Faery World Magazine is featuring my inspiring faery costume designs in their Jan-June (biannual) issue… and I’m on the cover! I wrote an article titled “Embodying Your Magical Self” regarding how I create my work and being an all-round fantasy geek.
Everyone has his or her own method of creating this happy place. For me, it’s making costumes. When I’m making things, I’m in the zone. My mind is completely expanded, my imagination soars and I’m filled with passion. It’s very meditational. Then comes the fun part. I get to wear them! Donning my hand-created garments allows me to break out of character and become someone—or something—else. Of course, it’s usually just another side of me who comes out to play. Read the full story.
The Photo Shoot
So much work went into the photo shoot for this issue, from creating new costumes to the shoot itself. I worked with the amazing photographer Tinahmaree Antoon, who is an expert at directing and creating my vision. Here are some of the final photos we chose.
I custom created the orange faery just for this shoot! Here’s what I wrote in the article:
Aurora, the Queen of the faeries. She is graceful, poised and powerful. She is one with nature and wears flower petals, branches and berries. Orange represents powerful energy to me, yet there is something organic about it too. Christian Doir’s gorgeous Junon gown inspired me so much, that I designed my skirt to have a similar look with hand-painted chiffon and a layer of gold gauze for the petals. I wanted Aurora to glow, so I glued glass beads to various parts of the costume, including the skirt and tips of the wings, which are made from branches. I strategically placed each branch into a foam block and covered it with brown leaves. A mother-daughter team of designers hand-made my bolero (GetWaisted on Etsy).
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