Tuesday, November 17, 2015

River Song's jounal

Ever since I first saw this in a Dr. Who episode, I've wanted one.  The officially licensed ones are unsatisfactory as they look too pristine.  When the Doctor gives it to her, it is in good shape.  But I wanted the heavily used one, as pictured in the lower image here.  I've seen some on Etsy and a couple are quite good.  But I wanted to make it myself. 

At Norwescon in 2013, I met an artist who had made one, including the writing and drawings on the pages.    I spoke with her briefly about how she made it.  One of the few bits I retained was that she'd soaked the book in water to give it the appearance of being old and heavily used.  (She is Aimee Stewart and her art website is Foxfires.  Take a look... she does fantastic work.  I have a couple prints of her pieces).

This past week I finally found the round toit for this project.  I was motivated by the upcoming Dr. Who event at the Science Fiction Museum:  Dr. Wholidays. (If you follow that link, the little boy Doctor next to the Tardis is the son of friends and mom made the costume!)   This time I managed to coordinate ahead of time that some friends will also attend so I've got a ticket, too.   I plan to wear my costume so thought I'd add a couple items to it.  And for those who didn't see this the first time.... no, it's not my hair.... it's the first wig I've ever bought!  

I'd purchased the book a long time ago.  I think I remember Aimee suggesting one with tan craft paper.

Soaking it in water nearly destroyed it!  The pages came loose from the cover.  So after it all dried thoroughly, I glued it back together.  This treatment did result in it looking sufficiently beat up.  I got some thick cardboard, cut the strips, glued them on.  When it was all very dry, I painted it with acrylic craft paint. 

The inside pages are blank.  I have found some images of what they look like.  So that can be an on going project!  There is a possibility I might go to England next year, so I might wait until I can see the original at the Dr. Who experience in Cardiff. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

2015 Star Wars Reads Day

Once again, I spent Star Wars Reads Day at the Museum of Flight.  That was yesterday, Saturday, 10 October.   A few of my compatriots from Garrison Titan and Alpha Base joined me.  

Perhaps because the Museum gave reduced admission for costumes, there were a lot of kids dressed up in Star Wars costumes.  

Lady Vader Princess

It's Master Yoda!

After some hours of entertaining the visitors and posing for photos, we went off to take out own photos around the Museum.  

 We're in the payload bay of the Full Fuselage Space Shuttle trainer

 In the Destiny module, aka "Tantive IV".  

 It was a fun day.  The Museum has so many fun activities for the younglings.  

More photos from the day are here

Friday, September 4, 2015

Force Friday

Force Friday is a much-hyped Disney marketing campaign for the release of new Star Wars merchandise ahead of Episode VII. 

Still, I put on my Yoda jacket and went out to see whether there was at least any fabric I wanted.  Yes, there was.  I found these at JoAnn's. 

While cutting this one, the clerk didn't even recognize it as Star Wars.   I can't see it because it's on a cable channel I don't get, but I think these are characters from the newest cartoon series.  I have no interest but I got a yard so I could make a pillowcase for the "million pillowcase" campaign for Children's Hospital(s). 

According to an email from Pacific Fabrics:  "We've ordered a VERY special collection of 21Star Wars print fabrics..... PLUS, we'll be the only stores in Seattle, Bellevue and Bremerton that will have it for you!"  But they won't arrive until "a week or so later" than Force Friday (today).  Huh? 

As long as I was out, I thought I'd go to a couple stores.  Holy carp, but it was picked over.  Target and TRU both opened at midnight.  

"Star Wars coming soon"??  I think it came and went! 

More photos here

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Power of Costume

This is an exhibit at the Experience Music Project (EMP)/Science Fiction Museum.    It is a joint Smithsonian and Lucas Film production.   http://www.empmuseum.org/starwars?code=home   It will tour the country in a 12 city, multi-year tour, but Seattle was the first stop.  It's now about to leave in a month as it closes October 4.

After months of delaying, I finally went to see it today.  I wasn't in a rush as I'd seen the much larger "Dressing the Galaxy" exhibit 10 years ago at FIDM in Los Angeles. 

I've uploaded 170 costume images to my photo host at full resolution and without estrictions on downloading.  Please feel free to download and use for reference but note photo credit is MK Buike (aka "JediKai" or Jedi Kai-Thri Ona in the Rebel Legion).   They are all here.

The costume images are between 5-8 megabytes each.  Most are shot at ISO 6400 due to the dark conditions of the room.  Many had to be photographed through reflective glass cases. The display for the Fetts allowed for 360 view, though through glass.

The album starts with the 8 Jedi costumes on display, as that is my personal area of interest.  I was annoyed that Qui-Gon and young Obi-Wan were displayed on a ledge so high it was impossible to see any detail.  Good thing I did see them up close at FIDM so long ago.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Gnome down!

This was discovered this morning.

If he didn't go down in the high winds over this past weekend, then I doubt any wind there was last night caused the fall.   My suspicion is that he got into a fight with a racoon and lost.

It broke at the same location it had before.  I'd superglued it back together.  Looks like it did not hold. After closer examination, there are a couple more holes and damaged spots.  I am of the opinion he has lost his last fight.

The dirt was in it for weight and stability. 


My apologies for not keeping up this blog.  I spend a lot more time on my sketching blog over on Wordpress.

I went to the re-boot of Anglicon back in mid-June.  All the photos are here. I tried something new.  I only went for one day and took the light rail and the bus over to the con hotel in SeaTac.  It's the same place Norwescon is held.  Since I wasn't wearing an unusual costume, it worked quite well.  I hid the replica weapon in a bag so as not to disturb transit riders!   I don't remember why, but I wasn't feeling very well so I didn't go the second day.

I developed a new costume for this con.  Since it was heavily focused on Dr. Who, I put together a costume for one of my favorite characters, River Song.    There was a home built Tardis there for posed photos and I took advantage of it.

  I didn't sew any part of this costume.  The jeans jacket and white blouse are from a thrift store.  I bought a wig on-line.  The replica pistol and holster I already had, purchased for use in a Firefly-ish costume.  There is also a pouch, not shown here, which I also already had. 

Several former cast members were there as guests, including the 6th Doctor, Tom Baker.  Photos are on my smugmug host, as linked above.

Some of the clever costumes I saw:

Kristen as a Dalek:  

Susie in a Tardis tutu costume made by her mom:

And another River Song

Thursday, April 2, 2015

April Fool

For the past few years, the Museum of Flight has put up an amusing April Fool's day exhibit.  This year was no different.


You have to be a "certain age" to remember the flying toasters screen saver!

Friday, January 30, 2015

We're in another movie!

I'm a couch potato with a cold and I'm working through my Netflix queue.  Low and behold, I find out they were filming To Be Takei while we were presenting George with honorary Rebel Legion membership a few years ago at ECCC!  Chrystal even has a speaking part! 

Chystal is dressed as Queen Amidala and is actually recorded making the presentation.  I'm behind her and Amanda is behind me.