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Magical Goodness

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I've loved Hayao Miyazaki's work for many years. His films are breathtaking, inspirational and a joy to watch. From the energy of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind to the urgency of Princess Mononoke to the child-like hope of My Neighbour Totoro, they are pure brilliance. I was first introduced to his work when Spirited Away won the Oscar for best picture. As soon as I saw it I was hooked and I promptly moved on to see the rest of his films as well as others, also wonderful, from Studio Ghibli. It was just after seeing Spirited Away though that I had heard his next film was to be called Howl's Moving Castle. I just so happened to be discussing this with a friend who is quite the reader. She responded with amazement, telling me that Howl's Moving Castle is the title of a book by Diana Wynne Jones. Surely enough this was what the movie was based on. My friend lent me the book and from that moment I was destined to be a big fan!
Both Miyazaki's film and Jones' nov…

Costumes for "The Tempest"

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This past Saturday was the final performance of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" by the drama group of my college, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy. I was fortunate enough to be the costume designer second year in a row (last year we did Moliere's "The Learned Ladies"). It was a blast to work on. The fantasy setting gave me a lot of room to move around, especially since the director wanted the time period to be ambiguous. That plus a plethora of magical creatures, spirits and monsters made it a designer's dream. My crew was wonderful, as were all the other departments and actors. I love collaborative art forms like theater; the way it comes together and brings everyone together is amazing. Here are some of the finished costumes. In the near future hopefully I'll get around to posting some of my designs and inspirations also.
Ariel Prospero and AntonioFerdinand and Miranda
CalibanGoddesses: Ceres, Juno, Iris
Nymphs: Wind, Mountain, Water, Star and Tree