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Leila Marlene
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United States
Artist. Designer. Conjurer of Spirits.

This deviantART gallery contains a selection of work by American Artist and Designer Leila Marlene.

Leila Marlene has been conjuring visions from her imagination and conversing with ghosts since early childhood. A native of New England of German, Irish, English and Abenaki Heritage. Leila Marlene draws her inspiration from a lifelong interest in the occult, witchcraft, fairytales and supernatural lore. Through her art she endeavours to unlock secrets of unseen worlds, invoking through the creative process evidence of their reality.

Entirely self-taught. Leila Marlene began drawing at age 5, painting at age 7 and sewing at age 8. Her first sewing project was a man's 18th century frock coat that she painstakingly reproduced from paintings and illustrations of the era.

Leila Marlene’s designs were originally released in 1996 under the label “Tenebrae” (Latin for 'shadows' or 'darkness') At the time Leila Marlene was working under the pseudonym Mirabai Vayne, a name inspired by Hindu mystic poet Mirabai. The collection featured handmade parasols meticulously reproduced from an 1870’s original with an ornately carved wooden handle, dramatic pagoda shaped canopy and covers sewn in luxurious fabrics such as velvet, PVC and lace. Her designs received much acclaim, particularly overseas where she sold many of her handmade parasols to customers throughout Europe and Scandanavia. Tenebrae was featured in the Goth Bible by Nancy Kilpatrick in 2004.

Leila Marlene founded her second fashion label Phantomlovely® in 2012 to share her vision of fashion as a means to manifest the realms of our imagination into ordinary reality. Her collection draws its inspiration from the secret world we keep hidden inside ourselves, our shadow self, with silhouettes reminiscent of bats, crows and ravens, symbols etched throughout time as dark messengers of the spirit world. By facing the shadow we begin to shine a light into the darkness and invite that which has been hiding to come out. It asks us to bring our secrets out from the corners.

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TheGhostSiren Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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TheGhostSiren Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for favoring my work and watching me :blackrose:
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phantomlovely Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
My pleasure. Looking forward to working with you!
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TheGhostSiren Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm looking forward to it too! :)
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ZerberuZ Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Thank you very much for the favs :)
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Matt-4 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
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dementeddiva23 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:wave: Thanks so much for joining :iconabandoned-explorers:! :)
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J-u-d-a-s Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Happy Birthday to you~! Have a wonderful day :iconcakeplx:
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phantomlovely Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
How wonderfully sweet of you. Thanks for thinking of me. :floating:
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AleMosk Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012   General Artist
Thanks for the fave :)
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