I started this headband SUCH a long time ago. Probably two years ago. I knew exactly how I wanted the shape to look. It needed to be like a 1940's side sitting feather hat, but very burlesque in feel. The problem was I didn't quite know how to move forward with it. Every couple of months I would pick it up again. Look at it, love the shape, try it on, think about it for a little while more. Then put it back in it's little drawer to be worked on at a later date. I do this with a lot of projects that I just can't seem to get the right inspiration to complete the look I envision in my head. Almost like I'm waiting for a little imp to skip through my workspace and bonk me on the head with an epiphany. Well, no sign of the imp he must have been busy elsewhere. But then something amazing happened. I needed to make a Christmas gift for a dear friend of mine and the image of her wearing the headband Popped into my head. From that moment forward It's construction was a mystery to me no more. And I must say Nacreous Alchemy looks just as fetching in it as I imagined.
A little while back I woke up after a very deep sleep and realized that I had been dreaming about Dutch memento mori paintings. Those huge thick heavy still life's of a large oppressive table with wilted flowers and decaying fruit. I think in my dream I was watching the fruit decay over and over again in a loop. Scary huh... Bet your glad your not in my brain. Anyway... It stuck with me all day to where I was getting really irritated at the Dutch and suddenly it hit me why does memento mori artwork have to be so damn depressing. Yes death is sad, but it my belief system loved ones will be there waiting for us with open arms and all my animals that have passed will be bounding about me. It's a day I sort of look forward to in a morbid way. So this is my version of a "Happy" memento mori. Banners, and streamers flutter behind the subject as if he is at a party. The skeleton is in his best party attire, top hat included, and he is even making it more festive with a pinwheel. Take that Dutch painters! Just try to usurp my dreams and this is what you get.
I am completely in love with this little guy. He is just so determined I can imagine a hundred little quests he must be on to make him convert an elegant tea pot into a vehicle for his adventures. It's made by the amazing genius of Grafton Pottery.
This is another Christmas ornament I made this year. He is a sort of Dickens skeleton bearing gifts. I am most proud of his top hat and little holly ornament on the band of his hat. Oh and his little crystal scarf tack. I was originally going to give him a cravat, but he ended up preferring a scarf.
EJPcreations is a mad scientist of a woman specializing in creating tiaras, necklaces, and fascinators, with a noir, and gothic flair. All adornments have a hint of vampire elegance, a dash of Steampunk bravado, and plenty of Neo-Victorian sensibilities.
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