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Kabarett of the Absurd

“Kabarett of the Absurd” photo collection by Blacksheep Photography features clothing and accessories from my sugar.skin.circus collection.  Here are a few of my favorite shots:

Model wears Circus Sun Goddess Headdress, Carnival Kimono Shrug, Sunburst Circus Tank and Avocado Velvet Cuffs.

 

Model wears Three Ring Militia Hat & Circus Bustle Jacket.

 

Model wears Three Ring Militia Hat & Circus Bustle Jacket.

 

Model wears Circus Sun Goddess Headdress, Carnival Kimono Shrug, Sunburst Circus Tank & Avocado Velvet Cuffs.

 

 

To see the rest of the “Kabarett of the Absurd” photo series, click here: KABARETT OF THE ABSURD

To shop the clothing & accessories you see, click here: sugar.skin.circus collection

 

Photography: Blacksheep Photography

Clothing & Accessories: Audio Helkuik

HMU: Ash Robinson

Models: Chrisane Jarosz, Sammy Greer, Chelsea Hanna Nielsen

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2011 Omaha World Herald feature

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.

Best friends have matching eyebrows: Audio and Thor in teal.

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!

Reading my copy of the Omaha World Herald article in my studio.

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.”

Image in the Omaha World Herald article for Omaha Fashion Week 2011.

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

 

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Gifting my dad with fashion: sugar.skin.circus illustrations

My dad is the kind of guy who would probably never ever put on any of the clothing that I make. But he loves and supports me (Thanks, Dad!).  He always hints at wanting SOMETHING from my collections, but I know better than whipping up a custom circus-Dad outfit for him.  If I did that, we all know he’d have to try to pull off a stellar performance of forced-polite-face when he opened it and then it would be forever unworn.  Instead, I surprised him last year for Christmas with a series of illustrations featuring my sugar.skin.circus clothing.

It was cute to watch him open them because he always tries to be so stoic, but he was pretty pumped about them.  He even busted them out and wrangled someone into helping him parade them around any time a visitor stopped by.  Now they are hanging up in his house.

sugar.skin.circus illustrations

 
 

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sugar.skin.circus sketch

After flipping through a bazillion photos of Omaha Fashion Week 2011, I did this group sketch of all my wonderful models wearing my sugar.skin.circus collection.

sugar.skin.circus sketch

 
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Posted by on 06.08.12 in Collections

 

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sugar.skin.circus shoot by Wolfgang Kaufman

You might’ve read my behind-the-scenes blog post about my photoshoot with Wolfgang Kaufman.  He is such an amazing photographer.  Here’s his dreamy photoset of my sugar.skin.circus collection.

Models: Zach Cook, Katherine Neary, Ashley Naikelis

Models: Zach Cook and Makayla Torrez

Model: Makayla Torrez

Model: Nicole Keimig

Model: Aaron Steward

Models: Makayla Torrez, Ashely Naikelis, Nicole Keimig, Zach Cook

Model: Katherine Neary

Models: Katherine Neary, Ashely Naikelis, Nicole Keimig, Zach Cook, Makayla Torrez, Aaron Steward

Model: Katherine Neary

Circus folk are beautiful people.

Props for this incredible photoshoot team:
Hair/Makeup: Sirens at the Loft
Photographer: Wolfgang Kaufman
Models: Katherine Neary, Ashely Naikelis, Nicole Keimig, Zach Cook, Makayla Torrez, Aaron Steward
Creative Director: Cherisse McCoy

Wolfgang Kaufman Photography: http://www.wolfman-photo.com

The sugar.skin.circus collection is available in my store: http://www.audiohelkuik.etsy.com

 

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Behind-the-scenes: Wolfgang Kaufman sugar.skin.circus shoot

My sugar.skin.circus collection just begs to be part of themed photoshoots.  A really great photographer named  Wolfgang Kaufman was coming through town and wanted to do a photoshoot while he was here in the Omaha area.  The creative director for this shoot, Cherisse McCoy, contacted me to see if I was interested (yes, duh) and for details about my latest collection.  When I described my sugar.skin.circus line, she got really excited to create a very dramatically themed photoshoot, including a custom built set, props, and she even brought in a fire performer and aerial artist.  If anyone knows how much I LOOOOOOVE circus themed stuff, you’d know how much I was nerding out at this point.

Watching all my models get styled at the salon was really exciting.  I let my makeup artist, Amy Burns, go to town.  She painted on mustaches, sprayed on some lacework, airbrushed stylized pink cheeks, and applied glitter lashes.  She’s great at taking an idea and bumping it up about 16 extra levels of awesome.

Makeup Artist: Amy Burns
Model: Makayla Torrez

Makeup Artist: Amy Burns
Model: Makayla Torrez

Makeup Artist: Amy Burns
Model: Nicole Keimig

Once all my models were styled, I finally got a chance to see all the props that were made for this shoot.  It was like a circus dream come true. It took all of my concentration to keep from running and playing with EVERYTHING.

Custom made set and props.

SECRET: The “strongest man in the world” barbell is actually made of balloons.  I was tricked every stinkin’ time I saw anyone pick it up.  I am always worried about overworking my models, so I kept telling them that they could set it down between shots to rest their muscles.   Balloons.  They are a clever illusion, especially for a gullible kid like me.

Model requirements: good-looking, hard-working, easy to get along with, and oh yeah……you must be able to lift one ton without breaking a sweat.

Wolfgang Kaufman was great to work with.  He was so committed to getting the best possible shot:  he climbed on ladders, crawled around on the floor, hopped up on all the different furniture, then hopped down, then did it all again.  Wolfgang is awesome.

Model: Aaron Steward
Photographer at work: Wolfgang Kaufman
(See what I mean about how convincing the balloons are?!?)

Model: Nicole Keimig
Photographer at work: Wolfgang Kaufman

This photoshoot was a dream come true.  Cherisse McCoy, the creative director, imagined a fantastic circus world for my collection to play in for the day.

Hair/makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Creative director: Cherrise McCoy

Wolfgang Kaufman: http://www.wolfman-photo.com/

sugar.skin.circus collection available in my store: http://www.audiohelkuik.etsy.com

 

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sugar.skin.circus shoot by MAW Photography

Here are a few looks from my collection sugar.skin.circus as photographed by Marlon A. Wright from MAW Photography.  His images are so very stunning.  Just soak them in:

MAW Photography: http://mawphotography.net/

sugar.skin.circus collection available in my store: http://www.audiohelkuik.etsy.com

I leave you with this thought: Glitter brows make the world a better place.

 

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