My Floral Headpiece for “When Art Comes to Life”

Floral headpiece by Tobey Nelson inspired by Art by Desiree Feldman | photo by Ike & Tash photography

I love working with creative people.  This spring I was invited to make a floral headpiece for a collaboration with photographers Ike & Tash.  Together with some Tawny and Olivia, past graduates of their Street Team project, they were hatching a project called “Aurora:  When Art Comes to Life”.  The idea was that certain girls from their 2018 Street Team would be matched to a work of art and then a photographic rendition would be created.

Using a google tool that matches faces to works of art, the creative team chose a fitting work of art for each model.  They worked to style them up using different wardrobe or backdrop cues, and then Tash photographed them.  She then spend HOURS in post-edit, adding and adjusting these photos to create a rendition of each original artwork.  It was a really neat project and the results were pretty remarkable!  In many cases it was a moving story of the artwork chosen and how it connected to each girl.  I feel really honored to have played a part.  And it was sprinkles on the cupcake when we learned the show would be on exhibit in the Tacoma Art Museum!

The floral headpiece I created was to be an imitation of the one in the painting by Desiree Feldman in the above work of art.  How’d we do?

See the video below for more.



The Google Arts and Culture Shoot

Aurora: When Art Comes To LifeAurora showcases the never-ending, always-changing power of art and its ability to influence generations across time. The portraits in Aurora, by local photographers Ike and Tash, feature 19 young people from all over the South Sound. These portraits highlight youth as the subjects of remixed and reimagined versions of well-known works of art. The show empowers youth to see themselves in new ways and inspires young people to connect with works of art from other times and places. Awakening. Genesis. Creation. (The Google Arts and Culture Shoot )- Behind The Scenes

Posted by Ike and Tash Photography and Motion on Friday, June 15, 2018

Here are a few behind-the-scenes snapshots from the shoot and the exhibit.

Floral Headpiece with the feeling of Frida Kahlo | Wearable floral art by Tobey Nelson

Model and Artist together

Model, Florist and Photographer together at Tacoma Art Museum