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Body Painting


Popocatepetl e Iztaccíhuatl

Iztaccíhuatl (Itza)  was  an  Aztec  princess  and  she  was  in  love  with  a  warrior,  Popocatepetl  (Popo).   They  were  to  be  married  but  her  father,  the  emperor,  did  not  approve  and  had  a  higher  ranked   warrior  to  marry  his  daughter.  The  Emperor  sent  Popocatepetl  away  to  war  and  promised  that  if   her  were  to  return  victorious,  only  then  he  would  give  his  blessing  to  married  Itza.  Popo  left  to   battle  and  promised  Itza  that  they  will  see  each  other  soon  again.  After  Popo  left,  word  spread   quickly  through  Teotihuacan  that  Popo  had  died.  The  emperor  made  up  the  lie  so  that  Itza  could   marry  the  other  man.  Itza  was  heartbroken  from  the  news.  Before  her  wedding,  she  died  of  a   broken  heart.  Just  then  Popo  returned  victorious  after  winning  the  war  to  find  his  love  lifeless.  He   could  not  believe  his  eyes.  He  picked  her  up  and  ran  to  the  top  of  the  tallest  mountain.  Popo  had   faith  is  love  would  awaken  Itza  and  would  pray  to  the  gods.  But  after  many  days,  Itza  had  not   awakened  and  so  the  gods  listened.  They  came  to  Popo.  They  could  not  wake  her  but  his  love   was  keeping  her  very  much  alive.  Only  when  she  was  ready  would  she  awaken.  To  keep  Popo   alive  forever  to  watch  over  his  love,  the  gods  turned  them  both  into  volcanoes  so  their  love  would   live   on   forever.   Today,   Popocatepetl   and   Iztaccíhuatl   are   two   volcanoes   outside   the   City   of   Mexico.  Iztaccíhuatl  is  a  dormant  volcano  but  Popocatepetl  is  very  much  active.  Every  now  and   then  he  will  awaken  from  his  slumber  to  check  up  on  his  true  love.         For   this   project   I   re-­fronted   a   wig   for   Popo   and   styled   it   in   dramatic   escalator   layers.   Both   characters  have  scarification  flat  pieces  made  from  bondo.  Popo  has  a  piercing  in  his  bottom  lip   also  from  bondo.  The  body  paintings  are  ceremonial  and  in  a  tribal  design.  I  also  created  the   costume  for  both  characters.     Photographer:  Mohamed  Abdulle    


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Mi Vida Loca

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Mi Vida Loca" was made as a form of resistance art. In the United States, my culture has been stigmatized and prejudiced. As a proud Mexican American, this was my way of expressing the true beauty of Chicano culture. ‘Mi Vida Loca” represents the life of Mexican growing up in the United States.

The body art was both airbrushed and manually painted with aqua colors using stencils I had made. Heavily detailed designs were drawn on Photoshop and printed as tattoo transfers. The wig was a bespoke piece made from synthetic hair.

Photographer: Hans Roodzant


Wigs


Chicana Wig

The Chicana  wig  is  meant  to  go  with  “Mi  Vida  Loca”  body  art.  The  hair  was  inspired  by   traditional  Mexican  hair  as  well  as  festivals  and  events  when  the  women  would  braid   ribbons  in  their  hair  and  attach  flowers.           The  wig  is  bespoke,  we  utilize  the  model’s  hair  natural  hair  as  well.  The  wig  is  made   from  synthetic  hair.  It  is  lace  front  and  single  knotted,  to  blend  naturally  into  the   model’s  hairline.  The  red  ribbon  is  made  from  heat  resistant  red  hair.  It  was  created  by   laying  on  the  hair  and  cutting  it  in  long  strands.  The  strands  are  then  weaved  into  the   outer  braid.  The  flowers  are  also  made  from  hair.  Each  petal  is  individually  made  and   cut.  Once  the  flower  is  formed  an  alligator  clip  is  attached.  This  makes  the  flowers   customizable.    


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Sci-fi Wig The  Sci-­fi  wig  matches  the  “After  Showers”  Project.  It  was  inspired  by  the  Comb   Jelly.  The  Bioluminescent jellies  inspired  me  to  create  a  light  up  wig.   For  the  wig,  I  wanted  to  style  it  in  an  asymmetrical  bob  with  a  mini  fringe.  The  lace   front  wig  was  knotted  with  synthetic  hair  and  holographic  tinsel.  The  wire  wefts  were   created   with   a   mixture   of   two   different   tones   of   blues   along   with   more   holographic   stencil.  The  wefts  were  then  weaved  with  lights  and  attached  to  the  base  of  the  wig.   The   lights   used   are   battery   operated   fairy   lights.   In   order   to   have   the   light   travel   through  the  wig  like  hair  I  attached  optic  fibers.  The  batter  box  remains  hidden  and   remains  cool.  


Prosthetics


After Showers

The inspiration  behind  after  showers  is  the  short  story  by  Ray  Bradbury,  There  Will  Come   Soft  Rains.  “After  Showers”  is  a  dystopic  story  I  created  as  the  aftermath  from  TWCSR.   I  also  drew  inspiration  from  The  Uglies  Trilogy  by  Scott  Westerfield.  In  There  Will  Come   Soft  Rains  we  see  a  future  that  is  completely  obliterated  by  war.  Bradbury  wrote  the  story   in   1950   as   his   view   of   the   future   after   the   invention   of   the   atomic   bomb   and   the   advancement  in  technology.  In  The  Uglies,  Westerfield  creates  a  future  where  the  world   is  too  obsessed  with  their  appearance,  where  society  is  controlled  by  the  perception  of   beauty.  For  “After  Showers”  I  merged  the  two.       This   is   a   future   where   technology   is   far   advanced.   The   people   in   my   dystopia   were   beautiful  and  vain.  Plastic  surgery  was  at  their  finger  tips  and  they  were  often  rewarded   with  more  procedures.  Some  people  began  installing  technology  in  them.  They  inserted   computer   chips   and   brains.   It   was   all   highly   glamourized.   Everything   was   perfect   internally,  but  on  a  global  scale  that  was  not  the  case.  Countries  were  at  the  edge  of  war.   No  one  really  spoke  of  it  because  caused  stress  and  stress  cause  wrinkles.  On  a  sunny   day,   just   as   perfect   as   all   the   others,   the   unexpected   happens.   Two   fighter   jets   fly   overhead.   In   seconds   everything   is   white   and   an   eerie   ring   is   all   that   can   be   heard.   Without   warning,   a   nuclear   missile   has   been   dropped.   In   a   crowded   park,   only   a   few   survive.  It’s  them,  the  extra  vain,  those  who  stretched  and  have  computer  brains.  As  their   flesh  melts  before  their  eyes,  their  computer  is  keeping  them  alive.     Months  pass  and  those  who  have  survive  have  rebuilt  an  area  to  continue  living  in.  They   have  built  clean  oxygen  shelters.  After  their  experience  however,  their  vanity  has  not  yet   withered.   They   are   horrified   my   their   remaining.   The   radiation   in   the   air   and   the   continuous  acid  rains  make  it  impossible  for  the  survivors  to  walk  outside  without  burning   their   skin.   They   develop   a   thick   second   skin   as   an   armor   that   will   resist   the   radiation   allowing  them  to  walk  outside.  The  armor  is  expressionless  but  anything  is  better  than   their  current  state.  But  somehow,  they’ve  not  learnt.  The  armor  is  smooth  but  it  must  have   the   desired   features   as   they   had   themselves.   The   armor   is   the   only   thing   one   can   be   judged  on  so  they  try  to  make  it  the  best  as  they  can:  it  is  smooth  and  poreless,  defined   cheekbones  and  large  lips.  Every  morning  it  is  the  same  routine,  as  they  get  ready  and   apply  their  shield  before  they  step  out  into  the  world.     The   prosthetic   pieces   where   made   out   of   foam   latex   on   fiberglass   molds.   They   were   painted  with  self-­made  pax  paints.  Lights  were  weaved  between  each  piece  and  sealed   with  silicone.     Photographer:  Charlotte  Pike  


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The Good  Person  of  Schezwan  


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Hookworm


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100 Years  of  Millinery  


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