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WWW.DESIRAPESTA.COM

Hi! I am Desira Pesta (yep, that's my name pronounced Dez-ur-rah Pest-ah) I've been on this little site since almost day one and am so proud to have seen it progress.

I am a visual artist (I paint, draw, sculpt, and am a self-taught seamstress and designer) and you can never find me happier than when I am working with my hands. This company is my baby and I take great pride in giving you stellar workmanship and quality (since 2004)

I love filling my life with the things I love best -- clothing and film and so I am also an actress. You can see me in HBO's BOARDWALK EMPIRE with a recurring role as a prostitute and as Zooey Deschanel's roommate in the upcoming My Idiot Brother... among others.

I strive to make nice…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 3
  • Joined August 1, 2005

Favorite materials

collage, wool, silkscreen, drawings, wood, paper, photographs, cotton, retro, noise, quiet, bamboo, dance moves

About

WWW.DESIRAPESTA.COM

Hi! I am Desira Pesta (yep, that's my name pronounced Dez-ur-rah Pest-ah) I've been on this little site since almost day one and am so proud to have seen it progress.

I am a visual artist (I paint, draw, sculpt, and am a self-taught seamstress and designer) and you can never find me happier than when I am working with my hands. This company is my baby and I take great pride in giving you stellar workmanship and quality (since 2004)

I love filling my life with the things I love best -- clothing and film and so I am also an actress. You can see me in HBO's BOARDWALK EMPIRE with a recurring role as a prostitute and as Zooey Deschanel's roommate in the upcoming My Idiot Brother... among others.

I strive to make nice things.

I've received press for my clothing from Vogue's Style.com, Bust Magazine, Martha Stewart Show, Lucky Magazine, VenusZine, DailyCandy, Styledash, Modish, & The Deal.

.:.ETSY Featured Seller on April 21, 2007.:.
---> http://www.etsy.com/featured_seller.php?featured_user_id=1848

I just tried out for Project Runway Season 7 and made it to the top 10% of the auditions and was interviewed by Tim Gunn & Christian Siriano!

BFA Magna Cum Laude --Painting & Interior Architecture from Syracuse University

Former Personal Vegan/Veg/Organic Gourmet Chef, shepherd in the Italian Alps, millions of odd odd jobs. I have shown my paintings in galleries in Italy.. I'm always moving.

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.:.Desira Pesta Design/Build/Wear.:. is a women and men's clothier that specializes in dresses, blouses, skirts, vests, outerwear, bags, and pillows that showcase the artist's drawings and artwork.
Desira Pesta Design/Build/Wear started as a silkscreening venture making painterly prints on tshirts after Desira received training in serigraphy from a tiny artisan school in Italy. Since 2004, it has grown to much more. Now, couture garments are created in this tiny studio, which are made to order with perfect tailoring. The term Design/Build is usually applied to architecture whereby the architect not only drafts the plans, but also goes about partaking in the actual building of their work, all "in house". This practice and concept is relatively reborn in this day and age, as architects only commandeer the design and planning and the construction is done by lesser paid individuals. Design/Build/Wear is something of the same vein, but applied to fashion. In fashion design, the designer also usually only plans the garment, and a seamstress thereafter constructs it somewhere overseas. Less outsourcing equals the ability to "stay local", "guarantee quality", and make less of an impact on fuel consumption and helps eradicate the need for cheap overseas labor.

{ W O R K }
All wearable art has been handmade and/or silkscreened with completely original patterns and designs with a strong belief in preserving the beauty and quality of vintage materials, while simultaneously thwarting new production of fabrics and materials. Desira Pesta uses top quality designer overstock fabrics sourced from the best makers and natural fabrics such as bamboo, organic cotton, silks, satins, and beautiful cottons.
She also uses materials acquired from estate sales and antique shops.
Each piece has been professionally-constructed using industrial machines and perfect sewing, ensuring longlastingness and beautiful craftswomanship. A firm believer in egalitarianism, Desira opts to charge nothing more than a fair price for a handmade, unparalled, quality wearable good.

Desira Pesta specializes in couture, so if you see something you like, past or present, she can most likely make it in your size, unless materials are limited or scarce.

SOCIAL IMPACT

Going back to the days of artisans and craftspeople, this collective handmakes each item sold with longlastingness and true quality in mind. We as human beings need to reclaim craftpeopleship and artisan work and rekindle the true connection between ourselves and our possessions and environments. The world of handmade thwarts evils. Truly. We are stealing back the people to avoid sweatshop labor and the theft of creativity and the loss of true quality. We the people of Etsy and handmade are making a difference in how things are made, how business is run. You can see a real person in my work and the work of my peers. I have made many a friend through selling my wares. What better "world" to be in than that? What better business? This is happiness. Let's keep it up.

Socially, it's effects lie in clothing manufacturing that abstains from using sweatshop or factory labor, as almost all of clothing manufactured worldwide is. Employees are paid a fair and living wage and working conditions border on accommodations.
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TRYING TO CONNECT WITH YOU...

Loves cooking, sewing, diners, black & white tile floors, swimming, Woody Allen, architecture ,horrible vintage patterns, listening to music constantly, obnoxious maximalism, postmodernism, Bauhaus, Italy, Spain, organic farming, cooperatives, egalitarianism, brooklyn, manhattan, travel, driving fast, tree-climbing, alfred hitchcock, making movies from photo stills.

celiac disease is the bane of my existence.

I have always been a DIY-er, since I was just a little kid. I am a skilled chef who never uses a cookbook, I cut my own hair, I make my own nut butter and sprouts, I, of course, make my own clothing and bags.... I even built my first car after buying a totalled car to rehabitate. I think it's a beautiful thing to be self-reliant and that's really what makes up etsy-- SELF-RELIANCE. It's very very hard to do this, to take a chance at creating and avoiding a traditional work environment or trade, yet it's so fulfilling. I think it's very important to learn and educate yourself on "doing it yourself". Isn't it the best when you don't have to hire out? You can fix your own clogged pipes or bake your own bread. I wanted to have a website four years ago and so I slowly taught myself how to construct one. I came a long way and I think my present one ain't so bad, eh? We are human beings need to reclaim craftpeopleship and artisan work and rekindle the true connection between ourselves and our possessions and environments. The world of handmade thwarts evils. Truly. We are stealing back the people to avoid sweatshop labor and the theft of creativity and the loss of true quality. We the people of Etsy and handmade are making a difference in how things are made, how business is run. You can see a real person in my work and the work of my peers. I have made many a friend through selling my wares. What better "world" to be in than that? What better business? This is happiness. Let's keep it up. Thank you.
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•••S I Z E C H A R T •••

SIZE CHART: (unless item is otherwise noted)
Bust (in inches): measure under arms around the fullest part of the bust.
. XSMALL ( =size 0/2) : 30-32"
. SMALL (= size 4/6) : 32-34"
. MEDIUM (=size 8/10 ) : 36-38"
. LARGE (=size 12/14) : 40-42"
. XLARGE (=size 16/18 : 44-46"
. CUSTOM ! (= your measurements)

Waist: measure around natural waist.
. XSMALL = 25-26"
. SMALL = 27-28"
. MEDIUM = 30-32"
. LARGE = 33-35"
. XLARGE = 37 - 39"
.CUSTOM = your measurements!

Hip: measure around fullest part of hip
. XSMALL = 32"
. SMALL = 34"
. MEDIUM = 38"
. LARGE = 42"
. XLARGE = 46"

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