01 March 2014

Puck Photo Gallery

This is my version of Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream.  For an independent study in design I was asked to design eight characters from the play, but bringing Puck into concrete reality was a solo project of mine.

She looks absolutely nothing like my costume sketch.

Yes, my Puck is female.  I thought it would be a good dynamic between her and Oberon, since every other character seems to be falling in love except for Puck and Oberon.  Why not make a little romance?  A homosexual relationship would also have been cool, but for selfish reasons I made Puck female--because I wanted to play the character.

I forgot to take photos of this costume as I made it.  Oops.  I'll describe my process as best I can:

The dress is made of a rayon brocade from Japan and originally intended for making Buddhist monks' vestments.  It has a gold sheen.  I used the same fabric to do dragon scale smocking on the bodice and sleeves.  My cloak and skirt are made of tulle layers, tattered using a soldering iron (this prevents the fabric from fraying).  The cloak collar is also brocade, embroidered, and beaded.  It attaches to the dress using gold leaf-shaped bracelet clasps.

The wig is a lace fronted Arwen from Arda Wigs.  There are about sixty tiny braids worked into the base wig itself.  Over a pair of paper clay horns I added two large braids and flower accents.  Additionally, there are three gold filigree hair pins and two larger oval pendants sewn at the temples.  A scrap of kimono fabric serves as a hair tie in the back.

This costume was completed in December 2013.
Puck won a craftsmanship award in Master division at Arisia 2014.


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