Sunday, 24 August 2014

Rogue theatre

"Remember you are the stories you tell about yourself. So make them good ones."
It was the end of summer fairy ball and we wound our way along a woodland path past mermaids and singers, fire jugglers and a spider lady.
Each character and scene a preview of what was to come.
Like Alice in Wonderland we found ourselves in a world where things were not quite as they normally are.
But a world of beauty and magic which we were lucky enough to be part of.
The fairy path led us this way and that until we passed through a door that took us to the fairy ball.
We watched as five tales were told, of dragons and head teachers that turn into spiders and a tale of love and passion and the thrill of the ride.
At the end we danced as the sunlight sent it's last kisses into the clearing.
How we found our way out is another story, but we made it in the end and we know that we will go back. Although it will be another time and another door.
We made it home dreaming of the stories we could tell about ourselves and the magic we really are.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

The Whimsy Emporium

It's a great feeling when you are inspired. I was lucky enough to find The Bohemian Collective and fall in love with their beautiful, whimsical look books. The Collective shares a spiritual, earth, hippie vibe, filled with white lacey crochet, turquoise and animal skulls.

Take a look at the website to see what I mean: Boho collective

There is a sense of freedom and connection on every page.

The Whimsy Emporium is part of this collective and when I saw an Instagram post for a collaboration, I said 'yeah!'

This picture is the end result and below is a bit more about the process and some earlier stages of the work.

Natasha, Miss Whimsy herself, said she liked my work and that was enough to get me scribbling away.

I used an image from the Boho Collective's 'Winter blues, summer dreaming' look book and incorporated Natasha's most recent necklace and earrings that she had posted on Facebook.

Things quickly took shape.

I played around with the image in Photocandy a little bit in the initial stages to get an idea for layers and patterns.

In the end however, I didn't feel that it needed any extras. I loved the process so much! I felt like I was channeling the image and it just came alive.

I am so grateful for having the opportunity to create this piece and look forward to seeing where Natasha uses it.

Please take a look at her Etsy shop: The Whimsy Emporium which has so many glorious pieces and the adornments that my whimsical fairy is wearing.