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Fairytales: Petra Collins and Alexa Demie

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Petra posted a photograph of a fairy, and I wrote to her and said, ‘I want to be a fairy,’ and she was like, ‘Well, let’s make you a fairy,’” Demie says of the origins of their friendship, laughing. As children growing up with these stories, they can often be extremely sexualized, even if it’s surrealistic. When I was a kid, I wasn’t allowed to watch Disney, but I grew up on Hungarian folk tales,” she says. Fairy Tales is a picture book about mystical creatures, accompanied with short stories about each one of them.

It explores the femininity and sexuality of mythological beings, but in the context of very human spaces, such as teenage bedrooms, medical facilities, parking lots and exotic dancing clubs. Fairytales is an erotic folklore collection of Petra Collins and Alexa Demie s illustrated short stories. For both Collins and Demie, the project was rooted in the darker corners of the fairy tales that they grew up with. Artist Petra Collins and actress Alexa Demie create nine erotic stories in a contemporary reimagining of a fairy tale book.Part of the reason we did these characters is that everyone, especially because of the pandemic, has been living on the internet more than they ever have,” Collins notes. The soft focus and dreamy photography depict the truthful chaos and survival of mythical beings in a mortal world.

Once upon a time, there was a subversive fashion photographer who released her book this week…oh, wait! I absolutely loved the artistic direction, set design, alexa’s modeling, and of course the graphic design. Could it indeed be that these dark, twisted fantasies are a little more true to life than they seem?The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Pre-release, it had already been solidified in pop-culture history with content creators mimicking the ethereal style on social media. Each of the nine tales are set in unique spaces, ranging from suburban homes and parking lots to fantastical sets. Instead of glimpsing each other across a crowded room, they connected as any good millennials with a mutual admiration of each other’s work would: through a DM on Instagram.

It was super cathartic because I hadn’t created artwork since my last book, and there was a real sense of discovery where we were just playing. Featuring illustrations by Evita Flores, deceivingly innocent, coloured-pencil drawings show butterflies in trees, witches and flying mice, a cottage in flames, and rope-wrapped mermaids accepting their fate. The handwritten text is harder to follow; I’d recommend treating them as poems and re-reading the book to grasp the intensity of the stories told. I loved every chapter of this book, and what stuck with me were the themes of being okay being alone, as well as sexuality and sensuality for the purpose of womens joy.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. I wish they hadn’t advertised it as erotica, though, because there was absolutely no erotic writing lol… but Alexa Demie herself is erotica so I can’t complain. Collins has created a style that will go down in history as one that people can only hope to try to recreate. Both women collaborated on the text and the visuals, which star Demie as various elves, mermaids, fairies, and other make-believe creatures in surrealist sets that blend reality and fantasy.

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