Sculptural Felting by Sundie & Brad Ruppert

Desperado carries a rotating collection of Sculptural Felt & Vintage Sculpture by Brad and Sundie Ruppert.  We are happy to share photos of our current exhibit.  Please contact us directly at the store for more details.

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We have built a career by challenging ourselves to utilize what most people “look” at as useless and “seeing” the potential of what it could become. Combining our passion of repurposing with our fascination of texture and the need to innovate in the genre has lead us to our most recent body of work, SCULPTURAL FELT.

Working with felted fur, the oldest textile still in use today, we rescue the remnants trimmed from the brims of high-quality cowboy hats. Brad has found the circular hat-makers felt to be the epitome of a challenge. Although each scrap of felt is small, it is mighty in suppleness, texture and strength. The willingness of the felt to be transformed, both in form and texture when it is layered and nailed to a carved wood substrate makes it a perfect medium for exploring our detailed nature-inspired portraits.

When combined with Sundie’s intricately painted layers of hand-cut metal, which truly bare the soul of each portrait, it is hard for the viewer not to reach out and touch to help the brain interpret what the eyes are seeing. Each portrait is then completed by combining it with a background setting Sundie creates of multiple overlays of vintage documents, acrylic paint, charcoal and graphite by building up levels, partially sanding them down, adding more and more depth with each step of the process. It is imperative that the face details and backgrounds have as much depth and dimension as the richly textural felt so the final piece is a cohesive and comprehensive representation of the subject matter.

Probably the question we are asked most is “how long does it take?”  The truth is that we don’t keep track of time. The way we create each piece is like a textural jazz fusion composition with each piece moving back and forth between each of us multiple times.  We work autonomously, by trusting each other in our areas of expertise which also provides us with wonderful elements of surprise along the way and prevents us from getting stuck.

Watch this video to see a time lapse of one of Brad & Sundie’s Sculptural Felt creations.

Image of Brad & Sundie Ruppert working on a flamingo piece.

Desperado carries a rotating exhibit of works by Brad and Sundie Ruppert.  We are happy to personally send photos of our current collection.  Please contact us direct at 541.749.9980.

Olivia Harms Performs @ La Piano in the Old Mill District

When Desperado’s own (we love to claim her!) Olivia Harms isn’t flying around the world performing her own style of Americana & Country music you can find her at our boutique helping woman with her amazing fashion flair.  Later this month, Central Oregon is in for a treat onThursday, March 28th when she performs at Va Piano’s tasting room in the Old Mill District.  Don’t miss an evening with Olivia!

Oregon Winterfest Wine Walk at Desperado

This Friday kicks off Winterfest with Wine Walk in the Old Mill District.  Desperado will be one of nine shops serving regional and international wines supplied by Elixir Wine Group.  We will be serving wine and snacks on Friday, Feb. 15th from 5-9pm at our boutique.  Please join us and come down to the Old Mill District all weekend long for live music, ice and fire pit sculptures and an array of amazing entertainment.  Tickets are available in the Old Mill’s Ticket Mill.  A ticket to Wine Walk gets you a complimentary wine glass and entry into Winterfest all weekend long!!!

 

Collage of images showing activities at this year's Oregon Winterfest Wine Walk and weekend events in the Old Mill District.

Dromedaris Footwear Trunk Show

Image of Rebecca Meade, blog author and Dromedaris logo.

Desperado is excited to host our first ever event with one of our leading shoe lines- Dromedaris! Dromedaris International is a Swiss company of amazing high fashion comfort shoes handmade in Portugal. Please join us Friday & Saturday, December 14-15, for an exclusive engagement and chance to own a pair of these shoes & boots.Images of Dromedaris boots and models wearing the footwear.

Shoe designers, Werner Wyrsch and Ana de Pina teamed up in 1992 to create a company that provides technical shoe manufacturing at the highest possible level of reliability on an international basis.  For 15 years, Dromedaris operated as a sourcing company, proud to have served some of the best know brands, such as Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Colombia Sports, L.A. Gear, Brasher, Chaco, Dansko, and many more.

In 2007, Dromedaris decided to launch its own brand. Named after a frigate ship that brought the first Europeans to South Africa in 1651. The Dromedaris team continues to bring their expertise in color, fashion and extraordinary engineering to this line of footwear.  Making use of their experience, Ana and Werner developed what they call 4-D technology that ensures each shoe has anti- shock, lateral stability and arch support, a soft cushion foot-bed and metatarsal support.

Graphic showing Dromedaris' low carbon footprint.

Dromedaris has also made it its mission to use highly ecological materials and manufacturing process in their shoes to create a low carbon footprint by producing footwear that is made with eco-friendly components sourced, produced, and assembled within a 120 mile radius!

Graphic explaining Dromedaris 4-D technology.
Images of Dromedaris footwear & outfits using Dromedaris shoes.

Dromedaris Footwear Trunk Show @desperado

Friday, Dec. 14 – Saturday, Dec. 15

An Interview with Amy Leistiko

Image of Sam Silva with title "Jewelry that Speaks to You"

Amy Leistiko is a Pacific Northwest Native and resides in the small town of Bonneville, Washington.  Living in the Columbia River Gorge has allowed Amy and her husband to live the adventurous lifestyle she grew up with. The hiking trails and breath taking views have inspired a lot of Amy’s work.  A talented silversmith, Amy is self-taught and designs and creates all her own work. She has manifested a beautiful business that focuses on her customers and she hopes every person who wears her jewelry feels excited and special.

Images of Amy Leistiko and her jewelry.

Each piece of handcrafted silver is intricately designed to highlight the sincerity of the stone. With the integrity of the stone in mind, Amy manipulates the silver with tanks of flammable gases to create her radiating designs. Amy says, “When a person is drawn toward a particular piece it speaks to the energy of that person.” She adds, “It’s more than jewelry or a statement piece; to me it’s about connecting to a piece that you want to wear everyday. They’re livable.”

Amy believes crystals and stones vibrate at a much higher rate than humans do. She says, “When around certain stones, a person’s vibrational rate is effected.” Amy says this is what causes the pleasant, peaceful reaction people experience when looking at stones; and why people are drawn to a particular stone. This is what Amy regards as her main inspiration when it comes to making jewelry. She sees the connection when someone is drawn to a certain piece.

Images of Amy with Laura Savage and photos of her jewelry.

Amy gets her stones from all over; always being sure to get the best there is. Like us, Amy supports local businesses and sellers that keep a small, old time feel. At Desperado Boutique Amy will be showcasing stones from one of the longest running turquoise mine fields.

Although most of her work involves rings, recently Amy has dipped into creating earrings. At her upcoming Trunk Show at Desperado Amy will be debuting some of her first earrings as well as pendants.

Silversmith, Amy Leistiko, will be joining us at Desperado for our exclusive

Johnny Was Event November 3-4

Stop by for her debut Trunk Show and see her amazingly unique jewelry, including rings, earrings, and pendants.