Wow...been a LONG time since I posted.
I just finished my first year of grad school for Costume design and technology and the department usually ends the year with a week long intensive master class called a Charette
. Basically, we are given a theme or a piece of work and then spend a four to five 16 hour days in the studio getting inspired and producing work under the guidance of a celebrity Charette master. This year's master was Willa Kim (I know!) and the theme was Stravinsky and the Ballet Russe. I chose Le Rossignol (The Nightengale) as my focus and got seriously inspired. By the end of the week I had a conceptual story board for an opera/ballet production of Le Rossignol combining modern dance with shadow puppetry and opera. Willa Kim liked my idea and my enthusiasm so much that she inscribed a book to me. It is now the most precious thing I own. I am currently in the process of finding collaborators and funding to make this production a reality, so in the future I may be posting actual costume photos. In the mean time, I also produced some awesome puppets/masks that I am dying to show off!http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v382/henabebe/DSC00588.jpg
A standard rod puppet for DEATH. I went through 4 exacto blades for that bad boy.http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v382/henabebe/DSC00575.jpg
Shadow mask. My sweater just happened to cast an awesome "old asian man" silhouettehttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v382/henabebe/puppet4.jpg
Towards the end of the week I started experimenting with colored gels. I think they have great dramatic potential.http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v382/henabebe/DSC00581.jpg
The Shadow mask in full light as modeled by my lovely assistant/movie buddyhttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v382/henabebe/DSC00590.jpg
The final display
I have more conceptual sketches and costume renderings but this post is fast approaching TLDR territory.
I am just so inspired by this whole process and excited to see where it takes me! Thanks for checking it out and happy crafting!