Tangled 3.0 – Shoes!

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Yet again, I find myself apologizing for a delay on updating. So here is a quick post on how my zentangling art adventures have evolved: let’s use some fabric markers and zentangle on some shoes!

TOMS brand shoes are wonderful. I own a pair of plain beige canvas ones that I’ve actually worn holes in because I wear them so frequently. I bought them with the intention of painting on them, and perpetually put it off for a variety of reasons: I didn’t know what to paint, I wanted to break them in and stretch them out first, I didn’t have the right media for the project… Etc. however, when it came down to it, I was basically just scared of ruining a $55 pair of shoes that had been a gift to me from my co-coach on our church 3rd grade Upward cheerleader squad.

So, the solution? Buy some faux TOMS at the dollar store (for $6!) and play with Sharpie markers and Zentangles!

This particular pair is a work in progress. However, I’m liking the results so far, and they got quite a few compliments at church today!

So what are you waiting for? For a $1.99 marker (I bought mine at Staples, and they come in a variety of colors) and under $10 in a pair of basic canvas shoes, you have the recipe for a fun weekend project. Practice your zentangling, or if you’re nervous about drawing freehand, use any number of chalk pattern transfer methods to copy the deign of your choice. Then go out for a night on the town with you new kicks!

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Recreating the Past: Sewing Sousa

Recently, a commission request came through my inbox from a director I know from a prior theatre show.  The mission, should I choose to accept it? Recreate this jacket ensemble (or the spirit of this jacket ensemble) of Philip Sousa:

I love projects like this. It gives me a chance to stretch my pattern creation muscles and also really delve into the history of the piece to recreate it in a historically accurate fashion.

This isn’t the first time I’ve tackled a project like this.  This director is also the one I worked with to reproduce the costumes for the 1903 Operetta of The Wizard of Oz.  The blog article that covers this project can be found here.

So, needless to say, though puppet class has ended, I will still be sewing and busy! Here’s to historical creations: Huzzah!

I’m Off to See the Wizard

I’m sure many of you are familiar with The Wizard of Oz.  But did you know that in addition to the wonderful book series, there was a musical that predated the famous movie where Judy Garland sang us “Over the Rainbow?”  Indeed there was!  The 1902-1903 Operetta of Wizard of Oz was hugely popular in its day, and performances of it sold out across the country for multiple years.

This gem of early American musical theatre was nearly lost to us, but luckily, through the efforts of historians, enough details were kept that in the summer of 2010, the Canton Comic Opera Company produced the first performance of this wonderful musical in over 80 years. You can watch this great video montage of posters and advertisements of the original show.

Now, why am I waxing poetic about this rare musical? Well, I had the great opportunity of not only being cast in the production, but I also was commissioned to recreate the costumes for the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Poppies for the show. Talk about a wonderful creative challenge that was exciting and intimidating!

Here is photo gallery that shows my process of creating these wonderful costumes.  Also, you can go to the online gallery of the photos from the show to see the other costumes that were built or rented by others to create our 1903 version of The Wizard of Oz.