Major Work: The Calling of Tzeentch
The “Major Work” is the one big project during my education at Toi WHakaari where I was completely free to chose what I wanted to create. I had to decide upon a drawing, painting or illustration at the beginning of my final year and spend the next eight months working on this piece to complete it within the budget of NZ$ 280. After finishing the piece it was shown together with the works of my classmates in the Costume Showcase 2015 (video to come).
I chose a character of the World of Warhammer universe, a female Lord of Change from the campaign “The Age of Reckoning”. She is a Disciple of the Chaos God Tzeentch who corrupts his followers and slowly mutates them into his likeness.
What drew me into this character was the vast amount of detail: different colors, textures and materials and a lot of elements I had never worked with before. Armormaking, masks and big props were all new to me and while I am confident in my sewing skills, these elements provided a most welcome challenge for me. In addition to working in new areas of costuming, being on such a tight budget meant relying on inventiveness and ingenuity in the execution. On top of that I set myself the challenge of having an articulate jaw in the mask since I wanted the character to feel more realistic than I could have achieved with a static mask. The result can be seen in the two short videos below.
I thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating this character, getting to know her intimately and ultimately seeing her being brought to life by my performer Te Puawaitanga Chapman. Up until today this is the project I am most satisfied with and I feel proud about leaving Toi Whakaari with this big piece of work.
The main fabric used are cotton sateen for the skirt and foiled linen for both the grey coat and the gold apron in the front. The armor pieces are cut and assembled out of EVA foam as re the clawhand and the dagger: Horns, staff and mask base are fabricated with papermaché, the mask was then covered in leather and painted. The feathers both on the staff and the costume itself are made from stiffened and painted fabric, teeth and smaller jewellery elements are sculpted with air drying clay. Everything, including the decoration on the clothing items, is painted with acrylics.