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.
Isn’t “pantaloons” a wonderful word? Even when not accurately used to describe your work?
Anyways, here is something you’ve probably seen done before, but this is my version: wearable demon/satyr/incubus pants.
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The Baron and Baroness of the goblin realm of Terra Bayou.
The Goblin Ball for 2015 is over, and wow, did I hurt myself. Read more… »
The street kids and the so-called grown-ups.
Henry Stokes comin back for another round.
Big feet, big... sculpting budget concerns.
It took almost a whole block of clay to sculpt these babies, but once cast I reckon they might be good for some large monster feet. I like the idea of a troll costume, wearable, with slip-on feet.
Or maybe some everyday slippers?
Us on the golden carousel.
The organisers of the Goblin Ball 2015 gathered all their potential cast together for an adventure day, hunting clues and characters throughout the Melbourne CBD.
Hunting through the National Gallery of Victoria we came across this beautiful golden carousel, deciding quickly that it was worth a photo op.
A clearly impressed unseelie.
Feature image taken by the wonderful Snap Happy Ian.
For the Midsummer Fairie Rade I decided to make myself a headpiece with some horns and hair. Read more… »
Ashpad, the curious bunyip that attracts many pats.
Ashpad the Bunyip took to the stage at Rosyln Quin’s “As the River Tells It” show as part of the Words on the Wind Melbourne Docklands storytelling series.
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… »
Djinn di Sa’ri was an idea for a mask that became a puppet that became a mask, purely because he was too unwieldy for a puppet and works very well as a Halloween costume. His face is constructed as two pieces – upper face and lower jaw, with a hideous row of teeth in a terrible wide grin. Read more… »
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… »