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Back in January, ^Battledress, Joseph Corsetino (Time of the Faeries [link] ) and I got together to shoot a concept Lisa and I had been discussing since I suggested it to her the previous summer.

The Green Woman (based upon the Green Man, a nature deity featured in the mythology and artwork of cultures across England, Great Britain, the rest of Europe, Asia, and North America) by Joseph Corsentino's Time of the Faeries can be seen in an EXCLUSIVE feature in the current issue of Faeries and Enchantment magazine, which just so happens to be a collector's issue (we were hoping for a cover, but Kiera Knightley beat us out, I'm afraid). [link]

This is my first magazine feature, which is a huge landmark for me, and by far the most intensive shoot I've ever been involved in. Twelve hours of prosthetic work - there's a bald cap under there, and all the little green and tree related bits are completely real, down to my moss false eyelashes. We had to painstakingly select and attach each and every piece of tree bark to create the crown, face piece, chest/neck piece and hand/arm piece - and three hours of shooting later, our Green Woman had come to life.

NOTE: These images are the property of Joseph Corsentino who has been gracious enough to extend portfolio images to those directly involved with their creation. No derivative work or any other usage permissions are granted.

makeup, prosthetics, etc: ^Battledress
photography and background photomanipulation: Joseph Corsetino [link]
model: myself
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Ava-Lovelace Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
wow she looks like a tree
very very cool
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OutlawStudios Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I really like this series very cool!!!!!!!!
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dagger3000 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I never wanted to be moss so much in my life...
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NevaehLleh Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
So lovely...
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CoreyByas Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
this is truly amazing, you look totally amazing! I wish I could of been there to see it in really life! :wow: AMAZING!
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dwingephotography Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Student Photographer
This is soooo awesome!!
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danceafterdark Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
You know, there actually were female faces similar to the Green Man. The masculine form was far more prevalent, and being the New Age pagan type that I was for many years I know the accompanying lore that's pretty much masculine in origin. I just wanted to point out that as a Green Woman you are your own entity with historical grounding, not just a redux of the dude version.

Of course, try finding a reference online. (sigh) I had a great Western Humanities teacher who liked to point out things popular history tends to forget. It's in one of my books, but that's like saying there's a fish in the sea.
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Conundra Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
I thought that was the case - having been something of a new age pagan type myself in my teenage years - but after searching and not finding anything about her, I figured I'd just mis-remembered it. Thank you very much for letting me know that I was not, indeed, on crack and that the Green Woman exists. How much do you know about her?

Oh, I'm aware, having been something of a new age pagan type myself in my teenage years. Unfortunately, it's damned hard to find a reference to it, as you know, and I use the masculine ver
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danceafterdark Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Professional Photographer
That was part of what we discussed in that class. Mr. Brooks felt it was important to point out the female "green men," but he said he'd never found historical record to indicate whether they were part of the pagan beliefs alongside the male form or if they were a fanciful interpretation on the part of an artisan employed in the construction of a cathedral.

The trouble is that the written records of the time come from outside, prejudiced sources. Even the Mabinogion was written centuries later, when Christianity was predominant. Everything we think we know comes from interpretation and imagination.
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danceafterdark Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
P.S. Awesome shot! I forgot to say that part.
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