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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Crystal Bridges Photoshoot

We've been blessed here in NWA with the addition of Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville (thank you Alice Walton!) and it's a great place to visit for locals and tourists alike. I got together with my photographer/model friend Amanda Knoner recently to do a photoshoot around Crystal Bridges because they have so many great places around the museum to shoot, and it did not disappoint. We shot fall clothing and scarves, with two lovely local models, Savvy Eubanks and Celeste Libert. All of these items are available in my etsy shop! 

Faux leather embroidered vest, diamond pearl and amber necklace, and stretch knit metallic black dress. Model Savvy Eubanks.

Thunder kitties upcycled tank, teenage mutant ninja turtles skirt, chain necklace.

Paint splatter minidress, black faux leather jacket with epaulettes. Model Celeste Libert.

Hand printed tshirt dress and bamboo Audrey jacket.

Our photographer takes a break for a minute to switch to the other side of the camera and model this upcycled sweater dress. Model Amanda Knoner.

Wool aerial jacket and linen blend knit houndstooth pencil skirt and crop top.

Magical wool hoodie with applique flowers

Bamboo fleece scarves & fairtrade batik skirt

Hand dyed silk ombre skirt, lace and linen top, and bamboo Audrey jacket, and Cinderella necklace.

All photos by Amanda Knoner with Spilled Gold Photography. All fashion available in my etsy shop-

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Something wicked

Happy Halloween! 
*gothic skull dress by Rosie Rose

Friday, February 3, 2017

Guilt-Free Fashion.... is it possible?

A few of the garments available from my shop made from sustainable bamboo fabric.

We are living in a modern world of "fast fashion"... clothing made quickly and cheaply, by workers who are underpaid, working in dangerous conditions, and with little thought to the sustainability of the materials used. Big clothing manufacturers operate for the most part outside the USA to avoid safety regulations. Factory fires and building collapses have been responsible for injuring and killing hundreds of people at a time. Dangerous conditions persist until something terrible happens, and even then very little changes. As far as the environmental impact, it is troublesome as well. Dye is dumped into rivers, air pollution standards are a joke, and chemicals being used for processing fabrics are "lost in the manufacturing process" (so where is it going? on the workers, and into the ground and water).

As a small clothing manufacturer, on initial view of the situation, it would seem there is very little I could do to counter all this bad juju on the clothing industry. How can I, as one person, make a difference? But... over the years I am proud to say I have come up with many ways to make my own production process as ethical and earth-friendly as possible, including:

1.Using upcycled fabrics. This includes clothing I have donated to me, or from thrift shops (always thoroughly washed/cleaned before use) as well as fabric salvaged from vintage linens (curtains, tablecloths, lace, etc). This is in my eyes, the best, smallest-footprint way of doing things. In fact, you might even call it a reverse footprint, because in many cases the things I use would have ended up in a landfill, and instead are made into a precious, beautiful creation, well-made, that the customer will keep longer than a regular store-bought garment, not only because of it's beauty, and quality, but because of the specialness of being made by an artist. Simply by my having touched and changed the clothing into something new, it has added artistic value to it. Even if the customer gets rid of the garment, it probably will be given to a friend or thrift shop and not the garbage (I hope!).

2. Dyeing my own fabrics in small batches with zero waste (I use just enough dye that is absorbed into the fabric, no more, and the dye molecules bond permanently into the fibers, so any small amount of liquid left is basically just water). I have also started using plant-based dyes such as indigo and coffee.

3. In my fabric-cutting process, there is almost zero waste. I design my patterns to use the fabric as efficiently as possible, making pieces that either fit together like puzzle pieces or are cut in panels. Often times when I cut a garment I literally have zero scraps left because even the small pieces are used to make bindings, pockets, and button loops. Any scraps I do end up with are saved for future projects that use smaller pieces such as scarves, bags, and to make appliques.

4. I have added bamboo fabric to my repertoire which is a truly wonderful, low impact, earth-friendly material. Bamboo grows very quickly and needs no irrigation or pesticides. It produces more per square foot than any other natural fiber fabric. It's also breathable, and naturally resists mold and bacteria. The company I get it from guarantees it is made in ethical conditions. It is expensive but I buy it in bulk so I can keep my prices reasonable.

Who wants to feel guilty about the clothes they're wearing? Not me.

My hope is that people will decide they don't want to feel bad about their clothing anymore, either, that it IS important, and take individual action. Myself and many other artists are making some stylish and creative alternatives to the fast fashion offered at chain stores. While most people probably can't afford to buy an entire wardrobe of handmade clothing (although if you can, you totally should), if you buy a mix of thrifted, vintage, and handmade clothing, it will cost less than buying everything brand new from a chain store. Even with a chain store's low prices, or mad sales, the clothing will wear out and have to be replaced much more frequently than with quality clothing, so it's not such a great deal after all. And who wants to all look the same, anyway?

Look at it this way: every item you don't buy from a chain store, is one less thing in your closet that may have been made in awful, unsafe conditions, with little regard for the planet or the workers making it... and if you instead buy that item from a local artist, you do several great things: you put your dollars back into the local economy, you support a small business, you don't contribute to the destruction of the planet, or to the fat pocketbooks of overpaid CEOs, AND you the consumer are the true winner because you end up with unique clothing that nobody else has, that will last a very long time. It's really a win-win-win-winner situation. I encourage you to investigate where your clothing comes from... do the manufacturers have a good history of ethical conditions and ecofriendly practices? And if not, are you OK with that? You as the consumer have the power of the almighty dollar; your dollar is a vote for success wherever you spend it. Choose wisely.

Thanks for reading!


Right now is a great time to check out my clothing because I have a bunch of cute new designs AND I'm having a 25% off sale. All you have to do is type the code "shopsmall" in the coupon box at the checkout and it will take 25% off your total. As always please let me know if you have any questions. I am always happy to help you shop.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 in review

The numbers are in, and 2016 has been my best year yet! I'm so proud of my little business and how it continues to grow. My sales this year have been the best ever in my Etsy shop, and local sales blew last year's out of the water. My sincere gratitude goes to my fantastic customers who are always enthusiastic and supportive!

Highlights of the year: learning to print my own fabrics, having my oilcloth bags featured in the fall edition of Arkansas Made Magazine, and having my spring collection of 20 looks, entitled "The Punk Princess" accepted into the Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week spring 2017 runway show!

I have also had the opportunity to have my dresses featured in some great photography. Here's some of my favorite recent work.... enjoy, and I wish you the happiest of New Years!! Thanks for looking!

Headpiece and dress by Rosie Rose
Model Evie Kalmar
Photo by Loki Lott

Headpiece and dress by Rosie Rose
Model Evie Kalmar
Photo by Melody Rummel Photography

Headpiece and dress by Rosie Rose
Model Evie Kalmar
Photo by Melody Rummel Photography

Cinderella Dress by Rosie Rose
Model Evie Kalmar
Photo by Melody Rummel Photography

Mermaid Gown by Rosie Rose
Model Melody Rummel
Photo by Loki Lott
Dress by Rosie Rose
Model Evie Kalmar
Photo by Loki Lott

Dress by Rosie Rose
Model Evie Kalmar
Photo by Melody Rummel Photography

Dress by Rosie Rose
Model Evie Kalmar
Photo by Melody Rummel Photography

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Call for Photographer for David Lynch inspired collection

*Preface- if you are a photographer, model, or h/mua interested in working with me on other projects, please feel free to comment below! I appreciate your interest and perhaps we can work on something together. 

Call For Photographer:

I am looking for a photographer for a project I have long wanted to do. A collection of clothing inspired by the ICONIC and incredible work of David Lynch, particularly Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks. I can't even begin to describe my feelings for these works. I love them, they make me feel things deeply, they are RICH with powerful imagery.

The clothing for the collection is mostly still in sketches, a few pieces are actually underway. I would like to arrange to shoot in 2 months. The clothing.... will be spectacular.... it will include ephemeral gowns, sexy blouses, textured skirts and dresses, chunky oversize sweaters, which will be inspired not only by the clothing from the movies but the themes, imagery, scenery, patterns, etc.

I am looking for someone who is equally obsessed with David Lynch, who knows the moods and scenes and characters... I am hoping to find someone who is as excited by this project as me. If you are not a fan but this is reeeeally appealing to you, I would still consider you, but you have some TV watching homework to do. 

I don't want to duplicate the inspiration material but I want it to set the MOOD, inspire the makeup, and the lighting, as well as props and other details that would add to the artistic connection (nitrous mask, YES!). I also would like the models to have some resemblence to key characters in the works, specifically: Laura Palmer(medium-long blonde hair), Audrey Horne (short haired brunette), Nadine Hurley(redhead with eye patch) of Twin Peaks, and Dorothy Valens (curly haired brunette played by Isabella Rosselini) of Blue Velvet. The same model(s) could double for characters. 

Payment:  Essentially TFP. I can provide a small stipend, which you may keep as compensation for your time, or use in part for gas money, supplies for the shoot, etc.  

What I need to get back from the shoots: 1-2 edited photos of each look I send you. I would be posting the photos on my various social media and also in my Etsy shop, which gets traffic from all over the world. Clothing needs to be returned promptly after the shoot with no stains or tears.

Arranging the shoot: Ideally photographers would want to arrange most of the details of the shoot such as location, models, and h/mua. This has worked out well before as it avoids miscommunications from "too many cooks in the kitchen" so to speak. I would be in contact with you, and you could conduct the team. 

I will have some specific ideas for scenes and poses I would like to see but there is room for creative freedom on your part as well. I am always open to ideas.

Contact: If you are interested in learning more, email me at or send me a message on facebook (Rosie Rose or Rosie Rose Designer page) and we can discuss details. If you have never worked with me before, please include two references that I can contact. 

Thank you for reading and I hope to hear from you soon! :)

example of my previous work....
photo by Brett Stoddart, TIDY
model Twig Noir
hair by Kristin Lillig
makeup by Stephanie Duaime