THROWBACK THURSDAY: “Strandz” Dark Beauty Magazine 2013

Published Editorials

I clearly remember Mrs. Cunyus, my 5th grade teacher, and the moment she mentioned clouds and outer space. I was the kid that would read and shuffle through National Geographics, atlases, and encyclopedias at any chance that I got.

I have always, like I imagine man has since the dawn of time, wondered how the stars got there.  How do they dance so effortlessly? Do they know I am looking at them? How old are they? Do they really listen to my wishes?

This collection was created from one single image.  This image inspired me because it stands alone.  It’s perfection is not something you have to explain.  You just stare.  Every time I see it, I get lost in it and find some new pattern.  Sometimes I see a lady in waiting, sometimes a Phoenix, and sometimes a sunflower.


In order to prepare a palette for this project, I read and researched a bit more on nebulas and constellations.  Below are the ones that most inspired me.  Take a moment to really analyze them. What do you see? How many shapes and colors can you distinguish? Can you get lost in them?

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Hand colored human hair mixed with small layers of string were used to create these sculptural pieces. The collection, modeled by my dear friend, Diana Carl, was a project that took over a month to finish. Beautiful precious jewels provided by Holly Wittenberg, accentuated the collection.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did while creating it!
















Hair and Makeup: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry |

Photography: Jorge Rivas |

Styling: Holly Wittenberg

Muse: Diana Carl |