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!