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A photo dump of the final Faun Character

I finished this in such a rush I didn’t have time to document or write about it, but I did remember to take some pictures…

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Real impala horns for the headdress.

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The bronze leather aviator-style hat– the base of the headdress.

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Shots of the finished headdress– horns and ears and dreads and all.

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The corset. I totally screwed it up but I’m not going to tell you how.

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The Faun pants’ first day out. Trial run at Emerald City Comicon. We made many new friends.

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Makeup from the MECA runway show.

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Pre-makeup dress rehearsal.

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Erin made me show the student models how to catwalk strut. I look intense here because I’m praying not to fall in my 6 inch platforms.

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Drama shot!

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Greeting the Mainahs.

Here’s a link to the video of the whole show. I’m at about 19:30.

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Me and my proud Daddy. Pauline made the sweater–we’re a crafty family. My folks got to sit in the front row– so much fun to have them there.

All-in-all a great experience. I learned SO much. I’d like to try to make more pants like these, but damn, they’re a lot of work. BUT SO COOL. Incredibly comfortable, too. Whilst running around ECCC, I could comfortably plop down anywhere– built-in pillows! You also make a lot of friends when your lower half is so cute.

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Sketchy Makeup Concept...

For the faun. Golds and browns and whites. Probably some glitter too, ’cause y’know.

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Sketchy Makeup Concept…

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Synthetic dreads are hard and I am going to crawl into a corner and eat brownies.

So! I started learning to make synthetic dreads, which, by the way, is WAY harder than it looks. Getting those bastards to twist up nicely, seal, and STAY SEALED is a serious pain in the arse, not to mention it takes pretty much an eternity. So, when you see dread sets for sale and think “gee, that seems awfully expensive”… SHUT UP IT’S NOT. Yes, I am feeling like a ball of fail on this front right now, but I remain hopeful and determined! I will prevail! I hope. Shut up.

Here’s my beautiful table of hair, before I turned it all into crap.

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Here’s project manager Pekoe, being concerned that yes, once again, I have fucked it up.

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Here’s some of my shame. At least the colors are pretty.

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So, there we are with that. They’re getting a LITTLE better, but I’m still annoyed at my failure to master everything immediately and I have new-found and pro-found respect for the awesome dread-makers out there. On the plus side, I think I’ve burned off most of my fingerprints, and my forearms are getting super buff from back-combing, so perhaps I have a future career as a jewelry thief?

More to come…

 

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The Pants March Fuzzily Onward…

Making a muslin from the cut up masking-tape-dummy-of-doom. I added a lot of seam allowance out of uncertainty. I’ve never made a pattern from a DTD before, and being as it was going directly to very expensive fur, I was being very nervous with fit.ImageFitting one leg of the muslin. Yes, it was way too big in some spots. Ah well. I also discovered that getting the non-stretch pants over the padded leg-form is a bit of an adventure. I have to creatively squish myself in, but once I get the pads in their proper spots all is well. This makes me think that if I do this again I might make the outer pants and sew the pads into the fur pants, so that one could just get slide their legs in. I did it this way this time so that the padded structure was re-usuable, more washable, and not married to one pair of pants, but… next time I may try the other way. I think it might be a simpler put-on process. 

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Fur is cut–sewing pants.Image

Yes…. THIS is what is keeping me company. At least it isn’t Gossip Girl. That was last week ;)

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GOOD GOD MY LOWER BODY IS MASSIVE. RARRRRR STOMP STOMP DESTROY TOKYO!

The pants are pretty much together. I need to take in a few more seams, as the waist is still too big, but they’re pretty close. I’ll wait until I have the boots figured out to trim the hem. They have a zip fly; I’m still deciding whether to put a trim along the top edge or not, and I think I’ll add belt loops–the belt seems to smooth the transition from human to MASSIVE FUR BEAST.

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I also need to get the husband to take some pictures so that they aren’t all taken in the ancient, foggy mirror in my studio. Next I’ll finish up the details and add a tail, because GOAT TAIL!

 

 

 

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Satyr Project–The Pants Begin…

Soooo… first I made a basic pair of black stretch pants. Basically cotton-lycra Glitter Britches with some mild ankle mods. The calves/ankles need some space to go over the boots. It occurs to me that the wisest/easiest thing would be to get shoes, not boots, and be willing to tack the pants to them for best results, but here’s the thing… IF these turn out cool, and they might be a real horrorshow, but  IF they turn out well, then I may want to wear them again. And mama don’t wear regular heels. I’m a boot girl forever. So. I make things harder. Anyway–base pants:

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With some stand-in heels until the real ones arrive. Goddamn these shoes are uncomfortable.

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The pants need structure built onto them to give the digititrade shape. I read about a million opinions on how to do this– luckily furries are pretty helpful crafters. First I tried carving foam, which resulted in my whole studio looking like this:

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After scrapping the foam idea, I decided to build pillows onto the pants. Here’s the pillows being pinned on. The shape is starting to come together…ImageHere they are with all the pads. I added a bit of bum padding, as it looked sort of off without it.   Bum padding!

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Next I needed to make a duct-tape wrap to make the fur pattern… except in Crockett we have ONE, count it, ONE store/video rental/bait shop, and while they did have duct tape, it was about a dollar a foot. They have a bit of a monopoly. So I made a masking tape dummy, which I can’t say was the best move, but, you work with what you have.

Here I am as a goat-mummy. Those shoes are really freaking me out.ImageImage

After wrapping myself, I required one of these: 

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I cut the tape off, and it’s ready for patterning. Image

I’ve never made a pattern this way before. Pray for me.

 

Tomorrow we’re going in to the city–fur shopping! 

 

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Satyr Project

I’ve recently learned that my beloved alma mater, MECA, is gaining a fashion design department. This is incredible news, though a part of me is going WTF WHY AM I NOT STILL ENROLLED WHYYYYYY?!?! In any case, they’re having a “wearable art” fashion show to kick it all off, which of course I simply must apply to. Double excitement–this gives me the opportunity to do something AWESOME.

I’ve learned and grown so much over the last 2 years with BeastWares, and I’m itching to stretch these new skill-muscles. The brand is SO much fun, but it does limit me. Anything I want to design for the line, I have to consider making it fifty more times, and then selling it at a price point that is both reasonable and yet allows me to pay rent. Damn rent. So that gorgeous $8 a yard trim that requires hand sewing to apply? No, put it back. The super-complicated 20-piece asymmetrical pattern that takes 2 days to cut and assemble? Oh hell to the no. This is my chance to go balls out and make something just as amazing as I can.

The Concept:

I’m just going to say it: I love costuming. It makes me so sad when Project Runway judges rip on something for being “costumey”. I get what they’re saying, but pick a different word, like “obvious” or “cliche” or even “party city”. And, while you’re at it, PLEASE stop saying “chic”. Ugh.

But I digress.

Costumes are fantastic. The ability to transform yourself is both fun and powerful, and probably good for you.  A really good costume doesn’t just look good, it allows to let go of your notions of self, to take a vacation into another character. It’s even better if you’re making the costume yourself–that’s a kind of magic. I present, as exhibit A, a shot from last Halloween :

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And the year before:

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Love it.

Recently I’ve been working with a friend who completely gets this stuff. He’s a master of the costume-as-power-object arts. I’ll be making him a lion headdress for an upcoming music video, which has me in the realm of spirit animals. For this project I’m going to do a personal channelling of that idea, and make a satyr. There’s just something about this particular creature that resonates with me; I think it’s the combination of powerful associations with goats–playfulness, aggression, fertility… also the Celtic goddess Nemetona is playing a role in there. Image

Sartorial philosophy aside, this project has several main components to build:

-Shoes

-Pants

-Headdress

-Top

For the shoes, I’ve bought a pair of these:

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The cutout heel helps with the hoofiness, and I’m going to build up the front in to a cloven shape using plastic, paper clay and liquid latex.

The outer pants will be synthetic fur, in a combination of brown, black and white, with an attached goaty tail. The base will be and under-layer of stretch pants with attached padding to give structure and simulate a digitrade leg.

Some sketches of pants and boots:

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The headdress will be an aviator-style hat in metallic leather, like this lovely stuff:

ImageI’ll make goat-style ears of the leather as well. I plan to attach real goat horns to the crown, which could get interesting as I haven’t worked with horn and bone much, but I have faith. Finally, I’m going to make synthetic dreadlocks, like these, but in autumnal colors:

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Some sketches of the headdress, (with escaped pants plans thrown in):

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The top, so far, is planned as a basic bandeau made out of the same leather as the headdress, possibly involving some elastic, probably lacing up to close. Not too sure about the finer details there yet– need to actually get and play with the leather.

That’s the basic schematic… come on, UPS, bring me my toys!

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