Six Wings by Skrocki Design (formerly Paragon of Design by Skrocki) consists of Amy and Tanner Skrocki, who have been creating works of art in a variety of mediums (Metal, Leather, Fabrics, Paper, & Wood) since 2008.
Skrocki Design is an independent handcrafted lifestyle brand whose mission is to create fashionable fantasy inspired items with a historical and edgy twist. With a unique blend of influences from fairy tales, to mythology, and travels to historic sites and the beauty of Canada, mixed with a modern edginess, we hope our items will inspire creativity in anyone using them in their day-to-day activities and hobbies. We specifically make items based off our pursuits of our own passions including: fashion, music, writing, drawing, photography, home decor and cooking etc. We predominately work with artisan leathers, metal and gemstones.
"Skrocki Design- a design house featuring wearable art inspired by artifacts, fantasy and passion…[gives] us a glimpse into the fine art of hard work and the hard work of fine art.” – T8N Magazine.
Skrocki Design has done over hundreds of craft and art shows since 2008. In 2014, after the birth of her and her husband’s daughter, Seraphim, Amy took a break from many of the major craft shows to finally create the work she had been making the patterns for and drawing over the last 14 years and create an online presence and webstore. Tanner, continued to apprentice under Amy and has now taken over the creation or partial creation of all the repeatable items which allowed Amy to create Skrocki Design's many signature and one-of-a-kind pieces and do 3 Western Canada Fashion week showcases where she designed, created and then photographed all her wearable art and every day pieces. She became interested in photography in her late teenage years and it wasn’t until the last 4 years she realized all the costume items she created could be used to portray the stories behind them with a unique blend of fashion and fantasy photography. Prominent photographers have described Amy’s photographs as stylistically as “textured, rich and decadent.” Recently she won an international award in photography and two international awards for pieces in her wearable art collections she presented in Western Canada Fashion Week. She then went to display the pieces in group gallery shows and last year she had her first solo show, at the Alberta Craft Council Gallery, complete with her pieces, the stories and processes behind each piece and her photographs which brought to life her creations. Her photographs containing her work have been featured in dozens of small to mid-sized fashion and art magazines worldwide. Some of the full wearable outfits she creates can take up to 400 hours to make. For each piece Amy creates the patterns, cuts the components, hand carves, shapes, dyes, paints, hand finishes and assembles in her small studio.
Many “looks” seen in photo shoots or runway pictures often represent a character with a story behind it. Often a full line of jewelry, accessories, journals, guitar straps etc. are created to go with the character.
“The latest show for their brand, Paragon of Design by Skrocki, during Western Canada Fashion Week in March, was a fantasy drama, complete with an imagined world, stunning visuals, a synopsis for the audience, a whole cast of characters and a smoke machine.
“We write stories together and character sketches, and we try to develop pieces that we feel embody those characters,” says Tanner. “We gave everyone on the runway a little bit of an idea and insight into their character.” *
Hey there, I’m Amy and I’m a multi-disciplinary artist from Edmonton, Alberta. I had a life changing spinal accident in my youth and it left me partially invisible, disabled, in chronic pain, with multiple health problems that arose from the accident. But I haven’t let that stop me from making the artwork and character concepts I see in my head. I capture my work with my other passion, photography and video. I make what I’m able to with a mixture of traditional and modern techniques on everything from metal, leather, paper, fabric, clay, wood to even photography. My lead studio hand and husband, Tanner, works with me to bring my ideas to life and to create many of the pieces you see on our website or at shows. I knew what I wanted to be since I was 5 years old; a designer and fine craft artist, and I’ve spent my life gaining the skill set to create the items I’ve daydreamed about. I spent most of my life learning and developing my own techniques, tools, processes and skills (often which are work arounds for my disability) which I then taught to my best friend, and now husband, who works with me full time creating the pieces, Tanner. My work is as much driven by my love of fantasy, mythology and history and the natural beauty found in Canada as it is by the unique stories and concepts, written by Tanner and I, to accompany each new piece. As the depth of my concepts grew I honed my photography skill set in order to capture my creations coming to life and, complete the creative circle I envisioned: written story or poem, development and creation of physical pieces, bringing everything to life visually through creative photography and digital art.
My philosophy as an artist is that my work should empower those who wear or experience it in some way. In each piece I make, I include design elements of beauty and strength to invoke strong feelings in those experiencing the pieces. These strong elements are added also to give me strength in the work as I struggle through each project with my invisible disabilities.
To see more of our photographic images please click here.
Amy Leila Skrocki: Founder, Lead Designer, Artist, Metal Smith, Leather Smith, Wire Sculpture, Book-Binder, Photographer, Video Creator etc!
Even in 2008 Amy always had her camera with her anywhere she went and has captured almost a hundred of historical places in Canada and worldwide.
Tanner Wilson Skrocki, Bcom: Business and sales contact, Artist, Designer, Metal Smith, Leather Smith, Etching Specialist
Tanner Wilson Skrocki- My artistic endeavors began as a young child who opted for extra curricular drawing, painting and clay sculpture classes to fill my evenings. Later I would develop an interest in wood working before moving on to graphic design work for which I took formal studies in Adobe. At this time I was also composing music with my hobby band, writing poetry, and was the main contributor, graphic designer and editor for a fanzine focusing on independent music.
My love of travel, history and diverse heritage fuel my contributions to the designs.
Seraphim Marie Skrocki
|Seraphim Marie- Inspiring a wide variety of new pieces, even before she was born, our daughter Seraphim Marie has broadened the scope of our design aspirations and, at the same time, helped create a renewed depth and focus. Throughout the course of our relationship the name and theme of Seraphs have continually arose making this expression of beauty standout to us as we reflect on our lives to date. During our travels we encountered many striking Seraphim in a diverse array of locations which served to tie this unique and elegant theme together as the perfect name for our daughter.|