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Muazzez performance

The Great Plains Theater Conference takes place every year in Omaha, NE.  Theater folks from all over come in for this event.  This year was my first year being part of this theater conference, so I really didn’t know what kind of audience to expect.  I did know that there were tons of performances, script readings and workshops through the conference and I heard they were all really well-attended.  The performances took place at a different venue each night and they were all at nontraditional settings for theater: a night club, an old train station, an art gallery, on a prairie hill, on top of a parking garage, and outdoors.

House of Loom becoming a full house.

I was asked to do some costuming for the performance at House of Loom, which is a night club south of the Old Market.  It is a local nightlife spot with a great vibe that I really love, so I was excited to see it function as a theater venue for a night.

Local band Gus & Call wrote the score for this performance.  They are outstanding musicians.  I was in love with all the sounds that were in this production.  They even built a wine bottle xylophone-type instrument for the show!

Gus & Call performs the score they wrote for Muazzez.

Custom-made wine bottle xylophone rack.

The play was Muazzez by Mac Wellman.  I loved being a part of this production.  Everyone was so easy to work and there was a great deal of talent involved.  Timothy Siragusa is an actor, performer and artist from Omaha and he is outrageously talented.  It was like magic watching him rehearse.  Put Tim on a stage and it’s pretty much instant captivation.  Hand him a stellar costume, throw on some lights and have a band play an incredible score while he performs a Mac Wellman script and Tim Siragusa is unstoppable.

Timothy Siragusa takes the stage.

Timothy Siragusa has the stage taken from him by a scene-stealer.

SO MUCH EMOTION!

Great Plains Theater Conference: http://www.mccneb.edu/gptc/gptc2012.asp
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Posted by on 06.07.12 in Costumes

 

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Violent Fade armor

My sweetie rocks.  For real.  He’s in a band.

Violent Fade is a three-piece prog-rock band (progressive rock……I had to ask, too) from Omaha and Des Moines.  They practice in my basement and they are seriously good.  I mean, of course I’m biased because I’m in love with the drummer, but ya gotta trust me.  They are good.  Or don’t trust me and see for yourself.  First show: April 21st at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines.

So, now that they’ve got gigs lined up, they are gonna need something to wear on stage.  After I chatted with the guys a bit, I decided to make them some accessories.  Some very masculine accessories.  I love making armor, so I wanted make them some armor but with a bit of a lost-boys-from-Neverland twist.  Rufio!  Rufio!   Ru-Fi-OOoooo!

So, you know how I’m kind of addicted to recycling.  These pieces have so much textile recycling going on, I can barely handle it.  The different fabrics are from all over the place: a worn out tunic dress I saved from a costume shop dumpster, some old corduroy pants, bits of lining scraps from the last garment I made, and some practice samples from a huge rug-making experiment I just finished.  The leather is from a coat and a vest.  The fur is from a vintage coat.  I only use recycled fur and leather.  I never buy new.  It’s my compromise:  I don’t want to feel like I’m actually helping the leather/fur industry because I love animals.  I also love fur and leather.  Conundrum.

I love texture.  I tried out some new texture techniques while incorporating things that I already know that I love: distressed leather, studs, fur, fringe, chain.  One texture that I’ve been trying to use more of is hair.  It’s not human hair (this time), but some synthetic strands I picked up awhile ago.

With all the handstitching and detail work on these accessories, I needed to take alot of puppy breaks. I took one of the shoulder armor pieces I had been working on and put it on my tiny pup’s head.  It makes a pretty badass bonnet. But, my tiny pup, Thor, looks good in everything.

My tiny best friend, Thor, in his badass bonnet.

The shoulder armor looks pretty badass even when it’s not worn as a puppy bonnet.

I’ve said before how I LOVE making stagewear for musicians.  It’s one of my favorite things to do.  This project was extra fun because I got to design these pieces while they practiced their music.  No need to make an inspiring playlist–Violent Fade provides live music from my basement.   This project was also extra fun because they pretty much told me “just make us some cool stuff to wear.”  Yeah….I am pretty sure I can handle making “some cool stuff.”  And I’m in love with the drummer.  So, of course this is a fun project.

Violent Fade armor

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