“Dr. Sketchy’s is the world’s premier alternative drawing movement. Every month, over 3,500 art-ists gather in over a hundred cities (including New York, Hollywood, Sao Paolo, London, Rome, Paris, Tokyo and Melbourne) to sketch glamorous, subcultural models and compete in drawing contests in an atmosphere of artistic mayhem. Started by Molly Crabapple, an artist and former model, as an alternative to the dull drawing classes she had posed for, Dr. Sketchy’s has exploded into an international phenomenon.”
I am very excited (and a bit nervous!) to be the feature model for this months Dr. Sketchy’s Edmonton branch! This will be the first time on stage doing something other then bowing/waving awkwardly at the end of a runway show hah! I have been an attendee ever since the first inception of the event back when it was in the hands of Andi Jane, co-owner of Fountainhead Tattoo. It is now produced by Beau Creep last Tuesday’s of every month at Brittany’s Lounge. I love this unique event for it’s small and laid back loyal crowds and it’s been really fun getting to know the models and hosts a little more intimately. The host for my night is one of my good friends LeTabby Lexington, a local burlesquer and actor who is amazing on the microphone. I will be wearing fun animal related costumes – I strangely have a lot of those types in my costume closet 😉 miow!
I have a cool little tidbit for you:
Back in 2013 I flew solo to Las Vegas for the Burlesque Hall Of Fame and got to room with one of my favorite burlesque dancers Amber Ray. She is actually the first ever feature model for Dr Sketchy’s in New York back in 2005. We had a lovely time together and got to talking about Dr Sketchy’s and she happened to have a copy of the Dr Sketchy’s Official Rainy Day Colouring Book that the Hall of Fame included for performers/volunteers. She graciously gave her copy to me and signed it. And guess what? Amber Ray is a headliner at my Laced Up Cabaret show this year! So she will be in Edmonton next month (May 13) to perform in my town. Very cool how these things just come full circle, isn’t it? 😉
Excited to release the brand new Edmonton Burlesque Festival website. Now that we are in our fourth year, it was great to work on a website that reflects our growth. Thanks to our wonderful sponsor photographer Reckless Photography who travels from Vancouver to take part in our community, I was able to use these incredible show photos to feature on the website header.
I am very proud of the content. All the headliners, features, awards, contestants of the Burlesque Bunny Competition… the website is a great collective of the amazing community adventures we all share in the past 3 years. The board is currently doing finishing touches for the next festival, the headliners we have are phenomenal! Logo branding by Beau Creep, who is now the President of the festival, excited to be working with him and his visions.
Check out EdmontonBurlesqueFest.com
I have just announced the third installment of the Laced Up Cabaret happening May 13. With most of my orders cleared and a fully realized collection drawn up, I am very excited and anxious to get everything going.
Since the last show, I have been able to use up all my business time to work with clients (surviving off my career alone? yay!) but before I knew it, I haven’t created any new design samples until now. With a couple years of design ideas looming in my head, the drawings and concepts came out naturally. I like to think about my growth every time I do a big show, and since the last one was two years ago, the growth has been astounding. I mostly just made corsets and since the last show I have made so many costumes, formal wear and lingerie. So this show, expect complete full corset outfits. I am so thankful for my friends and volunteers that share the enthusiasm that I have for this show, supporting me with something I put my heart and soul into.
I will try to update this blog with the progress, but it’s best for you to follow my social media feeds for on the spot image updates of my work-in-progress: Facebook Event & Instagram
Oh! I am ecstatic to start getting this website going. This blog came about because of the need to get my creative process organized and expand my personal portfolio. I have little pieces of myself all over the internet so it will be wonderful to link everything through here for you to see.
So hi, I’m Elise! I’m a costume designing, local interest loving, modern burlesque fanning creative nerd. My proudest accomplishment is being the fashion designer who created Sweet Carousel Corsetry, a design studio specializing in corsets, formal wear and costume. It has been something that consumed my professional life for the last 8 years and loving every minute of it. I am also part of the Edmonton Burlesque Festival, a non-profit organization in my home city that produces shows all year leading up to the gorgeous international festival that happens every September. I’ve been with this crazy team for 3 years, since the latter half of the first annual festival. Besides that I experiment with personal art and dabble in web and graphic design. I have great knowledge of these independent business fields and love for local interests so I’m anxious to share my thoughts with you through this website.
Visit again soon, this website is brand new and content is slowly growing.