This may be an old link, but I have always admired the work and sheer volume of pieces built and constructed at the met and wanted to include this. I came across this yesterday while just looking up who was on staff there currently. It’s always great to see visuals. enjoy.
I’m currently designing Trojan Women. I have 21 women including named characters and chorus. They are in hospital gowns w/ detention center identification stamped on them, prisoner numbers tattooed on their inner left calfs, and bruising, etc. and they are in socks. The stage is to look like a once great palace burned down to rubble. I didn’t want them in shoes or slippers. I wanted them to look like their former clothes were stripped from them and this is what was issued. Socks were the next best thing to me besides bare feet. We decided against bare feet because of the rubble on the platforms. But the rubble is rubber bits so it’s still comfortable to maneuver in socks. That being said as the rubble moves around they have more area to slip. So I decided to make the socks non slip. Since my budget can not afford buying each female non slip white socks. I decided to make them. It’s really simple, so I thought I would include
Pics And a brief description. cost: about $30.00
start by pairing all socks (these were kmart special and i tried all them on the ladies first)
make a template to put inside sock (don’t forget left and right), this template i made out of leftover foam board we had in the shop. This helps to let the fabric paint dry and helps you see your surface area. Don’t cover the whole area you still need it to be able to stretch to the shape of the foot.
start to apply in desired design. i like puff paint as my medium cause its machine washer and dryer safe and holds up best for laundering.
i did a zigzag dot pattern then went back and added small dots for extra coverage.
the socks drying now wait till tomorrow and take them in with me. overall it took about an hr 30. i just turned on some this american life and went to town assembly line style. and i’m so lucky to have my expandable antique dining room table to be able to do large projects. thanks betsy! (my mother in law)
and these are my fur babies that were absolutely no help in any of this. ah to be a cat.
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For the current show I am designing, Trojan Women, I am giving one of my characters a scar. I wanted something that could be recently fresh and had dimension, looked deep, and was most importantly easy for the actor to do himself or with limited help (large cast of 30!) once taught. So after doing some research I found a product i haven’t used before. It’s called Rigid Collodion and available online in various sizes and from different manufacturers. I am able to get it locally from most Halloween and specialty makeup supply stores. A simple Google search lists local and online suppliers. I found this video on YouTube helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IatpF_jEJKs&feature=player_embedded i liked how thorough and helpful this guy was.
How to use it:
• Draw out the scar with a red lip liner, lightly etching out the shape. (the color or shade of liner you use will determine the freshness of the scar), add any other bruising or shadowing you want for desired effect.
• Apply on top of the makeup the rigid collodion and let dry (takes about 30sec to 1mn for each layer)
• Keep applying to create a deep scar (about 10 for good gashing)
• Apply translucent powder to take down the shine
• Add and shading (highlights and shadows) or bruising if needed.
• Finish with a final powdering.
After doing this (all of which took like 5 mn application and drying time, doing only 3 layers) This is what it looked like:
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this product peels off easily but you can also use spirit gum remover if using applications within a run so you don’t lose fresh skin.
Thank you to my lovely intern Janelle Abbott for volunteering her face for this demo. She was lovely! (lately i’ve been trying different bruising, blood, make-up techniques on her including zip ties on her hands and hooding her, poor gal, i’m sure she’s thinking “this job just got really weird” ha ha) but I so appreciative of her willingness to partake in my demos.
up next will be bruising and blood……stay tuned.
I learned at the beginning of this week that that someone I worked with when I was just beginning in costumes during my first summer stock job had passed away. Paul Favini was a wonderful designer and also a wonderful person. I borrowed this from a friend and decided to post it because I liked what it said: http://russelldeanschultz.com/advice-from-a-master-paul-favini/. I remember that I was working on my first costume design the summer before the fall and Paul helped me to free up my drawing and also helped me with my portfolio as well; helping me to know what people looked for. I feel i’m still doing all of those things, but he was the first besides my mentor John Owen Franklin (who also passed away from cancer the summer of 2008) to show genuine interest and care towards helping me to prepare for academia and beyond. Also Last Week we lost designer Eiko Ishioka. I did not know her personally (She passed from cancer as well) but I have always admired her work (whether I was aware or not) here is a great tribute to some of her amazing work. http://www.buzzfeed.com/donnad/a-tribute-to-eiko-ishioka.
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