Here’s to the Black Death! Sure it was a horrible pandemic, but without it we wouldn’t have the Plague Doctor whose outfit alone is a reason to celebrate. The outfit consisted of leather pants to protect the groin (rawr), a long black coat with a coating of wax so no moisture could penetrate their skin like that of a pesky phlegm hacking patient. The coat was made to go from head to toe and wrap around the face. These guys weren’t taking any chances and who could blame them. The best part though is the crazy beak like mask. The beak not only protected the doctor from ‘bad air’ but it also allowed space for herbs that they would stuff inside there to mask the smell of sick and death. The eye glass pieces not only protected the eyes but the glass was colored red which was thought to ward off evil. A poking stick was the perfect accessory. What better way to push plague ridden people or annoying concerned family members away or examine icky patients without having to touch them?
Quick thanks to Drew Daywalt for messaging me some pics of the Plague Doctor and suggesting I do a comic or a doll of one some time. I guess tonight’s the time. Next time maybe a doll. Btw, are you watching Drew’s web series Camera Obscuria? It’s awesome! The creature’s are getting loads of face time now. LOVE them!
Guess whose zombie finger puppet ended up in the Weekender of the St. Pete Times and the TBT? Oh, there was also a fun spooky interview with me. You can read the online version here: http://www.tampabay.com/features/visualarts/article1128112.ece
—ArtPool’s Abnormal Formal–
So, the Abnormal Formal was a lot of fun. I was too busy to plan out a fancy costume but I threw together a pretty awesome outfit with a basic black dress and some spooky fabric i got for $4 at Walgreens. I just wrapped it around my head, neck, arms and did some makeup magic.
Here’s a bit of my table and some bloody attendees.
Loryn Pretorius who I met at Amanda Palmer’s solo gig here in St. Pete a while back co-curated the show, designing fashion and make-up looks for her models.
I just got back from my first ever Second Line parade. Bruce Arkin, a close musician friend of Jim‘s passed away about a month ago and he and his band mates decided to do a New Orlean’s style parade down Central Avenue tonight. There were lots of brass instruments including a tuba, guitar, drums, etc. I have no musical talent so I donned an umbrella to dance with. It was so beautiful to be a small part in honoring this man’s life and spirit in this celebratory way. The whole thing took place right on the busy sidewalks where people didn’t know what was going on which made their expressions of surprise and delight even better as we marched outside their businesses and through their tables at outdoor cafes. I felt such joy mingled with sadness mingled with awe at how awesome this experience was. Truly an unforgettable night that I just can’t put into words. If you don’t know what a Second Line Parade is google it. There are also examples on You Tube. If you watch HBO’s treme there are snippets in the opening and on the show’s first episode. Anyway, just had to mention it since I’m still reeling as I type this.
Wow, quick update – 1 am and the photos are already coming in on my facebook from photographer Melissa Lyttle of the St. Pete Times! (a lil calan bird might have tipped them off 😉
–New Art Dolls–
I don’t think you guys met the newest art dolls (Anya and Parlore) unless, of course you follow my art blog or facebook/twitter. Here’s a peek:
That’s all for now.