When I shot Lindsay Jones for SLU, despite being taken by her Guinevere locks and Mormon-meets-bohemian aesthetic, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with curiosity over who designed the five thousand square foot Neverland-like loft that Lindsay lives in. It was as much an expression of her imagination as her wardrobe. The architect of said space, filled with mysterious drawbridges, secret passageways, Christian iconography, broken mosaics and hidden rooms with bunk beds, is Sibyl, whose vision for the Brooklyn abode was about recreating a kindergarten for adults. She wanted something where one could come and develop, appreciate their individuality and creativity and grow past the linear thinking of cubicles and other stifling, grown up dwellings.
A seeker of friction as a means to personal evolution, Sibyl abandoned her huge modeling career early and while doors were still flying open in order to build her experimental living space and embark on a new challenge as a musician and mother, both of which have been the most humbling of her careers. Hell-bent on “one eighties” like her mom, who left an office job at fifty to be a potter, Sibyl left her urban paradise for the idyllic Topanga canyon. There, the wandering walkways greeted her when she arrived – she didn’t have to build them – and they lead to outdoor bathtubs and long wooden stairways to nowhere. The pierced punk rock hippie who skateboarded to castings in Paris is now a hippie that fashioned a jacket made from a sleeping bag and prefers comfy clothes with big camouflage pockets to carry her phone while hiking in the “fluffy clouds” of the mountains.
Sibyl says,”I just want to be able to do everything I needed to be able to do with my body and still look like I got dressed in the morning.” Earthy, but not without an edge, Sibyl’s cut off her overalls, padded the bottom of her high-waisted shorts and values her handmade 19th-century style work boots. Her current communal mirror to herself is the father of her daughter, her daughter Puma and the silence of nature. The path is yet another challenge, and just right.