The last themed collection I made was "Keeper of the Forest" from last year which features a lot of inspiration from nature.. the name speaks for itself obviously! It's indeed one of my favorites because one, it's also an upcycled collection made out of fabric scraps and outdated/unwanted garments deconstructed and reconstructed into whole new designs. Woodland Witches is like my dark approach to it but this time instead of fairy-ish and goddess-like looks, I leaned towards a more earthy and mortal looks for it. I grabbed a lot of inspiration from dark mori kei with a little bit of dolly kei in it for the occult part while keeping the lolita silhouette to stay in line with the style of the brand. Mother nature warriors represent but in a kawaii way!
My definition of "witch" is very different from how the mainstream media have promoted. When I was 13, I became very interested with Wicca and it's craft. No, Wiccan witches doesn't worship the devil and do evil things. Wicca is more of like the worship of the nature, the "divine" is mother nature itself. If I would associate myself with a belief, I'm leaning towards a lot of wiccan virtues except the witchcraft and stuff. Ain't nobody got time for that hahaha! Here is a site with a good lengthy explanation if you'd like to read more about it.
I grew up in a very traditional Catholic family and I did feel left out having quirky interests. Somehow I managed to keep a balance out of it because of my over-achiever nature so it wasn't that hard for me. Just thought it's important to mention it now because I can say I've never been this comfortable with my views in life. People around me / society made me feel like beliefs like this is a shame. I've only started reconciling with my beliefs after a lot of time being alone and reflecting on things when my mom passed and the family kind of just made a a mutual decision to split and start our own lives.
I was always passionate about giving good to the world.. earth specifically. (world includes people and I have reservations when it comes to people lol hahahaha) And I like doing it through the gifts the earth has bestowed upon me. So I do it through fashion and arts and crafts.
Woodland Witches collection was made out of waste. It is my outcry for a cleaner earth because the earth provides the life we are spending right now. It is our responsibility to at least take care of it. Although a few folks have disagreed with my upcycling projects (mostly because they don't like the idea of repurposing because old/used = cheap/poor), the goal is to inspire and encourage others to reduce waste as well. To remind you guys, when you buy from any of my dresses tagged as "upcycled", part of the proceeds goes to animal welfare. My current beneficiary is Tea Pawty, which is currently gathering funds to build a sanctuary for rescued domestic animals.
When you wear a Dorotee Sweetlips upcycled piece, it will not only be about the #ootd but you have also participated in the process of serving the earth. Woodland Witches will be released online next week. Stay tuned!