New Faux Armour For Faux Princess Not Going Far!

Milan ramp work is a long way away for the likes of Princess Melita Bonaparte. But all the thanks in the world to the artists & support staff @ San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum for helping this technically challenged “artist-in-dream” execute a complex costume design. The premise was to allow the general public (royal & non royal) into the inner workings of what goes on with arts & crafts, with a general concept that we drew inspiration from the protective outer wear used by the Terracotta Warriors. Those who came for this event were assisted by instructors who gave us a general thematic concept: one area was set aside for those interested in putting together costumes with a focus on texture, and the other side of the work area was for those who wanted to focus on colour. The bee was one of the symbols used by Napoleon Bonaparte. Combining my interests in that area, & my own inclination for brightness in tints, that choice was the easy part, and I buzzed right over to where all the pretty paper was to be found.

We were provided with cardboard, a wide variety of paper, and other small objects that had a mirror-like quality about them, which provided texture: sort of two for the price of one. I arrived shortly after the start time of 5:00 pm–and must say that the staff supported the activities with patience & encouraged those of us who wanted to walk away from the premises, with complete outfits. Did not depart till after closing time, as the process was quite intense & time-consuming, but certainly fun.

I was just lucky enough to get superb help in the assembly process of what I had designed under orders from Princess Melita Bonaparte–and the results were a lot of fun, visually, and in learning how to use brass paper brads (that was, perhaps the most challenging part of all!) to put the components together.

It was a challenging but satisfying time. One that allowed for people of all backgrounds & skill levels to participate in a creative activity. The time just went by too quickly! Again, my thanks to the generosity of the volunteers who helped make this event a unique & joyful experience!

This would show better with a black outfit, but the basic concept comes through--another Terracotta Warrior drafted!

This would show better with a black outfit, but the basic concept comes through–another Terracotta Warrior drafted!

[caption id="attachment_2974" align="aligncenter" width="460"]Front view of Terracotta Warriors-inspired Imperial costume-executed @ Asian Art Museum. Front view of Terracotta Warriors-inspired Imperial costume-executed @ Asian Art Museum.

Back view detailing costume design.  Watching out for one's back is part of life, sad to say...

Back view detailing costume design. Watching out for one’s back is part of life, sad to say…

SERENE BONAPARTE IMPERIOUSLY PULLS RANK & FEEDS PUPPETS

Her Serene Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte sent out signals that went through a kitchen blender with her flurry of Royal duties today. Shortly after tending to her inner product placement child (Pop Tarts, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, and Kitchenaid Toaster, all printed out by her command in BOLDFACE), she decided that she would not allow her Terracotta Soldiers, domiciled @ San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum any sort of Sabbath, and insisted on a formal troop review during their day of rest. “God keeps going 24/7 & so do I,” she has reportedly said when questioned about her invasive & insensitive attitude towards people having time away from work. In our view, she makes Margaret Thatcher seem like a Sunday school teacher.

Not surprisingly, one of the drafted men caught her eye, not even a full week after exchanging vows with The Burger King! The poor soldier, under orders, was required to submit to her micromanaging method of inspection. Typically, she cut right through her very own chainsaw of command, and marched directly to the Infantry Division.

Containing himself with composure fit for a king, a Terracotta Warrior is later "at ease" with his beloved Princess.  Containing himself with composure fit for a king, a Terracotta Warrior is later “at ease” with his beloved Princess.

Not content with being the iron fist in velvet gloves, the Bonaparte Princess insisted upon theatre arts & felt drawn to a Powell Street Station-based busker, inspired, no doubt by the Henson Muppet Family. Ever & always graciously, Her Serene Highness fed the puppets, learning that a University Team of Students were attempting to film a documentary about San Francisco Street Theatre. Never one to be upstaged by the Truth, the Princess informed them, “All San Francisco Street Theatre exists as a tribute to my benevolence, as a patroness of the arts. All are inspired by my example, by my every move, my every thought. They want me to have all of the available money at my disposal, they adore paying higher taxes & giving up basic necessities for my being able to wear the finest in clothing & jewelry at all times. They expect nothing less for me & from me.”

All we could do was report what we thought we heard, not being able to comprehend that she really was 100% serious about this self deification process.

There is no doubt within the mind of Princess Melita Bonaparte, that she is the new Eva Peron--she expects Sainthood before she dies, planning, as she says, "To enjoy it now & live forever & the hearts of all my people." There is no doubt within the mind of Princess Melita Bonaparte, that she is the new Eva Peron–she expects Sainthood before she dies, planning, as she says, “To enjoy it now & live forever & in the hearts of all my people.”