Faunus is Upon Us

September 15, 2012 by  
Filed under News

A few years ago I began posting what was the beginning of a new performance project for street and corporate functions.  I decided some how, for some reason at some point to become a good mythological faun.  None of this cheese, fairy, sparkles, ivy stuff, but a Narnia-esque warrior princess, straight from another world.  Silent, strong, and straight from the wardrobe into your venue – walking around and experiencing humanity for the first time, as if they were the strange, other-worldly creature.

It’s a few years later and progress was slow for a while.  Faunus went through different incarnations and prototype legs, but is finally piecing together into a full and rounded character.

Let me show you my progress…

This was my first attempt at reverse stilt legs.  I could prop myself up into them, but taking a step was impossible.  It looked cool, but was a horrible, horrible, horrible design.  But it was a start.

Second attempt.
At the height I wanted my legs to be, I had to keep lengthening and widening the base until I was a giant, cartoon-hooved monster.  It was still a little unstable and I was bound to break something if I ever mis-stepped.  …OH, and built out of wood, each leg ended up weighing in at 20 pounds.  It was completely un-maintainable.  On the upside, this prototype gave me something to begin costuming.

Finally.  Good engineering.  I’ve invested in Digilegs (http://www.digilegs.com/)

I had to sacrifice the height I so desperately wanted (I wanted to be well above any given crowd), but I knew that I was making too many sacrifices to the design and illusion if I were to insist on that extra foot of height.  So, instead of being 7 feet tall, I decided 6’3″ or so would do just fine.  With horns, hair and a headdress I’d still be noticeable.
Digilegs are surprisingly easy to  adapt to.  It’s just a matter of becoming natural at it — rediscovering where your toes end.  (PS: I think my fly is open in that last photo. How embarrassing.)

Horns and a headdress.
I made a feather mohawk for my extra height and royal warrior princess persona.  Knowing some of my costume would be hooking together in the back, I created extra hair and decoration to mingle in with my own hair and cover most of my back.
I discovered by accident how to made dreadlocks out of fake hair, while I was gathering loose bits to clump up in matted balls and throw in the garbage.  Ta da!  Dreads.  Braided through some brown yarn and matted up some more – it matches my real hair pretty closely.

I created a top out of a second hand leather coat and purses.  Purses have the best buckles.  I traded a frankentoy to an Etsy craftsman for one of his metal bras and then passed it onto animation co-worker, Jason hall who had begun making me genuine, hand crafted armour…

ARMOUR!!!

And right now I’m working on re-costuming the digilegs and building new hooves that can clip back with spring power, when I lift my legs.

So. these are the pieces.  Theyr’e slowly coming together, but I haven’t been able to put them all together at once yet.  I hope by December I’ll be able to show off and advertise Faunus as a fully developed character and be able to focus on WHO she is.  Then look out for a warrior faun at festivals and events near you.

Takin’ it to the Street

October 2, 2008 by  
Filed under Busking, Events

My summer of chalking up busker festivals across the country was a great success.  It was my first year of organized busking events and there were some steep learning curves to plow through, but the people and the places were a great joy.  No where else can I meet such a diverse group of people in one room.  Musicians, comics, contortionists, fire acts, freak show acts, magicians,  visual artists, dancers, people who make bologna sandwiches with their feet,  and combinations of all of the above — all in one world-wide, yet tightly knit community.  It’s truly something to experience.
In a warm and dry climate I could continue drawing on the pavement, but winter hits hard in Canada.  Now it’s time to focus on the other festivals.  Film, to be exact.  Be sure to watch for my updates on that front.

at "Big on Bloor", Toronto

at"Big on Bloor", Toronto