Saturday, October 31, 2009

Daisy Chains or Chain Smoking
This surreal headpiece will be made from things to do with smoking. ci
garettes, butts, lighters, ashtrays mmm all smelly dirty things. I'm looking to make daisy chains out of some of these objects so that from far away the headpiece will look like big daisy's but from close up you will
see the surreal dirtiness of the cigarettes etc.
I'm thinking with the make up i will either continue with the daisy's in face paint or do something horrible and try to give the look of an old wrinkled smoker.
The jewelery will also be made from things such as cigarette butts, ashtrays etc.

Here are some pictures that inspired me:

Monday, October 26, 2009

Great Surreal Ball Costume

Tweet Tweet.
To the great surreal ball i will be wearing a birdcage that my head will be inside of. There is going to be a bird on the other side of the cage looking in. Sorta like a joke i guess = "See how u like it now". Inside the bird cage will be also maybe a birdfeeder or seeds hanging inside of the cage. Stacy thought of an idea of having a door that opens where my partners mouth will be and act as thats how you get fed.
Im still sketching some ideas for makeup and jewellery but some of my ideas include,
Makeup- Feathers painted on face, Bird Face. I thought maybe half the face painted would look better and make a more surreal effect.
Jewellery- Bird feet necklace, Feathers, Egg necklace, Keys, Bird seed or bird food. Maybe necklace,earings,broach. But then i thought that maybe a necklace or earings would make my whole costume over crowded seeing that i have a birdcage over a head that will have makeup on so then i thought maybe either a belt,long necklace,broach, bracelet.
I will be making a protoype this week and then making my final design out of cane and wire.
Tweetle Too.
Here are some images that inspired me and images of surreal stuff.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hayley- Update on Headdress

Rubber chickens!
I have never been a surreallist so coming up with 2 concepts in surrealism ( for the headdress and the club) has been harder than I first thought. Through thumbnailing I have developed the idea of using rubber chickens to make a hat, blown out egg shells to create jewellery and am working on the makeup (possibly going with egg or chook poo... lucky suzie).
To glam it all up a bit I'm going to incorporate some adhesive diamontes to the jewellery and the makeup.The use of the eggs is reflective of the Dali building.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


so far i am aware
susie and hayley
cien and louise
are working together.
everyone else?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Oriel - Surrealist Space

My space will have a topsy-turvy feel with clouds painted on the Floor. An expansive feel with Walls with distant horizons and mirage elements by incroporating large shallow pools of water. (As seen in Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane). The pools can be used as performance space, with the effect of floating on the surface. Performance incorporating light, eg. fire, will have a reflective quality. The pools will also hold clear and/or silver spheres.
A desert element with an oversized scorpion bench.
Not sure if the lounge space will be an up step or a down step ...

msilaerruS - rehpotsirhC

"Where everything seems possible and nothing is what it seems!"

Surreal Wearable

The headdress for my "surrealism ball" could be inspired by any number of experiences throughout my life. I like the feel of Japanese manga and anime movies/television/books, since the genre has had a large influence in my life tend to draw alot of inspiration from it in my works. One thing that popped into my mind are the masks that the black ops wear in Naruto.
and Naruto as the nine-tailed fox
Then after that there is the hand/wrist watch idea...

Using the face as a wristwatch and hands as a necklace or headdress. I do really like the more creepy side of surrealism so I would like to explore more dark sides of the spectrum.

EDIT: After doing more research and looking more into I found an idea of creating a headress entirely or almost entirely out of negative 35mm film. Then developing this idea brought back the memory of the great beatamax monster from The Mighty Boosh. A monster made completely from VHS film, this ideally would be cheaper and easy to make with more film and cost less.

Lets see how this turns out...

Surreal Day Spa

Like the headdress, in the interior I have many influences from my life experiences.
Howl's moving castle came to mind...
and also A Clockwork Orange

The Rubble Club... maybe? who knows. need more research into it.

EDIT: I have done some more research now, I can finally place more thought and word my ideas better on the internetz, so here it is...

After studying more books and comics on surrealism I found that black & white and the human body either changing or being something it is not is the most popular form of surrealism. It comes up everywhere. So I have decided to incorporate human body into the design of the nightclub, making it either similar to the comic Abstraction by Shintaro Kago

And I sparked back to the walls and such in the move The Labyrinth with David Bowie haha. Such a master. But yeah the hand walls that catch the girl when she takes the door to death, in the lying brother paradox. I was thinking of putting hair on my walls. Drooping down with eyes peering through. Showing the secrecy of hidden big brother in todays society but also showing the creeping decay of old age, as hair grows longer we all grow older. Somehow I can relate comic buildings to that concept. We will see. It's going to be interesting.
Such a master...

Like Some Crazy Dream..

'wear your heart upon your sleeve' is an old phrase that we've probably all heard before. It means to display your emotions openly. When I first started thinking of this brief i played around a lot with phrases that we may or may not be familiar with; i wanted my piece to be more than just what it looks like, i want the on-lookers to have to stare for a while, to search on a deeper level to understand. I thought it was also a great chance to reflect just how delicate and vulnerable humans really are, both physically and emotionally. Cien is my model partner, and my design should work well with her features. Cien's face will be covered in a paint/make-up design of reds and dark colours to portray a heart, veins covering her face which i think will look really awesome, especially with her right eye open - a surreal twist in the heart. The Head-dress will cover her forehead and half of her left hand side of her face. The head dress will be made in a paper mashae type way, maybe supported underneath with wire so as to sit well on her head like a hat. the head dress will be shaped into the other half of the heart and will work well with the heart design on her face, while helping people recognize the structure the heart much more. This idea also plays on the other well known phrase: to 'follow your head or your heart', using this imagery the head and the heart are the same thing. In the final photograph cien will be resting her head on her shoulder, showing vulnerability of a human being. I am still developing the jewelery piece, but i am thinking a cluster of vein like strings wrapping over the upper arm, or perhaps the neck.

The Nightclub Ball theme will be elaborately coloured and will be themed around displaying emotions. Perhaps designed as though inside a human body, or i can imagine lounges shaped into lips or an open hand; things which reflect human confusion in emotion or ourselves physically.

Oriel - Surrealist Look

Initially interested in a Candelabra Headress, with jewellery bracelets on each arm - one a candle snuffer, one a box of matches. Make-up to include tears.

Then, extended into an Anthropomorphic bent. With influence back to my Ancient Siberian tattoo blog from Term1, I was interested in creating a human/animal Look. The candelabra is then also a set of antlers, the jewellery is made of chandelier crystal pieces (bits of which would also hang in the antlers). Make-up: a deer's face with some ornate patterning in gold on the forehead.

However, I've had a sheet of wooden clothes pegs sitting on my table for most of the holidays, which I keep picking up and playing with ... so I would now like to work on a headress made of pegs, to shaped like a birds wing. the pegs will be painted/decorated. The jewellery yet unknown. The make-up: to include bird features combined with classic western female's make-up.

So, still human/animal-bird mix.


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Surrealism & Headress

wow am thinking heaps of elaborate ideas. Lots of movie scenes have come to mind which have been my inspiration such as scenes from 300, Lord of the rings, The promise, a lot of japanese influences aswell, they have some spectacular costuming and headdress wear. I didnt want to do to much research on this as it becomes to confusing with some many objects to look at and then too many ideas can come to mind.


Have had some trouble with what to do for this one, but am going to stick with the nite club model with split levels. Mmmmm not sure bout details yet? Still thinking? I do have a few ideas which are of a planetry system or of a star constellation forming as part of a surrealist ceiling in the model.

Am liking alot of salvador dali's work.

Love the idea of the clouds forming the balloon, looks awesome.