Wearable Words

Slogan t-shirts have been around since the 1960s. I remember the designer ‪Howard Gossage designed sweatshirts with the faces of famous classical composers. And so was born the famous Beethoven Sweatshirt fad. One of my first jobs was painting T-shirts in 1972 with psychedelic words and images. Vivienne Westwood made T-shirts punk in the late ’70s. The ’80s had slogans to convey a heart and a cause. And the ’90s and early 2000s were all about branding. The trend of words adorning everything from handbags to jewelry continues into spring and summer 2014. Wear what you believe in and say say it loud and clear. The message can be witty, spiritual or political, and the key is: the more interesting and wise, the better. From odd messages and slogans, to attitude-filled comments and clever word-plays, wearing a bold statement, a lettered article of clothing is a great conversation starter. The slogans can be motivating or ironic, some are there for novelty and to grab attention. Depends on what mood you are in that day. One of my favorite quotes is from Oscar Wilde: “One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.” I designed my “Work of Art” necklace so this quote could be in a cool, wearable form.

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Enlightenment

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I just completed this special commission tapestry for one of my favorite collectors. She is in the process of transitioning to the other side and she is a true inspiration, handling her situation with such spiritual grace and dignity. I was honored and very touched to create this piece and so pleased that she loves it – it has a beautiful, feminine energy, while so strong and solid, grounding and universal. Beauty as Balance. It truly has been a joy creating pieces for and with her. Her special commissions have always propelled me into new creative territory and she has been a dear friend as well as a patron of my art. She knows it it the last piece I will make for her (she has a collection of 20 of my garments & tapestries). She requested that the image include sacred geometry, the flower of life, circles, spirals, purples,golds, pinks, and greens, and a lot of white. She wants it to be titled “Enlightenment”.

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Brigit’s Day 2015

February 2 is Candlemas or Brigit’s Day. It is a fire festival. The Celtic Goddess Brigit, is a deity of fire and fertility. She is also the Goddess of Communication. This celebration reminds us that spring is coming soon, and that we only have a few more weeks of winter to go. The sun gets a little brighter…here is a ritual and a tapestry I created for BRIGIT from our oracle book “Goddess, Guide Me!”. Enjoy!

BRIGIT’S RITUAL

In order to remain flexible, or when you must chose from two or more courses of action, this ritual will allow you to be comfortable with your indecision and to seek inspiration from other sources. Let Mother Nature, the most widely known aspect of The Great Goddess, take a hand.

Select two ribbons of different colors to represent your two courses of action stretching out into time and write the choices upon them. Tie them to a tree branch, symbol of the Sacred Grove of The Goddess and recite the following incantation three times as you do so:

I take these ribbons

And tie them to a tree.

Which ever way the wind blows

Reveals my path to me.

In a few days, return to the tree and check the ribbons. As you approach the ribbons, take careful note if the condition of the words written upon them has changed or if their position has changed. The ribbon whose words are clearer to you is the one to make. If there is no change then postpone your decision. Stay flexible.

Check out our oracle kit “Goddesss, Guide Me here:

Brigit 1991 27" x 45"-1

Art & words (c) Amy Zerner & Monte Farber

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WINTER SOLSTICE: Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM EST

Winter Solstice is of course, the longest night and shortest day of the year. Solstice in Latin actually means “The Sun Stands Still.” And so it is — the Sun has stopped retreating but hasn’t yet begun to come back. As I’ve discovered more about the Winter Solstice, I’ve learned that different cultures around the world have honored the Sun and its rebirth.
For instance in India, Pongol is the Hindu Solstice celebration. The Hopi Indians have a ritual where they light fires to energize and entice the safe return of “The Light.” In Japan, Winter Solstice is a time when the Sun Goddess Amaterasu would come out of her cave. Hanukkah actually means “Festival of Lights.” And Christians around the world celebrate Christmas, a time when the Christ child brings back light and a renewal of hope to the world.

Today, many people celebrate the holidays of the season — Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa — without thinking about their Winter Solstice origins. In fact, most of the holiday customs and traditions of December — miraculous events, giving gifts, celebrating with family, decorating with lights, pine cones, Yule logs, even the colors white, red and green — are actually connected to ancient Winter Solstice celebrations.

We like to say a special prayer to “Welcome the Return of Light.” It goes like this:

May darkness give way to Light.

We are awake within the Night.

Turn the Wheel to bring the Light.

With the powers of Fire, Air, Water and Earth,

we welcome the Light.

Strengthen our hope.

Fill us with Peace.

Each flame is a reminder of the Life force.

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photo & words (c) Amy Zerner & Monte Farber

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The Perfect Piece of Jewelry

The wonderful and fun thing about jewelry is choosing it and feeling fantastic when you wear it, to make the most of both your inner and outer beauty. Anyone can wear jewelry, however some styles that are flattering to some, might not look right on others.

The shape and size of the necklace or bracelet needs to be considered. It’s easy to get so caught up in matching jewelry with current fashion trends that you forget that, like clothing, jewelry needs to fit, too. When it doesn’t, your whole look can be thrown off kilter.

One’s neck and wrists are beautiful parts of the body; Necklaces have to work with your face, neck and bust, all at once. Bracelets draw attention to your wrists and should be delicate if you have a delicate figure. Narrow bands and bangles are great choices for petite women.

Chunkier styles look better on larger figures, longer styles draw the eye downward elongating your height. Pieces with larger stones and/or thicker chains are also preferable to small, delicate pieces for fuller figures. Choker necklaces can work to make you look shorter. A petite person may not look so good in large size jewelry.

The sparkle of gemstones and the sway of dangling earrings draw immediate attention to the face and can either emphasize or de-emphasize different areas. Small settings get lost under long hair. If your face is long or rectangular-shaped you don’t want to wear longer dangling earrings as this will tend to elongate your face. Stick with smaller studs to match your face shape.

The perfect piece of jewelry can make you feel protected and empowered. You can accentuate your best features with jewelry, just as you would with clothes or makeup.

 

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What is Couture?

I design Art Couture garments that I sell exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. I have shown there on the 4th floor in the Evening Department for 12 years. My pieces are collectible and make a statement – bold and unique jackets, caftans and coats that are full of color, glimmer and textured elements. People love to see elegant beauty that is one of a kind.

Everything I design is made with love, creativity and innovation to accentuate the beauty of the woman’s true essence, designed to evoke an ethereal goddess look, to have magical powers to lift your spirits, flatter your figure and make you feel beautiful. I specialize in making custom orders, exclusive hand-made, high-fashion confections.

Amy Zerner couture caftan

What is COUTURE?

The term “haute couture” comes from the French language. Haute means “high” or “elegant”, Couture means “sewing” or “dressmaking”. Now the term Haute Couture is also used loosely to describe all high-fashion custom-fitted clothing.

The couturier Charles Frederick Worth (October 13, 1826–March 10, 1895), is widely considered the father of haute couture as it is known today. Revolutionizing how dressmaking had been previously perceived, Worth made it so the dressmaker became the artist of garnishment: a fashion designer. While he created one-of-a-kind designs to please some of his titled or wealthy customers, he is best known for preparing a portfolio of designs that were shown on live models at the House of Worth.

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Following in Worth’s footsteps were Patou, Poiret, Vionnet, Fortuny, Lanvin, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, and Dior. Some of these fashion houses exist today, under the leadership of modern designers.

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In the 1960s a group of young designers who had trained under people like Dior and Balenciaga left these established couture houses and opened their own establishments. The most successful of these young designers were Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, André Courrèges, and Emanuel Ungaro. Japanese native and Paris-based Hanae Mori was also successful in establishing her own line.

For all these fashion houses, custom clothing is no longer the main source of income, often costing much more than it earns through direct sales; it only adds the aura of fashion to their ventures in ready-to-wear clothing and related luxury products such as shoes and perfumes, and licensing ventures that earn greater returns for the company.

I am inspired by those great designers, and have collected vintage pieces since the sixties. I have also studied metaphysics for several decades and have written many popular books and oracles with my husband, Monte Farber, so there is a lot of symbolism in my designs. The thing that is most important to me when designing, is personalizing the artistry of the garments we place upon our bodies. When you look at the history of most cultures, every piece and detail of clothing had a meaning. Although practical and needed, mass-produced clothes are made in a factory. Hand made couture is really special and it is art. It’s important that the world doesn’t let that go in fashion.

Amy Zerner gold jacket

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WINTER SOLSTICE

Winter Solstice is of course, the longest night and shortest day of the year. Solstice in Latin actually means “The Sun Stands Still.” And so it is — the Sun has stopped retreating but hasn’t yet begun to come back. As I’ve discovered more about the Winter Solstice, I’ve learned that different cultures around the world have honored the Sun and its rebirth.

For instance in India, Pongol is the Hindu Solstice celebration. The Hopi Indians have a ritual where they light fires to energize and entice the safe return of “The Light.” In Japan, Winter Solstice is a time when the Sun Goddess Amaterasu would come out of her cave. Hanukkah actually means “Festival of Lights.” And Christians around the world celebrate Christmas, a time when the Christ child brings back light and a renewal of hope to the world.

Today, many people celebrate the holidays of the season — Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa — without thinking about their Winter Solstice origins. In fact, most of the holiday customs and traditions of December — miraculous events, giving gifts, celebrating with family, decorating with lights, pine cones, Yule logs, even the colors white, red and green — are actually connected to ancient Winter Solstice celebrations.

 
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We like to say a special prayer to “Welcome the Return of Light.” It goes like this:

May darkness give way to Light.

We are awake within the Night.

Turn the Wheel to bring the Light.

With the powers of Fire, Air, Water and Earth,

We welcome the Light.

Strengthen our hope.

Fill us with Peace.

Each flame is a reminder of the Life force.

art & words (c) Amy Zerner & Monte Farber

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