Friday, September 23, 2016

New Cathedral Leggings!


I'm honored and excited to announce my second collaboration with my friends at Carousel Ink! This has been a long time coming, but I was able to complete this image so quickly after some inspiration suddenly struck. We've been meaning to make another pair of leggings together since my "Dreams Under Siege" legging, but my personal life and business life have been incredibly busy (yet again and again and again). I'm so happy to have done this a second time and for it to be conveying such a prominent symbol in my life. My home parish is actually a cathedral, so I'm going to be very nerdy and wear them to mass. 


While these are called my cathedral leggings, they're actually not technically a cathedral. A cathedral means a parish where the bishop in a diocese sits. So not all cathedrals look quite as extravagant as this one. Some are actually more bare - it just depends on where you are. The image I created is something I borrowed and pooled together from maybe a dozen different cathedrals from all over the world. But for the sake of art wearers, I wanted to create something anyone can wear and admire, similarly to the architecture of many cathedrals. Which are meant to emulate heaven, as in to inspire you to imagine how beautiful heaven might be while participating in a global and multidimensional  mass. The decorations have specific meaning. Even for those who don't subscribe to those beliefs - creating wonder and beauty is something that transcends humanity, something every person should be able to admire and appreciate. Similar to my new design - you don't have to be nerdy like I am and wear them to a mass. It's something anyone can wear to invoke inspiration, a phenomenon incredibly spiritual to every human.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

"Perpetua"

Now available through Haven Gallery at their latest show, "La Lune", open until July 31st, 2016.

"Perpetua" is a one of a kind 10x13 self portrait on metal print in an ornate 13x16 frame, hand embellished with 18k gold leaf. Please contact Erica at info@havenartgallery.com for purchase inquiries.

Martyred around 203 AD, Saints Perpetua & Felicity (often depicted together) were among the first recorded Named Saints. Before Vibia Perpetua's execution, she claimed the prison was so crowded with people that the heat was suffocating. There was no light anywhere and Perpetua "had never known such darkness." Yet she remained steadfast and full of hope. Portrayed here, waiting in the dark and even welcoming her fate as one of the first named mothers to be martyred, eager to join the Queen of Heaven, or The Star of the Sea. More commonly known today as the Mother of God. 
Originally created as a reference photo for my friend, Craww, I let this little project get out of hand. The task was to simply take a few portraits of various poses from a high angle, but I decided to design the space around me with shapes and objects that he likes to include in his work. So you could definitely say this was inspired by his artwork. I've been looking into highly conceptual composite photography similar to what my inspiring friend Kindra does, so I was enthusiastic when I saw that these photos turned out. I spent days editing the piece together into what it is now, with no real plan, just letting inspiration flow and accepting that a self portrait of my own somehow magically "worked."

This is one of the renderings Craww came up with based on some of my poses from this shoot:

For those of you who don't know, I recently began experimenting with Patreon, and have posted extensively about this photo to my members there. Most patrons have access to behind the scenes footage from this shoot as well as a time lapse video of my editing process, while higher tier members have access to the above, as well as a few substantial extras. Including a high resolution download of the finished photo, hi resolution photos of the principle photography from the shoot to take a good look at, along with the other components such as skulls and flowers for the patrons use in whatever way they wish, with the kicker being a 2+ hour long Photoshop tutorial, showing how I completed the image.
If you'd rather not subscribe to my monthly Patreon access (which includes many educational and fun incentives nearly daily), you can download the entire set I mentioned above from my Gumroad for a one time fee.

I'll be traveling to New York tomorrow to attend the opening reception at Haven Gallery! I hope to see you there.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Four Seasons

For purchase inquiries, please contact info@havenartgallery.com
Cassie Meder's "The Four Seasons" series is greatly inspired by Armani PrivĂ©'s elegant Fall 2012 couture collection. The series also alludes to her personal adjustments from seasonal changes in her the Pacific Northwest origins to her new surroundings the Southern United States. Each piece represents a sense of heavy reverence for nature, contrasted with a human feeling of oppression as a result of the Earth's changes. 

WINTER personifies the harsh, biting, yet quiet cold in the South, drawing inspiration from the halting ice storms she's experienced in Tennessee since her move in 2014. The towering walls of limestone in Nashville have grown curtains of icicles every year since her relocation - one of the most fascinating, yet terrifying noticeable changes. 

SPRING draws back to her Northern roots, to the heavy fog and weighty moisture that strains the new life this season produces. Her mother grew a wisteria tree in their backyard, which overpowered a patio and its accompanying canopy. When the rain began, a violet bloom would cascade to the ground with each drop. Hence the hidden, heavy foil laden wisteria blooms in the veil.

The most oppressive season in the South, SUMMER, represents her new experience with the thick air that chokes and clings, along with the abnormally large insects that infest the air and seem to look into your eyes - they have no qualms about sharing personal space with humans. 

AUTUMN is much gentler piece, calling back to the vibrant dark green ivy that catches the dew and frost in its folds greedily before any other plant preparing for winter. It blankets almost the entire Pacific Northwest, including her childhood home. It can also be found covering the walls of a monastery in Kentucky she periodically visits - a new haven of sorts for her in the South.







Saturday, April 2, 2016

7 Day Exclusive - Immortal Souls Print Packages

7 day timed released print packages! 
(Available until 4/9/16 10pm CT)

This bundle includes 2 8x10 fine art velvet prints each hand embellished with gold leaf, 2 free high gloss UV varnish 4x6 post cards (give them to your pals!), and a free handmade artist statement booklet, explaining the historical exposition and inspiration behind the series. This bundle values at $125, but is available via this link for nearly $40 less!


Prints are signed, titled, and numbered by Cassie. The number of prints sold within the 7 day period will determine the edition number, but we may have to put limitations on the amount sold due to time/supply constraints.


Original "Saint Joan" is available. Please inquire via hello@casstronaut.com for purchase.



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