FAUN is HERE!

November 6, 2012 by  
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Hello, Wild, Wild Web of the World!

I’m here to announce that the silent, walk-about character “FAUN” is finally ready and eager to work!

From another dimension (possibly from out of a wardrobe), a stunned, mythological warrior fauna has stumbled into our world.  A warrior princess in her own universe, she must now come to grips with all the strange wonders of this modern planet earth.

Email Rachel for full details about booking Faun for your events — Corporate and festival!

This news and updates can be viewed on my “Performance” page.

VIDEO!!

Faunus is Upon Us

September 15, 2012 by  
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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.