Shear Madness Quarterly Challenge #1: “Drawn That Way”


Welcome to the first ever Shear Madness Quarterly Challenge!  You voted and we listened, and we have 4 fun challenges planned for the next 12 months.  They are:

1.  “Drawn That Way” – Costumes inspired by artwork – print media, paintings, animation, etc.  Anything that was once originally drawn by a person qualifies.

2.  “Thing-a-ma-bobs?  I’ve got 20!” – The accessories challenge!  Hats, ruffs, wigs, shoes, bags – it all happens here!

3.  “Clean-up in Aisle 10!” – Costumes made with items not found at craft or fabric stores.  Hardware stores, office supply, junk-yards, you name it!

4.  “That’s not fabric!”  – Costumes made using non-fabric in place of fabric.  Think the trash bag fashion of “Derelicte” from the movie “Zoolander.”

Challenge #1 starts today, October 11, 2013 and runs till January 2, 2014.  The rules of the challenge are:

1.  The item must have been made within the last 6 months.

2.  75% of the item must have been made by YOU.  Thrifted items that have been significantly altered qualify as made by you.  Wigs and other items that are purchased for the costume would qualify in the 25%.  This is a costume challenge, not a persona challenge – we want to see your crafty creativity!

3.  The costume MUST be inspired by an original piece of artwork – a painting, an embroidery design, a cartoon, an animation.  Historical, anime, superhero, etc.  Your choice.

4.  The costume does not have to exactly replicate the design.  It can instead be “inspired” by it, but we need to be able to tell that the costume was inspired by the artwork.

5.  You need to submit 1-5 photos to Laura on FB no later than midnight CST on January 2, 2014.  Please also include a photo or link to the inspiration artwork, and a brief description of why the artwork inspired you.  Include any problems you had to solve, any new things you tried and any creative solutions to problems that you came up with.

6.  Contestants can share the progress of their costumes on their blogs, or on the Shear Madness page, but it is NOT required.

7.  Contestants can sign up at any time.  Simply send your name, the name of the artwork you are using as your inspiration piece, and a valid email to Laura via FB email any time prior to January 2nd.

8.  HAVE FUN.  This is not something we want you to agonize over.  This is to be a fun and inspiring challenge for you as a costumer.  And if the entire thing doesn’t get finished, oh well!  Submit what you have.  We just want to see what you were working on!

The judges will review the entries and the winners will be announced on January 7th, 2014.  There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes awarded, as well as honorable mentions as chosen by the judges.  All winners will be given a Shear Madness logo with their winning placement for display on their blog/website.  The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive the “Best Costume” statue:

This is high quality plastic, folks.

This is high quality plastic, folks.

The first prize winner will also receive a $50 gift certificate towards a cartoon drawing of the costume of their choice by Brittany Lounsbury of “Terrizae” on DeviantArt.  This qualifies the winner to a pen and ink drawing of their costume.  There are additional fees for adding color, background or more extensive detail.  Examples of the work of the lovely Brittany are the Steampunk Clown costume, Victorian 5th Doctor Cross-play, Snow White, the Sisters from “White Christmas” and Green Bay Packer Nerfpunk.  So you get a chance to turn your artwork inspired costume back into artwork featuring YOU.  Pretty cool, huh?

The judges for this project are amazing costumers.  Each has extensive background in costuming in different genres and are excited to see what you come up with.

Maral as Cyd Charisse.

Maral as Cyd Charisse.

Judge #1 is Maral Agnerian of  Maral is a Master’s Level winning costumer who creates amazing works of art and offers great tutorials on her website.  Most recently she won Best in Show at the Costume Con Sci Fi/Fantasy Masquerade for her Dragon costume.  Maral says about her favorite costume:  “That’s really hard to choose; there are a couple that are very dear to my heart. One definite contender is Mata Hari; she’s the one that got me hooked on bling. Before that I wasn’t that into sparkles, but now I can’t get enough.”

Jennifer in her Capitol Couture costume from "The Hunger Games."

Jennifer in her Capitol Couture costume from “The Hunger Games.”

Judge #2 is Jennifer Stukas Rosbrugh of  Jennifer runs the amazing website “Historical Sewing,” which offers many tutorials and classes related to sewing.  Jennifer says about her favorite costume:  “A favorite costume I love to wear is my 1830 Slytherin Dress, so named because of the lime & gold shot silk taffeta it’s made from. But it’s simply fun with it’s slouching poufy sleeves and layers of petticoats to puff out the skirt. I feel like a kid when I bounce along in it.”

Rae as Ambergris.

Rae as Ambergris.

Judge #3 is Rae Bradbury-Enslin of  Rae has been competing in masquerades for 20 years and is the costume director at Haunted Overload.  Rae says about her favorite costume:  “I  guess one of my favorite costumes to wear is Ambergris, the witch with the scarlet letter. (A+, because she’s an adulteress, and she’s GOOD at it.) She’s one of my haunted attraction characters, and it’s more like putting on a personality than a costume. When I cinch down her purple and silver spider corset, I’m putting on another me. She’s funnier, bawdier, more glamorous, and a bit more cruel than I am. After almost 20 years of performing her, she thinks with her own brain and requires very little effort on my part.”

So mark your calendars for January 2, 2014 and get your creative juices flowing!  A second post will be coming soon with examples of costumes that other people have made based on artwork from different genres.

Challenge #1 begins now!




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