Archive of ‘DIY’ category

AMBER B BULLETIN – AU REVOIR 2014

Hello and welcome to the Amber B Bulletin. This a sampling of photo-shoots and creative endeavors that I took on over the past year. Have a look, be inspired, and remember to consider me as your next photographer.

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JAC VANEK / FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY
Here is a sneak peek at the Jac Vanek Holiday ’14 and Spring ’15 photo-shoot. The images were featured at ENK in Las Vegas, and will be used throughout the catalog and marketing for the next two seasons.

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JUXTAPOZ / TODD FRANCIS PORTRAITS
Juxtapoz magazine had a full-length feature on the always entertaining Todd Francis. The interview takes an in-depth look at his career, including an interview by Jeremy Fish, with portraits shot by me.

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ELEMENT EDEN / PHOTOGRAPHY
Check out this larger-than-life photo of Amy Purdy that was featured in Times Square, NYC. This is a campaign that I shot for Element Eden, for the collection that Amy co-designed with them. I’m so proud of everything this amazing woman is doing, from competing at the Winter Olympics, to starring in Dancing With the Stars, and now launching her own book.

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OAKLEY / MALIBU POOL PARTY
My husband and I recently got the green light to shoot a secret spot in Malibu. Here’s a few behind-the-scenes photos of Curren Caples, Rune Glifberg, and friends while Arto Saari and Kirk Dianda shoot the session for an upcoming Oakley ad campaign.

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PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY
Here is a sampling of a few portraits that I shot recently. It’s inspiring, getting the chance to work with incredible people like Arto Saari, Jefferey Dietch, and Tony Hawk.

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AR4T ARTSHOW
Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow Gallery asked me to be a part of the Art & Nature: New Contemporary exhibition. The show featured artists from all over the United States, and explored a contemporary interpretation of the natural world. I created a hand-sewn creature called Stumpy, who couldn’t understand why his girlfriend, Miss Chainsaw kept cutting him down.

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OPEN HOUSE CREATIVE ARTSHOW
I was also invited to exhibit at the Open House Creative ‘Print or Dye’ exhibition. Each artist on display explored unique ways of print making which made for an eclectic collection of art.

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WORMHOLE PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
I’ve recently created a font made of worms that were hand cut to communicate sarcastic saying and things that people would normally be too shy to say. Check out the ongoing Wormhole series on my Instagram, and let me know what you want them to say next.

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URBAN DECAY COSMETICS / PHOTOGRAPHY
Here’s Wende Zomnir, the founder of Urban Decay Cosmetics, in the new flagship store in Fashion Island, Newport Beach. This portrait and interior shots were featured in an L.A. Times article highlighting Wende, her brand, and store opening. I love meeting and working with inspiring people like Wendy who follow their passions.

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AMBER B ANIMATIONS
Here is a stop-motion animation I created from paper to showcase my photography business. In case you missed the short movie, you can check it out here.

I also got the chance to create a stop motion animation for the lovely girls over at Open House Creative. Inspired by their incredible space and all the wonderful creativity that happens there. You can see more of my animations here.

Thanks for reading! You can stay in touch with what I’m up to on facebook and Instagram, and also by following my blog.

For photography bookings and creative endeavors, please contact me directly at:
amberbdianda@gmail.com.

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AMBERGRIS ANIMATION

AMBERGRIS ANIMATION from Amber B Dianda on Vimeo.

Here is a little stop motion I created for Instagram. It’s the story of Ambergris, a highly sort after stone found washed up on beaches around the world. It originates as the vomit of a Blue Whale and oxidizes into a precious ingredient used by perfumers.
The bourgeoisie happily douche themselves in Whale vomit to be more appealing!! That’s pretty funny if you ask me.

Check out more of my animations over at instagram.com/amberb_dianda #abanimmations

DIY KIMONO

I have been fascinated with Kimonos since I was little, and absolutely love the Japanese aesthetics, from architecture to garment construction.

I recently found a beautiful Kimono online which was way out of my budget, so I decided to make one instead. Just in case you guys were interested in making one as well, I want to share it with you too… It’s super easy, as long as you have a little sewing experience.

You’ll need about 6 yards of fabric (depending on length), matching thread, pins, two cups of tea and licorice (optional).

Kimonos are a basic T-shaped, straight lined robe, with a collar and attached sleeve. The robe is wrapped around you, always with the left over the right, and can be secured with a sash or obi which is tied at the back.

Below is a basic pattern I used, which can be customized to the length and size you desire. First measure the length you want to make your Kimono. I measure mine from the nape of my neck to my feet so it is nice and long for winter, but you can make it as long or short as you want.

Next measure from shoulder to shoulder for the back and front panels, and shoulder to wrist for the length of the sleeve, and then adjust the pattern to your measurements.

Draw out the measurements on your fabric with some chalk, leaving an extra inch for the hem and seams. You can adjust the length of the sleeve to your liking. Traditionally in Japan, unmarried woman have long sleeves that reach the bottom of the Kimono, and married woman have slightly shorter sleeves. If you are planning on wearing your Kimono all the time, shorter sleeves prove to be more functional. Make sure you put the fabric fold at the top of the sleeves. The back of the sleeves are left open and are finished with a neat seem.

Traditionally Kimonos are sewn by hand, but I won’t tell if you use a sewing machine (I did). Sew all the pieces together starting with the back and front panels. Add sleeves and collar and complete the kimono by hemming the raw edges.

Good luck, and post your Kimonos on our wall when you’re finished… I would love to see them! xa