08 July 2011

Silly Fun Dressing Up

Back in May, I posted about the 'portrait videos' I was hoping to do for the Summer Wizarding Event. Grand plans then for three different scenarios.  As it turned out, only one character came to be; the one I thought of as The Lady Cartographer - inspired by Vermeer's two paintings (above).

Most of the fun of it was creating the set and costumes. 

The "set" was the south wall of our dining room.  Our flat is in a 1914 building and the dining room has some very nice oak cabinetry.  I dressed the scene with a fancy globe I'd received as a graduation gift from my brother, The Captain; a second fanciful globe of a fictional planet made for me by my siblings Architect, Artist, and Woodcrafter; a piece of curtain fabric printed with the image of bookshelves; some of my own, older books; and miscellaneous knick-knacks with odd and unusual looks.

The costume was an assemblage of new and old: a long, red artist's coat, enhanced by safety-pinning wide lace window valences down the front; a $20 'Renaissance Lady' wig I found online; an 'underdress' of gold-shot black velour - a Goodwill find - the cuffs of which I safety-pinned some lace edging to; an antique, crocheted caplet that had been made by one of my husband's great grandmothers; and a bunch of rings from my own, mostly costume, jewelry collection.

I wound up shooting 5 different 3.5 minute scenes: Learning a New Spell, Taking a Nap, Writing a Letter, Learning a New Tune (using my quirky-odd-shaped travel guitar), and Studying a Globe.  Brother Architect was by for dinner last night and I showed him the results.  He thought them quite fine for the event. Hooray!  I can hardly wait to see them in action.

The Lady Cartographer


  1. Recently, Cinemagraphs have become very popular. They can easily have that Harry Potter look while still looking like photographs. Take a look at this tutorial: http://content.photojojo.com/tutorials/how-to-make-cinemagraphs-photos-that-move/ I think they would be perfect for your project.

  2. Thanks for the link! I will forward it on to the person in charge. We actually did real videos which were then looped together, but this has potential for other aspects of the day.

  3. Lovely. I like the overall art direction. And where on earth did you get that globe?

  4. The larger, blue globe is marketed as a "Gemstone Globe". I received it as a gift. The smaller one is a handcrafted item, of the fictional planet Anarres from Ursula K. Le Guin's book _The Dispossessed_. The link in the post leads to an earlier post on its making by three of my artist siblings.


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