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April 2017

Western Canada Fashion Week.

Designer: Nazila Couture (Edmonton/Phoenix/India)
Photo by Ken Matthias

Western Canada Fashion Week.

Designer: Lewis Mayhem/Vexy Heart (Edmonton)
Photo by Ken Matthias

Western Canada Fashion Week.

Designer: Cherry Veric (Philippines)
Photo by Ken Matthias

Western Canada Fashion Week

Spring 2017

 

Ken Matthias - CCAB - www.creativeab.ca

March 31, 2017

 

Heralded as Canada's second largest, Western Canada Fashion Week (WCFW) united together local and international designers, hundreds of models, a multitude of media and thousands of attendees into ten enchanting evenings of beauty and fashion.

 

Held at the ATB Financial Arts Barn in Edmonton's unique district of Old Strathcona, every night offered a palette of colors and designs artfully woven into elegant and sometimes eclectic clothing and accessories. Designer runway shows were supplemented by engaging performances such as Viva Dance, spoken word artist Lady Vanessa Cardona, and presentations to the winners of the various competitions held throughout the week promoting the development of new talent.

 

True to their goals, each evening presented a collage of stunning and accomplished talent that walked alongside gifted and emerging designers and aspiring models. A primary goal of the WCFW event is 'to nurture and support Western Canada's young, local fashion entrepreneurs', a noticeable difference in an industry often stereotyped as being highbrow and competitive. Since 2005, WCFW has been committed to the development, health and growth of the industry creating support networks and resources to enable the initiation and success of many careers and dreams.

 

Though impossible to highlight the three dozen or so designers and hundreds of background people and models who poured their heart into their shows, just to mention a few to give a taste, the International Collections of Nazila Couture (Edmonton/Phoenix/India) and Cherry Veric (Philippines) were remarkable for their ethnic beauty and brilliant designs, Tishynah Buffalo (SK/AB) presented an alluring collection of clothing which drew inspiration from First Nation culture and gatherings, and designers from the Fantasy/Hair Night showcased a wild ride of Cosplay by Vivid Vision and fantastical visions presented by Edmonton's Lewis Mayhem/Vexy Heart.

 

The excellent team at WCFW are to be congratulated for their behind the scenes labour, support, encouragement, and success towards an inspiring and enjoyable Spring showing. We all look forward to September's Fall WCFW 2017.

 

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Western Canada Fashion Week.

Designer: Lewis Mayhem/Vexy Heart (Edmonton)
Photo by Ken Matthias

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Western Canada Fashion Week.

Designer: Vivid Visions - Cosplay
Photo by Ken Matthias

Western Canada Fashion Week.

Designer: Tishynah Buffalo (Alberta/Saskatchewan)
Photo by Ken Matthias

Western Canada Fashion Week.

Designer: Liliana Designs
Photo by Ken Matthias

 

Resurrection of Christ. Photo by Ken Matthias.
A Clash of Ideals. Photo by Ken Matthias.
Roman Occupation. Photo by Ken Matthias.

Passion Play

Ken Matthias - CCAB - www.creativeab.ca

April 2, 2017

 

The Passion Story of Christ once more came alive on stage at Mill Woods Pentecostal Assembly in Edmonton, Alberta. With over three hundred of their congregation involved in the annual production, it speaks a powerful message of hope to any and all who attend.

 

This year, entitled What If You're Right? transformed the church's platform into a setting from ancient Palestine to re-tell the potent message of how Jesus' compassion and sacrifice brought freedom for mankind. The musical production this year partially focused on the centurion Marcus, whom having Jesus heal his servant boy was confronted with the questions and claims of Jesus' divinity.

 

Jesus' compassion and forgiveness towards Mary Magdelene, the calling of the despised tax collector Levi, and the raising from the dead a little girl all baffled and enraged the status quo religious leaders who feared to lose their position if Jesus ruffled Rome's feathers. But Jesus did it anyway.

 

The message of the cross and resurrection will never lose it's power to offer the hope of forgiveness and eternal life to the lowest and the darkest of us. As we approach the Easter season, determine to remind yourself of this message, whether it be through a musical production or otherwise. It truly is a life changing and saving message.

 

Jesus raises a child from the dead. Photo by Ken Matthias.

Western Canada Fashion Week.

Designer: Cherry Veric (Philippines)
Photo by Ken Matthias
Leonardo's The Last Supper. Photo public domain.

Easter's Art

Ken Matthias - CCAB - www.creativeab.ca

April 2, 2017

 

With Easter fast approaching, artistic offerings begin popping up in places not regularly associated as fountains of creativity... the church.

 

This has not always been the case. A large portion of the greatest art pieces the world has ever seen are faith based, created as love offerings to God designed to inspire, bring hope and turn people's gaze heavenward. The Book of Kells (an ancient Irish illustrated book of the Gospels), the Apocalypse Tapestry in France, Leonardo's Last Supper, Tintoretto's Paradise in Italy, and the Resurrection of Christ by Raphael are just a few examples.

 

I have never been a fan of cathedrals or monuments built on the backs and finances of the poor, but that said, even architecture has been used for centuries to stand as a symbol of things to come, to be hoped for.

 

Performing arts have had a more difficult time than visual arts. To drum or not to drum, hymns vs. choruses, and the more recent introduction of dance, drama and painting during service times have all had to subject themselves to the slow process of change.

 

Throughout the years, the arts have found it difficult to thrive within the church walls. All of it can be traced back to one word... holiness.

 

By definition, holiness means to be set apart. It is the idea of dedicating something, someone or some place to be used specifically for a set purpose. In the case of the church, that purpose is to glorify God.

 

The fear, and therefore the resistance to the arts, is that the beauty and performance of the art can distract and steal some of the glory reserved for God and be given to man: praise for the dancer, praise for the painter rather than praising the one who made the painter and the dancer.

 

It is not that a painter's work cannot be praised, or that a painter should not take pride in his or her work; the question has been whether or not the forum that work is displayed is the place that has been set apart to glorify God. It is a valid and justified question to ask.

 

The underlying problem with this argument is that it is fear based. And scripturally speaking, fear is not of God. There will always be that guy who loves the lime light, but on the whole, artists use their gifts to share what is going on inside of them, who they are. It is their form of expression, even worship, and it is beautiful. In addition, the very first thing the Christian Bible reveals to us is that God is a creative God; for us to shackle creativity due to fear robs us of something stunningly, and inherently beautiful.

 

There is however an ever-increasing number of churches that have recognized the power the arts have to inspire hope and draw our gaze heavenward. Powerful music, dance, drama, movie making, and art are finding their way back into the halls dedicated to the One who created artistic expression in the first place.

 

Visual and Performing Arts are languages the entire world speaks and is moved by. Yes, faith comes by hearing, but not everyone hears the message of Christ through a preacher and a pulpit. Sometimes it is a drama, a song or even a painting that opens the heart up to the things of God.
 

Too long has the creative slumbered in the church. It is time for it to awaken to influence and enrichen the culture around it, as it once did.
 

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Ken Matthias - CCAB - www.creativeab.ca

 

In The Pit

 

This past week I have had the privilege of doing something I have never done before; shoot a fashion show from the 'Photo Pit'.

 

No, a photo pit is not a pit; In actuality, it is a three or four-tiered platform where a small army of professionals gather with equipment that would topple a lesser man if not supported on a monopod. Talk about camera-envy... It is a sign you struggle with this little known disease when you want to use your camera to take pictures of the cameras you want to buy one day when you grow up.

 

Inferiority however quickly dissolves away when you discover that behind the camera body, telephoto lens, and a flash that would blind a blind man lies someone who, like you, loves doing what they are doing and is easily persuaded to talk about their craft. This is my experience. While my experience as an editor of a newspaper involved rival newspaper reporters jousting for position to get a better shot than you, my experience in the pit was one of courteous behaviour, consideration and camaraderie amongst long time friends and newbies like myself. I am not naive enough to believe that this is the norm all over, but in Edmonton, at WCFW Spring 2017, it was.

 

A learning experience it was. If there ever was a time to know how the triad of exposure works, it is at a fashion show. Conditions rapidly change in lighting, movement and other outside factors. Learn quick or end up with hundreds of mediocre photos. One of the big differences I noticed was how much you miss if you get distracted. Like any stage, the runway is a platform that magnifies every eye movement, pose or expression that a model makes. Three shots in quick succession can leave you with two terrible shots and one remarkable one just as the model changed stance slightly. With a new canvas (model) appearing every thirty to forty-five seconds, you do not have much time to take in a whole lot else.

 

This can be troublesome for someone who is more geared to take in the whole experience and production of the evening. Through the lens, I enjoy watching how other people enjoy the show. I am enamoured by the diversified lighting, booming sound, and intoxicating energy of the event. I even try to take sneak peeks at the other photographers to see how they are reacting to what is happening in front of them. And... oh yeah... don't forget to take pictures of the models.

 

Yes, I know I am like the kid in the candy store for the first time; beautiful people, beautiful clothing, music, lights, glamour... Yes, I know in time the excitement will wear off... yada yada! But until it does, I am sticking with the story that I loved it. Thanks to Ernest and Ian, as well as the other fine people at WCFW for allowing me the opportunity to be part of a great ten days.

 

Western Canada Fashion Week.

Designer: Liliana Designs
Photo by Ken Matthias