This term we have had Wearable Arts. In teams of three we had to make a costume designed around a festival. Our group chose Mexican Day of the Dead.
Our costume is a skeleton. It is made out of box cardboard, toilet rolls/glad wrap rolls, string, paper mache` and LOTS of Paint. We did sugar skull patterns on the skull because they are traditional in Mexico. The hat is like a top hat with a wide brim. The ribs are toilet rolls. They also use skewers to hold them in place. The legs are cardboard cuts with string to make them bend.
Traditionally, people dress up and make sugar skulls because sugar is abundant in Mexico. Another traditional item is the Marigold. Traditionally, children are remembered on the first day while adults are remembered on the second. Surprisingly, day of the dead is not a sad holiday because it is the loved ones coming back.
Sugar Skulls are a tradition in Mexico. The reason they are made is because instead of expensive ornaments made out of solid materials, they are made out of sugar. They can be molded into a lot of shapes and can be colored. But sugar is also white, and so it matches the color of the bones
I thought that we didn't work as well as we could have. The group constantly was arguing over everything. One thing we were good at was innovating to fix up the costume if things went pear shaped.
Next time I would have made more preparations for the runway because everything went bad about two hours before the performance with Griff's hay fever and the legs falling apart.
Here is a photo of just one of the many parts to our costume.