Loving sequins as I do its very difficult to not go bat shit getting insane designs of amazing ideas created into wearable life. Its ultimately a balance between costumes/concepts that are most practical to wear and have the most powerful impact. A Wonder Woman costume is still in the works, as is Mortal Kombat Tanya, Elektra is on the way and an UBER mind blowing Marie Antoinette is also on the menu. None of them simple or seen before to that level. I also have deep love for the Akasha Queen on the Damned character. She’s so iconic, gorgeous, sinuous and strong while having very ethnic/classic style.
All can be used for both stage and comicon as well as in parade or other performance venue.
Would also love to do a Witchking of Angmar in full awesome billowing style. That would be amazing and such a headache to design/travel with.
Another part of me really wants to create a full on shimmering armour Red Sonja after seeing the beautiful metal bra a friend/amazing craftsman did. So awesome!! Couldn’t just leave it at a bra and skirt though, would have to expand into shoulder pieces, underbust, helmet, cape, belt, thong..
The fun never ends!!
Comicons are super awesome experiences, very educational of the talent out there to see and speak with as well as possibly collaborate with at some future time. I greatly appreciate being able to see artists and their raw work/process in such an awesome gathering. It gives greater depth then just buying a finished graphic novel.
I also got the distinct hard core deja vu reminder when in Winnipeg Comicon manning a booth that unfortunately, after over 8 years of full time retail in downtown Vancouver I am SO utterly done with the sales industry I just couldn’t do it again in any format. I love interacting with the crowd while dressed in insane costumes but no longer behind any counter on the feet for 8hrs. Back muscles also got pissed off because of hard floor and minimal movement as well.
All in all, very much part of the valuable life lessons that happen when least expected and experience remains the most ultimate teacher.
One thing about upping the ante with performing that’s a bit of a pain to wrestle with is how to balance work, time off and travel that is not work focused. I greatly wanted to go to the Venice Carnival but budget was too dead from a US contest trip to allow that. It had been my first time out of the country and so was a learning experience of heightened travel costs and hectic border crossings.
It’s a very challenging balance between what we’d love to do and what is financially/physically possible. Long travel via plane/bus is also super taxing on the system and so requires at least a day for rest and reorientation to be back on track and keep going. Also taxing on the system dealing with time differences and changes in climate. Skin dryness is a big thing in some locations, hands and feet start cracking after a few days, hair feeling dry and flat.
Travel priority this year will be Comicons in super trippy places and fetish events.
My website/blog update abilities got stumped for a bit, finally getting butt in gear again with a little time off, thankfully not so exhausted, and info refresher.
I admit to always admiring tech savy people and their saint level patience to deal with software intricacies and hiccups. Its not something I’ve ever been good at. I love the artistic creation side of projects, not the tech side. Probably a large reason why I love hand drawn art vs computer generated most of the time.
Conversely I do greatly appreciate the ease of communication tech allows us, how images and information can be transmitted without issue so far without any problem except for too large a file size. Only videos taken via cell phone have been a problem to transmit/post on certain platforms due to the file size.
Time to roll along!!