Kambriel creates "Darkly Elegant Designs for Femme Fatales and Decadent Gentlemen." Her work was featured in the 2008-2009 Gothic: Dark Glamour exhibit curated by Dr. Valerie Steele at the Museum at FIT in New York City. Her custom designs have been seen on musicians Monica Richards and William Faith of Faith And The Muse, MacHine In The Garden. Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls and her Siamese twin-themed side project with Jason Webley entitled Evelyn Evelyn, Mirabilis, Mors Syphilitica, Kara of Reliquary, Mephisto Walz, and the comedian Margaret Cho.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
It seemed all the other design offerings were focusing on the harshness of light, and I wanted to focus on the delicacy of shadows.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Bringing inspirations and dreams into the world of reality.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Keeping up with my own seemingly infinite list of ever-evolving ideas...
What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I suppose it would depend on the occasion!
Perhaps a surprise off the One of a Kind page, since there are so many unique treats there to choose from
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The Isabella Coatdress has such classic, flattering lines, and is very versatile.
For pure fun, there's the Cabaret Bustle Jacket and Scylla Skirt.
Or if it were a special, more formal occasion, and someone wanted to go totally over the top, I'd have to say the Moire Midnight Ensemble.
If something warm, comforting and cozy was called for, I'd love a custom made Patchwork Coverlet.
And if I were shopping for a man, I'd probably go with either a limited edition red/black jacquard Bastian Shirt, or a Potionmaster Jacket.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
There were so many wildly varied things I wanted to be, which concerned me quite a bit since I was always under the impression that there would come be a time when I'd have to choose just one! Luckily, I'm able to combine many of my early fascinations within the world of design, whether they've ended up serving as personal inspirations, ideas for photo locations/themes, choreography for fashion shows, etc...
What other shops or artists out there do you love?
Coilhouse: A "love letter to alternative culture".
Visioluxus: Elisa's photography brings glimpses of a dreamworld in which you'd all too happily reside.
Wednesday Mourning: A model that is not only both exquisitely lovely and ethereal, but is also incredibly clever and a genuinely kind soul.
What does your future hold?
I shall have to brew a cup of tea and see what the leaves say!
See more at www.kambriel.com and kambriel.livejournal.com. She has kindly offered 20% off any items on the One of a Kind page until December 20th, 2009, for readers of Such Cool Stuff. Just be sure to include the code "SCS" in the comments/special measurements section of the online order form to receive the discount. Thanks, Kambriel!