RAW:natural born artists is an indie arts organization that provides exposure and tools for the creative community in music, fashion, film, photography, makeup, hair, and performing arts. Each month, they hold a "circus of creativity" in 60 cities across the country and internationally. I attended the RAWards a couple of years ago and was blown away by the level of undiscovered talent on display. A designer featured on The Ruby Zipper, Yoro Creations, was a 2013 RAWards National Winner - and she's still killing it on the jewelry scene! So, I was amped when the St. Louis chapter of RAW invited me to check out the July St. Louis showcase, cleverly entitled GLIMPSE.
Held at the Ready Room, a hip venue with an underground vibe, GLIMPSE featured St. Louis artists in sculpting, digital art, photography, painting, and drawing. While the eclectic crowd sipped cocktails, hip-hop artists showed off their lyrical skills. I had a blast coloring in my own magnet at one of the artists' stations and trying on the incredible fascinators from MaryAlice's Palace. (Remember when I served as a judge at the Forest Park Forever Hat Luncheon and lamented my decidedly uninspired millinery? That won't happen again - I am stoked to wear one of her zany, whimsical toppers next year!) Mary Alice's work is available at Butterfly and Moon Designs, a gift house filled with original jewelry and accessories by fellow RAW artists like Brenda Fraser. I ran out of steam fairly early and missed the fire-hoop performance (!) and swimsuit fashion show, but managed to snag some pics of the festivities. Check it out:
|Photos c/o RAW Artists St. Louis|
|Photos c./o RAW Artists St. Louis|
|I'm modeling one of MaryAlice's hats. It looks sooo yummy! I'm also wearing my fave music note dress.|
Ruby Swan. It has a ring to it, doesn't it? Kinda sounds like a hip clothing brand or the stage name of a rock star. For a brief moment, it was almost the name of my beloved daughter. After Brian and I consulted our "Cool Names For Babies" book for the thousandth time (I'm proud to say that "Carmen" was apparently cool enough to be included) and decided upon Ruby for the first name, we spent weeks deliberating on an equally spunky, vintage middle name. The other names we fancied, like Claudia, Stella, and Lila just didn't work with Ruby.