Monday, 21 October 2013

Mysterious rabbit


I woke up with the rabbit face on my mind. I had to draw it. Then I had to wear it. Then I had to pick out a dress to wear with it. And shoes too. Mysterious rabbit - half evil, half good, half real.

This is not a post for Halloween - it's just me. I didn't wear the mask to my coffee shop, physically at least. The outfit is plain but it seemed to embody the magical rabbit sensibility of a sweetly twisted fairy tale, which I was looking for.


Thrifted dress, top half knit with furry cuffs, bottom half jersey A-line, sewn in fabric belt. Black tights. Black glitter platform booties heavily discounted retail, with upcycled antique kimono shoelaces, gift. Magic loupe O made me.

For the mask, I drew the image on a piece of canvas paper with a black Sharpie, cut eye holes above the rabbit eyes and a small nose flap, then taped the mask to a pair of glasses with clear lenses. The whole process took about 20 minutes. The rigidity of the glasses maintains the image's flat plain and makes it easy to put on and remove the mask.


And I had to make a video clip of myself spinning down the rabbit hole. The Alice in Wonderland story always scared me as a child, but today I wanted to embrace that other worldliness. This clip expresses a small fraction of my expression. I felt constrained using a tripod to make this one, but you Just Make Do.



I'm linking this up with Patti at Visible Monday, Not Dead Yet Style, doncha know. She's off to New York, happy bunny, so we'll have to make sure we don't trash her house while she's gone, won't we.

I love these grey, misty days here. It's a busy season. I hope you're all finding ways to express yourselves as well, whether it's through clothes or music or friends or art...

And thanks for all your kind words and support on my last post.





43 comments:

  1. Very cool rabbit. I love the mask construction using the glasses...genius!

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  2. I LOVE your vlogs! I'm doin baby steps ... just started doing close ups on my fashion linkups and separate pics on the shoes, accessories, et al.

    You are inspiring me to git to gittin on my vlog editing skills!

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  3. You and your rabbit face put a smile THIS big on my face. So, mission accomplished :D

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  4. Hey, rabbit! We think rabbits are special in our family, and sometimes ascribe mystical powers to them. So, very cool! Thanks for sharing it with Visible Monday.

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  5. you are genius creativity and bunny delight! How i do LOVE YOU!!!! XXXXX

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  6. Ooh, I like the rabbit mask. I like that it isn't a cutesy bunny at all, but rather mystious and a bit sinister, like something from The Wicker Man. But perhaps that's the music's influence, if you had used a playful cutesy tune, maybe I would have seen it differently...
    Love the dress, especially the fur cuffs. Not rabbit, I trust?! It adds to the Victorian Wonderland/Looking Glass vibe. Great stuff! xxxx

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  7. Could it be a hare, not a rabbit? Just because I am bonkers for hares. Mystical creatures. I saw some great sculptures recently, human forms with hare r bulls heads, just lovely. Reminded me of this xxx

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  8. Donnie Darko is a favorite flick of mine and this post reminds me of the darkness in that film. I kinda love your video too!
    XXOO

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  9. Bloody hell, you are remarkably talented as a video maker! I love this, and the music suits beautifully! Your movements are quite delightful, also.
    I once had a dream about a huge white rabbit that was very cross with me, and he had glaring red eyes. Never did find out why he was so pissed with me, dammit.
    Love those booties.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  10. I love everything about this post. I'm hooked!

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  11. You are just SO MUCH FREAKING FUN!!!!
    Awesome and cool is all I gotta say!

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  12. Such a cool piece of art! Smart to adhere it to a pair of glasses. Love your creative mind!

    blue hue wonderland

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  13. The rabbit video is totally cool - your movements and music create an eerie mood that's straight out of an avant-garde horror film.

    You are such an inspiration!

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  14. Silly Rabbit. Tricks are for Kids. And evil rabbit videos are for ME!!!

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  15. ooooh, a Bad Bunny! LOVE your video!

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  16. That's magical! Thank you for the glance behind the mirror.

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  17. dang I love your videos! and the sinister rabbit face reminds me of my badass rabbit 'Moonshine' x x

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  18. That outfit, your poses, animate that mask compellingly. . . set the imagination running. . . But that's not a Bunny. . . .nothing cute there, really, is there? Somehow that name is just to diminutive for the power in that persona. . .

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  19. Is there no end to your creativity?! I love the drawing, but putting the cut-out face onto glasses, well, that's just genius at work.

    Like your video too. You must give children a fright if they come across you by accident!

    Much love from England,
    Rosemary from
    www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

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  20. Amazing, stunning, innovative...none of these words fully describe you, Melanie! The mask is spooky! Love the idea of taping it to the glasses.

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  21. Brilliant, GF! Mine are a cheat and i can truly appreciate all your artistic thought that goes into your videos!

    And wait....vintage kimono shoelaces??? Xoxo

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  22. you're a delightfully talented lady, your video is überfunny and disturbing, the music, the movements!
    and love your designs indeed!, so evocative!
    besos

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  23. Only you could think of such a thing!

    It made me think of and i don't know why, of a french- new wave movie -


    My artistic streak these days are crochet beannies! and I made a flower as well, what do you think? hahaha!

    Take care, big hugs

    arianexo

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  24. i wish i could meet you at your coffee shop with that mask . you did agreat job,

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  25. WOW! That video has to be your best one so far! Love it!!!

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  26. Love the video! and putting the mask on glasses--brilliant! Whole thing kinda reminds me a tad of that 80s Czech movie "Alice"---twisted take on the Alice in Wonderland story.

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  27. I see you have no problems believing six impossible things before breakfast, a whole heap afterwards too. Awesome persona! Yours are about the only vlogs I watch. Because they are just amazing!!!! love/covet those boots xxx

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  28. There is a thing about the look bunnys have about them, sometimes. Like they might just reach out and bite the crap out of you for no reason.
    "Watership Down" said it all. This is that kind of bunny.
    I just love you, Mel ! And I'm loving your videos. Just another medium for you to stow in your magically effective toolbox. And plain outfit, but beautiful.
    Glad you came out to play.

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  29. Done! i voted for you!
    I hope we will catch some attention, hahaha!
    I think we are the best! Don't you think?
    Vote for Sue as well!
    Shelley should be there as well, i don't know if she knows about this contest, she is in NY this week.
    I will send her an e-mail

    Have a great weekend

    Arianexxx

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  30. I think that's one of the best opening lines I've seen: "I woke up with the rabbit face on my mind..." Brilliant Alice video too; you are a spinning work of art. Masks and disguise always intrigue me.

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  31. Wonderful, wonderful outfit, mask and especially video. To me this is the best one yet. Great the way the rabbit face dominates all video views. Terrific. Fan!
    Without the rabbit face your outfit is also terrific. Love it.
    Greetje

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  32. Something about rabbits and hares really capture an otherworldliness, you've defnitely brought this alive in this mask, it's fantastic. The video is wonderful x

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  33. Your videos are becoming more fantastic by the post. "It's just you." Love watching your creativity blossom in a new direction.

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  34. Bad hare day indeed!!! It's amazing how much a mask can change the perception. There's something just a little frightening about that bunny mask. I'm glad I didn't look at that video last night - I would have had nightmares!

    But I like the idea of wearing a mask, not physically. I shall try that at work today. I'm going to be Jabba the Hut.

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  35. I love this look on you, mask and all! You remind me of a wonky Holly GoLightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's - wonky in a good way, of course. Xo

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  36. The rabbit video cracks me up...the booties make me cry out for joy!

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  37. Melanie, you are a genius. This post has stayed with me similarly to how you not-physically wore your rabbitness to the coffee shop. Sticks to the ribs, it does!

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