So this is a new (ancient) play that I am designing for Open Circle Theater here in Seattle. The story of Ajax is a Greek war tragedy written by Sophecles . This is an adaptation by a local thespian/writer, Todd van der Ark. It is a weave of modern and classical text and symbols- like modern desert fatigues mixed with knife fighting. One of the things that the director is spotlighting is PTSD syndrome and I think that it is interesting to see that this disease was also a problem in the ancient Greek society.
I also did the graphic design of this post card and the poster for the show!!
Fear for your lives!!
The play I am designing costumes for, “The Twilight Zone”, opens next Thursday Night. If you are in the Seattle area you should definitely come check it out. The show run March 18-April 16, 2011- Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm. This years episodes are as folllows:
The Obsolete Man
Time Enough at Last
The Mosters are due on Maple Street
Don’t be shy…You are sure to see aliens and have nightmares!!
So obviously I have been ignoring this here blog. Soooo Sorry!
Here is what has been taking precedence:
I have been teaching a design, sew and embellish class for middle school students. We have been doing lots of sewinging. I will also be having a workshop for “Nick Cave inspired” art in conjunction with an exhibit of his work at the SAM called “Meet Me at the Center of the Earth”. I am really excited about this and have become quite a fan of Nick Caves work and those of you who know me can probably see why:
I will keep you posted on how our own Soundsuit inspired art goes. One of these days I will actually take pictures of my class and how much fun we have for you as well!!
I have also been sewing:
I made this dress by quilting recycled leather, recycled wool and silk for the bodice with silk organza skirt. There is a fully boned corset inside and a heavy exposed zipper down the back.
I am also costuming a play for Theater Schmeater here in Seattle. It is The Twilight Zone 2011. I am really getting my Mad Men fix off of this one. It opens on March 18th and it is sure to be a fun time!! We are doing three episodes:
The Obsolete Man
Time Enough At Last
The Monsters are Due on Maple Street
And it is going to be done pretty much to that late ’50s early ’60 feel even for Obsolete Man which is set in the future.
So before we get to SteamCon, mom wants to see Halloween Pictures. So drum roll please:
So this last weekend I attended SteamCon 2010 a convention for Victorian Science Fiction and all things that revolve around this concept from clothing to l.a.r.p. ing* and all thing between. I went to model in a fashion show for the afternoon tea party, for Tamara Lily and Marie Cooley . Here is my analysis:
1. us geeks are freaks. 2. really awesome costumes. 3. geeks know how to party… all night long (I think, I went to bed). 4. REALLY AWESOME COSTUMES!
This is what I made for my self to wear. The jacket is an actual Edwardian jacket I just hand stitch some steampunk trinkets to.
Here is AnamoAng the Victorian Cyborg's cheast plate. All recycle leather.
I was in the fashion show both days so did not have a huge amount of time to run around but the Art Exhibit was cool and Mercantile gave me tons of ideas a churnin’.
Here is the reel from the fashion show on FLICKR.
*live action roll play
WOW the summer is almost over and I have been sewing up a mad storm… of Other Peoples Projects (OPP)!
Damn I hate when that happens. I seam to always get OPP bogged down in the summer time. I recently read this funny little article written by a fellow WordPress blogger Selfish Seamstress in the new Vogue Sewing Mag that deals with how to say NO to these projects which was great advice I should head too. But with the current economic times I feel gilty not taking gigs, especially the more artistic, better paying ones.
First client De Jour is my friend Fosse Jack (yes a stage name). He and his co-host have monthly cabaret/burlesque/vaudville show at the Rendezvous called The Jack and Wood show.
I also made a dress for my beautiful friend Michelle who was an absolute JOY to work with and the perfect 1950’s style bride… I cannot wait to see pictures.
In other fun news… I will be teaching Fashion Design to middle schoolers for a non-profit called Coyote Central. It will be Saturday mornings October 16- December 12. I am SOOO excited to do this kinda thing!!!!
While I was going through costume pictures I found one of the first Halloween together back in 1999. I did not realize that we had a picture of us as Olive Oil and Popeye.
I forgot how AWFUL Popeye’s muscles look (yeah, that is what that thing on his arm is). They aren’t even muscles, there just wads of fiberfill crammed into a nylons with crotch cut out for his head. I am embarrassed that I thought that this was alright. I remember them looking particularly odd under black lights because the fiberfill glows.
I am finding this picture is especially fitting because this year I am attempting another built-from-scratch muscle torso (for myself) and I must say my skills has grown by leaps and bounds…
No nipples yet because I have a lady in California covering buttons for me for that just got buttons back and they are too small, but at least I won’t glow like I am radioactive under black lights. I just feel stronger with this costume on…I just realized one super hero secret, it really is in the costume. I am not going to be a super hero, or a naked man… but a God of Greek descent so stay tuned!
P.S. If you are wondering… I did promise my husband that I would make the bottom half of the Naked Man costume, big needle sculpted penis, balls and all, for Burning Man 2009.
So this is one of my all time favs- I knew that I wanted to be a sea creature. I went to the thrift store and bought a bunch of shells and fake ferns. Then I just started building… made and decorated the corset piece then made the underskirts. One night I went over to a friend and there they had the mask (the same exact colors of my costume) they bought at the Oregon Country Fair but the fin had broken off. I fixed the fin in exchange for letting me wear it for Halloween. Thanks Taz. IT ROCKS!!
Also the Drama Department at University of Washington has their annual costume sale this Saturday (oh that’s tomorrow) in Hutch Hall, 10-3pm. Always good for historical stuff and only a little rummaging as the labor.