Monday, August 4, 2014

Bernini’s Creepy Angels

You can blink if you want. You can trust me.
Italy is home to so many great works of art, which I was fortunate enough to see when I traveled there for a Renaissance art history class. I got to see Artemisia’s Gentileschi’s Judith Slaying Holofernes, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes, and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus for example. I also saw sculptures by Michelangelo including The David.

Go ahead, blink!
I saw many fantastic sculptures, but I also saw many creepy ones. The Venn diagram intersected a few times, and so I observed many fantastic, creepy sculptures! I wasn’t allowed to take photographs in many museums, but I was able to take a few pictures of angel models by Bernini in Rome. The sculptures are clay over wire armatures and were used as models for bronze sculptures, but the white, broken forms are delightfully disturbing. While these angels aren’t weeping, I thought they were worth sharing with my husband and anyone else who wants some Doctor Who nightmare fuel! 

I dare you!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lego Dudes Rendered in Sidewalk Chalk

Yes, I believe this was a good use of my time.

What does an unsupervised adult do on a Sunday afternoon? Apparently the answer is to break out the sidewalk chalk, select the cleanest section of the driveway, and draw a giant homage to childhood toys. The weather was fairly decent, so I ventured outside and drew a pair of large Lego guys to greet my husband when he comes home from work. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wolverine Torso Shirt

Ash needs to wear black to work, and so I’m often on the lookout for cheap black t-shirts he can wear under his work shirt. I recently happened upon a display of comic book superhero shirts, including one with a Wolverine body. I found one in my size first, and I planned to get it just to make Ash jealous. I did find one for him too, but I still bought one for myself. I kind of like my disturbing comic book muscles. It’s a lot easier than hitting the gym or having a male torso.

"And please give me a million dollars, and a fridge with a padlock, and, oh yeah, huge pectoral muscles."

Friday, July 4, 2014

Doctor Who Belly Dance

Last week, Ash and I went to the convention for the Doctor Who dance show. The convention itself was overcrowded with patrons in nerd t-shirts or unidentifiable costumes and vendors sporting similar attire. The headline panel guy was someone I never heard of before, and there were games in the lobby. I was pleasantly surprised by the overall good hygiene at this event! These good people didn’t smell nearly as bad as the fanboys I’ve encountered at Free Comic Book Day or at Best Buy.

Not all the costumes were unidentifiable though. Amongst the furry headed characters, strange corset costumes, and obscure ninja/wizard getups, I was able to pick out some of the characters. There were many women dressed up as the TARDIS, and a couple little girls wore dalek outfits. The most popular costume for men older than me was Doctor Scarf, and men younger than me dressed up as the Doctor with bug eyes, a pinstriped suit, and tennis shoes.

Bad Wolf Belly Dance group photo by David Barker.

However, the best costumes were worn by the dancers in the Bad Wolf Belly Dance Show. (I’m a little biased because I was in the show and I think the other performers are awesome.) The dance troupe that put on the show is Jewel in the Lotus, and they do fantastic themed performances. The cast included the TARDIS, the Doctor from the movie, Doctor Leather Jacket, Doctor Bug Eyes, Doctor Bow Tie, a weeping angel, a dalek, a pair of ood, the creepy child in the gas mask, and three companions. The show was set up like an episode including the opening and closing theme song, and the parts I got to see were very entertaining and funny!

Behold! I didn't trip on my giant veil! Picture by David Barker.

I was able to finish my giant veil in time for this show, and I think my time and money was worth it. Since it was silk, it looked like a scarf at first, and I unfurled it during the performance to reveal that it was a veil. During my number, Ash sang “Name” by the Goo Goo Dolls because we think we’re clever. He took this opportunity to show off his new hat and scarf as well.

Photo by David Barker.

A pleasant surprise I encountered while at the show was the Timey Wimey Puppet Show. Apparently I am much more entertained by Doctor Who when it is in puppet form as opposed to the real show. The show included a menagerie of puppets, bad puns, “slightly plagiarized” songs, a “who’s on first” bit, and even a regeneration!

If we go again next year, Ash said that all the doctors have to regenerate into new characters. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Doctor Who Hat

My poor husband has been working a lot lately. He sometimes gets one day a week off at work, and he often works over 12 hours in a day. This is really cutting in on his playing-video-games-and-eating-Oreos time.

To show my appreciation of his hard work, I wanted to buy him a Doctor Who hat to go with his scarf. Unfortunately, the official licensed hat only comes in one size, and that size isn’t big enough for his noggin. However, the internet is a glorious wonderland, and I found a suitable substitute available in various sizes.

All that useless knowledge about Doctor Who made his head swell. 
The hat is 100% wool, to which I’m allergic. I feel that is a fitting analogy of my relationship with Doctor Who. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Doctor Veil, My 12 Foot Foe

I really needed to get to work on my Doctor Who veil since the event I need it for is on the 28th of June. After I washed, dried, and ironed my 12 feet of glorious silk, I had to paint on the dye. First, I marked where all the stripes would go. I looked at the Doctor Who Scarf website and measured the stripes compared to the one Ash had. I decided to paint the original stripes. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a silk stretcher. I thought about building one, but it would need to be over 12 feet long. The local lumber yard has boards, but they are too short. Also, I wouldn’t have a way to get them home. I decided to rig a very fancy stretcher out of folding chairs, thread, and a lot of scotch tape.

Very fancy, indeed!

I drew the lines for the stripes with water based resist, and once the lines dried I painted on the dye. The resist prevented the colors from running together. I could only do a yard and half at a time because my kitchen is so small. It took all day.


After I heat set the dye with my iron, washed out the resist, and dried it, I saw how noticeable the resist lines were. I didn’t like the white stripes on the veil, so I decided to paint a second layer without resist. I used very watery dye and overlapped in the white areas. As if that didn’t take enough time, I had to heat set the entire thing again.

Ironing is so much fun!

I hope it was worth all the time and money to create this prop!

Did I mention I had to iron?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Doctor Veil

Despite the sorrow Doctor Who causes me, I know enough about it to relate to people who love it. Unfortunately, my sense of humor gets me in trouble from time to time, and I’m in one of those situations now. I know several wonderful women who love the Doctor, and a long time ago they began plotting a dance show with a Doctor Who theme. I first joked that I would make a Cyberman costume and do the robot. I spouted off a few other terrible thoughts (such as doing a cane dance with that question mark umbrella) until I joked about dancing with a 12 foot long veil with stripes as homage to Dr. Scarf.

So, guess who is going to perform in a Doctor Who themed dance show with a 12 foot long veil…

How can I remain grumpy when I have 4 yards of silk?
I really shouldn’t complain because the other dancers in the show are fantastic. Most of the performers are from Jewel in the Lotus Dance Company, and they’re talented and friendly. I went to a rehearsal last week, and it was a blast. There were snacks, shiny costumes, and of course the dancing. The show is fewer than 2 weeks away, which means I really need to keep working on my veil.