Robyn is one of my closest friends and best customers. She also happens to be super comfortable around a camera. Lucky for me, I got her to model her newest set for me.
Robyn has wanted a curly set since I first began making dreads. In the beginning, I had not yet perfected the curling process. I advised her I was not going to make a curly set for her until I could get them just right. Well, I finally perfected my curling abilities. I am unsure if I should enter the Olympics, but I’m considering. So, Robyn put in an order. She basically gave me artistic license over a set of dreads for her. My only question was if she wanted them wild or not. She advised she wanted them a little wild. Excitedly, I set to work.
The result as you can see, is some curly dreads with some color thrown in. I called them Twisted Gypsy, based on a Fat Chance Belly Dance move (which is based on a Tribal Belly Dance group called Twisted Gypsy).
I showed her pictures online at first. I did not get much of reaction from her. Weekly, we meet up on Thursdays for tea, chatting and sometimes dance practice. I had finished the dread fall set the night before. So, the next day I delivered them to her. She opened them much like an impatient child opens a present at Christmas. A *squee* ensued and she proceeded to wear the set for the rest of the evening. They looked perfect on her and I was pleased.
The day before, I had been speaking to our mutual friend Patrick about the beautiful photos he took of Caris. You can see more from all of the photoshoots on my portfolio page. I advised that I was almost done with Robyn’s set of dreads and that I would like her to model. Patrick commented he would love the opportunity to take pictures of her again, as she has modeled for him in the past. Personally, I just think he favors the gingers because he is also a ginger. Not that I blame him, I have a fondness for gingers too.
During this photoshoot Robyn had to deal with Patrick, myself and her boy, Robert heckling her the entire time. Which turned out some really great shots of her grinning. It was a fun set. There was a few Austin Powers references in which “You’re a Tiger” was used. The resulting photos were fabulous as well.
Robyn recently opened up an Etsy Shop. I encourage you to go take a look and buy some of her wares, she’s fabulous. She hasn’t sold anything yet, feel free to make her day. She is the queen of handmade crafts. Currently, she has focused on handmade cards. If you ever order my dreadlocks online, I include a thank you card that was handmade by Robyn. She is also the person that designed my gift certificates. She does custom orders. Seriously, she’s rad.
If you’re interested in acquiring a set of Twisted Gypsy dreads, please feel free to send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a conversation on Etsy. I can make them in any color combination.