Wednesday, January 25, 2012
In Seattle we have rain. We also have The Moisture Fest. I usually build a costume or 2 for one of the performers I work with. Last year I built 2 for Janet McAlpin aka. Mme. X. The first was an umbrella built into a bustier. The challenge was the rigging to keep it open and full circle around her little waist yet keep it light enough to stay on. The second costume was part of the FLIGHT theme. I designed and built a bustier/fringe skirt with working propellers for lift off! Mme. X could turn them off and on at will. Her top hat was handmade from merino wool and a borrowed top hat block. Both of these costumes required "costume engineering" which is one of my favorite things! My thanks to Michelle Bates and John Comicello for live stage photos.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sometimes I get to make objects other than costumes. This is a gazebo project I was asked to make a canopy for. The structure existed when the owners bought the home. I made a pattern, dyed fabric ( nylon tent type fabric and canvas ) and installed the new covering. The owners were adding curtains and more metal decorations around the bottom strip. It ended up being a wonderful place to sleep in the summer.
Doc Eastly was a big animal vet. He had a farm with BIG horses. Doc was a beloved member of the community and every Christmas he hooked up the horses to a BIG wagon and drove it full of kids and bells and hot cider. When he died I was asked to build a horse for the memorial, for the alter and final goodby. We filled the horse's belly with stories, prayers, last words before the family set the horse on fire to a 21 gun salute. Beautiful, sad and wonderful.
I built Zen Tales for The UMO Ensemble. I love mask work and this was a chance to do animals and hand dyed linen clothing. The stories were all parables that were geared for children. I loved the clown aspect, the simplicity and the reaction of the kids.