Behind the Scenes Story:
I had originally wanted raw wool to be part of the Oak Couture series. But – getting THAT MUCH wool donated was a Little on the crazy side. I called Imhoff Farm one day to see if they might have any extra wool on hand. Lovely farmer Soren said they did have a couple bags from their sheep, Stuart. Ironically Tina (the model) & I were on our way to the Tertia Kindo Arts Project (the dance school/charity), which was right by Stuart’s pasture. So – we popped in. I think it was then that I got the idea to instead have the model herself wrapped in the raw wool – mud, straw, & all!, standing in the pasture with him. When/if we had the auction, they would also walk down the ramp together.
Tina was the obvious model to me, with her “wooly” hair & obvious gorgeous stature, etc. This was to be a true “beauty” shot. I had something very “Scotland” in mind…The bonus here was that Tina herself was a costume designer. So – I went & picked up the 2 bags of raw wool from Soren one day – promising to bring them back when we were done for the group of knitting-ladies he knew 🙂
Tina whipped up two dresses. One more “Flinstone” (as above), where we exposed the soft, clean side of the wool (that was keeping Stuart warm!), & another “wedding dress”, where we exposed the rough outer side.
*Tina is a true model. She still looked Lovely after getting peed on by Stuart. He was quite smitten by her, but had to mark his territory.
Photo by Saul Wainwright