For a lot of her life, Venus spent time in the basement and I had plans to use her as a model for bag shots, but they never really turned out right. She had Barbie-esque unreal proportions, and was never really a great model for bags. Her color was off and, in all honestly, that armless thing of hers wasn’t all that endearing. Then I read a post by @woldshoppe on Twitter and my and Venus’ world changed.
Her outdoor debut was this past Sunday at the Downtown Holiday Market in DC. And, she was used to attract attention just outside my tent. You can see her hard at work here:
A fellow vendor at the Downtown Holiday Market (a market with really great fellow vendors with fantastic stuff. You should check it out if you’re in the area) suggested a hybrid with my first painted mannequin bust. The results are a bit scary. (If you’re reading this with a small child by your side, you may want to shield her eyes.)
Finally, after much hemming and hawing and thinking of storage space in the basement, the top half of Venus is presented to a fellow vendor, an artist named Quest (really), who should make art out of her.