Thoughts of Fairydust

Cicely Mary Barker (1895 – 1973)
The Willow Fairy

Cicely Mary Barker (1895 – 1973)

Cicely Mary Barker (1895 – 1973)
The Snowdrop Fairy

Cicely Mary Barker (1895 – 1973)
The Lavender Fairy

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
― J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan

We took these photos last Wednesday for listings at the boutique shop. The skirt, which was a recent find and which I think is the prettiest skirt ever, has now already been snatched up, only two days after being listed! But the handbag and (maybe) the earrings will be coming to the shop soon.

When I looked at the first photo, the light in the picture reminded me of fairies. I haven’t thought of them in a long time, but sometimes woods, flowers, and especially soft luminous light such as this bring them to my mind. I had a wish to gaze upon Cicely Mary Barker‘s flower fairy illustrations once again, that were very much part of my childhood and my mother’s idea of whimsical loveliness.

I felt that these photos could be a grown up real world re-presentation of the fairy look (with the gloves, leather bag, and heels…). Maybe I was indeed trying to capture some fairydust, being unconsciously inspired by a tiny hand mirror with a fairy picture that I purchased at the National Gallery of Ireland shop earlier this month. I adore that shop – sometimes I spend more time browsing and reading in it rather than the gallery itself.

I’m not sure if this painting is from the National Gallery of Ireland’s own collection, or if it’s actually Cicely Mary Barker’s work, but it looks like it could be one of hers? I thought it was lovely.

It was also a bit of an extravagant purchase for me at the time, as I didn’t need another mirror – a sign of how I was charmed by the picture and most particularly, the artistic idea that I longed to be re-connection to.

And now that I’ve started looking at flower fairies again, I think it would be absolutely wonderful to put together outfits inspired by particular fairies (starting with Barker’s creations). I really like green and the Willow Fairy, however I’m also thinking of using white dresses which would be so well suited for summer air.

The Vintage 80s skirt with geometric print:

(Blouse: thrifted

Skirt: vintage 80s, Pretty Bones Jefferson

Shoes: Zara black fabric heels

Earrings: vintage clip-ons

Gloves: vintage 80s, Lucy’s Lounge Dublin

Bag: vintage, available at Pretty Bones Jefferson soon)

(Photos by JEG)

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