One of the things I really loved about the show was that artists from throughout the community donated their time and considerable skills to make Chris and Shani’s event into the spectacular fantasy extravaganza the two of them had envisioned. The end result speaks for itself.
Outside before the show, the Goddess of Fire cools down with the Goddess of Fire Water. For Chris and Shani’s event, MixMistressM made the successful transformation into MixMistressC - MixMistress of Ceremonies. Here she runs a flashcard app on her phone while she simultaneously rocks the noir-influenced glam.
This is Marianella putting the finishing touches on Jessica’s hair right before she hits the runway. Marianella works with Jocelyn at Mantras, and when she isn’t designing hair for fashion shows, she takes care of my blue locks. Which makes me pretty much the luckiest woman in the world, hair-wise.
Jessica’s armor is named for Amaterasu, a Japanese sun goddess, which is reflected by the beautiful golden gems.
When I saw this piece, all I could think of was how fun it would be to wear it to Lucy’s Laundromat. I don’t know why. Maybe it has something to do with Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds. Or maybe it’s because I figure that the heat generated by this smokin piece of art would save me money on the dryers. Which is a good thing because when you’re wearing an outfit like this, there’s nowhere to keep your quarters.
After the show, it was time to show off the bejeweled armor at a reception at CoBar.
Seeing the women walk around in their body art, drinks in hand, made me think that I want to save up some cash to commission Shani and Chris to do some Metal Body Art for me. I don’t have it entirely planned out yet, but I’m thinking turquoise. And local abalone shells. Mexican silver conchos for sure. Probably feathers. Lots of fringe. Definitely tooled leather. Boots, duh.
Oh! And chaps. Chaps are a MUST.
I think I could pull it off. At the very least, I would love to try. Who wouldn't?
Metal Body Art
Through September 28
NorthCoast Artist’s Gallery