Cricket.Herself

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This is Cricket, the 18-year-old beauty queen who stopped off at my studio to shave her head en route to represent Canada in the Top Model of the World pageant in Egypt. The photos were shot on 120mm film and are published with Cricket’s full interview on Herself.com. Take a peek! xo

What does the word ‘woman’ mean to you?

The word woman to me means strong. Regardless of the sex assigned to you at birth, your ethnicity, your race, your religion, your sexuality, you are fighting a systemic pull. Of course, the factors stated above can make this pull stronger, and the battle harder. There’s the trickle-down effect of ingrained systemic misogyny, leftover from the fights fought by women before us, and the alive and thriving oppression that we have not yet tackled. We’re all fighting. And it’s important to help each other in our battles. It is especially crucial for woman born with privileges (e.g. white, cis) to assist our sisters in their more heavily-rooted battles.

 

Venice Beach Snapshots

Being lucky enough to call Venice Beach my home for for the past couple of months opened my eyes to another side of the idyllic landscape one encounters as a tourist. When the marine wall rolls in and covers the beach in its thick fog the place looks post-apocalyptic. There is a solid group of local characters who hit the strip every day carrying Christ’s cross (with the help of a wheel – cheating, no?), practicing energy healing, fishing, skating, flexing, training pigeons, collecting cans, sharing religion, selling reggae cds, selling flowers, and much, much more. It is first come, first serve and there is no fee to set up a booth on the Venice boardwalk and sell your wares as long as you are selling original artworks. This limitation creates an economy of creativity amongst the many homeless who live on the beach. It is not a bad life. Eclectic to be sure. Here is a little collection of snapshots I took on 35mm film during my stay. xo

Skin Two Fetish Fashion Book

In a celebration of 30 years in print featuring sophisticated and sexy fetish fashion,  Skin Two Magazine is publishing a coffee table book called “Skin Two Fetish Fashion – the definitive album of fetish fashion.” Tim Woodward, the magazine’s editor, has curated a collection of the most iconic images published in the magazine over the years and I am honored to have two of my images for Northbound Leather included. You can take a peek at them above. The shots are from a catalogue shoot I did for Northbound Leather back in 2013. I have included the rest of the shoot below for your viewing pleasure.

Photography & Art Direction: Jennifer Toole // Hair: Amber Fairlie @ The Manor Salon // Make-Up: Bronwen Weiderick

Camisado Vintage 2017

The Camisado Vintage 2017 lifestyle campaign was shot over 3 days in Ibiza with our awesome team of models Mario, Elisabetha, Beilla & that cute random passerby in the Nike tank from Moldova who spoke no English but agreed to skip rope for us and let us take his photo. Shout outs to you, wherever you are. 🙂 Camisado is run by two rad babes from Toronto, Staysail and Kristen. They open the Costa Rica location through the winter and the Ibiza location through the summer. Check them out in person if you’re lucky enough to be in either fabulous locale or online for all your vintage needs:

Camisado Ibiza & Camisado Costa Rica

The Goddess Array V.2

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I am chilling at the gallery right now feeling so grateful for all of you! The Goddess Array V.2 SOLD OUT. This is a blessed life. The show will be up today and tomorrow 12-5. There are a few Nike tees (S, M, L, XL) and magazines left. The magazine includes all 20 goddesses along with behind-the-scenes photos, my musings, the histories of the goddesses and insights into the models. This is the forward:

“It is with a great, big, full, open heart I present you with The Goddess Array: Volume 2. I have paid witness to real life goddesses for the project so far in California, Spain & Ontario. It is my goal to accumulate a body of goddess imagery that pays respect to the immense power of women and the vast variety of manifestations of said power. I have begun with the Greek goddesses, of which there are twenty thus far displayed within these pages, aiming to have thirty in total, before moving onto the Phoenician, Egyptian, Celtic, African, Hindu goddesses, and more. It may very well be a project that spans my lifetime. I am obsessed. My passion in the creation and display of these grand goddesses comes from a bottomless well deep within me utterly dedicated to populating the world with diverse, iconic images of female archetypes. It all stems from a desperate search for female role models in the quickly changing climate of what it means to be a woman today. Our work is as constant and neverending as our potential. We are having to learn the lesson over and over again that we must make of this life what we want. We have to find more creative ways to take care of ourselves, acquire positions of power, get paid equally, respect our bodies, and keep the magic within. I always look to nature for inspiration and, indeed, the majority of the goddess shoots take us right into the glory of Mother Nature. It is an effort at rediscovering our roots and from there, growing. The biggest blessing has been in the enthusiasm of my subjects to play the part of the goddess they feel most aligned with. We have traversed many fences and rougher terrains to get the perfect shot. Thank you for your interest and please do revel in these pages for they are full of wonder.” – J. Toole

Come by and say hi! xo

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