Giving an Artist a Canvas
A road trip to Long Island from Philly was well worth the art. My roomate Anomie Fatale's non-profit project titled "Sick & Sexy" was the initial reason we planned the trip...but we also accomplished a painting for a friend who lost the ability to create, a handful of snapshots for me to express my love of photography, a spread for Anomie's modeling and writing projects, and a chance for her and her boyfriend (my other roomate Jesse Draham) to share their original music. YES, a trip worth the ART!
Anomie describes her modelling "subject" Steve Catalli and what this particular photoshoot was about:
"Steve is a 26 year old graphic designer with Duchene's Muscular Dystrophy, an auto immune disorder that causes the break down of all of the muscle in the body. He lost the ability to use his hands a few years ago, and had to discontinue his love of drawing and painting. With a little help from friends and electrical tape, Steve was able to make his art again....on my body."
Above is the final product of Steve's on Anomie's back (tainted with a heart by moi). Since Steve was unable to move his hands he would command Anomie to move up and down, left and right as he wished to create "abstract" art. We were well aware that it would be too difficult to start off with a realistic painting, the focus was more on the idea of creating.
Personally, this project was a blast to me! Well, it wasn't just a "photoshoot" it was a day that i got to meet a friend that i had only conversed with via facebook chat. Pretty sure this was a first for me....felt like a blind date would. Kinda nervous with excitement and wondering if ur silly facebook profile was a good ambassador of who you really are. Nothing like actually hearing someone's voice for the first time!!!
So to all that were involved in making this day happen, thank you! And a special shout out to Steve's mom for allowing us weirdos into her home and picking up some pizza :) BTW, Anomie's full article about Steve plus many other "subjects" and her work are on its way. I will add a link when published.
Steve Catalli hard at work. Visit Sick & Sexy on facebook for more photos and info for prints.
Fan Film Days
So a new friend messaged me today to talk costumes and show photos of stuff she has worked on and modeled for. Arose was the topic of a Harley Quinn costume, the DC Comic character in the Gotham Universe. I flashed back to 2005 when I costumed a fan film called "Catwoman: Nine Lives". In less than a month and while working two other jobs I had the task of building a Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Joker, and Batman costume (luckily the cowl & belt we purchased). Director Anthony Fletcher was drawn to Darwyn Cooke's version of Catwoman but allowed me my own creativity and design. For the life of me I can not remember what type of fabric I used for the suit (even aftering many e-mails of film fans inquiring about the material)...but I do remember that it was a matte finish textured vinyl with a stretch backing. Also added were rubber like inserts on the "ribs" of the costume with stitched pin tucks to mimic the rib shape, something I found very sexy about the feline physique. Funny story about this costume is that days into shooting while our actress Meredith Riley Stewart was doing a stunt the crotch seam busted open. Meredith is an amazing professional dancer who can easily lift her leg right up over her head and the costume needed to accomadate her. Once this seam was comprimised it would be very difficult to stitch back up as the needle holes would begin to act as a preforated line. Therefore, I choose to krazy glue the seam shut. Professional vinyl stitchers do you use glues often to create seams but I only had access to krazy glue. Well, it did the job and held for the rest of the shoot.
Read an interview with Director Anthony Fletcher @:
Harley Quinn Costume
Actress: Tara Flynn. Costume is made of lycra and is skin tight. We choose to not put Harley in white face which sparked a lot of discussion after the film was released.
Feather Hair Extensions
So i jumped onto a fad for the first time since Sheepskin boots....which mind you I did the research to buy Koolaburra's instead of the standard UGGs...one actually being made in Australia as oppose to the popluar counter-part in China. Either way I was still ashamed of myself even at purchase. But this new fad has me still excited and wanting more. I got my first feather hair extension last week at Salon Belissima in Springfield, PA while getting my standard bleach out high lights. Normally, I'm very conservative when it comes to something I can identify as a day old fish fad...not completely rotten but starting to smell. This time around I was ready to plunge in, cause when a girl needs a change in her life she puts the change in her hair. After the blow out, my stylist gave me a few packets of feathers to choose from....so many choices but not enough options for me. I settled on two speckled blk/lime feathers and a sapphire blue. At 15 bucks a feather, this was good enough for me. The bead slid on, the extensions went in and the pliers clamped all in 60secs. Wow! That was almost too easy. Well now i want more and am thinking what other kind of stuff can i easily attach to my hair in this manner. The sky is the limit!! What kind of random objects can U think to put in your hair??!!?? Maybe a chain with my house key...that'll stop me from losing it. Or how about IV tubing? Give it a nice bounce and would always be ready with my own tube to steal beer from your beer helmet. Although, the good thing about the feathers is that they with take heat and style like human hair and will last a couple of months.
Good YouTube How to Video
Rita Squitiere, Designer/Stylist.