Last year, in late fall, I asked Rulan Tangen founder of Dancing Earth, Indigenous Intertribal Dance Ensemble, and my friend if she would model for me.
I also asked her friend, the famed red carpet designer Randolph Duke, if he would mail us
a dress or two for Rulan to wear for the photo shoot.
Randolph was kind and said yes. He wanted to visit Rulan in Santa Fe, so he came for the shoot with many of his beautiful award winning gowns.
My friend Chris Poole, animal curator at The New Mexico Wildlife Center, brought Sienna, the one eyed hawk to the shoot.
For me everything centered around this amazing creature.
During the shoot Rulan bravely modeled with Sienna. Chris was close by at all times to help.
We were hosted by my long time friend and artist, Stacey Neff, at The Spur Ranch,
located outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Trey Pickett added his power and grace to the shoot as the second model.
Trey is a friend of Rulan’s and a company member at Dancing Earth.
Hair & make-up styling was done by my beautiful and talented friend Dina DeVore.
My close friend Carlos Beuth assisted me with lighting and my partner,
artist Richard Kurtz, helped me with the whole production.
This shoot was a real team effort.
“The fabric for this dress was hand painted by an artist on silk Plisse chiffon .
It was part of a collection I did back near the millennium that had a decidedly nautical theme….
I wanted this gown to look like the water on the sea shimmering and glistening and undulating in beautiful natural shades of deep sea blue aquamarine and seafoam.
Ultimately I lined the fabric with a layer of gleaming silver sequins on navy blue silk tulle to give it the shimmering rippling effect it has when worn……
This veiling effect of covering otherwise sparkly Pailettes and crystals with sheer silks is one I often use when creating gowns for women
and trying to achieve the effect of radiating, glowing and shimmering from the inside out.”
Rulan models on one of Stacey Neff’s sculptures.
“The Ruched silk gauze pale aqua gown was part of a collection I did for spring 2001 in New York.
The collection was a goddess themed collection and though Goddess imagery and inspiration
has been a part of all my collections this particular spring 2001 collection was dedicated to a more literal translation and less abstract incarnation of the actual goddess.
I used many pale shades including silvers nudes whites and a few very pale aquatic colors like this pale aqua marine which is lined in a silver stretch tulle
that gives it a magical shimmering affect almost like the inside of the shell.
I had tiny dyed-to -match shells embroidered on the center of the gown that give it a textural,
fringy effect and create a charming delicate sound when a woman moves in it ……
almost like a chandelier makes when it’s crystals touch .
For me, it’s always about creating something a bit heightened,
a bit aspirational for a woman to feel truly elevated and empowered and strong!”
Rulan in Gold with Sienna the Hawk
“The Gold leafed jersey fabric I used to create this sensual gown felt like an opportunity to create something sexy and strong at once!
It has a very open low-cut back and a crisscross front quality all draped to create an illusion of being one with Rulan’s skin and body
and reflecting the light beautifully and allowing her to glow like a golden Icon!
I accented the under bust empire line with the row of freshwater sea pearls
all different yet very organic in shape to punctuate, contrast and anchor the gown to the body.”
Out Takes & Shout Outs
All the Credits
Facts about Hawks
“Hawks are said to have a vision that is about eight times more acute than humans with good eyesight (as good as 20/2).
This is because of many photoreceptors in the retina (Up to 1,000,000 per square mm, against 200,000 for humans),
a very high number of nerves connecting the receptors to the brain, a second set of eye muscles not found in other animals,
and an indented fovea which magnifies the central part of the visual field.”
From the site Beauty of Birds
Rulan & the Hawk
To buy this print please contact me here.
Part of the profits after printing cost will go to Dancing Earth & to The New Mexico Wildlife Center
$550.00 + Shipping
20 x 24 Archival Ink Jet Print
Printed by Master Printer Robert Erlichman of Art Guild Press
Blessings of the Earth & Sky,
© Esperanza Culture Productions 2016