo sessions for the spring 2014, discover her portrait work at The evening she will be offering an exclusive discount on portrait session sitting fees and a discount on some of her portrait products .

Photographic display; The Photographs on display will be priced to move during the print sale from 6 until 7:30. They will be beautiful in your home and will be of a variety of shapes and sizes and materials starting at $40. These fine art prints may be perfect to add some spice to a room that needs a little fire! We take cash, credit card and PayPal. Payment arrangements can be made.

We will be each auctioning off one print from each photographer after the start of the event, so get ready to bid! Proceeds from the auction go to Sun Maker horse rescue,  the Crucible and ACE

Abstract1: 2014 –
The Year of the Yang Wood Horse- the cycle of the sacred Five Elements, or Phases, have set us up for this shift into the year of stength. In that cycle, Wood feeds Fire, Fire’s ash creates Earth, Earth’s compression reveals gems of Metal, and Metal collects and holds Water, which nourishes the Wood to start the cycle all over again.The natural laws of these five elements are actually working in multiple ways throughout Nature, our bodies, our psychologies and the energetic movements of all things here on this planet. We now emerge into the generative cycles–powerful, bursting buds of Wood’s new growth fueling the joyful outreach and passions of Fire and the beginnings of Earth’s fruitful harvests.

So, that’s the Wood part of what’s coming. Now to turn our gaze to the animal symbol of Horse. This sprouting upward rush of Wood energy will find its perfect release into the impulsive and passionate nature of the Yang Horse, whose native element is Fire. The Horse energy inspires powerful INTUITION and an indomitable surge towards freedom in every aspect of life. This is a year to follow your inner voice like never before, for it will have a universal cosmic ch’i within it. Higher guidance is with us every step of the way. Reach for the sky, call up your vision, fuel your plans with vision boards and creativity, find a fresh path and pace yourself well. This yang Horse year has the potential to channel the powerful new upthrust of Wood’s Ch’i through the Horse’s Heart energy of Fire and into every project we start, every desire we reach for. It will keep our eager plans from being dominated by too much “head” and not enough “heart.”

The participants:

Laura Inserra– is a vibrant composer, multi-instrumentalist, and artistic director. She is a classically trained musician with a strong background in improvisation music. Her style is a fusion of different musical genres from classical to electronic, from minimalist to world music. She composes and performs soundtracks and sound design for dance, theater, art installations, and movies.  A native of Sicily, her work in Italy is well-known, including integral participation in the composition of numerous movie scores and the artistic direction of innovative live productions. L-Inserra-470

I so look forward to you all meeting her music. She will lead us on a journey that is timeless.

Amaya rising: Is just releasing his first video called “the story of love” this dynamic and talented performer is going to escort us thorough the evening’s festivities with his unique global blend of sounds.


Heather Wakefield is a visionary small business owner,  portrait photographer,  graphic and fashion designer and general creative chick who lives in Sebastopol, CA. (Please see the blogs below for last years pics from the crucible’s Hot Couture).

Heather is currently booking for Spring 2014 photo shoots.  All her fashion designs seen during the show will for sale at the show and in the gallery until March 16. Outfit purchase comes with a complimentary fitting.  Check out her website at request a catalog at


Will Bucquoy:

Will Bucquoy

David Korman:

Through his photos, David Korman captures the ecstasy, spontaneity, and spirit of performers, artists, and events. His portraits of individuals often are definitive. David’s interest in performance and events has included a brief period as a concert promoter in Sonoma County and work as an assistant tour manager for the electro-pop duo Midi Matilda. A veteran of numerous corporate and charitable gatherings, David has also serviced high-end events with special photo set-ups provided by Snap Yourself! Photo Booths, a new approach to the classic photo booth idea. “I’ve been a theater usher, waiter and bartender, too,” says David, “and I know when social chemistry is working.” A native of Soho in downtown Manhattan, David graduated from the Park School of Communication at Ithaca College in New York, where he studied photography and began working as a photojournalist. Soon after, David became intrigued by the alternative music scene in Sonoma County, and he has recently relocated to San Francisco’s East Bay.

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Models and live show shots from Hot Couture 2014: The event received a wide array of press again this year as it did last year and here are some of my favorite photos from the press photographers at the show of my work. There were many art wear designers who participated and you can check out what they did on the crucible website and also on their facebook page.

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Participating Models in Hot Couture:

Donica Tomko
Kara Nova (on cover of the Bohemian)
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Jaclyn McMillan
Forest Schrodt

Additional models for procession and fashion show at Elemental Alchemy:

We are honored to have the amazing Anandha Ray as our mistress of the procession and the Fashion show.

Prince ArThor

Tatiana Makhilova

Yerevan Dewa Saraswati

Jackie McMillian

Jamie Batt

Ciel Lorenzen

Luna Moon

and many more!

Makeup by Erin Gabriel and Stephanie Evans

the outstanding Anandha Ray is the cat walk coordinator and procession choreographer:


“The only risk in life is not taking one.”- Anandha Ray

Moving Arts Dance performs works of dance art that speak to the emotional realities of our time through a fusion of ballet and modern dance styles. Under the direction of Anandha Ray, this company has been internationally heralded for their ability to express the common experiences of humans. As “cultural ambassadors” for the American Embassy, the company has performed command concerts for foreign dignitaries in addition to two national tours of Belarus titled “Dance Without Borders”. The mission of these tours, as is our mission on other international tours and at home in America, is to bridge the gap between fractions, allowing people to be seen as “one-people” who experience similar feelings and have similar issues, rather than being labeled by other standards that serve to divide us.

Dj Alex Theory is going to pull out the most amazing transformational chill dance set you have heard recently.1003138_10151701466252182_86507732_n

Music Producer • Executive Film Producer • Event Producer

Alex Theory is a renowned DJ, Music Producer, Executive Film Producer, and Event Producer. He has done shows with Thievery Corporation, Damien Marley, The Roots, Eryka Badhu, Elton John, India Arie, Ani DiFranco, STS9, Mickey Hart, Particle, DJ Logic, The Flaming Lips, String Cheese Incident, Stanley Jordan, Sheila Chandra, and many more. He is the founder of the Global Sound Conference and the Global OM project – a historic event that used the power of sound to unify participants across the world to a synchronized frequency. His work has received airplay in film, radio, and television commercials, and has appeared on releases by White Swan, Interchill, System Recordings, and Sounds True. Alex is currently a Governor on the board of the Recording Academy (Grammys®), and is helping shape the future of media and technology across the planet

And our local community dance teacher  and DJ RickyD will be rocking us into a gentle frenzy.

I have seen RickyD leading a full on  love revolution from the earlier days back in the Kimya house. Always an enthusiastic dancer, he was a founding member of NCDC, Rick has taught partner contact and is passionate about bringing joy to the body through his rhythmic tunes.1654153_585628488178512_1811333968_n

Get inspired at  the Crucible: to check out their events and educational programs.

Breaking Expectations with Paper Dresses:

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IMG_0856Putting it all together with Jaclyn

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My Cat, Cosmic Dust approving of the project


Initial sketch of the ‘find me’ dressIMG_0446Fire rehearsal practice before Hot Couture- after dark.

Updates as they come in …keep checking back.

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Video clips from the Hot Couture show at the Crucible:

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Covergirl Photo ‘Mini” Workshop

Spring Mini Session promotion-8.5x14 printThanks for your interest in making a donation to help stop violence against women.

Please tune in tomorrow for the details and discount on the Spring Mini Workshop with Heather.

Workshop described below”

Bohemian Beauti Presents:

The not to be missed event this spring!

2 day event
Sa. and Su. March 9 & 10, 2013

Appts. every hour on the hour

with Heather Wakefield and Jennifer Remmers

Spring set lip to earth’s bosom bare,
And left the flushed print in a poppy there.
~Francis Thompson, “The Poppy,” 1891

Included in price:
Hair & Makeup
2 sets, 1 outfit (come dressed)
3 poses, each set
retouching and 1 style
6 Photos for online use
Regularly a $600  value
early bird registration is $250 by Feb 24
$300  thereafter
This is the best value for updated 2013 photos
for all your online and personal needs.
Print package and payment plans available.
Limited spaces, This mini event likely to sell out! register early

Policies and terms:

There will be a specially priced print package available for your consideration the day of the event, alongside heathers standard print packages.
This offer is not good with any other offers: exception donation to charity as outlined on the Satellite Art Station homepage
1/2 deposit is required. by Feb 24
Further retouching and styles billed at an additional charge
All ages welcome
1 person per package, exception: mother and child for paypal for charity donation and gift certificate discount

Location announced after registration

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Valentines Day Giveaway

Heather Wakefield Photo
Valentines Day Giveaway

Win a free 5×7 print for Valentines day, just follow the instructions below
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to enter to win a  5×7 Print from Heather’s print shop
(A $75. Value)
Before February 1:
2. Write one sentence  in the comments box below about your experience in the SAS studio and working with Heather
3. Sign up for the email to receive offers, updates and classes over to the right
4. Return to facebook and state you have done this
5. include in your post what photo you want..
1 winner will be chosen for best comments by Feb 7th

I will be using these comments in my new catalogue.
Thanks for your help!

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Hot Couture

Hot Couture!
Ritual Theater Fire Dance Fashions by Heather Wakefield

I presented four fashion looks at the Hot Couture fashion show at the crucible in Oakland Jan 10 and 11, 2012.
Hot Couture: A Fusion of Fashion & Fire:

January 11 & 12, 2013
 Doors at 7pm
 Show at 8pm
Heathers work:
These four pieces represent the four directions on earth.
North, East, South and West
This directional inspiration came from doing rituals to honor the directions.
Each direction has a personal meaning to me that meaning inspired the designs.

I am available for custom design work for stage and event wear.
Please see below for information

  1. North

Forging ahead on a narrow path
Tending the garden and other mundane tasks that make life enjoyable.

Corn Maiden Outfit:

Couture Technique
Native American dance
“prayer dancing” in which a prayer is enacted and embodied in a dance.
Fire Ritual Theater

Materials and Techniques:
White, fine soft suede
Original made for Jaya Lakshmi in the band ‘Lost at Last’
Black light reactive
Hand cut fringe
Scissor cut, machine and hand sewn

2. South
Meaning: Ease, simplicity, the good life

Fertility Suit

Couture Technique
Tribal Belly dance
Feminine Form expression of sexuality
Fertility rites and rituals
Early burning man fashion style

Materials and Techniques:
Dyed Rabbit fur
Foundation bra with fabric
Hand and Machine sewn

3. East

Meaning: Tradition, where we come from as a point of departure

Modern Chastity Belt:

Victorian culture takes a turn

“Don’t take any risks:
Send your partner safely to burning man without you”
“lace” chicken wire corset and panties and lock.

Yes you can wear it- it is even comfy.
Better than the old horse hair suits they used to punish with.
Couture Technique

Wry commentary on Victorian sexuality
Recycled Fashion
Burning man’s sculptural orientation
The body as art display

Materials and Techniques:

Cut chicken wire
Copper fine wire
Woven cut bicycle tire
Sewn lace, ribbon, bridal tool

4. West
Meaning: Expansion, enlightenment, striving, creativity

Peace Priestess:
Art Nouveau
Japanese Kimono
Ziyi Zhang‘s photo in Vogue right after crouching tiger hidden dragon
Couture Technique
Taking peaceful action
Reverence for life

Materials and Techniques:

White sheet cut, torn, hand stitched and stapled
Knotted torn skirt
Open mesh fabric

Made for Burning Otters in the fire conclave, Burningman

Peace is not something passive, as many people think.
It is an active principle and in ritual dance- the dance is a prayer

Art Nouveau was an international dialogue between Europe and Japan to start.
If you look you will see these influences in each region where it grew.

Heather Wakefield: Fashion Biography

I have been sewing things since I was a child. I forget I do it in fact, because well…. its second nature. I collect all kinds of fun little bits and fragments in it. once I go out in the studio there I can loose track of time – a day or a week. It’s is a timeless magic project place to dream about a better world with a lot going on. It is may sanctuary.  It is an my personal studio and educational center with classes. You can check out my other talents there too.
I studied Fiber Arts at CCA and so have a sculptural orientation to my work. I spent a couple of years studying with Carol Beadle. I took all my tailoring, surface design, applique, sewing and flat patterning classes at U-mass when I was at Hampshire College. I like to win awards and just find the whole fashion runway thing fun. It is a lot of work, but worth it! I retain this whimsical attitude in my work because it keeps it lively.
I have design for performers, and for special events such as the opera audience. Oddly I have never worked for a costume department. But I often shop at their sales and pull apart the garments and check them out.
I have studied modern dance and dance often. Ritual fire dance and performance art theater is a passion for me and these four outfits I made for myself. I often make things for others so I do not have them in my possession. They are one of a kind.

I like old patterns and vintage clothes- stuff that is hand sewed or made well. Experiments, patches, torn edges, and interesting things. Mostly natural fibers, but sometimes experimental. I like textures, feel drape and the way pieces fit together, unusual materials and poetic, romantic moments. My work is largely narrative and describes my own experiences.
I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I like making them.

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Make your own custom corset class

SAS Time and Materials estimate

Starts: Friday August 3, 2012
Limit:  6 and fills up fast
Cost : $150.  (nonrefundable 1/2 deposit required at registration online) ($75.) rest due at first class
Located at the Satellite Art Station
email for information sheet.

purchase tickets at:

Learn Custom Design & Corset Making
Some sewing experience is helpful.

In this workshop you will design and make a custom fitted Corset. This includes:  design and finalizing of a commercial pattern, sewing  a mock-up, and then tailoring a finished corset. I teach a modified traditional approach to the corset that is fun, mostly easy and beautiful.  We will cover concept, design, fabrics, flat patterning, construction and detailing.
You will walk away with
~a pattern that fits you,
~a fun trial bustier that you can use as a costume,
~and a final corset.

There will be video tutorials, and lots of excitement once were rolling.

Please call me at (707) 824-4833  for a free design and fabric and trim consultation prior to the workshop so we can get right to work. Arrive ready to start to modify your pattern. Lots of one on one attention.

Things to bring: Pattern, fabric, trims, notions: boning, busk, thread, buttons, zippers #10 sewing machine needles (they break a lot), snacks and good protein.
Things included: water and popcorn are always free. Step by step instruction and hands on learning, access to workspace, sewing machines, grommets (from our stock), tools, equipment, video tutorials, resources and facilities.
Overnights can be arranged if your from out of town. Like maybe you can cook for us as a trade or make a donation.

The art station is home to Cats Eye Teahouse  where there is always plenty of tea, coffee and drinks for sale.

Class times: This annual and popular class tends to take over the studio for its duration, and includes open studio hours.
We set the schedule together- It’s a little insane,  but it works out well as each of you will need individual time and, not everyone is always available, and people sew at different rates, have creative designs that require more or less time, and have varying skill sets. You can schedule during any of the open studio hours, or by arrangement.

Open studio hours are:
Friday 11-6, Saturday 11-6, Sunday 11-midnight, Monday 11-midnight.

Plan to make a commitment to the completion of your corset within in 2 weeks (it should take about 8  visits).  The third weekend we can add trims and details- and do the photo shoot. This is an incredible deal and you will walk away with an item you will love forever, that you can say you made.

Special:  Custom Portrait of your finished Corset available for $75. more ($150. value) note: If you all plan the shoot in one day I will hire a hair and makeup person. You will get (6)  4×6 prints, 1 8×10 Print, and facebook and or email copies for social sharing. Remember:  It is up to you to follow up about which prints you pick from the gallery. I will be offering another pinup playshop in the fall with Eva D’luscious.

The creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing.
Couture is made to order for a specific customer,
usually made from high-quality,
expensive fabric and sewn with attention to detail
and finished by an experienced and capeable seamstress
often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques.

About the instructor:

After winning awards in College for her outstanding fiber art clothing, Heather started out in the fashion industry in NYC as in house designer for a small independent  ready wear knit firm. As a result of this experience Heather holds an interesting approach to the the body, to art in modern times, the industry and adornment. She is qualified in traditional tailoring techniques, flat patterning, costuming for theater and performance art, readywear production, and home made clothing. Heather likes to re-fashion existing clothing and believs we should all make our own clothing, and that the readywear industry is part of a larger problem in society in which we are removed from the very basics that sustain us. Heather left the industry because it was so corrupt and continues to love fabrics, fashion and all things beautiful. She encourages you to never buy anything except Jeans (which you need special machines to make well), and of course shoes. New shoes. Never buy used shoes- it’s gross. Anyway you may or may not  like her unique approach to fashion but you will make a rocking corset, avoiding all sweat shop labor, and other social i’lls. Especially if you find some cool used fabric from an antique shop.

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Pin-Up Playshop

Pinup Playshop

Be the star of your own pinup fantasy just in time for Valentine’s Day!

This females-only event offers you a chance to become the pinup girl of your (and everyone else’s) dreams. Playshop participants will walk away with an understanding of pinup hair, makeup, and wardrobe styling, tips for taking fabulous portraits, and a photo CD for online use. Before Valentine’s Day, pinups will also receive one 8 x 10 glossy full-color photo and twelve 4 x 6 photos  to share. Additional prints and Photoshop retouching will be available for a separate fee.

Saturday, February 11, 2012
12 noon to 4 p.m. (End time is approximate, depending on the number of participants.)

Satellite Art Station
707 A Sexton Road
Sebastopol, CA  95472

Cost: $130
Non-refundable Eventbrite ticket preregistration cost $75.00(

Further Details:
·       Photography to be provided by HEATHER WAKEFIELD of the Sassy Girls Art Club. Heather will offer guidance on how to find your best lighting, choosing poses to accentuate your assets, and which expressions and angles best highlight your individual hotness. Heather has been taking pictures and making images for more than 20 years. Her work emphasizes connection, caring, community, and creativity. Hez says: “It’s my joy to document life’s stages, adventures, and action. I take a natural approach, especially in the studio, so that people feel at ease and we get great shots. When everyone’s relaxed and having fun, the magic happens.”

·      Pinup hairstyle mini-lesson and individual consultations/assistance to be provided by EVA GANGALE of STRUCTURE SALON, Petaluma. Eva began her career in 2003 at an award-winning salon. There she apprenticed under several master stylists, each with their own unique approach, and this gave her a well-rounded foundation. Always evolving as a hairdresser, Eva looks forwards and backwards for inspiration. Constantly reading fashion blogs and magazines for the looks of now and next season, she is also inspired by vintage fashion as well as classic films. Eva doesn’t subscribe to any single school of thought on hairdressing. Instead, she has created her own philosophy: “Break rules if you know why you’re breaking them.”

·      Pinup makeup mini-lesson and individual consultations/assistance to be provided by a SAVAGE JENNY representative.  Savage Jenny is the only high-glam, ultra-sparkly, and color-saturated natural cosmetic line. Formulated by an herbalist and performer who needed gorgeous makeup for the stage, the Savage Jenny company is committed to providing a green and glamorous alternative for all savvy fashionistas addicted to glam.

·      Production assistance to be provided by local showgirl EVA D’LUSCIOUS. A little bit sugar and a whole lotta spice, Eva D’s performances celebrate the strength, power, and sexiness of women who love themselves. She enjoys folding her varied dance studies in samba, Middle Eastern, African, flamenco, jazz, classical ballet, and tap into her burlesque performances. Eva D’Luscious performs solo and with her troupe, VERSES OF SEDUCTION, around the San Francisco Bay Area, and co-produces CABARET DE CALIENTE, a monthly dance and circus arts variety show inspired by historic vaudeville and burlesque.

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Mystree Productions and the Satellite Art Station Present:

Friday, December 16, 2011


SILENT ART AUCTION 7:30-10 PM $17 in advance on website or  $20 at door

Buy Tickets online at:

Advance Auction ticket $17.  at door $ 20.

See below for complete details

Guests park at the O’ Riley building, shuttle takes you to event
at 1401 Ferguson Road, Sebastopol, CA


Theme: GOLD and ART DEKO for prosperity and beauty

no host BAR
Balletto winery Pinot, Chardonnay and Zin
Lagunitas Beer on tap


ART AUCTION: 7:30-10,

$20.00 suggested donation

Auction Includes:
– Advance knowledge of some silent auction items
– Access to no host bar
– Entertainment
– Hors de oeuvres

Tantalizing Performance arts by:
Members Aries Fire Arts Collective Fire Dance host a community fire dance circle
Devi Leela Tribal Belly Dance
The Sugar Plum Fairy Burlesque
Kalalea Fire Ritual Danc

MC with The Cosmic Waiteress and ‘the Referee’

Get your creative spirit on and help fold 1000 cranes for peace with the ‘Sassy Girls Art Club’ –
these will be sent as an international peace exchange

Other items TBA : Stay tuned

FINAL BIDS 10:15- 10:30
Chinese Live Auction (RAFFLE) 10:30- 10:50
Winners announced 11:00

Mingle with community, enjoy fabulous food, meet the artists and bid on works of art.
Proceeds will go towards winterizing the SAS country art studio so the artists can stay warm and working through the winter.

The goal is $4000. for insulation, heaters, electrical wiring, and lights.
Keep tuned for results on our facebook thermometer. Were up to $300. already.

John Whisman is generously donating his time to do the work on the building , along with many other volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to help out with any aspect of this project, please contact Heather – 707-824-4833 or

Brino ism
Carey Thompson
Catherine Grecco
DebraLea Comstock
Heather Wakefield
Jayashri Triolo
John Whisman
Krista Lynn Brown
Lydia Allen
Mark Henson
Matt Stevens
Michelle Carnes
Paul Nicholson
Stanley Mouse
Suzanne DeVeuve
Virginia Wenzel
Wendy Allen



Its a come in your underwear party. With the irreverent and chaotic yet talented band Tornado Rider.

After party at the Hopmonk- Winter funderland!

Bring your auction number and get a discount at the door.

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