26 August 2014

we are the sea

Hello blog-fans. I've been a bit quiet recently haven't I? Well, it's that time of year again, time for the annual Shambala festival. 'Oh dear, what kind of strange costume has he gone and made now?', I hear you mumble to yourselves with baited breath.........well here you go!

'What in the world is that supposed to be?' - I imagine you saying. Well the theme this year (I know, we normally don't take any notice of themes) was 'the Seas of Shambala'. So I decided to make not one but two costumes that were kind of abstract interpretations of the sea.

So here's the explanation. The sequined robes represent a wave, and shimmered when we danced (which we did a lot). The balls on top represent the foam on the break of a wave (all crocheted of course). And the veils over our faces - well that's just to tie the two in together, that and to keep us anonymous while we were wandering around talking drunken nonsense.

I designed the costumes so that we could see out, but it was quite hard for people to see our eyes as the balls and veils kind of covered them - that and a lot of blue glittery makeup. It was such fun wearing the costumes, and needless to say we freaked out a fair share of people.

When it started getting darker and when we were in the music tents, it appeared that we became even more anonymous. We danced around people mimicking the oceans, making swooshing noises and generally going a little bit insane....I'll blame that on the fact that we drank far far far too much rum (and don't follow my example - we've had decades of practice).

The reception we got from the general public was mixed as always, from the 'wow that's amazing', to the 'what the hell are you guys supposed to be?'. Shambala is a very family friendly festival so there's a lot of kids about during the day, generally they were pretty terrified of us....which I suppose is fair enough.

I did learn a few things from making this costume. Firstly, two costumes will take double the time as one costume - don't know why I didn't think of that before. Secondly, I should stay away from sewing machines. I made the robes myself, the fabric was a nightmare to sew with, and I also managed to break not one but two sewing machines in the process. But, we had fun, so I think it was worth it.

Those of you that read my column in 'Simply Crochet' magazine about festivals might be thinking of the annual gift that I give out to a random stranger. This year it was this little fishy (and another blue one so my mate could take part and give one out too). I gave mine out to a random lady whilst we were dancing in one of the music tents. She didn't seem to quite understand at first and even came back to find me and to say thank you again.

Anyway, we had a brilliant festival and had so much fun. I'll end this post with a picture of me and my drinking buddy getting our costumes ready and when we were still half-way sober. Hope you've enjoyed.

1 comment:

  1. Hello! Just discovered you here via the One Man Crochet artical in a Simply Crochet magazine. You certainly have fun and that's a good start for any hobby.
    I like the fact that most of your work can be worn or used so however crazy it is, it was worthwhile.
    I'm quite fascinated by ' yarn bombing' but can't help thinking what a waste of all that yarn and effort, covering a tree, lamppost, car, whatever. But to get the bug out of my system I crocheted over a miniature bicycle. Yes, just a small one, as I'm a maker and collector of all things 1/12th scale as you can see on my blog, although I haven't shown the bicycle on my blog yet, just my Make It Small face book page. I shall keep popping in, your blog is very interesting and fun!