Monday, January 28, 2013
New friends, costumes and inspiration at Arisia
year where inspiration and creativity filled the air. I was fortunate to
have my dealer table next to that of the Guest of Honor Artist,
Roger Dean .I was surrounded by his fantastic worlds and better yet
was able to get to know him and his equally amazing, multi-faceted
daughter, Freyja Dean. Freya and Roger had flown over from England
for the event. Friend Jud was manning his booth. When talking to me
about my work, Freyja asked what sort of environment I visualized
my creatures in. I had never thought concretely about that. My
immediate answer, however, was that they very likely would exist in
a world looking much like one of Roger's landscapes. What incredible
stories the scenes all hold. I have placed one of Roger's prints in my
studio to continue to contemplate the question. My words can't do
justice to either Roger or Freyja's work...so definitely check out their
websites. For a young person, Freyja has already explored many
roads. I'm going to enjoy seeing her path unfold in the years ahead.
As usual, creative costume design and diversity abounded at Arisia
from headdresses to hats
(Yes, that is one of my small dragon books finding a place to roost.)
to entire outfits. Merida was there,a few satyrs and
via a hidden lever.
Since I was set up across from the booth of the Leather Lair
I was entertained by seeing Suzanne and Lithia entice
customers with cool designs. Lots of great outfits
left . It was also fun to see what outfits the Leather
Lair ladies showed up in every day:
Taylor. He died over 20 years ago, but is definitely still around in my
work and challenging me forward.
During the art show opening, I was able to talk more to Eric Bornstein
of Behind the Mask Going over to his studio in Sommerville to
explore activities there is definitely on my to do list for 2013:
an "eye" on whatever you desire:
customer's special edition of the Necronomicon by H. P. Lovecraft. I
finished it today....A red/gold/black "shark" eye seemed appropriate.
I also learned that my e-reader covers fit the mini I-pad and Samsung
Galaxy pad. Good to know that I'm keeping up with new electronics,
even if somewhat by accident.
The last day of Arisia was MLK day and,of course, inauguration day.
So after packing up my table I was off to Hawthorne Youth and
Community Center to help with a "Prayer Flags for Obama"
workshop and celebration. I had worked with the afterschool kids
for the previous two Wednesdays, so by the end of the eve, we had
quite a wonderful selection.....Images of that in my next blog post.
2013 off to a good start here...I hope the same is true for all of you.
Adventure on. Wendy