Dr. Sketchy’s for E.A.S.T.

“The East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) features dozens of creative events each year, but we couldn’t help being especially intrigued by psychedelic taxidermy, neon Marie Antoinette wigs, vintage clothes, and pop grunge illustrations all in one space. We stopped by the Maison d’Etoile building (2109 E. Cesar Chavez) during installation to catch up with Allyson Garro, Hope Perkins, and Bradley Wilkinson to learn more about their EAST offerings.”
– Tracie Chan, Austinist

On Sunday, November 18th, Maison d’Etoile hosted a Dr. Sketchy’s anti-art class where I  posed as a love-child mashup between the two featured artists, Hope Perkins and Bradley Wilkinson. Do you know about Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School? I’m the director of the Austin branch – come and sketch some time!

I made these gigantic pink antlers and attached chandelier crystals between the points. What outfit would be complete without matching necklace and Pop Art paint-dripped crystal pasties?

I was so, so excited to meet Hope Perkins after seeing her artwork in different Austin venues for the past few years. What a sweetheart! Dressing for this event was a fun extension for me – how else would I have incorporated velvet and arrows in to the same ensemble?

These antlers were much smaller, and thus, I wore them for longer during the modeling sessions. They are covered in velvet, pearls, and are gold-tipped. This outfit featured glittery arrow wounds that emerged from my chest and ribs. I took cues from Kahlo’s The Wounded Deer, and also vintage hunting scenes.

Bradley Wilkinson made me a special character head to wear for a few poses:

And one of his sketches:

A sketch of me by Heather Joy:

Check out Dr. Sketchy to see if there is a branch in your town and then GO and DRAW!

Alicia Vega Photoshoot – sneak peek

I do hope you’ll forgive the absence of my daily outfit photograph today! Instead of documenting my wardrobe, I met up with Alicia Vega & traipsed around a few parks in and around Austin for a very special Princess Mononoke forest spirit inspired photo shoot with faux furs and my deer antlers. Here are two teaser shots from the shoot. More soon!

All photos (c) Alicia Vega Photography – she does portraits, head shots & band photographs in the Austin area!

Driskill Hotel Photoshoot

 Photographer John Leach took our portrait for the front of The Chronicle this fall for the “Best Of Austin” edition. The out takes from the photoshoot at the historic Driskill Hotel downtown were just too good not to share!
Here’s our cover, and our award, “Best Reason to Learn the Charleston” took us by surprise! The Austin Chronicle is very secretive about covers… we were both under the impression that we were doing a shoot for John’s portfolio for a photo contest. Imagine my surprise when I went to get coffee on Thursday morning and saw us grinning from the cover!

The Driskill Hotel was built in 1886 and is one of the most gorgeous places in Austin. Marble floors, elegant antique furniture, and a glass domed ceiling create a perfect backdrop for a vintage photoshoot.

The Driskill is rumored to be haunted, and a naughty ghost paid us a visit during the shoot. While we were posing at this window, a glass flew off an antique wooden hutch and loudly smashed into a million pieces on the floor. Spooky!

Come play with us… forever and ever and ever…

Femme et Velo

A few weeks ago, I spent a day with Shari from Charm School Vintage along with Zachary Hunt and Mike Andrick, two local photographers who have a blog called Femme et Velo.
Femme et vélo is a photography project that brings together women, style and bicycles. Started by Austin, Texas-based photographers and cyclists Zachary Hunt and Mike Andrick, we were inspired by vintage images of ladies on two wheels, as well as our love for bicycles. With the help of stylist Shari Gerstenberger of Charm School Vintage, we work with different models and bikes for each shoot. We also combine film and digital for a blend of traditional and contemporary portrait photography. The goal of the project is to celebrate the liberating relationship that exists between a woman and a bicycle, as well as the style that goes along with it.
Styling in these photos by Shari, and photographs by Zachary and Mike.
We chose the hill country for the shoot. The summer drought left the grasses dry and soft. Perfect for lounging in! This floral 1930s dress is now mine, and I paired it with an embroidered cloche I’ve had since I was twenty.I rode merrily on the bicycle while the boys photographed me from the back of a moving truck. It’s not quite chilly enough for beret weather, but I couldn’t resist bringing a stash along for the shoot.The impending thunderclouds made for some incredible colors, and a bit of tension on our end for fear of ruining clothing & equipment. Of all of the days to rain!

We hopped barbed wire fences into cattle pastures, where I narrowly avoided ruining my Remix shoes in cow pies! These flowers were electric green after the sudden thundershower.After the shoot we had dinner at an area vineyard, and I played a windup portable phonograph in the entry way & we danced with full bellies.
Thanks to Femme et Velo and Charm School Vintage!