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Eiligh Orff
Kokoscnik Inspired Headpiece

crystals, brocade, cardboard, sewing, glass beads, pearls, chiffon, and headband
11″ x 5.5″


Alex Rowe, Illustrator & Children's Book Artist

Alex Rowe
Illustrator & Children’s Book Artist

Artist Statement
“I am 17, an illustrator and milliner, and I am for the most part a self taught artist. I sew a bit as well. My influences come from a lot of historical fashion/costume, fantasy work, and cultural pieces.

The inspiration for this piece came largely from Russian Kokoshnik headpieces and other eastern European bridal headpieces. I’m also quite inspired by Madonna-esque silhouettes in my work. A sort of halo appears often in both my 3D and illustration.

I am not really trained at all in making headpieces/hats, I’ve created my own way of putting them together, and overall my method is: chaos. I never did a sketch for this particular piece, I just went into Michael’s and laid the materials out to make sure they would suit each other.

From my original inspiration of Kokoshniks, I had a general idea of how I wanted the beading to be placed, and made it up as I went along. It took me perhaps a total of 6 hours to complete it. I myself am modeling it, with make up I made up on the fly,  and I am now wondering if perhaps I should have sent photos of it on a head form instead. In your opinion, does my presence seem to detract or add to the piece?”

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1 responses on "Eiligh Orff"

  1. It’s great to see you working so fearlessly in a style/media you aren’t very used to working in. Furthermore, it’s very impressive to see you create an entire persona to go with the headpiece. It would’ve been very easy to end this piece at the headpiece, but you took it a step further by modeling it , finishing up the entire wardrobe, and creating a very elaborate makeup style to go with it.

    I would agree with Alex in that the backgrounds could use some work in these images. An easy solution would be to shoot in a studio or against any blank wall, as right now there is so much happening in the background that it becomes quite distracting. Another option would be to have the background play into the storyline of this character you’ve created. You could create a set that you then pose in. On the other hand, since you’re in illustrator, it might be cool to combine some of you illustrations in with this staged portrait. If you find a way to use a green screen or some other method to take out the background, you could then illustrate a background for the images.

    There are a lot of possibilities, I can’t wait to see where these ideas take you!

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