Première Wave Gotik Treffen / part. 1 

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Aprés plus de 20 ans à espérer poser mes pikes à Leipzig pour la cultissime WGT j’ai enfin réalisé mon rêve cette année. 

Tout était en place pour qu’enfin je ne rate pas ce rendez vous: tunes, mec qui conduit et surtout que ça ne tombe pas sur un week end ou je bosse ( même si on considère souvent que je n’en ai pas un ). Jusqu’au dernier moment j’ai croisé les doigts pour qu’aucune merde ne me tombe dessus. 


Et enfin on est partis. C’était le 30 mai dernier. Avec notre caravane. Par contre un peu à l’arrache sans rien réserver. Ce n’est pas forcément à faire mais bon, trop planifier ça ne nous réussit pas ! 

Bref, on a trouver une place au bord d’un trés joli lac. Que demander de plus. 


Le lendemain nous avons découvert la ville, étonnement préservée par rapport à Stuttgart ou Francfort par exemple. Je n’ai pas pris  de photos, j’ai surtout profité du lieu et de la découverte. La ville est un peu un petit Berlin, y compris niveau squatts d’artistes. Il faut dire qu’il y a beaucoup de bâtiments libres, de friches industrielles. Ça m’a rappelé ma jeunesse quand j’allais souvent dans le Port Du Rhin côté allemand pour des soirées et faire de la sérigraphie. 


On a aussi récupéré le bracelet qui allait nous ouvrir les portes du festival. L’excitation était monté d’un cran.  Ça faisait des lustres que je n’avais pas vu autant de corbacs en un seul endroit.C’était fascinant et réconfortant. D’habitude je suis plutôt isolée. C’est vraiment rare de croiser des goths, même dans les grandes villes. Là c’etait magique et pendant trois jours ça allait l’être. 

Suite demain ! 

Folk Customs: Sacred Trees in Belgium 

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Today was our last day in Belgium, in Han Sur Lesse, where we was for an art fair. We done something special. Ask help to the sacred Tree of the town an “arbre a clous”
Those trees had magical powers. When you drive a screw or hammer a nail in you transfer your pains and diseases. 

The nail or the screw need to touch the ill body part. For me it’s the heart so i wore it all the day in my bra.


My man wore his screw on the belt in the way to heal his intestines. 

There are so much nails and screws in the trunk, old ones are covered by the tree skin.


We wait now the results on our pains ! 

My feelings about Elitism and labels in Goth Subculture

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Since a while there are plenty of blogs, tweets, fb status, videos about elitism and / or labels in our subculture. I thinked about blogging about for a long time. Is it accurate to add my opinion to the long, long list of opinions already done. 

Finally i can’t resist to the call because i’ve red some wrong things, and i want answer to those points. 

 Many  baby bats are complaining about elitism. The fact it’s often they see in goth subculture only something superficial, fashionable, glamourous fueled by some brands and archetypes. Goth is just wearing black and wear spooky ( but sexy if possible ) things. The reality is a bit different. Yes, many goths love wearing clothes, nice jewelry and make up. It’s in our blood since the begining. But there are goth who really don’t care and they are more goth than many of baby bat i see on social medias. Why ? Because they know the roots of our subculture. It’s not something elitist to say that’s important to know where we come from. Look i’m artist, and during my studies i learned something important, and you can apply it to all domains even goth: you can’t erase the past, the roots, the history because those things make what you are and will be. Knowledge is the key in all domains for going forward. 

For our subculture, it’s important to be linked with music, because our subculture is really music rooted. We are born of music first, late 70s, kids of punk and from the music we build our whole culture adding literature, movies and art. And fashion of course but it’s an epiphenomenom. 

My feelings is, if you want to be really a part of goth subculture, work on and learn. You know as an elder goth i remember when i was a baby bat during the 90s. I see, being a goth bartender helped me, many people in goth parties. Often the more into goth fashion police and bad thongues with others are those who weren’t the less in the subculture. We are not a lot, now, truly goth ( i don’t talk about fashion of course but state of mind ), with social medias i follow time to time some people i met during the 90s and frankly, often i was surprised by what they like, share or talk about. Are they really the 90s uber goth i met ? Yes, often it was just a phase, that’s true. 


Now let’s talk about labels in our subculture. I must admit i’m really fed up by labels because i think if we have the same roots why we need labels ? I hate put people in boxes and i think we’re all the result of mixing influences which emerged with goth subculture. We are just focusing on some different influences according to our personality, education and personnal tates including ungoth ones. 

I don’t care if you are victorian, mopey, pastel or wathever you want. The important thing is if we can discuss gently, not targeting others, just have fun with links builded by being in a same subculture. 

I have this feeling labels become so important. When i was young there were only two labels ” cool people ” and ” douchebags” . There was really enough. 

Music Wednesday #2: riot goth girls 

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Sorry for my lack of posts this week, i.ve worked on the paintings for my next groupshow in Belgium this week end. I worked also on commissions. However, i’m back for the music wednesday. 

This will be a only girls playlist, solo or bands. 

1) first is of course the queen of goth Siouxie Sioux. She was and she is a model for so much baby bats around the world. 

2) Diamanda Galas is very impressive. Her way to sing is really amazing, it’s like listening a witch talking with other dimensions. It could be hard to appreciate a first attempt. 

3) Lydia Lunch is a multi tasks artist. She’s writer, poet, singer. I consider her as post punk. She also a true feminist activist. Her texts can be crude and rude. 

4) lene Lovich is one of my favorite. I love her voice and she has a fashion sense which is really my taste mixing folk, punk, goth clothes. She did some featurings with Nina Hagen, but also with Dresden Dolls for example. 

5) if i mention Lene Lovich, i must of course mention Nina Hagen. She impressed me a lot when i was a kid. I remebered forever the first time i saw her in a tv show mid 80s. I just thinked ” wow i want to be her later” 

6) Anna-Varney Cantodea ( Sopor aeternus) is a mystery. Her songs are beautiful and her esthetic too. She is one of the pillar of goth culture. 

7) Dinah Cancer is one of the death rock queen. She was, with her band 45 grave a pioneer. 

8) Gitane DeMone was formerly in Christian Death before being on her solo projects. I love her voice and even without Christian Death her music is good. 

9)Patricia Morrisson was in several bands but especially in Sisters of Mercy and The Damned. She was the bassist before work on solo projects. 

10) Eva O is another ex Christian Death member and was married to Rozz Williams. She has the surname of queen of darkness. 

I will try to update my blog a little bit more often. Feel free to discover more those female singers who made the goth culture. 

My first syntetic dreads attempt 

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Hi Shadows, 

Friday i attempted for the first time the installation of dreads. I wanted to try since long, but my hair skills are really shitty. My sister was hairdresser but she is still busy and i don’t want take her time for myself. I’ve watched a lot of tutorials on youtube. I keep those which seemed the more clear for me and rewatched them. I ordered ready made dreads because i’m too busy for handmade them myself. But clearly it’s an option. 

 

Here i was at half of my head. Luckily i.m under cutted and just have hair on the top. I think it was more easy than a full head. 


Full hair done. First sensations are strange. Your head is heaviest. But i feel also more feminine. 

I need to work after my attempt, so i quickly try a bun 


Just with a stick in. It’s giving volume very easily and this is perfect. I don’t need to backcomb hair which really kill them. 

Yesterday we.ve gone to thrift. I’ve tried a side braid, i think it will be my favourite hair style. 


It was very easy to sleep on. But my partly shaved hair probably helped me. First impressions are so good that i’ve ordered beautiful handmade dreads i’ve seen, in a purple mix for the next time. 

Little FAQ: 

Who’s tutorial you used ? 

First those, really well done, of  Kerosene , i also used some of  Tez Mania and the one Goblin Queen just released before my installation. 

How many dreads you used ? 

Less then a complete head i think. I’ve used 8 double dreads ( tardis blue ) and 22 simple dreads. ( purple and black ) 

How was the pose ? 

The pose took me 2 hours and a half. I think next time i will go quickly. You need too section well your hair for a regular pose. I’ve done my installation on a little wet hair, it’s more easy to catch. I used two types of dreads: simple and double. My feeling is double are better, more easy to braid and softer on your hair. Next time i will install mostly double ones. 

I will also mix thicker ones for more volume. I will show you of course. You need to reinstall your dreads each 4/7 weeks. I think i will do it after 4 weeks. 
The next step will be the first shampoo. When you have dread one or two per week are sufficient. You need too wash very carefully the roots. 

Hope this help you if you want to try synthetic dreads. Mine came from Dreadshop, but you can find awesome handmade ones on etsy or ebay. It’s reusable. I’ve ordered my next dreads from Little market for example ( a kind of french version of Etsy ) 
 

Sorry but black can’t be your favorite colour 

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As a painter/ printmaker / illustrator I pay much attention to colors. Actually I use many colors in my illustration works and pretty less in personal work. However I sorry to tell you that you can’t say black is your favorite color. What? Wait ? I’m gothic ! I adoooore black color !!! Is she crazy ?No I’m not… Most of the time. It’s SCIENCE ! Black is a non color, black is just an absence of color. 

Take  Black holes, one of the great mystery of space ( and time? Sorry I’m whovian ). It’s a supermassive celestial object …totally black. 


Black holes reflect no light nor they emit it. Black doesn’t physically exist because you can see it. Yes, you and me are black blind. 

So why see you black ? How you can choose this beautiful velvet black dress if it’s made in a non color ? You see it for several reasons: 

– first you see black by contrast with other colors around. It’s like a shadow, and all here know that goth love shadows, you agree I guess. Without other colors you can’t see black, you just will see nothing. Distinguish nothing, something like nothing …. Remember the Neverending Story ( i’m an elder goth, i have old references ) If you didn’t see it or read it, do, just for the black / nothing 


– in second hand, actually true black didn’t exist. I know it’s fucking choking. The black you see is still a deep color absorbing more or less light. It’s for that reason that some blacks don’t match when you wear its. Some are greenish or slightly blue, reddish or so… 

Recently Anish Kapoor, a contemporary artist bought all rights on VantaBlack which is the darkest material ever made, absorbing 99,96% of light. 


In conclusion you like colors, but very deep, yeaah ! 

My favorite colors is purple. Since my young age, purple fascinating me. And you, after reading this blog, which is your favorite color ? 

MUSIC Wednesday #1: Enter the Ritual 

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Hi Shadows,

Welcome to this new section of the blog, each tuesday i will try to give you a playlist of things i’m listening. Old and new stuff, discover each wednesday 10 songs . For this first one i choose some ritual inspired dark music i listen a lot when i work.