This was an original concept project that I
started working on with my usual photographer, Laura, in mind.
I've done several sort of fluffy faerie costumes over the years
(usually thrown together the night before to wear to the Renaissance
Festival XD), but for this project I wanted something very
different. I chose a dryad because I've always been quite
attached to trees, oaks in particular, which are famous for their
ties with the faerie world.
Yet along with that, I wanted something more than a Pre-Raphaelite
style tree spirit. I went into the project with a mind toward
the darker underbelly of faerie and come up with this primal, almost
malevolent earth spirit. To achieve these ends, the dress
itself is very patchwork, and smeared with the same dark brown
paints that I used on my arms and legs, too. The makeup is
almost meant as a mask, a disguise. The wig was a very lucky
find, and was part of the original inspiration! I ordered it
for another project, and it came with the wavy "dreads"
already in them. They were the perfect compliment for the
costume. And yes, I took a cue from Titus and borrowed
Lavinia's branch-entwined wrists.
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