I love me a good headpiece! And I love creative, innovative people that spark my imagination and inspire me to listen to my heart and go beyond my comfort zone.
Wandering, looking for something really interesting to show you, I came across Posh Fairytale Couture! You should definitely see what Rachel is creating! Her headpieces are spectacular on all levels and while the rest of us are struggling to tame a bow headband, she’s taking a headpiece to an art stage worthy of Haute Couture Shows!
For years, Rachel creates assiduously headpieces, a craft that she assumed to be her work. A fantastic collection of headpieces stand to proof that when freed, the creative energy, can lead to amazing things! Should she not have turned into a retro-pin-up wannabe stage personality, Lady Gaga would’ve knocked at Rachel’s door, begging for a Posh Fairytale Couture piece! Not, for all of them!
But until then, when she will no longer have time for Little Monsters like us, let’s welcome Rachel from Posh Fairytale Couture, talking exclusively with Stylefrizz about her craft!
Thank you so much for your time! I know you’re a busy bee, so we’ll get right to it: if you were to present yourself in a phrase – as a human, as a creative force – what would that phrase be?
Wow! That was quick and sharp! Beautiful description, by the way! How did you discover you were blessed with this amazing talent of creating things and what was the first thing you crafted/created?
I’ve always been into art since a child and did well in all things artistic in high school. After high school I decided to go to cosmetology school. After I graduated cosmetology I started making art wigs, like sculptural hair art. After 10 years of only doing hair I decided to start making headpieces using different mediums and supplies. I am self taught. I had no training what so ever.
That’s wonderful to know! At least for the rest of us who are still trying to find our creative vocation! How would you describe your creative process – does it involve special rituals or routines (a special room, a special song, a special moment in a day)?
I have a craft cave (studio/craft room) as I call it. It’s the only cluttered room in my house but I work the best in chaos and messy spaces. And I also work best along. I enjoy my quiet time. I could not work in a group setting and produce the same quality of work, I must be alone in my own space.
That’s so fun! Your craft cave! And it goes wonderful with the mess! Did you experiment with more than crafting fashion accessories (if so, what with)?
Yes, I’ve made feather shoulder pieces, avant garde statement necklaces, and several recycled dresses made of newspaper, tin foil, playing cards, stuffed animals in the past years.
Wow! That’s a lot of stuff! When do you have time for all that? How about that legendary life balance? How do you keep your creative self and your social self balanced as to carry on the daily chores and your craft?
I pace myself. I never take on too many custom orders at once so that I do not get overwhelmed. And I limit made to order pieces. I try to make ready to ship items in my free time and focus on selling those. I am married and have three children who are my number one priority.
Congrats! That’s truly a blessing and I couldn’t agree more that they come first, no matter what! However, I must say that when you do get to your craft, your hands’ work is outstanding, the extraordinary dimension you add to your creations is both inspiring and frightening! Do you have customers who actually wear these pieces on a daily basis or they pertain more to the entertainment/fashion world?
I would say that the majority of my customers are dancers, performers, drag queens, strippers, photographers, artists, and models. My headpieces aren’t the type you would wear on a daily basis, but if you don’t mind the stares and glares you certainly could!
Oh, definitely! I would see myself taking the kids to school in one of those massive horns pieces or the neon wig! Do you use specialty tools in your craft?
Yes, I use all sorts of mediums and supplies, fabric, clay, trim, beads, fringe, feathers, stones, jewelry, skulls, bones, faux fur, in the past real fur, dried bird wings, etc..
See also: The unique wig bags by Pia Ingelse!
It sounds like your craft cave is a place of wonders! Where do you keep (store) your pieces once they’re done?
Everything is stored in my storage room in my house and a few pieces in my craft cave on display.
I think you can open that cave for visitors one day! I would love to see all those fabulous pieces on display! Do you have any plans for the future? have you ever considered doing clothing as well?
I don’t make plans per say. I desire to keep learning, experimenting and moving forward. I am a go with the flow type of person. I work when I feel inspired, moved, happy, sad, and lonely. And I work best under pressure: some of my best work was made when I had a migraine!
Oh, my! Talking about creative pains! It sounds like you invest all the energy in your creativity! Be it positive or negative, it’s all in you! If you were to give our readers a fashion/style/creative advice, what would it be?
Don’t focus on what everyone else is doing, it will destroy you. Find your own niche and experiment, always be open to learn. Don’t worry about having a “style” just focus on making what you love and enjoy it!
Thank you again Rachel! I really enjoyed our interview and especially your creations! While I can only dream of wearing some of them (on my way to school or the groceries store), I can only go as far as contemplating them in pictures and hoping I will someday in person! Your story and your creative adventure are inspiring and I hope others can find guidance and inspiration in your words and your hand’s work!