Monday, May 28, 2012


My new collection called “Transcendence” and the second one by “SheverDUSHKA” is finally launched. Its out there now for all of you to enjoy (if I'm lucky ;) and judge! It’s again autumn/winter women’s wear and the main item of the new range is outwear – jackets, coats, capes. The pieces, I believe, are the ones which set the whole look. Also, now, when I know my clientele better, I made some adjustments and the new collection is created with consideration for ladies of different sizes and shapes. Plus, although, each piece is OOAK, this time I will take orders to produce new versions of the items according to customers wishes but with certain changes in colour or/and textures, trims, etc. Thus, it is not identical to the original. Working on this collection I proceeded to explore textile techniques I got to experiment with developing my first collection “Human Chamaeleanus” – nuno-felting and shibori. It was love at first sight between me and those techniques :) I totally love how they allow to create unique textures and surfaces. Such poetry within!!! This time I drew inspiration from two different sources. Styles and silhouettes are inspired by historical costumes of 14-18 century, such as medieval dresses or regal robes. I believe, the HBO’s new hit “Game of Thrones” has something to do with it ;) “Winter is coming…” ;) At the same time, textures and colour palette are driven by nature – stones, caves and ground surfaces – various shades of brown, tangerine and beige. Collection is made of high quality natural materials such as merino fleece, merino and virgin wool jersey, silks, silk/linen blends and some gold sequins and genuine leather in metallic shades to give it a more contemporary touch. The name of the collection “Transcendence” came (with a help of friend of mine) as I tried to express the underlying meaning beyond material and practical value of the garments. In general, the world “transcendence” describes “the state of excelling or surpassing or going beyond usual limits"; "a state of being or existence above and beyond the limits of material experience". In application to my collection it’s about taking inspiration from historical costumes, bringing elements over into modern society and giving a wearer a chance to get a sense, a feeling, an emotional experience, which goes far beyond just materiality of the garment itself. Because, even in updated modern application each particular historical style comes with baggage of meanings attached to it and therefore creates different emotional atmosphere around as well as inside the wearer; changes the energy flow if you wish. So here it comes... Subliminal Transformation Reversable Coat_Sublimation Side
Subliminal Transformation Reversable Coat_Regal Side
Back & Forward Reversable Coat_Internal Side
Back & Forward Reversable Coat_External Side
The Hidden Within Hoody_Good Forces
The Hidden Within Hoody_Evil Queen
To Infinity and Beyond Cape
Rings of Eternity Lace Dress
Legacy & Spirits Jacket
Bells & Whistles Jacket, Scarves and Skirt
Huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped me to make it happen: Amasingly creative team of XRay Doll for their enormous work with photography, retouching and filmmaking!!! My dearest friend and very talented haidresser Heather Loudon for my hair colour, hairdo and make up that gave me the perfect look for this collection!!! And, finally, to my hubby, who puts up with me being a lousy wife while I'm busy creating :))) LOVE YOU all dearly!!! xoxo SheverDUSHKA

Thursday, May 24, 2012

"Transcendence" - Interview and illustrations

Holly Molly! (I think that's the right expression, lol) Wonderful news - lovely Lorena lightened up my day by posting an interview about new range with some sneak peek images from "Transcendence" collection including her beautiful illustration for one of the looks! Just 3 days before the launch ;) Not to be missed!!! ;) I've collaborated with Lorena aka BaleaRaitzART on and commissioned her to illustrate 3 looks for my upcoming women's outwear collection "Transcendence". It's been exciting experiment! Here they are: "To Infinity and Beyond"
"The Hidden Within"
"Bells and Whistles"
Aren't they beautiful?! Such ART! Love them all! Although, first two are my favorites ;) Enjoy interview and Lorena's illustrations :) "Winter is coming"... (at least to Oz, anyway :))) xoxo SheverDUSHKA

Monday, May 21, 2012

SheverDUSHKA is now on FB

Finally decided to create separate page on FB for my boutique fashion brand SheverDUSHKA. It's about time, I guess )))
You know I love ya, xoxo SheverDUSHKA

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Waiting is killing me!..

Photographs and illustrations for my new coming collection are still getting done (within the schedule, I have to admit). But if I have enoughf patience to spent over 100 hours embroidering bodice for the dress, I most certainly have none when it comes to waiting! ))) So wanna see the result and share it with everyone!!! I don't think I have mentioned it before that to present this collection I have collaborated not only with highly creative team XRayDoll which develops photos but also, with very talanted illustrator Lorena aka Balea-Raitz (from Romania, currently living in New Zealand). Here is a quick sketch she did for one of the garments from the "Transcendence" collection.
Full and completed versions (illustrations and photographs) will be about a week later. Be patient :) I know I have to be :) xoxo SheverDUSHKA

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New collection is finished :)

There is again a month gap between 2 posts. Well... I really do s... at regularity, don't I? ))) Anyway, last few weeks have been hectic - helping RwB with their collection for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and finishing my own collection at the same time will make you overwhelmed with work ;) Now both things are done! Yahoo!!!
Especially happy about finally finishing my new collection which was shot last Sunday :) Hurray!!! Now less then 2 weeks before it will be set free for everyone to see and react :) It's an what can be deservedly called "Haute Couture" collection as all garments are 90-100% hand made (including construction - meaning sewing!!!) as well as textiles. The collection is shaped utilising my favorite techniques - nuno-felting & shibori. Therefore, my "newly born baby" is, as planed, transeasonal womens outwear collection 2012-2013 named "Transcendence".
It's about taking inspiration from historical costume and bringing elements over into modern society, giving a wearer a chance to get a sense, a feeling, an emotional experience, which goes far beyond just materiality of the garment. An emotional experience that has traveled through the times and have been brought to give a sence of how it would be to feel like, for instance, a medieval nobel lady or a 16-17th century queen."
The shooting happend at Carrageworks in Darlington (Sydney). But final images will be digitally retouched to give them more high-end editorial look and create a better way to deliver the concept of the collection.
As always, will keep you posted, hopefully without delays ;))) xoxo SheverDUSHKA

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Textiles for newcoming collection

Since I got the fleece delivered I have been felting full on :)
These two days have been intense and more to go ;)))

First "baby" is out..

...Another one is still drying...

xoxo SheverDUSHKA

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Here it comes ... ;)))

Finally! Just received new fleece at 7.20 a.m. today. Hurray!!! Now I can keep working on my collection! It's going to be a fun day of felting )))

LY xoxo SheverDUSHKA

Friday, March 30, 2012

Master class 2012

I'm happy to announce that I will be giving another master class on Nuno-felting & Shibori this year on 16/17 June 2012 near Amsterdam hosted by awesome lady Dorie van Dijk

Here the link to the event page on Facebook if anyone interested to join in for a weekend of felting, shibori and great company of like-minded and talented people in beautiful rural Netherlands :)))

Sooo excited!!!!! See you there ;))) xoxo SheverDUSHKA

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Embroidery - Mission accomplished

Can't believe I've finished it! 102 hours of work - thought it would never end :-0))) Have fitting with a client tomorrow. Still have to put it all together, but the hardest part is over ;))) Hope she likes it, although...

xoxo SheverDUSHKA

Friday, March 16, 2012


Had to pause developing my collection for a couple of weeks as I'm full on working on different kind of project involving my another favorite technique - embroidery. This time I'm making and embroider the bodice of what's going be a wedding dress (Yepp, black with multicolored embellishment - is in fact a wedding dress :)) for a client of the brand I work for - Romance was Born. I'm using plastic raffia as main material for this project with addition of some traditional embroidery threads like wool, cottons and ribbons.

Have been working on it for over 30 hours so far and much more to go, but I'm getting there ;)

Will keep you posted ;) xoxo SheverDUSHKA

Sunday, March 11, 2012

First born ;)

Hey there!
Have been working on my first toile for the collection over weekend.
Pretty happy with the result :) Here it is with inspiration, textile and silhouette developments.

Nuno-felted coat 1

This is nuno-felt (silk/linen blend and merino fleece) I intend on applying to the developed silhouette.

Sleeve patternmaking

See you later ;) xoxo SheverDUSHKA

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Creative brainstorming

In my previous post I outlined textures and colours of my new collection. This time it's about silhouettes.

For "Time nomad" collection (draft title, remember) I'm thinking of loose fitting and "spacey" shapes. My primary inspiration comes from historical costumes between 15-19 century. Mostly cloaks/capes and medieval dresses. I love the idea of those long uneven flying sleeves or the exaggeratedly puffy ones. And what about back of the cloak fluttering behind as the woman walks but not as light and drapy as soft silks but with some kind of queenly grace, ceremonial even? I hope this description is not too confusing ;))) Guess, images should make it easier ;)

Oh, my gosh, the draping toiles is going to be so much fun!!! Can't wait!!!
xoxo SheverDUSHKA

Monday, March 5, 2012

Moving on...

Recent sudden death of close friend of mine, Alyona, who wasn't even 40 got me thinking about how much time I waste got suck into routine while life is passing by. This lost has shaken me and, surprisingly, woken my creativity up. What a strange effect... Sooo... I got my hands full in developing the next collection.

I'm still polishing the concept, but the working title is "Time wanderer" or may be "Time nomad". This is going to be women's outwear collection were I will be further exploring combination of nuno-felting and shibori. Main colours will be brown, beige, ochre but there will fair bit of orange as I consider shades of orange to be my signature ones.

I have done some textile samples over weekend defining textures and colours of the collection. There just some of them I consider applying and gathered images I've drown my inspiration from.

Mood Board

Textile Sample 1

Textile Sample 2

(photo of the wall of the building near Eiffel Tower, Paris I took when was there last year)

Textile Sample 3-4