I was having a ‘yes’ day when I received the message from Laura reminding me that we had casually discussed working on a photo shoot… I said I’d put out a few feelers and see what could be arranged… a “hells yeah!” and some creative talent volunteering their time and it was a go! Our dear Louis is in the city honing his skills and attending school so it was a perfect time to work with a new photographer… I had been dragging my feet on new photos in his absence, despite it being ridiculously overdue.
Laura was lovely… she drove out in to the boonies to join us, scaled ravines, got dripped on, ate scrumptious gooey cake with her hands, and gave really great direction to the models. A joy to work with! And I think the photos speak for themselves.
Avrell donned her ninja stylist gear and somehow made an antler stay in Nicole’s hair without the use of a staplegun. ;*)
Robin brought her epic makeup skills and some really great sponges for dabbing the water dripping off the trees and through the models eyes and makeup… super trooper!
Nicole and Richie… they are gorgeous. Inside and Out. Avrell and I were on our (semi) best behaviour and took our usual heckling down a notch, I think we were just stunned speechless by their beauty… or maybe there were too many new talents and we didn’t want to let on that we are not complete professionals… or maybe we were just trying to not scare off the wolf.
Thank you all for showing up, bringing your top skills, being super fun to spend the day with and seeming willing to do it all again! Big Love, Lara xoxo
ps. A big thank you to Melissa who never fails to send a truly delicious cake for us to molest and devour! xo
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It has been told that Little Red took cake to her grandmother again…
The first edition of Grimms’ tale includes in the ending Little Red Cap going through the woods a second time. This time she recognizes the danger and doesn’t speak to the wolf. She asks her grandmother’s advice. She carries water until a big, big trough is completely full and the wolf is drowned. These paragraphs change Little Red Riding Hood from a victim into a heroine. This Little Red Riding Hood is different form the others who just get eaten and rescued and admonished not to talk to strangers. In the complete Grimms’ folktale, Little Red Cap goes home “safely and merrily” not because the hunter rescues her, but because she has learned to recognize and deal with danger.
Small town frocks wonders if perhaps there is more to that story as well…
Photography: Laura Wilby
Styling/Hair/Headpiece: Avrell Fox
Frock and Wig: Lara Blackman
Makeup: Robin Marie
Cake: Epiphany Cakes
Picnic: Croissant Moon
Flowers/Boutonniere: The Green Poppy
Props: Still Eagle, Dear Pony, and stylists own
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Wow! Time to update or what!!
So many things have happened over the last 6 months. I moved to a beautiful new house, which has a gorgeous work space and windows filled with trees and mountains. My daughters are both in school and loving it, and I have found a whole new time for creativity and personal growth. I turned 40, and I feel so happy and healthy and grounded. So…
I’m looking forward to sharing the latest felted wool wigs, and the frocks that have yet to be photographed, sketches and photos from twenty years ago (seems weird to have work that is that old)… and I forgot to mention that I designed the costumes for a local opera at the beginning of the year… and I’m gearing up for Hallowe’en and Edwardian Ball season… and then there’s the leathers and furs, and don’t forget the silk knickers… lots of goodness to come…
Let’s start out with some amazing photos. Watching Louis grow as an artist and person over the last two years has been such a privilege, he has gone to school at the coast and I have no doubt it will only up his game that much more. You have to look at his portfolio after you have a gander at these…
Photographer: Louis Bockner
Lashes & Makeup: Jen Cookson
Model: Zoe Spring
Lynx Wig: smalltownfrocks
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Just a quick hello while I’m packing up the studio to move to a bigger space this month… You have no idea how exciting this is!!
The wigs are in boxes, and it occurs to me it would just as easy to ship them out as move them and unpack… so in celebration of new digs…
MOVE50 will get you 50% off of stock in the etsy shop!! Shipping is still free.
sweet jayne couture on Etsy
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This simple but lovely frock was originally made as a sample to be used in a different photo shoot… but after a miscommunication on sizing it wasn’t included… which is probably just as well since it would have likely been damaged on location (a grubby shack). Instead it maintains it’s silk and wool pristine loveliness…
The bodice is cut from silk/wool blend which is my new favourite bridal fabric… light, comfortable, soft, and comfortable for all seasons… think airy pashmina… mmmm! The sleeves are silk chiffon, as are the top layers on the skirt. The entire dress, not including the sleeves, is lined with silk dupion which gives just enough structure to hold the shape without adding bulk. An extra layer of organza helps the skirt flow and stand away from the body.
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I’m writing this on a snowy January morning… I’ve debated calling it the April frock… although it was actually sewn last April… but then this crazy thing called bridal season sort of found it’s way to me in May… and I’ve been sidetracked ever since :)
Without further rambling… here’s the details.
Every once in a while I head on over to ebay and peruse vintage fabrics… not too often… ’cause that could easily get out of hand! But I did find this really lovely vintage silk sari fabric… and well, there was some cash in my paypal acccount and it was done before I had another sip of tea! This sari became the skirt. The bodice is a structured overbust corset made from silk/wool. Silk/wool is pretty much the ultimate fabric in my mind… warmth, luxury, natural… the flowers were crafted from silk chiffon in yummy rose and tangerine and then enveloped in silk organza and hand beaded… a whimsical crinoline in goldenrod tulle adds depth of colour to the skirt and fullness to the silhouette.
The rabbit wig is one of my wool creations that was hand felted and inspired by the clever fifi lapin blog. It’s all kinds of illustration sweetness… check it out!
Find all the details here.
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I have kept this site strictly business for the most part… and I intend to keep it that way… however, I am integrating what I do into who I am more and more… and I have started sharing that with others… testing the water… seeing if people roll their eyes and make comments about how I lived in the forest for too long… well they don’t. In fact I see that it inspires other people to think about what it is that they do and how they live… so in hopes that this may inspire you… here goes…
Over a year ago I started to practice yoga and it changed my life. In the last few months I have truly gone through a metamorphosis… creativity flows through me constantly, to the point of having hot hands that gain more heat as I work. After a busy bridal season I needed to work on a project that was just for me… I started a peacock wig. I kept it to myself and was sheepish about sharing it with others… it was a bit eccentric, and I don’t need to be appear any more eccentric than I already do… however, people gave me such positive feedback and encouragement that I made another one… a swan… and now I realize that I won’t live long enough to create all of the ideas that swirl around in my brain.
Originally I was working seated in a western chair which impeded me greatly, I had to take a lot of breaks to keep my shoulder and back from aching… while discussing this issue with my yoga instructor I had the epiphany that I needed to integrate yoga into my work. I started to work while sitting on a free chair and this allowed me to be dynamic while sitting instead of slowly crumpling up my spine and blocking my creative energy flow. I am now working with a local craftsman to make a frame to hold the wigs while I felt so that I can achieve complete flow while working. Is it work or yoga… well by definition yoga means union… and that is exactly what it is… the union between my body and my brain and my spirit… work as meditation. Bliss!
Much gratitude for finding my flow… may you find yours.
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