Something happened during Forest Theater’s sumptuous production of Alice in Wonderland Saturday night – it split in two.
I wore them to teach yoga in that very night, and as I walked around the studio I noticed something—
I don’t know how to describe it other than I felt loved.
I’m sitting on top of a colorful pile of fabric, watching the ugly lavender blouse I received for Christmas last year rip apart. Before me, an animated redhead pulls a stream of silvery lace from a bin of remnants and swoops over the fabric with scissors. The shears appear to take flight in her hands, like bird wings, as the forms of a fitted bodice and sleeves take shape. After merging the fabrics beneath the arm of her sewing machine, a shirt previously destined for the Goodwill pile, is magically transformed into a stylish article of clothing. Not only does it fit me perfectly but it also moves with my body, and reflects my personality.
Imagine a runway, fashion-show style, but instead of models on it, artists and creators and designers and photographers illuminating their unique craft, whether that’s atypical textiles, insane nature-scapes or arresting oil paintings.
Fashion designer and Gyrotonic teacher Domini Anne lives to give people freedom in their bodies. 2015
There is a saying in the Gyrotonic discipline that goes like this: “Stop moving, and you die.” Breathing is movement, after all. As its founder Juliu Horvath says, “When something stops moving, it’s an expression of death. The more it moves, the more it’s an expression of life.” By that logic, Domini Anne might never die.
“Exposed” is a collaborative piece, shot by photographer Rachael Short, designed by Domini Anne.The model is clad in rejected prints from Short’s collection, punctured bicycle inner tube, metal D-rings and remnants of two wedding dresses.
Innovative minds collaborate, giving birth to a collective consciousness, thriving to draw the community closer to the things that make us feel alive.
“What had originally been simply a fashion show has transformed into a much larger event,” said event director Domini Anne. “At its heart, Community Palette exists to serve the community and strengthen the network, and so it seemed obvious to us that in light of our present situation, that we would start to restructure our Aug. 27 event from the ground up.”
I couldn't have imagined a better way to share Anima with the community than through the Timeless Fundraiser! This Community Palette fashion-show-turned-fundraiser became a beautiful multidisciplinary expression of local talent,
It’s part performance art, fashion show, fundraiser, private party, and freewheeling impulse. It’s organized by CP founder Kierstyn Berlin and its artistic director Domini Anne, and switched directions when the Soberanes fire erupted, re-focusing as a palliative for affected residents and a fundraiser for the Coast Property Owners Association.
One of CP’s missions is to get money to local artists—here, a stipend, divided evenly. When they switched to a fundraiser format, the designers agreed to cap the amount they would receive. But there was no such cap on the amount of striking costumes, performances and personality, which is what the 23 curated photos are for, available for cueing with the arrow tabs above.
The shapes are geometric and chunky, and the colors are subtle. They’re pieces Carmel-based designer Domini Anne says were inspired by the current political climate, and the colors speak directly to that: They’re meant to be a commentary on borders and immigration policy, while aiming to reflect diversity.“I am trying to use all the shades of skin, from geisha white to ebony black,” Anne says. Bright red hues contrast with otherwise muted skin tones, symbolizing blood.
“We needed to do something that was commentary to essentially ignite in people the joy that exists within their souls, to remind them that creativity is a way to find that peace and joy especially when the world is looking so ominous,”
AWAKEN - Bohypsian Journal
The event unfolded with a local remix of “California Dreaming” by Lillie Lemon and Eric A Wobbles to a sky high Aerialist!
Where it’s At - Beth Peerless for the Monterey Herald
“Broken down, the Saturday night Awaken multi-media fashion show was spectacularly presented. The amount of work and creative skill that went into the world class production was impressive and I want to give props to the whole Community Palette organization and the Sand City Arts Committee, and individually to event curators Kierstyn Bachmann-Berlin and Domini Anne for their fine work. A real community wide endeavor that included so many I’m unable to include individually here. “