Saturday, May 26, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
After a 16 year hiatus I have started designing sets again in addition to my usual costume design gigs. Before the big summer production hits, I am cutting my teeth on Elm Shakespeare's current project American Buffalo. While at first glance, it seems like a small play, it has been a big challenge to get a 1970's junk shop installed in the Kehler Liddel Gallery.
How does one go from this...
First, you treat it like an art installation. I call it: "American Junk Shop." For me American Buffalo represents beginning of the journey of where we are as a Nation today. The 70's are the beginning of the end of the American Dream. For more of my thoughts on the play check out my previous post: American Buffalo An Introduction.
Once we got all of the furniture over to the Gallery, I started dressing the set. I've managed to gather various things from home, thrift stores, Yale, and a generous donation from some thrifting buddies. Because we are not able to install a full scale junk shop, I had to abstract the junk around the edges to suggest that there is more junk beyond what you see.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Friday, May 4, 2012
Recipe: Classic Rainbow Jell-O Mold
From: Hello, Jell-O!*
If you want to try it out, I would suggest using a timer to check the set. Also it's a great activity if you have lots of little cleaning chores to do around the house. Or if you are a reseller, maybe it's a good project for between setting up listings.
From: Hello, Jell-O!*
*Note that this is not a vintage cookbook, however the sentiment behind this book is definitely vintage inspired. Because this is a new book I won't be posting any photos of the recipe. Should you like to try your hand at it, the recipe can be found here via the author's blog.
The Jell-O Experiment has been a complete success. I am totally back into enjoying gelatin again. Many thanks are due to the vintage cookbooks of yore as well as new inspiration from the blog The Jello Mold Mistress of Brooklyn and the subsequent book Hello, Jell-O! As soon as I saw it I knew I had to give the Rainbow Mold a try.
Creative Cookery: I do what I want
I followed the recipe. Though judging when the mold is ready for the next layer is tricky. I also wasn't sure how many cups my mold would hold so I wasn't 100% sure how many colors I would end up with.
The Flavors: Strawberry, Orange, Lemon, Lime
Aluminum ring mold:
LuRay Pastel plate for serving:
Verdict: Blue Ribbon
Yes, this recipe takes a lot of patience, but it is worth it. I brought the mold to our latest Opening Night at work and it was a big hit. Most people described it as "happiness on a plate." Nice.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
I mean, I can't be this busy for the rest of my life. Right?
Anyway I had grand plans to share many of the things I bought for the American Buffalo set I am designing. However, things got busy so I'm just going to show you one item I bought while out Thrifting yesterday.
It is even an item on my grail list: a burl wood clock! It's in great shape and in working order.