Saturday I taught my 'Day Of The Dead' figural Theatre at the CASTLE. What a FABULOUS class this was! I had 8 wonderful students, including one very creative and self-sufficient 11 year old who came alone to take the class! Everyone made truly haunted and wonderful skeleton Catrina figures. One student even added lights to her inside 'theatre'! ENJOY!!!
These last three images are of my own Class sample which I finished on Friday. I can't tell you how wonderful it is to have my classes fill without a finished sample! I do promise to get better at being more timely...
Unfortunately I was a bit shaky on Saturday before the Halloween And Vine show, so only about a third of my photos turned out... drats! As always, there was an amazing variety of wonderful Halloween Art! ENJOY!!!
I am still stumbling over using different computers. Now I'm on Husbands laptop... No access to my photos yet, but at least I am not crashing everywhere I visit! Here are a couple of truly amazing handbags by Ema from Japan! I LOVE her sense of whimsy and eye for details! (link via We're All Mad Here!
I am so excited to be presenting my new BAT BABYS at this weekends TINSEL AND TREASURES show! These sweet little pendants (they hang upside down!) are crafted from fimo, and apoxy clay, and then embellished with beads and shimmering metallic powders. Each is unique and one of a kind. I will also have a large selection of reliquaries available for sale. Please come by and say HELLO if you are in the area!!!
I am thrilled to be participating in 2 Halloween shows this year! Tinsel and Treasures will be held Saturday, September 13th ~ and Halloween and Vine will be on September 27th! Both shows promise to be a perfect welcome into Fall's festivities!!!
My studio is a whirl with Halloween happenings, and a mess with new designs! Here is a peek at what's happening and what is inspiring me this year! More soon!!!
(last 'Bat Baby' image via Flickr)
Tis time dear friends, when ghouls, ghosts and goblins show themselves to all... The moon is full, and time stands still...
Upon dear Luna's luminescence flow bubbles of delight... carrying an invitation one cannot refuse...
Smile, Dance, Laugh... Its time to go to the BLOGLANDIA BALL!!! Chose a costume, sure to amuse and charm... Delicious excess is my attire of choice...
Do you need an escort, to guide your way? I hear of one who follows songs only a 'night-owl' can hear...
Let him guide you in a 'ship' of wonder... tred lightly across the skies, under a celestial body so bright, to a place unknown...
Fear not dear ones, grab your wings and fly! Tonight is sure to be filled with joy, as we dance with friends under a heavenly body so blithe and full... Reach high, grab a MOONBEAM and soar... as my ghost, my spirit, my specter, will meet you on the other side!!!
SOMEDAY I dream of seeing this - held in The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, The Procession of the Ghouls is part of The Halloween Extravaganza! "The evening's entertainment begins with a screening of a classic horror film. In 2004, they showed the 1920 silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and in 2005, they showed the 1928 version of The Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney. Cathedral Organist Timothy Brumfield provides an eerie soundtrack for this haunting classic film. The Cathedral truly embodies the spirit of Halloween, with dim lighting and a ghostly feeling created by the organ music.
Following the movie, The Grand Procession of the Ghouls begins, again accompanied by the Cathedral's outstanding organist. Ralph Lee, who created New York City's Halloween Parade, stages an impressive parade of ghoulish characters who slowly work their way down the center aisle, often interacting with audience members. The costumes are impressive and the ghouls stay perfectly in character, which makes for an enjoying experience for young and old alike." Link
The Sunset's Bat & Serpent design originates with Celtic mythology and symbolizes the triumph of science and modern medicine over witchcraft. A mere $1,887.00, puts it out of my price range, but a girl can dream... Link
"By far the strangest tourist attraction in Kutna Hora isn't in the old town, but rather in a former town called Sedlec which is now a suburb of Kutna Hora. The local monastery's graveyard began to overflow during an outbreak of the plague and so the 14th century All Saints' Chapel was converted into an Ossuary, or bone storage building. Then in 1870 a woodcarver called Frantisek Rint came up with the idea of arranging all of those boring bones into various interesting patterns and structures, like crosses and the meter and a half tall goblets you can see on either side of the stairs leading down into the chapel. He even used the bones to spell out his name on the right-hand wall at the bottom of the stairs... With around 40,000 skeletons stored in the ossuary, Frantisek certainly had plenty of materials available to flex his artistic skills." Link
Created from a single piece of handmade paper, Michael G. LaFosse's premier bat design is the big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus), which took eight years to perfect and requires 12 hours to fold. A project to try Halloween Eve???
This Sunday I will be teaching the 'Madame Crow Fortune Teller' doll class at the Castle! Truth be told, this has been the longest 'prep' for a class yet! I hope I didn't bite off too much thinking we can do this in a day! As you can see, Ms. Crow looks innocent enough... Each one hand-sculpted of paper clay by me, on a 12 inch manniquin. I used a tin-foil mask, as shown, to make the clay weigh less, and help hold up the beaks. For sculpting I followed roughly the same technique used on a Crow head that I sculpted in the 90's.
Once finished, the little ladies looked more like sea-gulls then Crows, and quite naked at that! Flat black spray paint brought them back to their wonderful ol' trickster selves...!
So where does the 'Fortune Telling' come to play you ask??? See her skirt? It is made of 160, yes, 'One Hundred and Sixty' (no more, no less) cut and folded paper sleeves, and sewn into a skirt - each with a different handwritten fortune on it! (Don't tell anyone, but I am no where near having them done...) And there you see, is where most of Sunday will be spent!!!
Madame Crow was inspired by Victorian dolls, created just like these Crows, with delicate paper sleeves as skirts, given as party favors and used to divine young womens fate, luck and chance...
Need something fun to do this weekend? Try some of these toys from Haunted Paper Toys!!! Here you'll find DELUXE COFFIN BOXES, a MECHANICAL BAT and even THE ORIGINAL 13 PIECE HEARSE PLAYSET! Personally I am thinking of making a DANCING SKELETON MARIONETTE but may need THE HIDDEN CEMETERY for my tabletop! Care to join me in the fun???