our love RICH LOVE lights the path
Rich Love is a brand developed by designer Violet Payne and based out of the Bay Area.
Vi Payne is a trans non-binary artist who has been sewing and designing for over 25 years. Born and raised in Montana, Violet moved to the Bay Area in 2013 seeking greater queer//BDSM community and opportunities for experience in the leather industry.
They spent 3 years learning high-end professional leather work from world renowned fetish designer, Skeeter Barker, specializing in the manufacturing and aiding in the design of the highest quality custom leather straitjackets and sleep sacks.
Vi’s dedication to perfect craftsmanship, attention to detail and cultivating top quality skills under Skeeter’s guidance, in addition to a lifetime of sewing, is clear in the impeccable design and construction of their creations today.
A lifelong artist, Vi’s expansive practice reaches beyond textile to also include casted acrylic collage, painting, illustration, in addition to being a multi-instrumentalist musician and songwriter.
Their other interests include playing the mythical Omnichord, knitting, dialectical behavioral therapy, discipline and punishment, woodworking, and spending time with their hot wife, Aden, and perfect house rabbit, Butter Milhouse (@grassgoblin_69 on IG.) Vi lives with fibromyalgia and CPTSD.
Rich Love proudly supports Sex Workers. Rich Love supports Black and Brown people. Rich Love supports Trans People. Rich Love supports Femmes. Rich Love supports Sick People. No Human Being Is Illegal. Rich Love supports YOU.
Contact Violet at VI@rich-love.com
PAST WORK EXPERIENCES
MR S LEATHER
Head of Straitjacket and Sleepsack Production under Skeeter Barker
San Francisco, CA
Costume Assistance and Design
Custom Performance Straitjacket
San Francisco, CA
Tour Costume Design for performance art featuring knits, PVC, and textile sculpture
F I L F: a Live Fashion and Music Extravaganza
RICH LOVE Spring Collection Release Runway for Lady Fair Cigarettes
SYNTHETIC SPRING: an Art Encounter by Jack Metcalf
Costume Design and Production/ hair and makeup/ styling
(credited as Hana Mt)
BINGO: A Love Story in Two Parts by Jack Metcalf
Styling/ Musical Composition and Live Accompaniment
Project Selvedge Design Competition- 1st Place
Project Selvedge Design Competition- 1st Runner Up
Drummer, Background Vocalist, and Songwriter
January of 2011-July of 2014
Needlecraft “S/T” vinyl record released June 2011 on Wantage USA
Needlecraft “HUNK OUT” vinyl record released July 2014 on Minor Bird Records
Multi-Disciplinary Musician and Songwriter
demos at http://bornyesterdayy.bandcamp.com
Drums, Vocals, Songwriting