Tag: costumery

The Unseelie (Reprise)

Photograph copyright Len Panecki.

A year ago I went to the Midsummer Faerie Rade dressed as a Blue Fairy (original post here) and some great shots were taken by some professional photographers – you know, the types that walk around with actual cameras rather than phones.

This year I missed the event. However, a couple of days before it, this appeared, taken by the indomitable Australian photographer Len Panecki. I didn’t quite know who he was when I met him, but after a bit of internet searching I was rather impressed. He’s a cool guy.

This may be the best photo of me there ever was or will be, and I still look like a bit of a creeper. Oh well.

Lack of Research: The Sad Tale of a Failed Creation

This sabre-toothed creature was intended as a wearable head mask. This is as far as it got before being abandoned.

Recently I became obsessed with the idea of making wearable, talking masks. I had watched videos, seen lots of so-called tutorials that don’t explain a damn thing, and was frustrated. I pondered and experimented, wanting to perfect the art of it. I’d made one semi-successful wearable head that functioned quite well, despite it being completely unfinished and more of an experiment in fur-crafting overall. But the “panda” was a spark of inspiration. Read more… »

The Goat Man

Head shot of the goat head mask.

Is it a goat? Is it a cow? No, it's a faun. Shut up, that's why.

After a technological nightmare that included losing hundreds of computer files, phone camera files and dropbox files, which can only be described as my ultimate modern-era horror story, I was finally able to collect some (not all) of the images and text from this write-up. Back-ups, people, get on it.

Goaty was an interesting one – the first time I’ve tried to create a wearable animal-style head. I could (and probably should) have sculpted it in clay, cast it, and done a resin base. I could have done these things, but I decided since I was broke and already in possession of reams of foam and adhesives, the best thing to do was to just start gluing things together until they looked like what I wanted. In fact, this is what I tell people who ask me “how did you learn how to make this?” My response is always the same: “Just start gluing things together until they look like you want them to.” Read more… »