The first draft of the text to my photo book is complete. If you are, or know, a Mozartian in Academia who might be interested in reading my book and doing a fact check on the information I’ve written, please let me know. I hope to start doing the layout of the book in the next month or so. The book features one short essay on every opera Mozart set to music, and is from the perspective of a fan-boy rather than a scholar — but I’d still like all the facts to be correct! You can expect some humorous observations, anecdotes about the operas and quotes from Mozart about the music!
After a long hiatus from this project due to my father’s death, and my continued work on my other fashion book project “A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters“, I will be coming back to this blog more consistently. I will be posting on One Delightful Day once a week from now until I run out of costumes.
Hopefully, I will be doing this for as long as it takes for my Mozart Photography book to come out! Because the photos and writing are in their final stages. I only have a few more things to add to the text before it gets sent off for a round of proof-reading and fact checking, and I have purchased a recording of Don Giovanni to help me get a better perspective (I’ve only ever seen and heard it, never read it.)
My father was very proud of my work on this project. It was his motto, “practice your craft”, and he enjoyed watching how I excelled by leaps and bounds by challenging myself in photography, costuming and business. It was my father who motivated me, helped me, and I must be completely honest, funded this project. I will finish it in his memory and I hope you will join me!
I would like to ask all of my readers to subscribe to this blog, as well. The posts will come straight to your inbox, and you will be able to see every costume and every updated from here on out! I have put the subscribe box at the top of the sidebar for ease.
I started this project Ten Years ago, and I can’t wait to bring the finished book to you guys! Thanks for following along so far!
I am currently in the process of listing some of my costumes in my Etsy shop!
When I make a costume for a shoot, there are some I keep and some I sell. I have been unable to list my costumes for sale for about a year, and now I am starting to get some up online. You’ll find a lot of very different Pirate shirts, a few pirate vests, and hopefully I will get some dresses up there soon, as well!
I have also gathered a few strange pieces here and there, like the antique wool bodice which is very cool looking but in poor condition. I thought someone may be able to do something with it.
Many of these men’s shirts appear in my Mozart Project.
These pirate sleeves have a lot of fabric!
The drapey fabric looks great in photos. You’ll find the one below in my Don Giovanni image.
I also had a mad idea to make an awesome cheesecloth shirt, but never got around to using it.
The following shirt is from the Don Giovanni shots as well.
Hopefully I’ll get some dresses up on Etsy soon, too!
- Visit my Etsy Store to purchase some of my costumes!
My Mozart Project is close to completion. I have one photo left to take and a dozen left to edit. While I work on these, I am starting a new project with blogger Alisa Kester!
In 2012, Alisa and I worked together on a steampunk photoshoot for Dark Beauty Magazine. We decided to work together again using Alisa’s new Steampunk Monster costumes. But the more we talked about it, the more we thought it would be fun to create a Steampunk book instead.
This book will feature a lady adventurer named Philomena Dashwood who is invited on a Monster Hunting Tour which travels the entire globe. During her trip she keeps a diary about her exploits as she encounters Vampires, Zombies, Mummies, Werewolves, Ghosts, etc.. as well as numerous handsome young suitors! Imagine Jane Austen meets Scooby Doo – but with real monsters, of course! You can read the first chapter here!
“The Steampunk Ladies’ Guide to Hunting Monsters” will be half fashion spread, half narrative fiction. Each chapter will be divided by monster and will feature both a full photographic illustration of a scene from the chapter as well as numerous tin-type/daguerreotype photos of the people and monsters the heroine meets. Accompanying these pictures will be journal entries, news clippings, telegrams, love notes etc.
We are starting a Kickstarter Fundraiser to help us raise money to make our book and would be so happy to have you take a look or share this fundraiser! It only lasts until November 15th, and we only get funded if we reach our goal!
We would love to have you participate! Visit our blog steampunkmonsters.com!
- Kickstarter Fundraiser: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/948510266/a-steampunk-guide-to-hunting-monsters
On the morning of Memorial Day 2012 I was headed to my Father’s house for a visit. We had planned to see Star Trek, watch Arrested Development Season 4, and create some props and things for my next photos. By the time I arrived, my father had killed himself.
He was sick and he was tired, and he did not want to live any longer.
We had no “unfinished business”, “words unspoken” or “pent up anger” or anything that usually exists between parents and their children — which makes his death easier to bear.
He always supported me. He always supported my art. He never got to see me succeed, and he never will.
Essentially, I am an airplane that has lost one of its wings.
Now, as the executor of the estate I am stuck here working on closing accounts, selling all of my father’s earthly goods, the house, and paying bills with the help of whichever faithful friend I can summon to my aid.
I would like to thank my friends for their show of support. My friend Roman has come to help me run the estate for July, but I am worried that I will not be able to finish things alone when he leaves. I have only been allowed to grieve the way I need to by my friend Trevor, and I am worried that by the time my work here is done, and I am allowed to grieve, that everyone else’s sympathy will be spent, all their tears cried, and me left alone.
I have two Mozart Photos left to take to finish this project which my father supported, participated in and practically paid for. I hope that I can finish to honor his memory.
My work was recently featured in Dimension Magazine. This time I covered all these guys in glitter and flowers, and told them to look grumpy. Like wet cats.
I worked with four models. Roman, part of the music duo “Clark & Candles“, returns once again, and looks pretty amazing, but I think he likes these images the least of all the shots we’ve ever done. It must be the glitter.
My friend Lizzie says that glitter is like the Herpes of the crafting world.
It’s very difficult to get rid of.
It’s actually still stuck to the wall wherever these guys leaned on it. Won’t come off.
I also worked with Arri, who was a part of my Steampunk pictures which were featured in Dark Beauty Magazine in July. Arri just sort of blends in with whatever style you put him in, even big floral jewelry.
The Jewelry is all hand made by myself and multi-media artist Jamie Vowell. It is a mix of hand made silk flowers and upcycled, recycled and broken vintage jewelry parts.
I did all the hair and make-up myself, and the most complicated was Jake’s hair. I had to make it poofy on the top. I’ve wanted to do this to Jake’s hair for years.
I met Xak on this photo shoot, and now he and I are working on all sorts of projects together! Xak is an artist, too, as well as a musician. So, we’ve been working together on lots of high concept photos and even a big music project that I hope to share with you soon!
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Hello everybody! I have some more fun news! This month, I have an 8 page editorial in “Dark Beauty Magazine“!
The special thing about this magazine is that it is a Steampunk Special Edition with 120 pages of photography featuring Steampunk clothing, accessories, masks (by Tom Banwell) and hats (By the very talented Topsy-Turvy Designs)!
My spread features clothing and accessories created by my shop One Delightful Day on Etsy.!
The model is my good friend Arri. We did this shoot a while back, trying to emulate the style of the old Victorian portraits and theater Photographs. I wanted to keep the Steampunk understated, and go big on the hair. Arri sports three different hairstyles, and each time we were done, he had to completely wash his hair out to re-set it (Click for pics).
He appears as a Gentleman (below), a sort of pantomime Villain (Plotting in the image above), shirtless while sporting various Steampunk accessories (Even further down), and an old-timey boxer.
Elizabeth at Blush helped with the make-up before the shoot started, and I’m sure she was thankful not to have to stick around for any of the shoot, because it lasted 12 hours! It was a pretty amazing length of time for a photo shoot! Arri wanted to plow on through, and keep trying new things — and also not eat in case it effected his physique. We got some cool images out of it!
Now, I can’t show you all of the images right this moment, but I hope to release more as the month progresses! Here’s one more:
If you want to purchase a copy, you can visit Dark Beauty’s issue site.
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Thanks for all of your support, guys! Until next time!