Halloween, one month late

I was talking to a co-worker today about what the kids were for Halloween this year and realized I didn’t do a Halloween post.  So let me rectify that, as I sit among the Christmas decorations in my living-room.  🙂

This was probably one of the last Halloweens that Eddie will want me to make him a costume, which is probably why I was a little over-zealous in my choice of patterns.  He went as a pre-iron-age warrior.  As I look through the photos from that day, I can’t believe I didn’t get any close-ups of the work I did.  I had to cut like 100 triangular shapes out of faux leather to create this layering effect for his armor.  It came out great – here is a close up from larger picture.  I made him the shield, but he painted the family crest on the front. By the way, that is a Joyce crest – (my maiden name)- not a Mahoney, but only because I  guilted Eddie into doing it!

Tom was a zombie hunter – very cool, and very gory. For his face make-up I added blood splatter and a concussive injury for “realism”.  He had lots of weapons and even some spent shells on his costume.  He even acted the part:  here he is exhausted from a vicious zombie battle!

Bubbie went for the obscure.  She was Tiffany Aching, an awesome character from the Terry Prachett series Disc World.  This little witch is intelligent, brave, adventurous and curious; all the traits we want in our little girl!  She even had brown wavy hair and was tall for her age!  Bubbie loved Tiffany’s’ character, and didn’t care that no one would know who she was on Halloween.  Anyway, her costume was completely accurate, right down to her frying pan and three Wee-Free-Men (click on the link if you are curious!)  

One day I will post of all of our old Halloween photos in order to share with you all the crazy costumes I have made over the years.  It has been a lot of fun bringing my kids’ dreams to fruition!  How can you not love a grinning face like Bub’s?

Or Terry’s, for that matter? 🙂 

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I have always loved the process of transforming pieces of fabric into quilts. For years I collected scraps, just to be sure I'd have the right piece for the project at hand. Eventually, as my skills progressed, my hobby grew into art. I moved from simple quits, to 'landscape quilting' and then eventually onto portrait work. I am new to the art field and am self-taught, learning from my mistakes as well as from my successes. I create my images using only fabric and thread. I remain true to this limitation for two reasons; first, I love the challenge of finding new ways to depict ever more challenging subjects. Second, fabric work remains my true love. I enjoy the hunt for fabrics; where other artists might blend oil paints, I love finding that perfect shade or pattern for a specific need. I refer to my style as "gestalt impressionism" for one needs to take a step back from my pieces to get the whole picture. My view point changes by what is influencing me at the time. Recently I've begun to focus on the journey of the individual. I enjoy working on portraits of people whom I feel have lead interesting lives.

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One comment on “Halloween, one month late
  1. Mom says:

    Thanks for the chance to see the costumes up close, as usual, they are terrific!
    Your work is work of love.

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