Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Way We Were: Carnival fun and Moss Side

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Bright light on Broadway: Trailblazing producer Alia Jones-Harvey is shaking up the Great White Way

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Professor Black

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One of the artists I liked at the Birmingham Art and History Museum is known for his costume creations rather than any painting or sculpture. Olton Brown is from Handsworth but goes by the name of Professor Black. He has been designing costumes for 20 years for the Birmingham Carnival, for over 150 dancers each year. I found an interview with him from 2003, here are some extracts:

How long have you been creating carnival costumes?

“I was the very first costume maker in Birmingham. I would say roughly 19 – 20 years now. We started out with simple designs then every year was a challenge. When you make a good piece one year, you have to come back better next year. We have gone from strength to strength.” 

What are the main materials used in making the costumes?

“Indian material makes up 90% of the costumes because it has…

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Despina Zacharopoulou: COINCIDENTIA OPPOSITORUM – Theaterkostuum [Theater Costume] – Koniklijke Academie Voor Schone Kunsten [Royal Academy of Fine Arts] – Artesis Hogeschool Antwerpen

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How can Androgyny be presented in performing arts?

Initiation, in all kinds of Mysteries, has always been a passage towards the revelation of the hidden truths of the Universe in order to help man exit individualism and transcend into a universal existence. Performing arts and theater deriving from ancient rituals -that of Dionysos for the case of Greece- may still have the potential of echoing this initial process of transformation for the one who participates in them in order to become a Complete Being, even in the non-Religious era that we live in. This notion of Completeness and transcendal experience has been expressed during the ages in myths and Alchemy through the symbol of the Androgyne; from the Orphic Cosmology and its “Hymn to the First-born” to the Alchemical process for the creation of the Philosopher’s Stone. In all of the cases…

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The battle decorated

Claire's Closet

So I’ve been doing some research on armour for a show I’m doing- a Shakespeare, so set in Renaissance France and Italy, and although we’ve agreed the costumes will be of a Elizabethan travelling troupe, I always feel like I should look at the clothing of country where the show is set for reference- so I’ve been researching European armour.

The Met in NY has an amazing site, packed with infomation on it’s artifacts, which is where I came across the name of armour maker in Italy, where the most beautiful and creative decorated armour was made and so I thought I’d share.

This armour was all made by Filippo Negroli, and his family.

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Note the circles are all eyeballs.

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Filippo and Francesco Negroli Helmet (Burgonet) of Emperor Charles V, 1545 Patrimonio Nacional, Real Armería, Madrid

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Burgonet
Circa 1532–35
Made by Filippo Negroli
Milan, Italy

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The battle decorated

Claire's Closet

So I’ve been doing some research on armour for a show I’m doing- a Shakespeare, so set in Renaissance France and Italy, and although we’ve agreed the costumes will be of a Elizabethan travelling troupe, I always feel like I should look at the clothing of country where the show is set for reference- so I’ve been researching European armour.

The Met in NY has an amazing site, packed with infomation on it’s artifacts, which is where I came across the name of armour maker in Italy, where the most beautiful and creative decorated armour was made and so I thought I’d share.

This armour was all made by Filippo Negroli, and his family.

screen-capture-5

Note the circles are all eyeballs.

Filippo Negroli 1532tumblr_mje9xysn5v1qb4aqwo1_500

Filippo and Francesco Negroli Helmet (Burgonet) of Emperor Charles V, 1545 Patrimonio Nacional, Real Armería, Madrid

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Burgonet
Circa 1532–35
Made by Filippo Negroli
Milan, Italy

negrolirs2

Negroli, Filippo…

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