Monday, January 14, 2013

Googly Eyes + Cacti

This past weekend I got together with my photographer friend Price Stone. He's very talented and does some really incredible portraits. Additionally, he's a great model. I've found that most photographers tend to be good models; they know how to move in front of a camera.
For these photos, I glued googly eyes to Price's face and wrapped him in textiles I designed at RISD Pre-college this past summer. I like the idea of photographing models with my textile designs. My original idea for this shoot was to dress and style Price to match one of my designs. This textile design is an abstracted composition of cacti and googly eyes, hence my inclusion of both of these items. The design of the print was also slightly influenced by the art of Yayoi Kusama. However I also added some other influences as the shoot progressed, such as other textiles, a googly-eyed doll head, a cow skull, and an array of flower headbands.
All of these textile were created with large-scale screen-printing techniques, in addition to some hand-painting. The textile at the top of the first photo was created with a hand drawing of hexagons, which I turned into a screen. Also I created some graphic line-work with a technique known as canning, where I used a hollowed-out can to squeegee ink onto my fabric.

These last photos have equal amounts of Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeffe influences. The cow skull is from an antique mall in Nashville. I had been wanting one for a long time, and when I finally found one, I jumped at the opportunity. It's a really cool prop to use for shoots like this.

Price is wearing MAC Cosmetics eyeliner and Lime Crime Lipstick in "Styletto."
You can follow Price on Instagram @pricestonephotography


  1. oh my GOD you are more amazingly creative than i could ever hope to be like HOLY JEEZ THESE PHOTOS ARE SO GOOD. Designing textiles? GLUING GOOGLY EYES TO FACES?? wowowow ok these photos are the best OoO

  2. HOLY MOLEY. I am in love. SO CREATIVE. <3

  3. You are such a brilliant artist. I love your creativity. I love that cow skull. My best friend has one mounted above her bed. It really works here.
    xo, Tori

  4. I love Yayoi Kasuma, I saw the best exhibit on her in Madrid, been obsessed with her ever since. You can really see the influences of her, Kahlo, and O'Keeffe in these, they're wonderful, sublime really!

  5. Hi there) I like your blog very much. I would be happy to be friends with you. Could we follow each other?

  6. So incredibly beautiful pictures! These photos have such a quality that they could've been displayed in a gallery.

    You are really talented!


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