Ashley Stoker, who goes by the moniker Fox Marie online, is a self-portrait photographer and painter who also uses handmade jewelry and occult imagery in her artwork. She became active on Tumblr in 2011, and her sometimes-NSFW blog, Hipporacle, has thousands of followers. In 2012 she was given a Houston Web Award by the Houston Press for Best Tumblr.
|Self portrait by Ashley Stoker|
What She Does
"For my self-portrait photography, I build off making a headpiece or a mask," she said. "I had always put together little masks as a kid and taken pictures."
"I became active on Tumblr in January 2011. I didn't really understand how to use Tumblr at the time. I worked in the library at St. Thomas University and would post funny book covers."
Eventually, through the use of clever tags on her posts, her audience grew.
"I found out about so much art and pop culture just by putting my tentacles out there. It's a well of inspiration for me."
She began selling her jewelry on Etsy to make ends meet. In the spring of 2011, she quit work to move to Austin to take care of her father, who was dying of cancer. He died on Mother's Day of that year.
"I still had college loans I had to pay off. People were really supportive on Tumblr."
More recently, she's been experimenting with oil paintings, and is now selling those on Etsy. She says the paintings are more cathartic to make than the jewelry.
"With the paintings, I'm the boss of that. It's on my clock," she said. "Maybe I'll go back to making jewelry, but if I do, it'll be metalworking."More »