Monday, October 17, 2016

Black Stash Jacket part 2

I cut the front of the blue blazer using this tutorial.  Then I added navy blue bias tape to the edges.  

I want the jacket to have a military feel to it without copying any actual military uniform. Originally, I was only going to have just these three bars on the front (anyone know the name of this type of embellishment?) 

But I it looked incomplete so I added more bars that diminish in size.

I added royal blue, satin ribbon down the center of each yellow bar so it wouldn't look so blocky, then satin stitched around the raw edges.  This yellow polyester material frays like crazy!  Worse than costume satin!

Then I designed a cuff that echoes the design elements of the yellow and blue bars.  Again, I didn't want to copy any particular military uniform so I avoided using stripes that designate rank. We want this play and its costumes to feel as though children are playing out the story using things they might have found in an attic or grandparents closet or the like.  A kid might find a fancy jacket and think it looks military enough.
 The cuffs are only pinned on because I need the two actors who will be wearing the jacket to try it on.  Two characters wear the jacket: First, Lord Astor, who is captain of a secret mission to find 'star stuff.'  One of the reasons that I didn't want to use British Military style is because his mission is top secret and unofficial so the British Navy would not want it known they're involved.  The second character is Black Stash who steals the jacket from Lord Astor.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Peter and the Starcatcher Jacket

Peter and the Starcatcher is a play that speculates about the origin of Peter Pan and Neverland.  The play is based on the books written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.  I have not read them yet but I plan to soon.  One of the characters the figures prominently in these stories is a pirate called Black Stash (for his formidable facial hair.)

 I am going to be building this jacket for both the Black Stash character and another character named Lord Astor (from whom it is stolen.) One of the more common things we do in our costume shop is repurpose or upcycle old clothes.  I am starting with a man's navy blue blazer as the foundation for Black Stash's coat.
Here are some sketches of ideas I had.
I decided that I would go with a series of graduated bars with pointed ends.  I've folded under where I'm planning to cut and laid the cardboard pattern pieces along the edge to see what it may look like.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Loving the Alien

The Bowie-lage was compiled from 1983-1996
"I'm bustin up my brains for the words..." Moonage Daydream, David Bowie

In the early 80s David Bowie was like my life.  He was the reason I dyed my hair, wore black lipstick and created some of my earliest (and bizarre) costumes.  Bowie was like the patron saint of the beautiful and strange and as an artist, as a creative person he was, for me, like a god.  I think he was the second greatest influence in my life as an artist, the first being my Mom.  

Over the years I've drifted in my interests in actors or art or music but he was always there in the back of my head. Musicians that I liked and artists that I admired almost always listed Bowie as an influence of theirs. He had this amazing ability to figure out what was going to be cool and do it before anyone else even got an inkling. 

The first LP I ever owned was Station to Station.  When CDs became the next thing I purposely bought Station to Station again.  When iTunes came out I think 'Let's Dance' was the first song I downloaded.  Or it may have been 'Suffragette City'  I remember holding my cassette recorder up to the radio speaker, my finger hovering at the ready over the record button to tape that song. 

When a famous person dies people say trite things like: "His light has gone from the world" This is not so with David Bowie his light will shine even brighter now.  He was the first, the coolest of the cool. The one who came before and switched it all on for everybody else.

I'll Never forget you, Ziggy.  The Gift of Sound and Vision indeed.

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