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Artist Collab 2016: Pt. III

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Collaborating with other artists is always a joy. This is the last of the three-part series (here’s I, II).
When hair stylist Wyatt Strand (@hairdonebywyatt ) contacted me to do a shoot, I was all for it! But here’s the thing: I do self-portraits mainly for my blog. I received news there was going to be a makeup artist coming along as well and realized self-portraits outside or in the corner of my basement bedroom would simply not do. So I sent out the feelers on Facebook, asking for a photographer who was available for the set day and who might have a studio available. Enter Michael Lerch ( @mwlerch ). He’s a relatively new artist with a fine art and writing background whom I’ve modeled for a few times before. His skills improve each time he shoots. Before the actual shoot date, I had no idea who the makeup artist was — it turned out to be the incredible Haley Wight ( @cosmobyhaley, she is so talented and such a lovely person ). Both of the artists who worked on my head met at the Aveda Institute in Portland. They’re quite the delightful and gifted duo!

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Thrifting is worth the effort. To successfully thrift, you have to have a never-ending curiosity, a certain degree of optimism, and lots of determination.
This vintage 1970’s witchy dress was a great find for $7.
Since it’s such a stunning and simple, yet fancy dress, Wyatt and I decided that a sleeker look should be called for. He attached some hair extensions that made me miss having long hair… if only my hair could be so silky. He also added a “v” part on the crown of my head as a homage to the “v” in Fashion Vedge. I brought netting to vintage things up and add a little more texture to the outfit.
Haley and I thought a smoky — slightly rosy — eye elevated the look, bringing it to a timeless quality where it could be from any century.
Michael added dramatic lights and a victorian couch to complete the whole look. The overall feeling is somewhat similar to the silent movie era.

  • Next post, I’ll address my most recent — and LAST — rebranding with all the info I can think of on what it means since I’ve changed my social accounts to Avant Vedge. (You may or may not have noticed my absence from blogging — but next time I’ll explain why I had to take a break! Stay tuned!)

PHOTOS: AVANT VEDGE; COPYRIGHT: AMANDA HATHEWAY / AVANT VEDGE, 2016 ( ALWAYS LINK BACK TO FASHIONVEDGE.COM )
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Amanda Hatheway

Vegan since 2011; artist and nerd since birth in 1990; portrait photographer; friendly and silly yet distinguished introvert; feminist and philosophical soul; partial to felines; hopes to help as many as possible with the truth about animals and what our actions means for all of us; plans to create a chic, ethical, all-vegan boutique in Portland that is as much about eternal style as it is about ethics.

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