Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Art is long and and Time is fleeting!

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Ain't it the truth!? I'm at the last stages of preparing for the photo projects I've been planning with Robin Von Swank! I'm mostly all set with locations/sets/props. I'm just getting the costumes/accessories together now! I now have a partner in crime to help me pull off some major fashion terrorism! Holly Conrad of Orpheus Alchemy is helping me with my Sorceress Costume! It's gonna be Fierce!!! Here are some of my inspirations for one of the shoots: First, the Classic Medieval Sorceress...my favorite John Waterhouse painting ever "Magic Circle"

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And the Post Apocalyptic Sorceress! This fabulous gown is by the incomparible Skin.Graft.Designs.

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I have some great props for the shoot! Check out this creepy taxidermy lizard knife sheath I found! It has 3 knifes, two have african antelope handles, and the other is a figural wood carving! Yay! AND there is this guy who lives in my hood who walks around in the park in the summer with his huge Boa Python...and I think he's going to let me borrow his snake for the shoot! Woo Hoo!

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I'll be doing this particular shoot out in the woodland area by my Uncle Doug's house...he has some great details on his land that I want to use. Just look at this magical staircase in his backyard.

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Plan B would be to shoot in the metal scrap yard in the Industrial District not far from my place here in Chicago...in which case the shoot would have a more Apocalyptic aesthetic...but would totally rock none the less! Another major source of inspiration for this project, the Witches from Shakespeare's Macbeth! I love the opening scene of Polanski's 1971 version...but the one below is really great too! "Like a hell-broth boil and bubble!"



And then there's my headdress...The plan is to use my dreads that I cut off, so I need to attach them to fabric wrap around head band or make dread falls with them. I found the perfect leather head peice on etsy that will work well as a foundation. It needs to get jazzed up a bit though...antelope horns or a third eye maybe? And huge black feathers for sure! I'm loving the White Witch's look...great headdress!

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7 comments:

Mon Petit Fantome said...

That Waterhouse painting is my all time favorite as well hun!! I can not wait to see the photos from your shoot. It is damn straight gonna be fierce!
xo.

Julianna said...

Where did you find that "Art is long and Time is fleeting" Illustration?? It's brilliant!

LADY LAVONA said...

I can't remember! I have so many images saved on my computer it's ridiculous! It's an antique postcard or something...

Christie said...

You are always up to something fun and exciting. I can't wait to see it!

Tecu'Mish said...

How exciting!! I look forward to seeing pics of your shoot! Thanks for sharing!

Breid said...

Okay, this is really weird. I'm working on a piece right now that has "Ars Longa, Vita Brevis" on it, which basically translates to "Art is Long, Life is Short", or so I thought...

Collective unconscious??

I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

LADY LAVONA said...

yes! great minds think alike! xo!