The Pines crew has been honored and damn lucky to have Allen Crawford aka Lord Whimsy grace us as our guide through the seemingly impenetrable woods of the Pine Barrens. Without him we would probably have all been eaten by owls already. Allen’s knowledge of the land and what grows there is as impressive as his ability to embody a class and lifestyle that is as unique and splendid as the rare Schizaea pusilla.
Allen will be featured heavily in the film – as himself, as Whimsy, as someone altogether unknown – I’m not saying. Who is Lord Whimsy? I’ll let him answer that.
below copied from lordwhimsy.com
After twenty long years, Lord Breaulove Swells Whimsy (a.k.a. Victor Allen Crawford III) has at last achieved his dream: unemployability. He is an artist, designer, author, re-explorer,failed dandy, tin grandee, gentleman trespasser, bushwhacking aesthete, parenthetical naturalist, pseudo-intellectual, and a middle-aged dilettante.
Having taken a solemn vow to do as little in life as possible, Whimsy was dismayed one morning to discover that he had accidentally wrote, designed, and illustrated The Affected Provincial’s Companion, Volume One (Bloomsbury 2006), which has been optioned for film by Johnny Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil. His face and his words have graced the hallowed pages of The New York Times, Interview, Frieze, Vice, Tin House, and Art in America.
He and his wife are proprietors of the design and illustration studio Plankton Art Co. Their most notable project to date is the collection of 400 species identification illustrations that are on permanent display at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Ocean Life.
A devoted enthusiast, lower-case adventurer, and explorer of what he calls “the local frontier,” Whimsy spends most of his time among the nooks and margins of the forgotten, the curious, and the speculative that is found beneath, around, and between the everyday. He smells like gusto.