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Lolita Convention 3 -2012

Published Thursday, 3 January 2013 by sydneysunnyray

Lolita Convention

Another event that happens in the summer is the Lolita Convention. It is around the time of the brand tea parties and Japan Expo, so lolitas from other areas can stay one more day in Paris with their friends. The convention was opened Sunday in the afternoon and all day Monday; the tickets were only 6euros. The event was easy enough to find – follow the lolitas and behind a hospital.

Lolitas everywhere.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the Lolita Convention. Everyone was in their element- it wasn’t an Anime Convention nor a meetup in a public place. Everyone was dressed and talking. There were wonderful shops set up and a secondhand booth (to buy/sell). Sadly, I could not buy too much. I had two overstuffed suitcases  in my hotel that need to get on a plane with me. However, I did buy things. I bought a Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Paris tote bag and a Baby, the Stars Shine Bright plastic barrette.

I use this for classes all the time!

Also, I bought a book. Which brings me to my favorite part about the convention! At the convention two artists were present to sign their books. I was so terribly excited. I love meeting artist and authors because I feel like I have a deeper understanding of their work. The two artists present: Francois Amoretti and Lostfish

Francois Amoretti signing my copy of Gothic Lolita: Princesses d’Aujourd’hui.

Francois Amoretti is famous in the French lolita community for illustrating Gothic Lolita: Princesses d’Aujourd’hui, Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, and more. His most recent work is Burlesque Girrrl. Once I fingered through a friend’s copy of  Gothic Lolita: Princesses d’Aujourd’hui, I knew I had to buy it! I searched forever and bought it at a good price on eBay France. Once I got the book, I learned he would be at this convention;  I was very excited. So, I spent the time leading up to the convention reading the book and enjoying its presents in my dorm room.  Gothic Lolita: Princesses d’Aujourd’hui is rich in detail and depth, and the art is equal to it. What I love about Francois Amoretti’s work is his attention to detail. Through his work, I understood, he completely understood Lolita fashion! And I learned, he actually is interested in the fashion!
In person, he was very nice to talk to (he spoke English well). Also, he has a fun personal style of thick framed glasses and button up shirts. I think it is adorable!

Lostfish with my copy of Alice A Travers Le Miroir

Lostfish is an enchanting artist, I’ve seen floating around the web. I never knew she was France! Her art work is clearing inspired by dolls. The use of doll like features, color, detail, and simple composition forms her signature enchanting, yet haunting, art. I didn’t own her illustrated book; so, I bought it. The book is Alice A Travers Le Miroir (a full French translation of Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll). The book is large – as big as a “bande dessinee” or French comic book, and the paper and print is of high quality. Sadly, the book was expensive at the convention and fewer people came to her table, but I do not regret it!

Lostfish’s display

I want to thank the artist for taking their time to sign and to draw detail pictures in my books! I didn’t know that the artist would draw a large picture on the cover page! It was a great, wonderful surprise!  Francois Amoretti drew a bow on the main lolita girl simular to mine that day, and Lostfish drew Alice and her kitten for me!

The drawings! Top: Francois Amoretti’s Gothic Lolita // Bottom: Lostfish’s Alice A Travers Le Miroir

I thought I would show some pictures of me and my friends. I look bad this day, but it was because of stress and being tired. I was very tired and stressed. Not to mention, I was very emotional because it was my last day.

Mes amies sont trop belles! // My girlfriends are so beautiful!

I left the convention early because I had another tea party to go to! Sadly, I missed the fashion show!

I had to leave early and say my “a bientots” to Karima! This is our last hug!

Till next time, my dear!

PS: Samantha FancyMelody‘s outfit was my favorite! She wore my new “dream dress” – Alice and the Pirates Lilietta.

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Monet’s Color Palette

Published Friday, 4 May 2012 by Sydney Sunny

Marine and Mme Patricia took Yumi and me to spend the afternoon at Monet’s house in Ginverny.  Monet’s canvases came to life. It was like stepping into his paintings. I felt his inspiration from nature, colors, light, and reflection.

Here is a peek at Monet’s color palette in the garden and village:

pink // rose

red // rouge

orange // orange

yellow // jaune

green / vert

blue // bleu

purple // violet

 

Much more to come! This was just a peek!

Thanks for looking!

Meeting Kira Imai

Published Sunday, 4 December 2011 by Sydney Sunny

Kira Imai is a Lolita artist, if you want to limit her to this. Most Lolitas know her, maybe not by name, because of her work for Lolita brands like Angelic Pretty! I fell in love with her artwork. It is similar to my artwork. I like to draw girls covered in lace, but in still simple. She keeps this balance of detail and simplicity.
I read an interview with Kira Imai in L’Emiprie des Dentelles #4 that I bought at BtSSB Paris. After reading it once, I had to read it again. She seems like a deep person.

“Lolitas do not always feel good about themselves…It is not something that I am right now, but I used to! Actually, I think it has something to do with adolescence. I think that lolitas are way too attached to material things, and  this is the main difference with otomes. Otome is more of a way of living because what is in your heart is more important then the things you’re wearing. Of course, I dress in a particular way and that’s otome, but I thing that it’s still something different. I think it reflects my heart and not a brand or particular style, so it has nothing to do with commercial universe. I would describe an otome as a frail, charming but not especially pretty doll- can you see the difference between charming and lovely?- It’s something really different in the end. I think that when you are Lolita, you hold the potential in your heart to accomplish yourself and to become an otome. I guess it’s a question of maturity. Of course, these are only my ideas! On the contrary, Lolita love to buy and to have the latest clothes from their favorite brand and even the little useless things, a lot of useless things! This the difference that I noticed between the Lolitas in Tokyo who are obsessed with their shopping, and the Lolitas from the provinces that are much farther away: it’s really a way of living and thinking for them. The Lolitas outside of Tokyo do everything with their heart while the Lolitas in Tokyo do everything with their wallet. … The most important thing is how far you’ve gone in your heart. I think the same as Francois and Fumiko: Lolita is  not a fashion because fashion quickly falls out of favor, but lolitas have been here for a long time and will remain here.” 
Kira Imai in L’Emiprie des Dentelles #4

This passage really touches me. I do not live near a big city with Lolita stores in the USA. When I came to live in Amiens, I found myself near BtSSB Paris and Angelic Pretty Paris! I was excited. But, I knew I could buy the most expensive dress in the stores, and I still would be no more Lolita then if I didn’t buy any thing from the stores! I did buy a skirt not because it was a popular print, but because I loved the cut and the fabric!  Later, I bought things online, and again I bought then things people past over. Wearing bows and and lace make me feel better. My heart sings. I am not follow the crowd in mainstream fashion or even in Lolita fashion. I pick what I like. My heart can fly.

Thus, to meet this artist was really special for me. No famous Japanese Lolita people ever come to Tennessee, USA. I was so excited that I could not help but smile as I waited to see her.

Kira holding my drawing to her and me holding her doll and my Totoro.

The night before I drew her a picture. She was so excited about it. She wanted a picture of me! She let me hold her doll too! You can see on my face how excited I am to meet her! I always can’t hold back my silly smile! After she signed everything, she took and my hand between her two warm hands and said, “Thank you for coming to see me on such a cold day. And thank you so very much for the drawing.” I replied, “The pleasure is mine, really!” ( all thanks to a translator) She and I were very flattered. I wish language did not separate us. There is so much I wan to say to her! So much, she has taught me in just a small passage from an interview!

Credit to my first Lolita friend who I ate lunch with in Starbucks!

The things I bought from her: Velour and Chiffon.  She also gave me a postcard and a sticker.

Velour and Chiffon, a free postcard and free sticker!

Kira Imai signed my books and postcard.

If you are curious about what I wore, I posted it here.

Thank you for looking!