Monday, 27 January 2020

Fabrications


This time of year it's traditionally the quiet time in the world of Morris....a time to review all aspects of what we do. Whilst others in Mythago are updating the dances and music I and others have got together to replace the element kits in our Greenman story. The originals have done very well, but they are 20+ years old and unlikely to last another season.

Last Sunday four of us came together to share ideas and discuss how we could move our project forward. The bottom line was that the four kits needed to work together as a whole, but there should be room left within that for individual artistic expression. As the organiser of the meeting I was a little apprehensive, but incredibly we all had similar ideas and we made fabulous progress. Emerging with a clear plan everyone has got busy this week tracking down suitable fabrics and trimmings [I'd already bought the masks and caps to start us off]. This is us coming together this Sunday with a whole heap of oohing and aahing over what we'd found. There's sparkly things, sequins, different textures, iridescent paints, threads, notions, buttons and wools of many hues. Such a lovely thing to be doing on a wet grey day and all ably assisted by Clover, Fudge and Misty the cats!

Having coveted many beautiful things the others took up their paintbrushes and have now completed the masks. This really isn't my department so I made drinks and wielded scissors prepping and sewing for the next stage. We've all been set our homework for the week and then next Sunday we should be starting to make the tatter fronts and attaching tatters to the heads....exciting times. I'm sworn to secrecy until the big reveal is done in front of the side all at the same time, but I promise I'll share once protocol has been observed!

Arilx 

5 comments:

  1. I can’t wait to see your costumes. We live close to Upton on Severn where there is a large folk festival with seemingly hundreds of Morris dancers in the spring. The costumes are all amazing and all very different. It is spectacular. Do you come to that gathering?

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    1. Unfortunately we already travel quite a bit over the summer so are trying to do a bit more locally. We go as far as Tewkesbury for the medieval festival every summer. I have heard of the Upton stick dance though! Arilx

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  2. Thank you for starting my wet grey day with a smile! A clowder of cats plus a project involving "sparkly things, sequins..." oh, joy!

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    1. We get to do more this coming Sunday....
      Arilx

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  3. Oh I do hope the cats aren't afraid of the costumes! x

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