there's magic afoot!

Welcome to the Fairy Atelier...

a magical place where haute couture and fairy dust are combined

to bring you the most exclusive designs suitable for any occasion in the Fairy Kingdom.

Fairy dresses and shoes are made from natural materials
collected by hand in the wilds of Northeast Portland.

Monday, August 1, 2016

August is Fairy Month!

It's the last day of July, and I'm very excited that tomorrow kicks off Fairy Month at Camp Cactus Studio! We've got lots of magical fun to offer, from the annual Fairy House Walking Tour, to classes where you'll learn how to build Fairy houses, furniture, and gardens.

Fairy Month classes and tours are open to children of all ages, so bring your Pixie Dust and get creating!

Annual Hollywood Fairy House Tour
Get ready for the Fifth Annual Hollywood Fairy House Tour!
Join us on Saturday, August 6th or Sunday, August 14th for a fun guided tour of quaint and magical homes located in the neighborhood surrounding the studio.  Once again, the Fairies have been busy building in front yards, trees and under bushes all over Hollywood, and we'll supply you with a map and stories about the Fairy families who live in these homes.We'll start out at Camp Cactus Studio, and walk around the neighborhood, ending up back at Camp Cactus for a snack. I hope you can join us for this very special and magical event.  If we're lucky, we may even see a Fairy or two!   
 The tour is open to all ages, but you must be able to walk a fair distance (about a mile in all).  
New this year: special family rates!

Saturday, August 6th    (Sorry, the August 6th tour is cancelled)                      cost: $20  
Sunday, August 14th  1-3 pm                              cost: $20
All ages. 
Please note: Children under 6 are free, 
but must be accompanied by a paying adult. 
Meet at Camp Cactus Studio, 4458 NE Brazee. The tours will begin 15 minutes after the hour. See you there!


Fantastical Fairy Architecture
Along with our imagination, we'll use natural, recycled and found materials to design and build tiny dwellings for those magical beings who live all around us.  Feel free to bring materials from your own garden, such as pine cones, acorns, pebbles and seed pods. We'll provide ample building materials for everyone. This 3-hour class is open to everyone ages 7-100

Monday, August 8th     1 - 4 pm                       cost: $35 
Ages 7- adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

Fairy Homes and Gardens 
Let's plant a little fairy garden! First, we'll design and plant a tiny landscape, then we'll build structures, like fairy benches, bridges and swings to entice the fairies to move in!  

All materials and plants provided.

Tuesday, August 9th     10 - 12 pm                       cost: $30
Ages 6- up  •  Class size is limited  
Preregistration required by Thursday, August 4th

Fanciful Fairy Furniture
Fanciful Fairy Furniture....say that three times, fast! Come over to the studio and make tiny little rustic chairs, tables, beds and other things to furnish your Fairy house (it also makes a sweet display on a shelf). We'll show you how to put together twigs, moss and leaves to create truly fanciful little pieces that will tickle your imagination and make you smile every time you look at them!

Tuesday, August 9th    1 - 3 pm                       cost: $25
Ages 7- up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required


Fabulous Fairy Footwear
Make your very own designer Fairy or Elf shoes. We'll draft a custom-sized pattern and sew and embellish with threads and buttons and ribbons and magic. No prior sewing experience necessary. All materials provided. This class teaches basic pattern making, embroidery and hand-sewing skills.

Monday, August 15th   1:00-4:00 pm       $30

Ages 6 and up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required


Camp Cactus Studio is located at 4458 NE Brazee- in Portland, Oregon's Hollywood district.
For more information, contact Jane at: 503. 347. 2319

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Shop news

I'm busy adding a whole bunch of new shoes to the shop today. Here's a sneak peek:
Happy Summer!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

fairy houses everywhere!

As the seasons change and summer rolls into autumn, be sure to look carefully for evidence of Fairies…sometimes we need only look under the nearest shrub!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Skylark Meadowsweet appeared at the studio door one day, fluttering over the snapdragons blooming just outside the door. "Yoohoo!", she trilled in her melodious little Fairy soprano, "I wonder if you might consider making me a new pair of slippers. I must have some glorious footwear to match my gown for the Midsummer Ball!"

When a Fairy makes a request, we humans always feel compelled to do their bidding for some reason. So I made her this pair of sweet little slippers from pale pink rose petals, ornamented with tiny heather flower buttons.

Now that the Ball's over, she's brought them back to the Atelier to sell on consignment…and you can purchase them in the shop: The Fairy Atelier.

Friday, May 23, 2014

new fashions for summer have arrived

The Fairies have been working me pretty hard these days with their demands for outfits to wear to Midsummer on the links in the sidebar to see where to find them in June. Happy almost summer!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fairy Seasons I & II

To celebrate the arrival of my new book, Fairy Seasons Deux I'm offering both books at a reduced rate, and with free shipping (shipping within the continental US only, please!)

Here's a spread from my first book, Fairy Seasons: Twelve Months of Fairy Style

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Fairy Seasons: Twelve Months of Fairy Style is full of 12 beautiful photographs of original Fairy dresses. Each full color photograph is accompanied by the story of the dress and the lovely Fairy who commissioned it.

All the Fairy dresses pictured in this book are handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces, created and photographed by the artist, (that's me!) Jane Russell.              

8"x8" hardcover
20 pages
sale price: $30

Available in the Etsy shop
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Here's a spread from  the new book:
Fairy Seasons Deux: Twelve Months of Fairy Shoes
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Fairy Seasons Deux: Twelve Months of Fairy Shoes
is brimming with full color photos of 12 pairs of fabulous, one-of-a-kind Fairy slippers. Each pair is handmade from natural leaves, flowers and moss collected in the wilds of Northeast Portland.

Like the first book, each photograph is accompanied by a story about the Fairy the shoes were made for.

8"x8" hardcover
20 pages
sale price: $30

Available in the Etsy shop!