“Wings of Sin is a combination of a mad artist named Noah and a dancing seamstress named Melaney. We combine our mediums to create unique wearable art.”
This is how the profile on their shop reads but “unique wearable art” is such an understatement! How about exotic, inspiring, and beautiful to add to that line? I think so. ;)
CZ: Tell us a little about yourself!
WOS: I live deep in the woods. That is a huge part of me. I spend all the time that is not Wings of Sin fire dancing and belly dancing. This is what influences a lot of my clothing designs. If I could exist looking like a post apocalyptic tribal dancer all the time I would be very happy.
CZ: What type of items do you sell?
WOS: In two words, dark and sexy. In more words then that, we focus mainly on clothing for the darker side of belly dance, fire dance, hoopers and all sorts of other performers. We have what we would call day to day wear as well, but most wouldn't think everyday wear when they see it. We do performances at fetish shows as well so we dance a fine line between gothic/industrial and bondage attire.
CZ: What is the inspiration behind your shop and what keeps you motivated?
WOS: I worked at a really bad, corporate, "punk" chain store that will remain nameless, ahem. I always worked with my friend Noah and we would just get disgusted by the crap that people would buy. I was already designing my own clothing and he started painting directly on the fabric. From here we began our career together as Wings of Sin. He now DJ's all our fashion shows and I write all the stories.
As for what keeps me motivated, it's almost entirely selfish. Being a post apocalyptic Elvin princess (that's my husband's nickname for me.) I know it's very difficult to find the kind of clothes that go with that feeling. I started making the clothes for myself and then realized there was actually a demand from others for this kind of look.
CZ: What is the greatest compliment you have received about your work?
WOS: After my first fashion show someone said about my models and clothing, "Well aren't you a bunch of She-Wolves of the Wasteland." That is now what my models are called.
CZ: When did you first realize that you weren’t “like the other kids”?
WOS: I remember the exact moment like it was yesterday. My favorite movie when I was a little girl was Legend. Everyone else liked Tom Cruise and all the little faeries. Yeah, they were nice, but I always sighed when Darkness came in the picture. I wanted Lily to stay with him and wear that dress and live in that castle forever.
CZ: What’s a typical day in the life of this Dark Sider like?
WOS: Well, I live in the middle of nowhere and it's called Hanksville. I have quite the menagerie of animals living with me, the most high maintenance one would be a 140lb mastiff named Lady. So I spend a good portion of my day cleaning up spit. When I'm not doing that or locked up in my leopard print dungeon of a sewing room I spend a lot of time running through the forest with my elven husband, Faeryl. I spend my nights with fine friends around my fire pit dancing with my fire fans.
CZ: Do you prefer zombies or vampires?
WOS: Well that's a difficult question. If I had to be one or make out with one I suppose I would choose vampire. However, I've always had a secret desire to be a necromancer so, zombies? Or, you could just be asking me which kind of movie I like best so, um, zombies. But, if I'm going to be completely honest here, I'm a werewolf girl to the core. It's my goal in life, to be turned.
CZ: Which horror character do you identify with most and why?
WOS: Okay, okay, this is sort of cheesy, but here it goes. I like to watch series a lot when I'm sewing. This way I can go on five to eight hour sewing marathons and just have something going on in the background. My current series I'm blowing through is Buffy. I just have to say, I relate to Drusilla way too much. I desperately love to dance in the moonlight, I'm a little on the looney side and I'm a huge fan of Billy Idol. Spike, come on.
CZ: Which elusive creature do you believe is more likely to be real: El Chupacabra or Sasquatch?
WOS: Absolutely, without a doubt, both of them exist. I know it.
CZ: Who is more likely to enslave the human race - aliens or robots?
WOS: I just know it will be aliens because I am way more afraid of them.
CZ: What scares you?
WOS: The feeling of being trapped.
CZ: When my undead masses take over will you be with us or against us?
WOS: It all depends. When civilization has ended and we live a vast desert wasteland can I run Bartertown?
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