Black Hearts Ball 2015: An Interpretation of Steppenwolf
Black Hearts Ball showcased seven Minnesota based artists in fashion and design; paired alongside local operatic and classical musician’s performances. Each designer featured presented their interpretations of an inspiration from the Nobel Creations Exhibition at the American Swedish Institute.
I chose to interpret the Nobel Prize, literature, specifically Hermann Hesse’s novel, Steppenwolf. Hesse won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1946. His novel, Steppenwolf, poetically describes the healing journey of uncovering the many layers of one’s self. Steppenwolf feels he is part man; spiritual, sublimated, cultivated, and part beast; instinctive, chaotic, and savage. Can there be a balance? He meets Hermine who teaches him to dance and live and to accept that he has many selves. She introduces him to beautiful Maria, who shows him how to love, feel, and enjoy the pleasure of life. They feel love for one another. Are the three of them even separate entities?! This collection uses texture, color, and shape to emphasize this recurring theme throughout the novel.
My collection. With the musical accompaniments of “Prelude and Waltzer for two violins” – from Five Duets for Violin, written by Dimitri Shostakovich. Performed by Emily Schmidt and Teigen Leonard, accompanied by Donald Livingston.
A huge thank you to my beautiful models; Lauren Engle (Maria), Rachel Burbul (Hermine), and Caityn McArthur (Steppenwolf). Thank you to Dusty Thune of House of Thune for the spectacular wolf head piece. http://www.facebook.com/house-of-thune. Thank you to the hair and makeup team! Mahogany Plautz and Sarah Elizabeth. Mahagony is so talented at making hair extra textured and big! She can read my mind. Thank you to Gregg Jiracek for the gorgeous photos. Thank you to Rachel Roff for the rad videos/photos! Thank you to O’Calla Joslyn for the artful choreography of the models. Thank you to Tim+Thom Navarro for putting this event together, and the support and love and opportunity to be a part of such an awesome event. Thank you to Spark Letterpress for the absolutely beautiful event posters and programs. Thank you Bela Vander Voort for having the coolest name in Minneapolis and for the dazzling blackheartsball website. There were so many creative and talented and NICE people behind this show! Thank you to my friends and family; for not abandoning me when I was so selfish with my time in getting this collection finished and perfected! Thank you Katie Radford for the clean, updated business cards and for designing book marks for me at the last minute! Thank you Judah Birkeland for the support near and far.