Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Trizzella Picture Book update




As everyone who is following Trizzella know, we are a two person artistic team. I am the creator and writer of Trizzella, and Aaron does all the illustrations, coloring, and animations - All by himself! with a sketchpad,  Wacom, and in Flash! He is indeed very talented. We believe in our character and want to share her with all the world. Last year for eight weeks we launched online interactive web cartoons, and we also did a five minute musical of her in a Circus that was nominated for best visuals at the Asheville film festival. We took the cartoons down in order to work on the Picture Book, and the Story Book without conflict and other distractions. But now...The Picture Book is finished! First launch will be on Kindle at Amazon. 
We will be moving forward in the process of taking her into several avenues, including a soon to be released Chapter Book about her life told in individual short stories. Aaron is currently working on putting the animations we did last year into a interactive Trizzella adventure App for children due to the overwhelming request from parents, teens and children.



 http://trizzella.com/




Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sirens in the Desert- a short fashion film

Sandra Harvey Collection  Los Angeles.  Model India Dupre. Director Chris Johnston

Morticia does Spain - Fashion Show

           Sandra Harvey Designs at California market Week

India in Wales - a fashion commercial

This commercial was shot in Wales by documentary Director Chris Johnston. 
The Model is India Dupré, a English singer, songwriter and actress. 
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1021417/

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Look who is wearing my Chef Jackets

I ran into Jael and Dan Rattigan, the owners of French Broad Chocolate Lounge here in Asheville awhile ago and they were so excited to tell me that they had worn their 'SHD' Chef Jackets on Good Morning America. I am always flattered when I get a chance to see the Jackets I designed worn so elegantly, especially by those who lovingly prepare exquisite food for the Soul......Chocolate of course!!!



Here is a clip of Jael and Dan wearing the Black Chef Jacket with Satin Cuffs

Good Morning America: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/french-broad-chocolate-lounge-shares-truffle-recipe-18490264

French Broad Chocolates: http://frenchbroadchocolates.com/

Chef jackets: http://sandraharvey.bigcartel.com/

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Gothic sensibilities from my Father



 
Memories that haunt my heart

      Children are fascinated by strange and frightening stories, it is actually good for them, stretching their imaginations, allowing their hearts to attach to the characters. They root for them be they evil or good....
 I was introduced to Gothic Story telling at a very young age, my father being Irish and of a poor upbringing in the Deep South  was a true spinner of tales both frightening and terrible. He was raised by his grandparents in a dark heavily forested region of Arkansas near a swampy bog, with time on his hands to let his mind wander into creepy imaginings that he carried into his adulthood.
Growing up with my father was full of wonderful scary stories, tales he insisted were true, and I believed him. Our house was filled with antiques and dark wooden furniture. Chandeliers and hurricane lamps were lit by candlelight while the sounds of old lonesome country love songs were a constant in the background. When visiting his grandparents farm in Arkansas as a little girl I vividly remember the old front porch heavily covered in Wisteria. The nights were hot and muggy filling the air with fireflies and mosquitoes. My dad would sit in his chair, take a long drag off his hand rolled cigarette, lean forward and let the smoke seep slowly from his lips as he began his tales of the strange creatures dwelling in the woods. This was exciting for me and I hung my heart on every word as he warned me and my brother that the 'Will o the Wisp' would rise from the swamps at night and come looking for us if we should wander from our beds... I was terrified to go to the bathroom, waking my brother each night to stay with me.  I remember one night while I was laying in my bed when a knock came at my window..I sat up and looked over to see the most terrifying spirit standing there on fire, laughing the most ghoulish laugh. As my heart raced and I felt the blood drain from my face my father laughed proudly "oh its just me"...he had held the skull of a cow over a white sheet under lit by a flashlight.....
Other nights he would grab my shoulder from behind as I was heading for bed and say "be sure your hands and feet don't hang over the mattress while your sleeping cause ya never know what is hiding under your bed" then he would laugh that mischievous laugh I recognized and loved so well and tell me not to worry "all ya have to do is yell out and ill come save ya" he would say as if to ease his devilish little conscience.
Yes, I was frightened most of my childhood, but it was a wonderful scare. I still wont sleep with my hands or feet over the sides of my bed, and I sometimes squint my eyes before looking out dark windows at night. But what his story telling did for me was ignite a fire within my soul, and now I tell the same stories to my children, and to other children in the very same manner. When a Story is read out loud with the right tone of voice, it is quite powerful. The carefully articulated highs and lows, spoken very slowly will send chills down your spine.



The Orders of Gothic: Foucault, Lacan, and the Subject of Gothic Writing,1764–1820 - See more at: http://www.gothic.stir.ac.uk/news/cfp-%e2%80%98haunted-landscapes-nature-super-nature-and-the-environment%e2%80%99/#sthash.9FmxplOE.dpuf
The Orders of Gothic: Foucault, Lacan, and the Subject of Gothic Writing,1764–1820 - See more at: http://www.gothic.stir.ac.uk/news/cfp-%e2%80%98haunted-landscapes-nature-super-nature-and-the-environment%e2%80%99/#sthash.9FmxplOE.dpuf

Monday, October 14, 2013

Writing Trizzella....

 I starting writing Trizzella a few years ago when I was a fashion designer. For many years my life was exciting, lavish and...selfish. I would run off to Europe on a whim without telling anyone where I was going, with no regard for the consequences or path of destruction I was leaving behind me. But as life must balance out, destruction caught up to me abruptly when my husband was killed in a car accident sending me on a downward spiral of deep sadness and self loathing. I learned fast and hard that life has a way of replaying out regretful moments like a skipping record. I am learning to repent and repair some of my regrets, some I cannot, and have to live with, others only time can pass. But in this life process I have her, Trizzella as my dearest friend. I seem to write best in the middle of the night when it is quiet, no cars or people chatting, only the sound of a distant train passing by or the wind...I turn on my bedside lamp, grab a pencil, and a notepad to jot down the images and ideas that are clear in the quietness.
Writing Trizzella, has been my own journey and awakening, she is taming me in a way, and I have learned to count on her to always be there for me. She has changed from girl to woman to teen to adult in stages of the writing, but one thing never changes, she always stays distant from the realities of the world, going about her days wistfully in charge of her happiness...
I find that I can write to her during my saddest moments like a little girl asking to be reborn to live another life. Perhaps that is why Writers write the stories they do, a self therapy session with their characters. Yes the characters in many stories are deeply personal, and very real to the Authors who give life to them. During the darkest days of my life, the early death of my husband, I could pour out my sadness and pain to her, and know she always was willing to sit beside me as I cried, urging me to write out similar emotions.
In the writing of her, I have realized that I still am very much a little girl inside, just like all little girls longing for love and acceptance and a place in the world.






Sunday, July 1, 2012

My Culinary Life


Presentation is very important to me. It is one of the main reasons I went to Culinary School. What I enjoyed the most was Demo Lab, I would observe my Chef Instructor during these two hours in a constant awe. As I watched and listened, what I saw was something that cannot be defined in words. The way he arranged each and every item so delicately, as if it could dissolve. I wanted to emulate that skill. As I moved forward in my culinary education, using the experience towards my career as a Fashion Designer, I realized the final presentation is what I strive to do beautiful, and something I will use throughout my life. I had the idea that I could design a coat that would be elegant and classically cut, but I knew I had to put myself in the shoes of a chef to do so. As a Clothing designer my initial goal was to learn on the job through my culinary experience just exactly what a chef needs and wants. What has happened along the way has changed me forever. I have witnessed first hand the all consuming labor of love that is behind each and every plate of food placed before a customer or friend. I chose to get involved from the start, by working hard alongside the chefs so they will see that I am serious about designing. I assisted the 2011 WNC Chef Challenge and was asked back for the 2012. What I gained was the experience many young chefs today only dream of, the chance to work alongside over 32 of the best chefs in western North Carolina. Chefs who themselves are graduates of highly acclaimed Culinary Schools and have many years of working experience. To me working with these chefs was like being a little child in a candy store, my eyes wide open and absorbing every move they made, my ears finely tuned to every word they uttered, I wanted to emulate them, and so I eagerly volunteered to do whatever was necessary to assist in presenting the best possible dishes. It was in prepping, moving from station to station, learning every possible aspect of what a Chef does so that I can design a chef Coat that is functional but deserving of the chef who will wear it. However, the most important lesson I took from Culinary school was a deep respect for life.
This is a note from my personal Journal dated March 12 2011:
I killed my first Lobster yesterday. It really affected me, for one thing I have a strong sense into the soul of animals, and they speak to me and bring me messages. I had never actually thought about the fact that the animals I am eating are real living breathing creatures, I get them already packaged and cleaned. When I went to my lab and my chef walked in with the live lobsters, he mentioned that we could stab it through the brain to kill it instantly or bring a pot of water to a rolling boil and drop them in. I asked what would be most humane, he felt stabbing through the brain, but I could not do it. My lobster was very active, his claws were rubber banded and he was waving them about. My chef said if I rub between his eyes he could fall into a trance, so I started to pet him, he relaxed and looked up at me and telepathically told me that he was my message for the day. I burst into tears…I walked away and the tears would not stop falling. How could I ????? Chef Caddell had told us over and over that these animals give their life for us to learn and we should never take that for granted. Chef Thomas Keller has a Chef take a live rabbit outside and kill it before he can get the job, he tells his chefs that in order to be a great chef he must have a great respect for the life given by the animal, not to disrespect the preparing process or that animals life was in vain.
I learned that yesterday. I put the lobster in the water and walked away…I carefully prepared my recipes with a deeper understanding. I did not eat those dishes.”

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Inspiration for Trizzella by the sea

I miss you every day. You are here in these Smoky Mountains. This is your birth place and your resting place. But in the quiet moments when I lay in my bed staring out to the nights stars, my thoughts of you wander back to Laguna and I know you are also there by the Sea, waiting for me. 
I am writing a beautiful fairytale about a young girl who lives by the Sea. In writing her, I think of you. Rest in Peace my Love...Colin Hall Jan 6, 1975 - July 31, 2005




Friday, May 18, 2012

Sandra Harvey Designs


Sandra Harvey was among the first clothing and accessory companies to spring up and out of Orange County, California, alongside Volcom, Roxy Quiksilver, Stussy, Black flys, and Dita Eyewear.  Sandra caters to women in fashion who are inclined with a desire for demure sexiness. She Blends casual elegance with dark undertones, inspired from her beach lifestyle around the surf and skateboard culture in Laguna Beach, California, The Sandra Harvey Design Brand was sold at Specialty Boutiques, and Department Stores including Barneys, Macys, Nordstrom,and Fred Segal. Catering to a high profile clientele of Artists, and Musicians including: Trent Reznor, Perry Farrell of Janes Addiction, Hope Sandoval , Timothy Leary, and India Dupre. She has been featured numerously in the style section of The Los Angeles Times, and fashion related Magazines including, Detour, Revolt in Style, Manic, and Flaunt.
Sandra was married to Dana Harvey, of Harveys SeatbeltBags. They separated in 1993.
She later met and married Colin Hall. In 2005 he was killed in a car accident leaving her widowed with their two sons, Colin Hall Jr, and Samuel Hall. Colin is said to have been the love of her life. 

In 2009, Sandra moved with her two sons, Sam and Colin, to Asheville North Carolina. Known for its highly acclaimed Culinary Culture. There she was inspired to design a Chef Jacket for Woman that is elegant and functional. She attended Culinary School for two years, and worked alongside high profile Chefs in Western North Carolina.  March 2012 at the International Association of Culinary Professionals annual conference in New York City, Sandra launched a line of Chef apparel. With slogans "Your boyfriend is looking at me" and "Wear something the boys cant" Her Jacket has been featured in WNC magazine.
Providing Chef apparel to the A.I.R  'Chef's of Tomorrow' Scholarship Fund. http://www.airasheville.org/pages/air-giving-back .


Friday, March 9, 2012

Dear America,

All those that have served our Country have not done this in vain, nor should we forget lest we forget our own..........

Its important to save the world, but to really do something its important to start in our own backyard. We have a great backyard!
A land rich in agriculture and forward thinkers, after all, isn't this the land of the free.....I am aggressively promoting manufacturing in America, farming in America, exporting our goods from America....cotton, apparel, technology and gadgets, American built cars. We need to remember who we are as a nation and be proud....

Here is to you Dear America, you are beloved by your own and your future sons and daughters as we are renewing ourselves by way of our sustainable farms and restaurants,with farm to table and our locavore movements. We have amazing chefs stepping up in our 'chefs move to schools' programs, and our philosophy of 'Team Local' is spreading nationwide in the manufacturing of fashion and hard goods.  With technology moving like a virus our Americana music scene is taking back its reigns at full force.

We are standing...we will not fall...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A few Photos from Morticia does Spain Collection

     Mortica does Spain, aw yes, of course she does....Imagining if I were to dress her these are the dresses she would choose.
The pictures appeared in LA STYLE and DETOUR MAGAZINE, beautifully photographed by Michael Segal.
     Michaels work is truly beautiful, he is a Fashion Photographer who specializes in magazine, music, fine art, and celebrity photography for publications and advertisers.
     I met Michael Segal several years ago while designing a collection called 'Morticia does Spain'. We met at a coffee shop in Venice beach and talked about my design style ...
Jean Louis and Isabel offered to let me do the photo shoot inside their Restaurant Louis 14, a bar that served Spanish/french fusion located on la Brea and Clinton.  it is no longer there but it reigned as one of the most influential restaurant/clubs of the 90's and spawned out a niche for the intimate bar scene crowd.
http://www.michaelsegalphoto.com
Santa Monica Studio
710 Wilshire Blvd. #310
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Model: India Dupre
Shot on location: Louis 14th Los Angeles



Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Perhaps I will find him somewhere in the South.....


Once upon a time in a land far far away there lived a little girl, who dreamed of a boy with purple moonlight in his hair, and eyes so deep they burned into her heart causing it to flame......
She became friends with the moon and called him her lantern of love asking him to please light up the way for this beautiful boy to find her....but he never came.......
As the years and time went by, the dream of this boy slowly faded from her mind, and surfaced only in her sleeping dreams....so she filled her life with interesting friends and travels...
She found love and companionship with some, but never did her heart flame, nor dd they have eyes so bright as to burn her.....
Until...a time came when she felt she was past finding love and accepted her fate to be alone, so she would spend the rest of her life casting love spells for others...
That is when she found him...unexpectedly...purple moonlight in his hair, and eyes so deep they burned into her heart causing the flame to become a fire.......

Sitting on a cliff overlooking the sea.....................
"Perhaps I will find him in the South....I can still see him in my mind..my true love so fair..purple moonlight in his hair.......dark and brooding over the emptiness of his life...strumming hauntingly sweet melodies on a old guitar....never tainted by glamour..but is glamour itself in the way he walks, and moves....with his dark hair and deep blue eyes...and a slow southern drawl...yes..that is where I will find him.....


written by Sandra

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Fashion of Food.......


So this years theme for the IACP...'International Association for Culinary Professionals' is on the fashion of food....How thrilling to be able to attend this event....
As a Fashion conscious Cook, here are a few highlights I am most excited about-

The NYC Opening Party
82 Mercer Street, New York
Friday March 30, 2012 6- 9 pm
Downtown to Soho where food and fashion have always rubbed elbows. Where grub and glam meet haute cuisine. This is a party downtown New York-style, and chic rules the night.

The 26th Annual Awards Ceremony and After Party
Monday, April 2, 2012 6-10 PM
Times Center
242 West 41st Street, New York
IACP has recognized outstanding culinary professionals since 1986. On April 2, we will continue this tradition by honoring seven categories of excellence in the culinary world. Please join us for the 26th Annual Awards Ceremony, hosted by Mo Rocca from the Cooking Channel’s Food(ography) and correspondent for the CBS Morning Show.
This year’s Award Ceremony will be held in the glamorous new Times Center Theater and Gallery. The Awards Ceremony will be immediately followed by an After Party in the Times Center where we will celebrate with the winners and honor all finalists.
We do request that you dress fabulously “in fashion.”
Bon Appetite - S

Christian Laboutin picture - Courtesy of French Vogue
Sandra Harvey Designs - courtesy Michael Segal...

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The distance from concept to actual product

Its been a long process from the original concept to the actual product. Idea, sketch, school, marketing research and more.
As a designer I am really detail obsessed about getting the right fit, and so that required several sewing attempts with many alterations. I initially wanted to design a coat for women chefs, but that quickly changed to include the men as well. I wanted a design that would match the artistic flair they put into their food, but at the same time keep it simple and pure with respect to the tradition of cleanliness and form.
I personally made the coat for a few well respected female chef/owners of high profile restaurants here in Asheville, and fellow culinary student classmates, asking them wear it for a few weeks, and return with notes to me on a better fit.

I also felt a sense of urgency to a cause dear to my heart, Keeping Americans employed, so it is important that this be a American Made Product. My search for American sewing contractors was time consuming, since most everything is now made overseas...To do this I had to get on the road with only referrals to go off, requiring me to drive long distances around the Southeast from Georgia up to Virginia.
I was beginning to get discouraged realizing I might have to go back to Downtown Los Angeles where I am familiar with the process of pattern makers, graders, cutters, and sewing contractors, But that would also require me to move back to California.

I went to over 20 locations all over the Southeast...and was saddened to learn that over 4,000 apparel manufacturing factories have closed in the last 20 years, In 1996 there were over 2,100 textile mills here in North Carolina alone that went overseas, including Burlington, and Guilford mills. This caused a domino effect shutting down sewing contractors in every town, city and suburb. Searching for sewing contractors was a long and hard process.....But I did not give up, I felt inspired to continue my quest. The magic of this Beautiful state of North Carolina urged me further, I found daily inspiration from its people and their stories. North Carolina is the backbone of American Apparel, with a deep rooted History in manufacturing. I trusted my instincts and listened to the winds chanting as if voices from the past were whispering into my ear, leading forward, opening doors, I listened.

After several recommendations and referrals from friends and people who I have worked with in the Hospitality field, I finally found a factory on the Atlantic coast of beautiful North Carolina...a small sea village called Morehead City. The owner James Garner (Creative Outlet) is a wonderful man, his story goes back over 50 years, he has kept his factory running in spite of hard times, and his employees have stayed loyal to him over the years. I have been working with his contractor Mike Parker for several months.

I am very proud to say that my Chef and Cook Apparel is made here in North Carolina, and that the first Chefs to wear the coats are here in Asheville, a Culinary mecca with a vibrant restaurant scene of over 250 Independent restaurants. Internationally known for its sustainability and farm to table freshness. Food here is a way of life.



Sunday, October 23, 2011

About me


My name is Sandra Harvey. I am simple, quiet and bit shy. I was fortunate to grow up in a house on a cliff overlooking the ocean in a town called Laguna Beach California. I collect seashells, dry seaweed in my window, and when possible I will sit for hours on the cliffs looking out to the Sea. I often feel it owns part of my soul.
I have traveled all over Europe and have a deep love and respect for all cultures. I tend to be attracted to Theatrical types, choosing friends with common interests. I value the universal laws of caring for others and doing what is right. I truly believe that we are, and we attract what we ponder and feel inside. I am terribly romantic and I believe in True love and Soul mates. I love the idea of alchemy, and mysticism is my form of religion.
I love to cook, and have a large organic garden of delicious lettuces and herbs. I use food as an alternative form of medicine. I am somewhat of a culinary homeopath. Cooking for my children and my friends as a way of showing my love for them. I also really enjoy having Sangria parties in candlelight. I love to read and will spend hours in used and rare bookstores, I usually have 2 or 3 books going at the same time, and I always carry one in my bag. As for music, I grew up listening to classical music and it opened my world, however I lean towards exotic, dark, moody, hypnotic, brooding lyrics with haunting acoustics and slide guitars.
I am a clothing designer. Up until a few years ago, I owned 2 boutiques and designed clothes for celebrities and Hollywood types. In 2005 I lost my husband in a car accident, His name is Colin, he was born in NC. My destiny as a clothing designer changed bringing me here to Asheville to bury him. I fell in love with the forest here, it is dark and mysterious as was he. I closed my business in California due to severe sadness and a loss of creativity to focus on my sons. In 2010 my sister suggested I return to designing by making a chef coat for woman that is much more refined. She is a chef of her own Bistro in La Jolla California. She insisted that a chef coat that hasn't changed its design for over 200 years needs to be updated, even just a little. As a designer I knew that the only way I could be taken serious would be to walk the walk by understanding the functions of the kitchen. I enrolled in Culinary school at AB Tech. I volunteer to work events with A.S.A..P and Slow Foods Asheville. I have spent numerous hours working in labs at school, and I work with some of the most respected Chefs in the area. Along with experience, I also made survey cards and did interviews with both my class mates, and working chefs. This coupled with my design background and years of cut and sew experience I designed a coat that is very elegant, but is also comfortable and better fitted.
I started a Couture business last May designing coats in Linen with shell buttons for some of the best Chefs in town. I am about to go into production promoting the made in America label, my designs are manufactured on the coast of NC.
I believe in dreams and hard work, and I never give up even in hard times. I did not plan to be a uniform designer, but it has proven to be another creative outlet for me, and I am designing again.
As much as I love Asheville and the dense forest, I find it hard to live away from the Pacific Coast. But for now I am content to travel to Los Angeles a few times a year for fashion related seminars and events. Just last week I traveled there for the Textile show.
Yes I did sit on the cliffs on diamond street in Laguna Beach. It was midnight and the moon was at its fullest....I brought back seaweed hidden in a tightly wrapped plastic bag and it is drying in my window as I write this.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Say Good Bye to The Dull Boring Jacket...Elegance reigns in the Kitchen

"To be beautiful, all a woman needs is a black pullover, a black skirt and to be arm in arm with a man she loves"
- Yves Saint Laurent

Oh yes so true, and being in black is my trademark uniform, however when I decided to go to Culinary school, I had to trade in my sexy black velvet for a plain white cotton box jacket....and it was not a good feeling....I had grown up under the care of a gorgeous Russian woman,
(my mother) who would pinch her own cheeks before answering the door....her underpinnings were purchased from the finest boutiques and she raised my sister and I to be prepared to look lovely if caught dead!.....Imagine being told that!


I had to endear this traditional cheaply made and over sized uniform for a full year. But it was OK because I was designing the most wonderfully Elegant chef jacket on the side ...I would go to school and tell everyone about it, describing the cut, the fabric, the curves that it would show off...and just about every classmate was excited for me. These are the future chefs, so if they liked it, I was sure to be on the right track....This is my second year at AB TECH, I am wearing the Jacket and have sold several so far, and some of the most respected Chefs in the area are wearing my Chef Coat...I don't want to name drop...but I am confident that the little jacket will do just fine on its own......

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Love Letters

Letters are so revealing.....they take time to write and pull from our inner core ....love letters are our souls language reaching out from our heart to our fingertips...they are our hearts gestures and actions formed into a sonnet.....I would rather have a letter eloquently written then anything else in all the world....I can hold onto the words, kiss them, read them when sad...and translate the message into love...

Friday, August 19, 2011

Drowning in Love


Love and friendship is an interesting thing, as time goes by life together unfolds and unravels the different depths of each others personality and soul....forming bonds that can last a lifetime....

You get to know each others little quirks and mannerisms, and those are the things the either endear you to each other..or the very things that dissolve love


Perhaps we choose our friends much more wisely, finding them in places of mutual interest, while we jump into a relationship with someone we notice in a random place and choose them based on attraction only...Sometimes with someone that we would absolutely never ever choose as a friend....and yet friends do fall in love with each other......conundrum...

I feel strongly that love just happens, you cant force it, you cant develop it from a friendship..its just there... from another time, another place, perhaps it existed in heaven with a promise to find each other...I see couples that are so obviously meant for each other and when I ask them how they met, it is always the very same story..."oh we just knew right from the start that we belonged to each other" no long term friendship, no chemistry, just a knowing...and that knowing caused the chemistry, and the chemistry turned into friendship......

Personally.....I want to drown in love, be pulled under by it....lost forever in the dark blue sea of it...and I will gladly dive down deep into the deepest depths of hell to burn up in it...........