- Me- John, is this you?
- John - Yes, its by Denise Fike.
- Me - Really?
- John - Do you know her?
- Me - No, but I'll Google her tonight.
- John - She's great, ... never without an important hat, high heels, and a smile. In her collage style, she does portraits mixing vintage wallpapers and fabrics with freehand brush work. You'll love her.
- Me - Maybe we should get some shots for facebook
A week later we posted her portraits on the John Wind - Maximal Art facebook page..... It also gave me a reason to email her, let her know that I love her work and that John has featured her on his page. One facebook message led to another and .... she says, "Oh if you want to see my work up close come to my studio". Oh Em Gee! Really? I am there!
Denise has a studio on Pine Street, in one of the cool neighborhoods of Philadelphia, and standing among her paintings feels like being backstage at a serious fashion show. I'm completely surrounded by glamazon girls all standing at attention ready to stomp the runway.
And the conversation is immediately comfortable, we're talking about designers, her process, her teaching career... and .... wait for it, she says... Would you pose for me? Everything that is cool about me went out the window..... and I'm just looking around like a lost puppy.
Ummm.... Hell yeah, is what I'm thinking, but I say, Ooooh sure, of course! I had questions prepared but after that, I couldn't put a thought together so we coordinate our schedules for the next meeting.
I float off to my next appointment with Kirk, author of The Marketing Fix: 100 - Words - On (are you following him? Seriously, if you're a blogger, have an Etsy shop, if you're trying to get your name, brand, or product some attention... you should be following this blog). My appointment is seven blocks away near Rittenhouse Square, (glad I was wearing ballet flats) and the whole way there, I was thinking, what am I going to wear for this portrait?
I know I want to wear one of John's statement necklaces, and platform heels, other than that...
I really don't know. I'm taking suggestions.
Rhonda Ryan PR-Maximal Art IBelieveInStyle@gmail.com
Special For the Style Shepherd Followers:
This weeks Giveaway is very special! It's a John Wind Vintage Inspired Gold Brooch! You're going to have to work for this one. To win, you must be a follower of the Style Shepherd of course, follow John Wind Maximal Art on facebook, follow Denise Fike Designs on Facebook, and leave a comment with a suggestion of what kind of dress I should wear for the Denise Fike portrait. All comments must be posted by Wednesday August 4th, 2010 11:59PM. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced Thursday August 5th, 2010. Comment as many times as you like (no translation yet, comments must be in English). Good Luck!