Ready for Jurassic World!

Some friends and I, including husband Steve and sister-in-mischief Beth and “adopted” kid Zach, got together to do some Jurassic costuming at Dragon Con a few years ago.
Jimmy made a great Mr. DNA you can see here, while he and Beth are lab techs. Steve and I are vets, Zach is a pink-shirted Jeep driver, and Merald is a park ranger.

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Happy Ghostbusters Day!

Today is the 32-year anniversary of the original Ghostbusters, which opened in 1984.

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This pic was taken at Dragon Con of Steve and me years ago, but I remember it being an extremely fun day.

Hail Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston.

Long may they reign.

Yes, have some. 

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Here’s Nine Green Things I Love!

What better way to appreciate a day of wearing green than to celebrate things that are green?
It was hard to narrow down the list, but here are nine green things that I find especially cool:

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1) Portrait of Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s Monster, by Basil Gogos.
The Monster is my favorite of the “classic” monsters. I find the original movie so heartbreaking. Basil Gogos was an American illustrator best known for his portraits of movie monsters which appeared on the covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, and painted these characters in an amazing array of c Continue reading

Chimera: First sketches

Back to our regularly scheduled program, literally; the online show I have thought of doing for years is finally going to get done. I am in a position now to have the time, the workspace and mindset to work on it, and it’s gonna happen. I’ve always wanted it to be a sort of “Beast of the Week” sort of show, in which we learn about a slew of mythological creatures and I build puppets of them to perform in their various roles in folktales and legends.
Wanting to start off with a bang, I am beginning with an old favorite, the Chimera. Translating this creature into puppet form, and into a puppet form that’s a bit different from how I usually work—-I usually go large with impressive monsters; this time I want to keep things small, because of materials, performance and later, storage issues—has its problems, but they’re good problems and fun to sort out. Translating a three-headed monstrosity into petite puppet form will be an entertaining challenge.

But first, it means I have to get to know my subject. In its various forms, the Chimera has two heads, three heads, even four, counting the snake that is sometimes its tail.

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So after I scribble around with it a while I will start thinking about its transformation into fabric. Good times!