Sarah Borealis as the vixen & Judy Bolton as the bunny
Tiana is a rapper and performance artist, a wildly talented individual and an old friend from New Orleans days. She asked me to look at Hummel figurines and the illustrations of Maurice Sendak--one of my all-time favorite illustrators.
This is right up my alley. People dressed as animals or turning into animals, dark fairy tales, creepiness, cuteness.
I spent the summer working on the costumes. I designed head to toe looks and worked with Elizabeth Fisher to make them from scratch.
Elizabeth made the bunny costume and Tiana's sporty lederhosen. Marcus Bronson, who makes masks and costumes and music, made the amazing headpieces based on my drawings. He also created the music for Tiana's show.
owl headpiece by Marcus Bronson
This was such a fun project. Each character has gloves or mittens with hand-stitched vinyl claws and fur.
Tiana's dog/wolf and the owl character have hand-painted fur and feather leotards. This was a great chance to use the "marks" idea I was making over the summer, which will be a major part of the new collection I'm working on right now.
There were also "puppets" that the characters used to tell parts of the story as they danced. These are the felt shapes you see on some of the costumes. They are based on the idea of a felt board.
The owl has a feather cape with gorgeous coque feathers generously donated by Abby Arauz and the Feather Place
Tiana is hoping to take this show on the road in the next year so hopefully it will be coming to a city near you. There will also be a video out sometime soon.
These pictures were taken by the fabulous Shannon Brinkman at the premiere of Animal Ball at Preservation Hall in New Orleans