The Pussy hat movement

About a week ago I decided to make myself a pussy hat. Some of you might know them, but for those of you wondering what I’m talking about, here’s the thing: 

It’s a crocheted hat with a rectangular shape, that’ll give the impression of cat ears when you put it on. And it’s very bright pink!

At the moment I feel like the world is being torn apart. Elections have caused uproar, and in my country elections will be held next month. I find the aftermath of the election in the US quite disturbing, and let me be clear! I do not agree with this person’s opinions and what he’s said, and I defy his actions. For people that have followed me for some time, you know that I am a supporter of the LGBT community. This is my continued support for equality, for human rights. I am siding with the sisters and brothers of the Women’s march, for all the reasons you could think of. 

I’m now creating pussy hats on request for people in my city, Groningen. If slowly but surely the city turns pink, I’ll be superhappy. This feels like an amazing good cause to give my free time to. It’s important that we will express our opinions and not be silenced. 

Together, we can create the world we want to live in. 

Love,

-M.

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It’s a while ago now! But before Christmas, I had a request of a friend, asking me to help him with his costume. It was for a party, and he was willing to go all out. I suppose he came to the right person! 😊

He wanted to be like a character from James Cameron’s Avatar. We discussed the details and decided to try and make the nose shape and do full upper body makeup. 

I started with the nose, because I had to make it in advance. The technique I chose was latex, mixed with flour, applied on my foam head, Charlie. 

We had a fitting session, because Charlie didn’t have the same nose as my friend. After some adjustments we had our nose! 

I finished the edges with some nose putty where needed, the rest is latex. The edges are something I really want to learn more about! 

Then I added pointed ears, painted him blue, added contouring, stripes, eyemakeup, and he had gotten a wig, contacts and accessories. 

We had a lot of fun and his party was a success!
Love,

-M.

Halloween 2016

By now it’s December, so I’m running way behind on posting this. But, those of you who follow my other social media like instarainbow, are able to see all the snaps I take with a phone 🙂

Halloween started early this year! I was planning with our party hostess in the beginning of September, I think.. She told me the theme ideas she had, and it became an ‘Enchanted Forest’. It’s a beautiful theme, very broad, you can do basically anything fantasy, I really enjoyed it! 😀

It was also very early in the season that I settled on a general idea of what I would want to do with this theme. This year we really wanted to succeed on having a squad of people that actually kept their costume in line with the theme and we did! But I wanted something that would be better than last year.
I woke up in the middle of the night and started sketching, so the sketch below in the album is that original idea. Once it was set on paper I was focused on finding out details on how to accomplish things,  the hair structure for example. But this was the plan from the beginning and I didn’t wander astray!

So what is it that I am? I was inspired by the ‘children of the forest’ from the Game of Thrones TV show. I wanted something like that, but with wings, elf ears, and a less I-was-literally-attached-to-a-tree kind of look. More of a magical look. A tad more fancy. But on the other hand, I didn’t want to be a fairy, I was going to be an evil, depressed version when it came to costume. I did obviously have a party and smiled and whatever, but the costume was intended as Evil Fairy.
Conclusion: I was a Forest Child, along with the rest of the girls 🙂

My friends and boyfriend are also shown in the album. The girls were dressed as a Fawn, another Forest Child That Walked Out Of The Forest With Moss, there’s my friend I did makeup for who’s sort of my Evil Fairy Sister, and my boyfriend was Robin Hood with scratches that I made.

The day itself was so much fun. My entire hair/makeup took over 6 hours. I love this. This is commitment!
And there was my friend, who was able to help out a little with painting my back, we had a really lovely day, then we all did makeup together at my house and we had pizza, and it was a really good day 🙂 Then we went to the party and I was tired AF because I’d been up since early and just exhausted from the whole day haha!

But it was a good Halloween year. This is what I live for.

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For the occasion, I had dyed my hair (!!) with a colouring shampoo. It’s not permanent, it washes out after three washes or so. It was fine! My hair is not damaged and it’s back to normal now 🙂 Hairstyle: Sansa Stark.

I used scarwax to create a broader bridge of the nose and a strong browline. These edges were not blended perfectly like the professionals do it, but for me, this was my best attempt so far. Gotta start somewhere. Oh, and I created gills on my arms. I don’t really know why, I wasn’t a fish. It just was cool and went with the look.

Paint: Mehron, obviously. Yes, I was wearing contacts. I also used some powder products, most of those would have been Sugarpill, Sleek or BHcosmetics.

Costume: The top was a simple top that I shredded. The skirt was made by myself. The wings were made from scratch by myself using wire and kitchen wrap (iron it so it melts) and everything with leaves is also just crafted with leaves that I got at some shop.

If I missed anything, if you have any questions, let me know! Enjoy!

Love,

-M.

Preview: character dr. Elzimuth 

Last weekend was our rehearsal weekend. This means the cast and crew go on a weekend trip together to do rehearsals, run-throughs and we try the costumes. Including makeup.

Here is my first full rendition of dr. Elzimuth, an old, nasty professor, played by a young Italian guy. 

I’m very proud of this. Everyone is quite satisfied with how it turned out. And ofcourse it was a lot of fun to do! 

You have seen the bald cap before, I showed a proces picture a while ago. It’s wonderful to see it all come together in real life, after all the planning:) 

To see this character in real life, come to our show! It’s in Groningen from October 6 – 8 in the Usva. It’s going to be a lot of fun! 

Love, 

-M.

I made a skirt!!

Sooo, I really got into this sewing thing. As in, I also got my own machine (real cheap, such a great timing!) and I’m superhappy with that. If you missed that bit, and other snippets, follow my Instarainbow!

By now I have bought fabric for at least 3 more projects that are more ambitious that this skirt..

Anyway, I’m really really proud because this has been the most difficult, technical piece I’ve ever done, seriously. I’ve learned a lot from this one. And I’m so happy!

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As in the photo above, it’s a circle skirt. It goes in a full circle you guys 🙂 The fabric is light and soft and it flies around me when I’m cycling. It’s lovely and exactly what I was hoping for.

This was also the first time I used a pattern. I got it in this magazine I have a subscription on now ( it was a gift 🙂 ) and that is called Knipmode. It’s a Dutch sewing magazine, the one I used is from August ’16 and the skirt is number 6.
I got started with the pattern size 38, and then I decided to adjust the pattern to my personal preference of a higher, tighter waist and a shorter skirt in general.

So, really happy, and proud, and also happy that I’m posting again on here!
There are a number of other things I need to tell you about:

  • Theatre. I’m part of the crew of this theatre piece called When a Witch is in Love. It’s something I’m doing with friends here, and I’m the makeup artist!
    Now, if you’re near Groningen in the beginning of October, I would love it if you could come and see our show! If not, I will be posting snaps on my insta of the journey too 🙂
  • Halloween! On instarainbow I will post all things related to Halloween preperations as #halloweeniscoming. I have figured out my outfit and everything already! I’m in full preperation mode and I’m so excited!!! You?
  • Personal stuff: I’m not sure if I should write about this stuff in public. But in short, my house is sort of under construction as they’re renovating my windows. I am finally getting double glass!
  • More personal stuff: I have some… physical issues. With my hip. And tomorrow is my first ever hospital appointment with a surgeon.
  • I’m also still working full time and there’s a part time masters degree coming on top of that in… TWO WEEKS *gasp*

I need to take it easy. I am, and that is why my projects are not as frequent as they were. They are getting bigger though. And it will be less frequent, probably, since, you know, masters plus working full time, that is more than just a full time job. Literally.
My biggest concern is my physical problem though. And I hope the play will work out great, and I have Halloween to look forward to. That’s not too much 🙂

Love,

-M.

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Here’s some doodling that I have on my face right now, on a nice lazy Sunday morning 🙂

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All credit goes to Vanessa Davis, I love her Instagram and she inspired me to recreate on of her makeup designs. You can find her as the_wigs_and_makeup_manager. She’s awesome 🙂

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Products used:

  • White cream makeup as a base
  • Black eyeliner by Sleek
  • Red, black and white bodypaint by Mehron
  • Green bodypaint by Bruynzeel
  • Green eyeshadows from the 120 pallette 2nd edition from back in 2010 by BHcosmetics

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I am really into finding fantastic things through insta these days! 🙂 This was a nice doodling session that took about an hour and a half maybe. Exactly what I needed today. Gosh I love painting.

Enjoy and have a nice Sunday.

Love,

-M.

I sewed a dress!

A little while ago I spontaneously decided to do another sewing project. I absolutely loved sewing my costumes and I wanted to do something again, but I didn’t need a costume. I did have this one dress that fits me very nicely and I really liked the idea of having another dress like that.

So I thought, let’s just do that! Now? Now!

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It was on a thursday that I made up my mind, while I had time to go to the markets for fabric on friday. No market on friday in the city. I went to a shop instead, which was waaaayyy more expensive than I remember my hometown market to be. Called mom, asked if there was a market for fabric on Saturday morning, because I wanted to go to my parents on saturday. I don’t own the sewing machine, it’s my mothers.
The answer was that the market was right then, on friday morning, and would be over in an hour. Even if I travelled to my hometown right away, I would be too late.
So screw that, I went to the store again, found the prettiest thing ever that is very very me, and ofcourse also a zipper.

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Then I worked on the dress for two weekends and I did it! HAH! Out of nowhere I decided to make my own dress and for a first time, I think this was pretty brilliant.
I could not have done this without my mother, she taught me everything I know about sewing (which is still pretty basic) and somehow, it just helps when she’s around ❤

Those of you that follow my instagram have already seen two little sneaky peeks, but here’s a little shoot of me in the dress.
I do not know why, but WordPress turns the last two pictures less blue. The first one shows the colour as it is. On my computer they’re all good, except not on the website. Does anyone have any tips on that? Like, it’s only the dress colour that looks weird, reds and greens are fine 🙂

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Another thing that I mentioned on instaRainbow before, is that it’s a very educational project. There’s a lot of insight needed when making a piece of clothing. My respect for seamstresses has gone up A LOT. I really respect that the clothing industry is hard work and I completely understand why boutiques and little clothing shops are expensive: it’s because of all the hard work.
The amount of money I spent on this dress for materials equals the amount for which you can buy a complete dress at any shop that is relatively cheap.
I get it that when you make tons of the same thing, buying materials is cheaper, but still. It’s absolutely unbelievable how dresses can be sold for so little money, while I now know that I spent over 10 hours of time working on this simple piece.

It makes me feel somewhat guilty.

I really really hope that at some point, the world will be a better place where the women, and no longer children, that work on these pieces, will receive a fair treatment.
If you’re shocked and willing to change something, take a look at organisations that fight for a just system.
I’m afraid that if we all want to solely have clothing that was made in a fair way today, realistically we should all start sewing for ourselves again. Gotta start somewhere.
But that’s a lot of fun too, I assure you! 😀

Thanks again to my wonderful mother, and thank you all for the continuous support of my art projects.

Love,

-M.