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Electric Crazyland is a Success!!!

Not to brag but… My show is going very VERY well! In fact many classic GD pieces have been sold and will soon be leaving for their new homes; including – Shady Ladies, Big Top Light Box, Kal-Eye-De-Skull No 1, & many others! No more Hire Car Pink! Only one more Queen Bee, and 2 more Skull No 1’s! Going to have to do another big themed show just so I have some bigger pieces! WOWOWOW!!! And it’s only been 2 weeks! Thank you so much to The St Leonard for inviting me to exhibit! Ok Back to work! Woo! oxo GD

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Grande Dame Sportswear, Houseware and More!


Ladies & Gentleman! I am very excited to debut my line of printed EVERYTHING! Well pretty much everything – Ha!

For ages I have seen various sites where you can have your designs printed on pillow or iphone cases, but I wasn’t interested in either.

Then one day I started thinking – I would like to make my own leggings – and through the magic of google I found the site RageOn. Not only do they print on leggings, but drawstring pants, boxers, yoga pants, socks, high tops, low tops, sweatshirts, tanks, dresses, hoodies, duvet covers, towels, blankets, t shirts and so much more!

And it’s totally affordable! Prices start at $8 for ankle socks and go up to $100 for a Duvet cover! Wow! Unlike fast fashion, where they make tons of articles of clothing – this is made to order, so no waste! Yay!

It’s produced in the States and Eastern Europe. And it’s a 25 day turn around.
There are so many items – literally something for everyone and I want one of everything! Seriously dying!

OMG! WANT! No – NEED! So click any of the gifs or here to get to my shop. At first you see a series of hoodies, if you click on any, at the bottom of each pic you can scroll through all the different products!

Everything looks SO LUSH! It was difficult to choose what images to make gifs of. These are just a few of my faves, but there are dresses, shower curtains – even fleece blankets! Tons of items! So Perfect for Xmas! So get ordering so I can get some outfits PLEEZE! Happy Shopping! oxo gd

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Psychedelic Stitching With Grande Dame!


Dear UK Friends! As I currently have a new body of fabric work on view at ink-d gallery, they thought it would be fitting for me to give a talk. I am happy to announce Saturday Dec 12th I will be doing a workshop called – Psychedelic Stitching With Grande Dame!

Learn freehand machine embroidery with me by stitching on one of my psychedelic fabric designs from Burning Man. Also hear about my adventures in the desert at the wildest art festival on earth!
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In this workshop you will instructed in basic satin stitching – an integral part of all my embroidery work – by adding a top stitch embellishment to one of my psychedelic fabric cuts. In the end you will have your very own embroidered piece of Grande Dame Fabric Art – that you top stitched – to take home, in a hoop frame!
This entire collar was done with satin stitching. I just love everything about it – the way it catches the light, the tactileness of it, you just want to touch it!  It is indeed, a very sensual stitch! And pretty much the only one I do on all of my pieces!

The cost of the class is £30, it’s 3 hours long, and refreshments will be served. What a bargain & in the end you get to take a little piece of Burning Man 2015 home with you! So click here or the pix to sign up! Only 10 spaces available! oxo gd

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Grande Dame’s Fabrics of Burning Man at ink-d Gallery


Dear Friends! I am happy to announce that I currently have a new body of work at ink-d Gallery Brighton, as part of their Xmas show – Never Mind The Baubles. The pieces I have on display are from fabric remnants I reworked from my Dang Gang/ Burning Man collaboration. These pieces are exclusive to Dang Gang and this will be the only time any of them will be available to the public. The piece above is called The Cosmic Collar Gown. I was inspired by Dang Gang of course! And old Anna May Wong films, and my hero – Bob Mackie! It’s a free machine embroidered fringed collar. Over a 1930’s 100% silk, bias cut gown that I hand dyed black.
The collar itself was made from the Mandala Cushion cover pictured below. I cut out the circle and went to work with stitching. It’s amazing how a bit of thread & color can transform an image! Looks nothing like the original. But super pleased with the result! A one of a kind couture creation, size small/ medium. Make a dramatic entrance to any party in this show stopper!
The next piece on show is called The Patchwork of Life! A reversible quilt/ wall hanging/ elephant’s head dress/ percussion instrument. This piece was quite a challenge on so many levels. I attempted to do things I had not done before – mainly quilting! Crazy patchwork style quilting & traditional quilting!
The front is made from cotton & velvet with sequins and bells, the back is hand dyed turquoise silk, with quilted bamboo batting, with handmade tassels & bells, on a wood rod with hand carved wooden dragons, with Indian trimming and fringe. It measures 35″ by 65″, and can displayed on either side.
My inspiration for this was 3 fold. The crazy quilt side (which was comprised of Dang Gang cushion scraps) was inspired by my ancestor Mary Barry & her amazing velvet crazy quilt made in 1910. I have treasured this piece for years! And quite pleased with myself, as it is one family heirloom I have not destroyed or given away! My other muse for this piece was the fantastically decorated elephants headdresses of India. A year ago I saw this incredible piece in a local ethnic antique store. I went back to inquire about it, but it was long gone. I didn’t know what it was, then the lady explained that it was an elephant’s head dress & it got my curiosity going. Perhaps that is my true calling? To be an elephant’s headdress designer? I can see it! ha! Of course the amazing Dang Gang Imperial Cruiser played a big part in my vision!

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I covered the back & front in brass bells, so it’s a percussion instrument as well! Yesterday I had a play around looping the bells with different sounds. Very rough, as I am not familiar with the audio program, but I will make a proper song with this! So stay tuned!
My other big piece from the show is my Kaftan of The Sun Gods. The colors radiate like the glorious rays of the sun! This full length garment measures 44″ x 60″ and is one size. Printed in technicolor hues of orange/ pink/ red/ yellow and blue on 100% luxurious silk twill. A true statement piece which transforms the wearer instantly into a god or goddess!
The printed detail on the fabric is exquiste! Big thanx to Fab Pad for their incredible work once again!
My last fabric pieces on show are the Vortex Cushion above. A 20″x 20″ 100% cotton cushion with a firm hollow fibre insert. Printed in bold blues/ pinks & reds and also seen on The Dang Gang Imperial Cruiser!
And the Mandala Cushion – also measuring 20″x 20″ in greens/ yellows/ reds/ & oranges – and if you look closely, you can see where the Cosmic Collar Gown originated from.
In addition to my fabric pieces, I have some mini prints for sale. 2.5″x 3.5″ giclee printed version of some of my larger original works. There are 5 different prints in all. Only £5 each unframed – £25 each framed – buy all 5 get one free! Woo! And today only save 15% by copying this code at checkout – BLACKFRI. Several people contacted me inquiring about purchasing Dang Gang cushions and Kaftans. But as I mentioned before, these are exclusive to Dang Gang and not available to the public. This is a one time chance to own one of these designs. They will not be for sale again anywhere – so now is your chance! The show is up until Xmas eve, so if you are in Brighton, go check it out! Upstairs at ink-d Gallery 96 North Rd, Brighton, BN1 1YE. Happy Shopping! More soon! oxo gd

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Planet of the Apes Meets Mayan Apocalypse!

MSUF2I did it! I finally finished my new screen print edition – Mother Ship Connection! I have NEVER worked so hard on one print in my entire life as I have done with this one. I am battered at the mo. Covered in cuts and bruises and every muscle, hair, and fibre in my being hurts – but all in all it was worth it! Cos I made THIS!!!! OMG!
deet1 6 Colour silk screen in flouro inks, hand pulled by yours truly, on Sommerset 300 GSM heavy weight paper. This was made by hand, so each print is slightly different, with varying colours and placements. It’s an edition of 20, and 10 are already spoken for, so only 10 are available…
MutherMantle I am trying to raise much needed funds to help with the cost of shipping my work to San Francisco for the upcoming group show I am in. So not only would you be buying a sick piece of work that will be the envy of all your friends – but you would be helping to support this hard working, truly independent artist! Just think – this could be your mantle! Available thru my Etsy shop. Now I need a rest! More soon! oxo GD

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My Clown Shoes In The News

MICHELLE KEEGAN - RSH Yesterday I posted a picture of UK Soap Actress Michelle Keegan wearing my Isis design wedges for Terry de Havilland. Well today it is an actual story in the Daily Mail that she wore the Coco Clown Shoes! Ha! The headline is – “What a circus! Michelle Keegan jazzes up pretty lemon dress with crazy clown shoes as she juggles a busy day” – Cracks me up!
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She posted a pic on her instagram feed and that made it into the story too – “The 27-year-old actress wowed in a lemon midi dress as she arrived at the ITV Studios to film an appearance for Alan Carr’s Chatty Man.
But the real style statement was Michelle’s choice of shoes, with the star gushing over her designer clown print heels on Instagram.” Over 36,000 people have liked the photo but there are some funny comments under the pic – esp from foot fetishists! Ha! Funny, I wore them yesterday too! Must have been International Clown shoe day! 🙂 More soon… oxo GD

Editors Update – Seems the Clown Shoes are making headlines all over the Tabloids! They’re actual stories in OK & Look Mags! And loads of other celeb journo sites too. Mental! Extra Extra! Actress Wears Wacky Clown Shoes! Ha Ha!

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My Shoes on The Telly

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My Isis design for Terry de Havilland were on TV yesterday. Worn by UK actress Michelle Keegan on ITV show This Morning. They look smashing too if I do say so myself! This colorway was my original design but wasn’t put into production. A blue version was released instead. There are a few pairs left. Click the pic for info… Who knows, maybe these will come out too! They look fab on her! Yay! 🙂 xxGD

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