...the ones drawn by Brian Froud and Alan Lee, that is. I was looking through one of my favorite books, "Faeries" written and illustrated by Froud and Lee, of which I have turned the pages since I was perhaps ten, and realized that in many of the illustrations the faeries are wearing beautiful woodland crowns made of vines, twigs and blossoms. "Of course," I thought, the look of the woodland crown (or hair wreath) has been floating around in my mind for a long time. Whether I've realized it or not, faerie flora has been inspiring the look and feel of my woodland crowns and other hair accessories. And it will continue to be an inspiration. I am thankful to these two great illustrators for bringing to life on the page some of the most beautiful (and wild!) faerie scenes. I keep this book in my studio/workshop now as part of my inspiration library (and sometimes I take it up to bed and read about bogles and kelpies and water faeries until I fall asleep). If you haven't seen this book, you should check it out. It is a feast for the eyes. I also recommend the deluxe collector's edition with a forward by Jane Yolen. I have this one and there are some gorgeous frameable prints that come with it. Below is one of my absolute favorites by Brian Froud. I love, love, love, this!
I spent some time this week to put together a lookbook. You can view the digital version on yoy computer, or your iphone or android. If you wish, you can also purchase a print copy for a few bucks (sorry, can't control the costs of printing, but I can give you a 5% off coupon on your next order if you spring for one).
This lookbook, which features much of my collection for the spring 2012 bridal season, includes a few pictures of me on my wedding day showcasing the woodland crown I wore. The crown that started it all! Though that particular woodland crown is not for sale (eventually it will go into my giant box of wedding keepsakes, but right now it's hanging on the wall in my workshop), I hope it inspires those currently planning a wedding.
As you are flipping through, remember that I frequently add new items to my Etsy shop throughout the year, and am always up for working on custom orders. So if you have the vision, I'd like to make it happen!
Click here to view the lookbook. Or click on the photo.