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#Sharkfacegang! Macklemore Eat Your Heart Out

You may not know this, but I’m a little bit of a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fan. Me… and all their angsty teen followers fall into Macklemore’s coined twitter term #sharkfacegang. Before hearing their music (being too busy with Torynova Monster Masks at the time), I had conveniently created the Shark Attack mask, which I now sell in my etsy shop. So when their song, Thrift Shop became an online sensation, I got familiar with the duo and their entourage. Needless to say, the next obvious step was to create this…

Shark Face Mask
Inspired by Macklemore’s #SharkFaceGang

Shark Face Mask by Torynova Macklemore

In a perfect world, I would be able to show this awesome mask to Macklemore and get it selling in his merch shop so all the #sharkfacegang fans can wear Shark Face to represent their favorite Seattle rapper. Till that happens, I will be rollin’ out these masks into the Etsy shop, so keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks! And be sure to get your hands on a copy of The Heist.

! UPDATE ! | Shark Face Mask is now for sale!

Shark Face Mask is now for sale!

– Tory
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FALL, my favorite season, ART, my favorite activity, and MASKS, my favorite accessory have merged together! *Cackles, thunder & lightning* Ok, ok. So last year I was a little late on the whole Halloween-merch-bandwagon, but this year, oh no! This year, I have illustrated and designed an entire heap of masks for people of all ages and eclectic personalities to wear!

There are several hilarious characters to choose from thus far:

  1. Cthulhu (shout-out to H. P. Lovecraft; recently on South Park)
  2. Shark Attack (every surfer’s worst nightmare)
  3. Eyeball (…pretty effin’ weird…)
  4. Frankenstein (zombie apocalypse is upon us!)
  5. Skull (morbid with a sense of humor)

The best part about these creepy, toothy, bloody, funny, weirdos? They are super duper comfortable! Say good-bye to that awful rubbery smell-of-death circa whenever rubber silicon masks were first created. These fellas are made of 100% baby soft organic cotton knit! So they’re gentle and stretchy and fit properly over the ol’ noodle, no matter the size of one’s big sexy brain. Also, they are like the best deal ever! Original, one of a kind, limited edition, and will solve all of your pesky costume-getting problems come Halloween. Just between you and me, it would be totally cool to wear them in the winter as ski masks (HINT).

I’m so proud of these creepy head dudes and it makes me thrilled to offer them to you, THE PEOPLE. Keep your eyes peeled for even more masks to surface before Halloween (not to start any rumors, but I’ve got a plethora of ideas floating around). The best place to find out any new intrigue, would be to follow me on instagram or twitter – @torynova. If you’d like to stock these masks in your store or know of a place where they really ought to be available, let me know and I will make it happen. Yes. Just like that.

– Tory
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Whimsy Inspired Prints

Hope you are having a wonderful summer! July was a great birthday month for me, filled with many unexpected adventures and beautiful spoils. I’ve been taking advantage of the heat and lax days by spending some weekends at the beach. So my beach totes have been playing a crucial role this summer as my go-to bags for any light travel. They’ve been perfect for carrying that extra weight that doesn’t quite fit in a purse – a lady’s ongoing struggle!

I thought I would share some of the artwork I’m using for the fabric on the bags, since it’s crisper and cleaner to admire in this format. The bags are beautiful in their own right. They are made of voile, so light travels through them freely, making them feel air-light but sturdy enough not to disappoint and hold up. I plan to add a few more prints soon, featuring more urban-themes. There are so many projects on my plate right now that it’s hard to keep track. Keep an eye out for more updates!

Special shout-out to Stasia from The Stray Arrow, for modelling for me! Check out her amazing jewelry. It continues to be the subject of my dreams.

The Polar Bear Print

Night Owl Print

Woodland Fox Print

Mushroom Fairy Print

The Sea Voyage Print

– Tory
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The Fox, The Owl, and the Polar Bear

Deck the Halls with Handmade Items!
(Support local artisans; buy “Handmade” this holiday season!)

This holiday season is just as busy as any other (what economic crisis?) with so many presents and holiday greetings to create! My list just keep getting longer. In-between all of that, it’s tough to squeeze out any creativity, but thankfully I’ve been concocting creations for a while and can finally post s0me here. And I have to apologize, it seems like the time between my updates is exponentially growing.

I’m itching for big fluffy flakes to reappear in the sky. Last winter the snow seemed endless and now in December it feels completely out of reach in NYC. It’s cold but alas, no snow! In-between shivers I’ve been working on some fabric designs. They’ve evolved into a small set of sweet fleece scarves (and may turn into more creations later).

The Forest Fox

The Night Owl

The Arctic Bear

I’m in love with each color palette and its respective animal:

Fox ~ Always bonkers for foxes (my first childhood love) but the print truly gives the animal a just habitat to play in – beautiful rusty oranges and red melding together with olive branches and leaves. The black painterly strokes also keep each creature looking wild and perhaps even wise from certain angles.

Owl ~ The owls are incredibly pleasant to wear because the colors are harmonious with denim and dark clothing (typical trend for winter) so they can be worn in a wrapped cowl or mini knot under any color coat with jeans. The fleece fabric is very friendly and warm so it is perfect for handmade scarves.

Bear ~ And frankly, who doesn’t love polar bears? The spot with the sleeping mother and cub bear warms my frigid heart. The geometric ice crystals are a nice contrast to the natural shapes of the animals. This scarf’s colors are muted grey teals. It’s actually very refreshingly beautiful and not too overtly “girly.”

Each scarf is sold in my Etsy shop, along with a variety of other cute handmade jewelry. Check it out!

– Tory

Masquerade! Paper faces on parade.

Halloween is right around the corner!
As always, I am in a frantic search for the perfect costume…

Option 1 will always be to become a Wearable Story from my selection of artistic interpretations by Torynova Couture. Speaking of which, I should mention that by the end of this week I will be unveiling 2 more art designs in 2 styles of dresses with matching men’s ties. They’re going to be pretty rockin’ hot! To get an idea of what to look for, read up on the 12 Labors of Hercules as my inspiration. Funny tidbit: so the actual size of the painting by Antonio Pollaiuolo in that wikipedia article is like 4 x 6 inches. I stumbled onto that sweet little marvel at the Uffizi gallery in Florence.

Option 2 is to MAKE A COSTUME! This has been my tactic since oh so many years ago in senior year of high school, which was the first year I actually ever dressed up for Halloween (insert sad story about immigration-related cultural clash). Mostly I just purchase components like paint, hair, fabric, fangs, etc. The end result is a hodgepodge of creative fury strategically combined to form a new identity as a Harajuku girl, vampire, mime, Sookie (OG True Blood fan) etc.

This Year I’m making masks! So far, I have 2 looks down: Frankenmonster and Skullmonster. I feel like a pioneer in the illustration/mask industry; after all, these masks are made with my copyrighted artwork and produced under my company label. I still can’t decide if they’re scary or adorable. The fabric is 100% organic cotton knit, which feels baby soft against the skin, looks vintage, has stretch, and best of all, can be washed and reused! It’s the perfect material, way better than paper, plastic, or worst of all rubber (yuck!).

If you’d like to purchase one, they’re currently available in my Etsy store in an ADULT SIZE (age post-pubescent-growth-spurt and up) and in a CHILD SIZE soon-to-come. If you’d like to receive one before Halloween, I will try my hardest to make it happen. I say “if” because there are people, like myself, that really wouldn’t mind wearing a costume once in a while to spice up the ol’ daily routine. Regardless of whether or not someone else finds them cool, I will be wearing one proudly come October 31st. However, I will probably be going to fancy masquerade parties wearing a sexy TNC dress ~ HINT!

So, the question is, what are YOU dressing up as for Halloween?

– Tory

And, in case you’re curious, the title is a line from Phantom of the Opera’s Masquerade scene/song.

Who doesn’t like Vivaldi?

It only took two weeks in Europe to feel my senses fully replenished from a year’s worth of tedious labor, aimed at making something sensible out of Torynova Couture. I know there is so much more to be done and I face a long stretch of road, but for the time being it feels ok. Overflowing with inspiration, my drive will be the source of all that is to come – and believe this busy beaver when she says that there is a LOT of fight left in her.

So, not that anyone’s noticed, but oh hey, it’s Autumn! Sure feels weird outside. Rain, cold, warmth, sun, rain, cold, warmth sun, rain/sun/cold/warm. What is going on planet Earth? It was incredibly hot in Florence – high 80’s in the first week of September, and low 70’s in the 2nd week in Paris. That difference was definitely felt. Seasonal change is inspiring, because it’s sudden and creeping. For instance, when I go outside these days, I still expect the leaves to be on the trees, not starting to gather on the ground. Damn.

Well, ode to the great Vivaldi and his Four Seasons:

On that note, some related new painted necklaces:
Summer seems so far away [again]. Oh well, time to hit the pumpkin patch in search of the Great Pumpkin.

– Tory

Be sure to stop by Torynova Couture for some spook-tastic fashion treats:

It’s Beasty Time!

Ok so it’s really hot outside, we all know and accept this, yes? And yet, I imagine that though the earth is currently “doomed for drastic climate change” as a result of hundreds of years of human toil toward industrialization, I imagine there must have been a time when weather was a little bit worse. So worse, in fact, that creatures the size of houses became extinct.

On that prehistoric note, I’d like to admit that I’ve been busy the past few days, sweating over a few new pendants that I find incredibly versatile in that they seem to work with every one of my summer outfits.

— Tory