I love looking at catalogs and magazines where the styling is creative and artfully done. Of course, one I enjoy most is Anthropologie. Their presentation is amazing and always so inspiring.
When I saw the use of a hand mannequin in their gift look book, I thought it might be fun to get one to use for pictures of our milk paint and products.
It’s hard not to have a little fun with a hand mannequin. Kriste and I clapped with it. We “raised our hand” and gave a thumb’s up and even saw if the wooden thumb could bend at an angle as freakish as my thumb.
My thumb won.
Then, we tried styling it in pictures with the products. Holding a brush seemed like a no brainer, but who holds a brush like that? And why is a wooden hand holding it?
Maybe showcasing the logo on the handle?
…or against a darker background?
It just seemed weird. In the Anthro version, it looked quirky and artsy. In our version, it looked like an arm reaching out of the counter.
I tried a different angle….
Better, but still kinda weird. Was someone lying down holding a brush? On a piece of marble?
And lastly, the one that takes the cake…
It looks like someone passed out while painting. And I photographed it.
I still laugh every time I see this picture. What in the world?
This is the only way that looked successful (or at least not creepy) to me, but I think the hand will look better when painted and distressed a bit.
So, the moral of the story is that things don’t always work out as planned and it’s okay to poke a bit of fun at yourself when they don’t.