I hand make quality costumes for my family each year and I absolutely love it! Everything is handmade, and what isn’t made is thrifted. I work predominantly with paper mache, but I also work with found, recycled, and repurposed materials, so there is a lot of guessing, scrapping, and dumpster diving involved.
I also hand-built a miniature replica of Audrey 2 that we carried around. I challenge myself to buy as little as possible each year, and my family is the biggest support system while I work each day from sun up to sun down. For child-friendly events, my daughter played Seymour, and, for adult only events, my husband assumed the role. Going out and about while screaming “Feed me Seymour, Feed me!” Was a total hit, and is always fun for me.
I love the crowd response from my creations, and I love making my art into a performance.