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Montauks: Bird, Bison, Badger

on August 28, 2014 - 11:28pm

First day of FanExpo 2014 has come and gone. And so has most of my Montauks! I only have one bird (the one with the shawl) and two badgers left (pending a pickup tomorrow). Whew! That was fast. 

It was pretty bustling for a Thursday. Perhaps being on a long weekend has spurred folks to take an extra day or two off work.

Catacomb Creations

on August 22, 2014 - 2:32pm

I wanted to start making art people could hang. I know that shelf space is sometimes limited, and personally I like having cool things on my walls. I came up with the Catacomb Creations. Each one has a small wire loop that allows you to hang the item, but it's also hidden so you can display it any way you want. 

FanExpo 2014 - The (Unofficial) Dead End in Artist Alley

on August 21, 2014 - 8:57am

This year, Festival of Fear is in the North Building. But that's not where the horror goodness ends.

If you meander through back streets and alleys (Artist Alleys, in this case), eventually you'll come across a Dead End

Less than Two Weeks to FanExpo 2014

on August 15, 2014 - 1:18pm

I have no idea how we've arrived in August, but Fan Expo is about to raise the circus tent in Toronto in less than two weeks. Despite my apparent black outs when it comes to time, my muscle memory has been hard at work, creating new beasties for the big weekend. 

FanExpo Starts Thursday, Aug 22 2013

on August 19, 2013 - 3:17pm

My summer (and spring) has been dominated by the task of getting ready for FanExpo and this Thursday, Aug 22, the fun finally begins. 

You will find me in Artist Alley at table A62. You need to head to the far left corner of the South Building to find me. I've posted a small image of the area, but you can check out the entire floor plan on the FanExpo website

I've been trying to snap photos of figures, add final touches to Bad JuJu dolls, and get that final "to do" list done. 

I'll be posting some pictures of figures here very soon, though I can't promise full stories for each. 

I've added a larger floorplan below. I hope to see you at FanExpo!

Sugar Skulls and War of the Worlds

on November 6, 2012 - 9:41am

Who says Halloween is over?

This past weekend I didn't feel like going straight home after work. Instead, I went down to the Harbourfront Centre to catch the end of the Day of the Dead Festival with everything from sugar skulls, to Mariachi Bands, to traditional altar displays. Sadly, I got there 20 minutes before it all shut down, and did a quick tour of the lot. I was disappointed to arrive so late, but soon realized all was not lost.

Turns out there was a theatrical performance of Orson Welles' famous radio broadcast of War of the Worlds by the Art of Time Ensemble. Instead of having 11 voice actors, there were 3: Sean Cullen (who has done many things, but I always think of Corky and the Juice Pigs), Nicholas Campbell (who you might know from Haven, or the classic Da Vinci’s Inquest), and Marc Bendavid (The Border).

It was a simple set, leaving the props and costumes to give the impression of time and setting. The main actors stood to the right with microphones in front, scripts in hand. To the far left was live Foley sound effects artist John Gzowski who was fascinating to watch. In the middle were musicians who, in classic form, spent their free time smoking and reading magazines.

Hanging above the cast was an "On Air" sign and a clock, counting off the hour. 

As someone who loves to listen to stories, and also enjoys a glimpse of history, I was completely captivated. 

You could understand why people tuning in partway into the program might believe the news broadcasts were real. And how, if they didn't stick around to listen until the last quarter, they wouldn't  understand that what they were listening to was a theatrical production.

Even the poster for the event (pictured top left) appealed to me.

And that was just the second half of the show. There was more.

The Morning After

on November 1, 2012 - 3:40pm

Let me start by saying a big thanks to Amy over at Circus Posterus who chose Halloween to post an interview with yours truly. Definitely one of the coolest online nods I've gotten this season.

The oddest? I made the list for Best Dating Sites "20 Sites to Plan the Perfect Halloween Date" which tickled me to no end. I'm at the bottom, for those who want to get crafty on their date. Hilariously awesome.

Now, who is going to hand out the "We Survived Halloween 2012" shirts? 

Strange year. Ventured out into the city early yesterday evening and in neighbourhoods that traditionally overflowed with Halloween celebration and decoration, but there was little to be found. You'd think it was the start of October, not the end. Certainly not Halloween itself.

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!

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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