GoFundMe Dental Work Campaign
Updated October 19th, 2014
The GoFundMe Crowd Funding Campaign:
Due to dry mouth from medications and the illness itself, (Myalgic Encephilimyalitis,) I have sustained a great deal of tooth loss in the last few years. Finally, one of my front teeth fell out. One of my oldest and dearest friends, Kira O'Reilly, has started a crowd funding campaign in my name to raise the funds necessary to have some bridges made to fill in the gaps while I wait for complete dentures.
We are offering many unusual rewards to thank our donors; such as an opportunity to collaborate with me on your own bottle of Absinthe, a beautiful, one of a kind brocade corset, hand embellished prints of some of my portraits; including one of Rozz Williams and Ron Athey of Christian Death, completed in 1982, and 18th century make-up accessories such as velvet beauty marks (mouches) shaped like hearts, cupids, diamonds and more.
To check out the campaign, follow this url: http://www.gofundme.com/Jwlhyfer
The Lily of Melancholy - The Victorian Mourning Event
Sally Norton, Alexandria Volk, Shelley Monson, Aurie Bradley, Erin Algeo, Raymond Andre, Max Raymond and myself are seriously discussing the possibility of mounting another Victorian Mourning Exhibit. At the present time, the project is in the planning stages. In the meantime, some of my pieces were exhibited at "Mourning Becomes Her an exhibit of Sentimentality & Sorrow in Fashion 1860-1920" at the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles in Please follow our progress on our Facebook page for the exhibit; "The Lily of Melancholy." In the meantime I have been able to add to my personal mourning collection considerably and I am excited about sharing these lovely and very unusual items with you. If I can, I will put some photographs up here. They've come from all over the world, including Australia!
I also began designing a mourning gown for the event. I've found some wonderful material at my favorite fabric shop; Silk Road in Downtown Oakland. The swatch is in my sketchbook.
I acquired two books on Mourning Artifacts at Costume Con 22. They are quite extensive and have values as well as information. One of the authors lives in the Bay Area and I am hoping we can contact her. I will put up the book titles and ISBN numbers as soon as I can so you can share in the beauty and pathos of these wonderful artifacts.
Update on Current Projects
Many of you may have wondered what I've been doing since I dropped out of sight a few years ago. I certainly have not been idle, but my health has interfered in all aspects of my social and creative life. As I said, though, I have not been idle.
I have a You Tube channel called The Gothic Bohemian Salon; where I read my poetry, talk about the early days of the Gothic subculture, review books and films, do make-up overviews and tutorials, present unusual objects (the cabinet of curiosities,)and talk about all sorts of Gothic related stuff.
I have returned to my study of Japanese/Chinese Calligraphy and expanded to Western Calligraphy and illumination. My collection of inkstones, ink, quills, sealing wax and other accoutremants has expanded accordingly.
I am also studying drawing again. I am hoping that I can learn to draw some decent costume designs as well as progress in my unique portrait style.I'm putting together very extensive reference files of faces and other images to use as starting points for drawing. I'm also going through all of my fashion magazines and taking out the wonderful stuff, which then goes into clear pages in three ring binders according to subject. I should end up with a pretty wonderful reference library on couture, make-up and high fashion.
I'm reading, studying and writing fiction, and beginning to take some finished peices and make them into books. I'm hoping to start a regular blog soon. It would cover a lot of my interests, but would mostly be an urban artist's guide to my local discoveries. I've also become very interested in extreme glamour make-up, and I'm hoping to write reviews about drug store make-up both for use in period costuming and in extreme fashion.
Sadly, I had to stop performing with Bella Donna several years ago. I miss them all very much, but they are thriving under Shawna Spiteri's excellent leadership. They were awarded "Best Stage Act" by the Rennaissance Symposium a couple of years ago. Kendra and Jennifer have both won awards for their lovely costumes on The Realm of Venus web site where I won the Golden Rose award for Seresina's gown in 2003. I'll add a link soon.
You can find out about Bella Donna at their official web site www.belladonnacourtesans.com.
You can also keep up to date with the Greater Bay Area Costumer's Guild www.gbacg.org If you are in the Northern Californian Bay Area and are not yet a member, I encourage you to join. There are many kindred spirits there with a love of costume, and their events and inspired. You also get discounts on tickets to other Period Organizations funtions like the Art Deco Society, The Bay Area English Regency Society and Period Events and Entertainment Society.
The Costume Clinics are still admirably run by Lisa Swehla. You can find out more at the revamped GBACG website www.gbacg.org The Costume Clinics are now known as Costume Salons and are quite interesting and welcoming to newcomers. If you haven't checked them out yet, I encourage you to do so. The atmosphere is fun and relaxed and costumes are not required to attend.