Two of my favorite 80s horror movie characters. Gizmo and Greta the big red lip Gremlin! This costumes starts with a cute fuzzy Gizmo who dances around but suddenly finds himself splashed with blue glitter water and eating chicken after midnight! Poof! He transforms into the love struck Greta who is searching for her next kissing victim for her evil Gremlin heart! So fun! Both faces were hand sculpted and cast with latex. The body suits were also hand made from painted mesh and faux fur. Funny little fact, Gizmo's eyes are made from an old coconut bra that I painted from a previous costume! Up-cycling at its finest! This costume won the costume contest at Mask Fest Horrorhound Convention in Indianapolis 2015.
This costume holds a special place in the creative heart. It is my first transition costume every made! I have always loved to make costumes but in 2012 in dawned on me that shocking the HELL out of people is what HALLOWEEN is all about! So I came up with this really creepy sculpt and latex mask of an ancient dusty mummy. His layers of dusty gauze were pieces of gauze fabric shredded and soaked in a bath tub with coffee grounds over night. I then took it outside for a roll in the mud and put a coat of baby powder on right before the costume contest! It was the perfect! When I slapped my arms dust (baby powder) flew into the air. The best part of the night was an attempt to be kicked out of a woman's restroom. I was instantly mistaken for a man in this scary mummy getup. I thought to myself, PERFECT!!! So I wore the stunning hand made eguptian costume underneath this mummy for hours! It is a ton of work to wear two costumes simultaneously but when it comes to reveal time it is amazing! So as I walk onto stage everyone is already gazing and pointing to how scary this mummy is! Then I flipped the mask off to reveal my gold dusted eygptian underneath. I thought people were going to loose their minds! As I shed the layers of gauze to reveal the sexy Egyptian underneath people just started cheering and looking at me like they had just witnessed shear MAGIC. It was a moment of a life time, let me tell you. Right then and there I KNEW, this was it! Since 2012 I have been producing some of the wildest transition costumes that anyone has every seen and have since been deemed the Queen of Halloween!
Imagine a 13ft tall Werewolf glaring directly at you! Scary right!? This guy stands tall made from a skeletal structure composed of PVC pipes, chicken wire, foam, and love. It took over 2.5 months to engineer an easy dismount. I was dressed as Red Riding Hood inside the mouth of this beast. It was quite fun staring outside my mesh whole from the belly of the beast! People would point and scream! Imagine their faces when I stepped out of his hollow legs and sprung open his chest to appear as Red Riding Hood that slayed her beast on stage before the audiences wide eyes! It was a SPECTACULAR moment! Worth every minute of blood, sweat, and tears that went into the creation of this costume. Everything from his body to his hands, feet, and head were hand sculpted and cast into latex to be painted. This won several costume contests downtown Indianapolis including the biggest at the Alt 103 Ball at the Murat Egyptian Room for Halloween 2015. His legs are hollow with special built shoes to allow me to walk inside the beast and also move his arms up and down with levers that were built inside. Hard work never looked so good (and SCARY)!
What's better than 2 Genies? Nothing! This giant master Genie towers arount 13 ft tall and is carrying a beautiful golden lamp full of wishes and one big surprise! When the lamp lowers to the ground, a beautiful Genie Goddess appears to grant more wishes! She has been stuck in the master Genies lamp for centuries! As the lamp lowers a cloud of smoke comes from the spout as the lid is lifted to reveal the beautiful Genie tucked away. The mask was sculpted and cast in latex to be hand painted. The lamp is composed of several circles of light weight foam and then rasped to take the shape of the magnificent lamp before being dusted in gold leaf paint and of course lots of GLITTER! LOTS! Still finding glitter years later! His eyes were lined with blue LED lights for his majestic stare at the audience. This costume won several contest in Indianapolis for Halloween with the biggest being at The Vogue in Broadripple 2013.
This classic duo from Dr. Who was a huge hit at GenCon 2012 winning the costume contest and providing the "wow" factor that every fan was looking for. The Dalek was made from wood, metal mesh, foam, dry wall light weight Spackle, white paint, and a toilet plunger. It took over 2 months to build. The top was a separate piece from the bottom. The base was on wheels to navigate easily through the halls of the Indianapolis Convention Center for GenCon 2012. A small child operated this Dalek and shouted "Exterminate" from inside with a tiny megaphone! He had the time of his life as fans surrounded us to take photos. I accompanied him with a Tardis dress that was handmade with a mating hat. They were both illuminated with blue LED lights.
The Grinch is one bad dude! Drinking Makers Mark at one of the cities best fundraiser charity events in Irvington Indianapolis! I was hired by the beautiful Jessica Cooke and her partner Melissa Whitney to create this party starting costume! He was a whoot in Whoville to say the LEAST! He spent the evening dancing with guests and popping up behind their shoulders for a little Christmas scare to spread the cheer! Andrew Brown was the actor wearing the green suit, and he wore it well! The evening was a blast and I was honored to be part of the event helping to assist those less fortunate during the chilly winter nights! The mask was hand sclupted and cast in latex. The jacket and furry suit were handmade along with his extra long fuzzy fingered gloves!
These wild costumes were built for ComiCon 2016! It was quite amusing to hear people shout at us when we walked past. Most thought it was really cool to have 2 sided costumes of their beloved 90s Batman villains, but when they got a load of us from behind, it was AWESOME! You could hear them shout, "WOW, no way!! There are 4 characthers in 1!!" Once again blowing peoples minds with ease haha! The four part bodysuits were hand made along with the 2 four faced masks from latex casts. There were LED lights surrounding Mr. Freeze, toxic waste in Bane's head tubes, a prosthetic smile for Joker, sharp crystal metal nails for Catwoman, very realistic eyes on all characters including eyelashes (great idea Sam Gencer, you rock!), and the scariest beak anyone has ever seen on Penguin! There were 8 characters total including a 9th with a mask prop, created for fans to use during photo ops! You cant forget Two Face! This was a huge hit at the Indianapolis ComiCon and we definitely made it on the cover for their website! Winning! Special shout out to my best friend Chelsea Emerson for wearing such a crazy costume for many hours. She is my rock. She has always been such a supporter during the many years of my self discovery as an artsy, wild, crazy, sometimes bossy costume maker. Love you to the moon Chels. Honorable mention to my sign guy, JR Dawson. What a fun loving criminal. Wouldnt have anyone else hold my ducktaped glowing sign, no doubt.
Talk about a stroke of luck and skill combined! I was referred by the wonderful Chris Beaty and James Waldon to take part in one of the largest events in Indianapolis history. The running of the 100th Indy 500 took place in May of 2016. Maxim Magazine and Karma International hosted the biggest nightlife party featuring a stellar atmosphere and Tiesto as the headliner at the PanAm Pavillion building downtown Indy. I had 2 days to put together 30 bodysuits for bottle service girls with checkered flag side stripes, a sexy neckline, and promotional patches. Alongside stood the host racing suits with matching patches! Julie Stein was a delight and such a pleasure to work for while scrambling to finish before the big event! I had also made myself a checkered flag ball gown for the evening! I put together matching garments,for myself, to rock the entire race weekend! They were a hit! I had a stroke of genius and decided to put 3M reflective fabric, from a caution vest, on the trim of my garments. When flashes of light hit my dresses, they illuminated very brightly! Talk abut eye catching! Huge success!!
This is a collection of Grid Girl gear that I have made over the years for local and international racing companies! It was always awesome to see them on the track, Speed TV, and the fan walks! As a bonus, I actually got to be a promo model and wear most of my designs for these amazing races! My favorite was the summer of 2012. I was flown to California for Laguna Seca!! Such an awesome time with Starworks! A special thank you to Jessi Nace for these special moments! She is a rockstar and I couldn't have accomplished any of these without her!
This story is currently being written as I still have to roam the halls of GenCon2016 tomorrow! I will be posting much more soon! Please visit my Facebook and Instagram pages for more pics and videos! You can also visit Indianapolis Wish TV Channel 8 website for a full story by Andrew Garrison that aired today on August 5, 2016. Also coming soon are the stories of Boba Fett, Sinister Sith, and Deadpool! Thank you!!!!!