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Hugo Award

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HOLLAND 1990

GLASGOW 1995

GLASGOW 2005

JAPAN 2007

LONDON 2014

HELSINKI 2017
THE TRIPLE GODDESS

Winner in Holland in 1990.

I couldn't go but my friends, Gytha, Helen and Linda won an award with these apppliqué cloaks. The Triple Goddess
Convention cloak The 'Crone' cloak is my Convention cloak decorated with a dragon and Egyptian symbols, Anubis and Horus.
This was the first decorated cloak I made and is still my favourite. An almost full circle, it is panelled and made in strong black cotton twill.
Spring 'Maiden' cloak with flower apliqué on fine, green and silver chiffon. it features lilies and roses for innocence and youth.
At present I have no photo of the 'Mother' which shows poppies and wheat and leaves turning into golden birds for Summer leading into Autumn.

DEIRDE OF THE SORROWS

MASTER WORKMANSHIP awarded in Glasgow, 1995

Glass

Designed like a medieval stained glass window this costume shows the ttradition 'sorrows' of the ancient world. They include , from Celtic tradition; The Children of Llyr and the Death of Cian the Mighty.From The Bible; the Expulsion from Eden and the Pieta. From the classical world; Pandora's box and Demeter in her cave [the coming of winter] The roundels are held in a matrix of yew trees emblematic of Deidre herself. Uneven leading and the painting of the faces in brown paint are indicative of medieval glass. These stories can be found on several web sites including this one; Sacred Sites
Modern Glass This side is designed like a modern window with horizontal and vertical bars. It depicts tragedies of today with war torn ruins, acid rain, whale hunting, soldiers, famine, deserts and, in the centre, the atom bomb mushroom cloud. For the performance there was an over gown of grey trimmed with tear like beads and pearls and music by the Irish group, Anunnna.



THE WIND BRINGS MUSIC TO THE WORLD

Winner of;
BEST WORKMANSHIP [master class]
and
BEST IN SHOW
at the World Convention in Glasgow,2005;

The Wind Brings Music to the Earth

1.The Wind arrives

These five costumes that are a sort of costume comic strip.
To read the whole story that goes with these appliqué costumes click on the title below to read the whole poem
THE WIND BRINGS MUSIC TO THE EARTH
The mask seen here was made by ALAN but was too heavy to wear in the Masquerade so a simpler, lighter version was used.
Both followed the general design of The 'wind mask' of Quetzalcoatl as Ehecatl and The reverse shows the Sun God, Tonatiuh.

The Wind Arrives
2.The Earth was without music._________3.The House of the Sun and musicians.
The House of the Sun
4.The great storm scatters the musicians___5.The Earth rejoices with music
Here is some of the research connected with the period and mythology starting with the concept;
CONCEPT and GENERAL SYMBOLISM
And then a brief run down of Mesoamerican history;
MESOAMERICAN HISTORY


Here's a list of books l used or have on the subject;
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Miss SOLAR SYSTEM.

WINNER OF;
MOST BEAUTIFUL[master class]
at the Worldconvention in JAPAN,2007;

Miss Solar System

An entrant in the Miss Universe competition representing all our home planets.
She is 4.6 billion years old and her hobbies include expanding her horizons, meeting new people[s] and saving the planet[s]
Each panel of the skirt is decorated for one of the planets and they surround the sun as seen in the yolk of the bodice. A painting of the solar system as a whole appears on the back. The hat is a moon with comets and meteors falling from it. It is finished with a 'Kuiper Belt.'
The backgrounds are made up of similar sized triangles in a colour associated with the planet in mythology or tradition. Similarly a creature and a plant and usually an object that has been used to represent the planet in some culture or literature. The astrological sign of the planet is shown in gold incorporated into the design where possible.
s1 TERRA; A blue green
pattern surrounded by 'clouds' with a selection
of plants and creatures to show the abundance of life.
VENUS; Blue, a dolphin, rose and the Morning Star
MERCURY; Purple, a caduceus, rooster and blue bells.
MARS; Red, a wolf, shield and honeysuckle
s2 PLUTO; White and black, a poppy, butterfly and boat.
URANUS; Turquoise, an albatross and golden rod.
NEPTUNE; Green, a hippogriff, trident and pine cone.
JUPITER; Violet, lightning, eagle, carnation and staff
SATURN; Brown, a scythe, viper and ivy.


Skirt laid out before making up;


Miss Solar System

THE ODYSSEY DRESS

WINNER OF;
MOST BEAUTIFUL[master class]
at the Worldconvention in LONDON 2014;

sirens

Based on an authentic Georgian pattern from 1745-1755 that reminded me of a Greek vase in shape I decorated the dress with scenes from Homer's Odyssey. The front shows Odysseus and the sirens while there are axes and a bow on the sides. The back show his constant wife, Penelope, grieving and the blinding of the Cyclops that caused all of the voyagers cursed wanderings. The colour scheme of black and terracotta is one example of a typical Greek vessel. penelope


A hood, a bought Venetian mask and black gloves finished off the outfit.






The sack back part of the dress was slit and extended to make a cloak that could be wraped around the costume. This was decorated in another example of Greek art, terracotta on black. The designs here show Odysseuses famous Trojan horse, warriors from both sides and, on the back, the two gods, Posidon and Athene who hindered and helped the hero respectively.
horsegods
Photos by Giles Golding, www.http://www.gilesgphotography.co.uk
TUONETA

WINNER OF;
MOST BEAUTIFUL[master class]
at the Worldconvention in HELSINKI 2017;

tuoneta

An incarnation of the Finnish goddess of the underworld. A black dress based on a Victorian pattern from Janet Arnold, around 1900. Decorated with appliqué and painted frogs and snakes in silver and red. The cloak is the Morrigan cloak shown on the Costume Page: However, the collar has been redone to show swans in a Finnish style, representing the goddess's animals. The web-like cloak is crocheted in grey thread originally for a 'Dust Witch' costume. A appliqué hat with ribbons is based on a Finnish style and a lace mask completes the outfit. The sleeves are extended over the hands with points strengthened with sticks. The skulls appearing to hold the bottom folds in place were printed onto fabric.

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