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Laura Palmer Wall Decoration

on October 25, 2012 - 11:03am

"She's dead. Wrapped in plastic." 

It's got to be one of my favourite movie lines of all time. Mainly because of the way it's delivered.

While I am steering away from miscellaneous Twin Peaks references and imagery and focusing on the Black Lodge elements, I knew from the start I probably should include Laura Palmer's death in some way. It's a major part of the overall plot of the series, but it also is integral to the Black Lodge storyline. 

When I realized I had one big blank spot left on a wall in the living room. I decided to come up with something that represented - directly - the death of Laura Palmer. 

I'd toyed earlier with wrapping up my mannequin torso in plastic, putting a blonde wig on her and having an actual wrapped up corpse in the room but it didn't go with the overall feel of the decorations and symbolism I've been using. 

I thought it would look kinda...blatant, crude and clumsy against the other decorations.

Instead, I came up with my...I don't know what to call it...Laura Palmer wreath? It's about 2 feet around.

It turned out nicer than I thought it would. 

So, how did I make it? 

Simple.

Under the Sycamore Trees

on October 24, 2012 - 12:48am

I've been racking my brain trying to come up with an easy way to incorporate sycamore trees into the theme decor without having to build a bunch of them. In the show Twin Peaks, the entrance to the Black Lodge is surrounded by a ring of sycamore trees. 

It finally hit me that I should make paper bag lanterns. They are cheap (because I have overspent my budget), easy (because I am running out of time) and I've had it on my "to do" list for years (but it never fit into my theme). 

Sat down with a set of paper bags, a paint brush, and black paint. I started looking for free spooky tree clip art. Didn't find any I was overly crazy about, and became impatient. Decided I would throw caution to the wind, and just paint them by hand (because at this point, I'm too impatient to even do a pencil sketch first). 

Roman Bust Progress

on October 23, 2012 - 2:12pm

Finally dove in and sculpted the hair. Decided to go super cheap and use Crayola Model Magic. I was concerned it wouldn't adhere to the paper mache but my fears quickly vanished once I got going.

It's interesting to see the progression from start to finish, don't you think? 

Sure, she's no Venus, but I'm pretty happy with it considering I had no idea what I was doing. 

Toronto Weekend of Zombies and Art

on October 22, 2012 - 10:45am

Thanks to everyone who came to the Bazaar of the Bizarre yesterday and said hello. Lots of familiar and new faces. I think it was the best one yet. I certainly watched a lot of my little critters and creations find new homes with folk who love Halloween and art. 

I was flying solo at the show so besides one quick run through the building, I didn't get to take in all the cool items for sale.

I did, however, pick up this ridiculously cute little zombie doll made by Johanna Chaytor of Charlotte & Stewart.

After going to the blog, be sure to check out her flickr account for a gallery of all the beautifully detailed dolls she makes. I watched as she meticulously worked on teeny tiny t-shirts for new creations. Very cool. 

And not all of her dolls are zombies (I just happened to pick one that was). 

Speaking of zombies, the Toronto Zombie Walk took place this weekend (while I was working *sigh*). Check out the fantastic pictures posted through Torontoist.com. Some gorgeously dark and interesting makeup/costume work, plus a group of Where's Waldo as well as Bob and Doug Mackenzie zombie outfits. 

Today: Bazaar of the Bizarre

on October 21, 2012 - 8:58am

 

Come to the Bazaar of the Bizarre! A marketplace for all things exotic, whimsical and macabre! Local artists - indie, goth, lowbrow and the Halloween inspired - will gather for the annual event (and belly dancers!).

Where: Pia Bowman ballet school6 Noble St Toronto (just north from Queen St, west of Dufferin)

Time: 11am - 8pm

FREE to attend! Child and costume friendly.

I'm all packed up (almost) and ready to go (almost). There's going to be lots of $10 & $20 items on my table (priced specially for the show). So if you've been eyeing any of my items, today is the day to come buy them. 

Hope to see you there!

Haunted House Mystery Bank

on October 20, 2012 - 10:47pm

I'm not sure where the original ad came from (I spotted it on a Tumblr account), but I love the description.

You put your coin on the step of the house and "With a groan and a rattle, the house lights up - spookily - and the door slowly opens. The Horror Hand sneaks out of the doorway and snatches the coin back in! "

Sold!

Best part? The money back guarantee. As if I wouldn't be satisfied!

Of course, I wonder what it actually looked like. The artist rendition is lovely but I get the sense the bank itself may not have been so detailed.

Let's pretend it was. 

This would have helped me save as a child. 

Heck, this would help me save as an adult. 

And shudder, apparently.

Sculpture Progress For Black Lodge Theme

on October 20, 2012 - 12:08am

To simplify my life this Halloween, I picked a theme (Halloween in the Black Lodge - a Twin Peaks reference) that would not involve a lot of large scale prop building. There would only be one big one. Sounds simple, yes? I mean, I usually build numerous props for a theme, so one should be a breeze.

There's a statue seen in the Red Room/Black Lodge on the series.

A very famous statue.

In fact, one could argue besides David, the Thinker, and Atlas, it's probably the most recognizable sculpture ever made: Venus.

It's one thing to create something from your own imagination, or a symbol known by people. But I mean...it's freakin' Venus. Not only do I have NO experience sculpting humans (the closest I've come is my Witch in the Woods but she was a character, not a realistic sculpt), but I am not a famous master Roman sculptor!

I decided right from the start that I would NOT be aiming to recreate Venus. That would be stupid. And drive me to drink. 

Instead, I would aim for generic white sculpture of a woman with Roman qualities.

If you missed my last post, check it out first. 

Got it? Good. Now onto my current progress.

Halloween on the Screen

on October 18, 2012 - 12:33pm

There hasn't been much time for anything, lately. I've tried to put the brakes on a little and remind myself to enjoy the season (don't want to be all Sally Brown, lamenting "Halloween is over and I MISSED it!"). 

A huge part of that - as a child and as an adult - is media. Be it film or television, the one constant in my celebration regime is animation of some sort. 

Is it me, or does there seem to be a lack of Halloween cartoons in the last 10 years? The Nickelodeon collection of cartoon series are good to deliver a special episode, but where are the stand alone features? And I don't count newer Disney specials which star people (hey Disney, remember when you made cartoons? I think it made you famous). 

Dreamworks has stepped up and tried to fill the Halloween gap with Shrek and Monsters vs Aliens specials, but where is everyone else?

And so I am left to be nostalgic, reaching back to my childhood (which is why I posted the picture of Grover by Jack Davis I came across last night as I was trying to catch up on all the Halloween Countdown blogs).

If you were a child in the 70s and 80s, or you love older cartoon Halloween specials, come sit by me. I'm going to share a couple of blogs that might make you feel better.

Working Mummies

on October 17, 2012 - 8:53pm

The other day I wrote about an unexpected visitor with a package for me. This is one of the books that was inside. 

It's called Working Mummies illustrated by Drazen Kozjan and written by Joan Horton.

I've only had a few spare, quiet moments to read through it a number of  times (love it!), my eyes trying to take in all the Halloween goodness, but it ticks all the right boxes for me: great images, strong female characters, and well written rhymes.

The book explores the different jobs of Mummies in the monster world, like Writers, Teachers, Dentists and even Real Estate Mummies: 

"Other mums sell houses.

They're not the least bit daunted

By buyers who insist upon

Old dwellings that are haunted."

Last Figures Before The Show

on October 16, 2012 - 11:05am

Time is stuck on fast forward. Days are busy. If I have free time, Yetch doesn't. If Yetch has free time...well, Yetch doesn't have free time. Not since...last winter?

I'm glad I decided to go with a more minimal (for me) party theme this year. I know it's really minimal when Yetch is having a work meeting online, turns his laptop around so people can see what I've done in the living room, and he's explaining how I "usually do much more" (ouch!). I also took advantage of using a number of store bought/classic decorations, to which he said "It looks nice, but it doesn't look like you" (double ouch!). The thing is, the theme doesn't lend itself to too many homemade props. I've barely had time to work on the bust I started (progress, yes, but not finished). 

I'm ALSO trying to get ready for my show on Sunday. Balancing this whole art vs party-theme-build is not easy. Plus there's that pesky business of day jobs. And Monkey Boos (I love my pup but sheesh!). And trying to have a bit of a life. And sleep. 

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