It's been a few months since I created anything here on Polyvore. I thought I should show some signs of life and do something. Since I'm a big vintage fashion-phile, I created a set of something I would wear. I went a little retro with the reds and teals becauseI was thinking of the strong colors of the 50s era. Also, the black beaded head wrap seemed like a fun addition to this vintage look. Thanks for looking!
Most the time I look like a man. Other times...not as much. My identity can't be defined by either gender, but I love shifting my look back and forth. Just the way I was born and in the past couple years I've learned to be happy with it and embrace it fully. This image for me is about being confident and facing my life with bravery even when I don't feel I can. It's not often easy, but it's always worth it. - Ele
Here is the Bowler…finally. This it the last part of the 3 part series of my characters I’ve been working on. I start next week on a new series within the full spectrum of Cohorts which I can’t talk about yet. However, very shortly, the first story for Cohorts will be released online in April. I am very excited to begin sharing it and I hope people will enjoy it.
This is the second in the series I'm working on, from the book I'm writing called "Cohorts." Her name is Penelope and she's the behind the scenes person to our two main heroes. I've done numerous pieces with her before, this will make #4 if I'm not mistaken.
Unlike Eliza, she embraces her femininity, is social and is a good hearted person. She's also diligent in her resolve and very focused. By title, she is an assistant or a secretary. What she really does though is keep the whole operation together and keeps things running.
Penny is underestimated a lot. People see a beautiful woman and tend to overlook the details about her. This detail though allows her to get past certain protocols without much trouble. Beyond the external is a person with intellect, grace and sincerity. She brings balance to her bizarre associates.
This is part of a bigger piece I'm creating, but I also wanted to finish this one out and make it its own piece as well. This is a character I created for a book I'm writing called "Cohorts." Her name is Eliza 'Dimes' Dixon. I have more coming in the next few days.
I've recently had a few questions about this set/post: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=33304572 A few people wanted to know if I had done more. The answer: Absolutely I've had the fortune of being invited to many different things were I have been encouraged to show off my feminine side. I love doing it too and am not timid at all to express that. It's okay for men to be pretty too. ;)
As some already know, when I first joined Polyvore, I did a project for a year called "The Clothes Off Her Back." You can go back to my earlier sets and check them out. 52 weeks, 7 sets for each week. Yikes. I think I made it to the last 2 weeks, but by that point other work got in the way.
So this set was for fun. I'm not going to jump back in a continue to make these same sets, but I thought it would be cool to do one more. This is more reflective of my style now. I love vintage and I learned that from my experimentation on this site. Before Polyvore, I was a guy who liked fashion, but wasn't really sure of what my style was. Now I know, thanks to this site and the community with their feedback.
"That Creeping Feeling" By Ele Nichols featuring The Secretary / Penelope Mcquillen
Have you ever been out in the world and had that feeling you were being watched? It's an unexplainable sensation, a sixth sense if you will. More often than not, we just ignore it. What if though it's a early warning system to alert us of trouble?
This is directly pulled from the series of stories I've been writing, "Cohorts." The story follows The Bowler and Eliza Dimes Dixon as they try to locate and stop the worlds worst criminals and murderers. They are accompanied by Penelope here who helps with some of the behind the scenes work.
In this image, she's on her way home and has that feeling of being watched. She doesn't know why or by whom, but her senses try to calmly come to grips with it.
This was also an exciting artistic opportunity to explore their world, which of course is London. I choose this location because it's definitely a finger print of where they are on the globe. It was one of those rare occasions to be exceeding British with the piece.
I choose to be subtle with the message in this one and enhance the imagery more. The first image of Penelope, she's being choked by a phone cord by an non-existent opponent. This is the other end of that spectrum where the evil is implied. Is she a perpetual damsel in distress? I can make it seem that way, can't I? In these select moments, yes...sort of. She's the Yen to Eliza's Yang.
I hope you enjoy this image! It was so relieving to finally finish, lots and lots of small details went into this, which I'm very proud of. Big Ben took well over a couple days in itself. Gothic architecture if NOT easy to reproduce. Thanks again everyone for taking a moment to peep this out!