While preparing for Omaha Fashion Week last year, I was contacted by an Omaha World Herald reporter. They wanted to feature me in their spread about OFW 2011. After I was interviewed about my sugar.skin.circus collection, the reporter told me she was going to send a team of photographers out to my studio. This is my stage fright’s cue to go into overdrive. To prepare/relax for the photo session, I gave myself and my little pup a matching eyebrow makeover.
When the team of friendly photographers arrived at my studio, they set up and shot photos of everything: my work, me, my workspace, my dogs. I’m glad they were friendly, because I am fairly anxious in front of a camera. My pup is fairly anxious about everything in life, so I was shocked that they got him to stand still enough to snap a few shots of us together. It was awfully exciting when I got my copy of the paper and saw my wiggly pup, Thor, looking so statuesque and adorable. He’s on his way to being Omaha famous!
Excerpts from my interview about my concept and inspiration:
“Ballet is beautiful and everyone knows it’s beautiful,” she said. But what about a trapeze artist or fire-breather? “The freak aspect . . . nontraditional artistry of making fire beautiful.”
“I love the circus and would love to costume the circus,” she said. “For now, I’ll outfit models as circus performers.”
Audio Helkuik featured in the Omaha World Herald online:
“Omaha Fashion Week’s Night to Shine” article (photos me and my worktable): http://www.omaha.com/article/20110818/LIVING04/708189964#omaha-fashion-week-s-night-to-shine
“Meet the Designers” article (tidbits from my interview regarding my sugar.skin.circus collection): http://www.omaha.com/article/20110818/LIVING04/708189966#ofw-meet-the-designers
“OFW Need to Know” article (photo of one of my outfits included in this event info article): http://www.omaha.com/article/20110818/LIVING04/706269973#ofw-need-to-know