Symbolism taking physical form
I have started working on my stage costume for the first live appearance with V-kaos. First up is a brooch or pendant for a necklace that I will embroider on black cloth with silver thread and then stabilize with a piece of wood or metal on the back.
I’m using a combination of alchemy symbols associated with parts of my lyrics and some Celtic/Viking aesthetics as a starting point. So far I have just made a few simple sketches and let my mind float around freely on different ideas. For once I’m taking the time to just sit and ponder over book illustrations and let the mind make up different associations, rather than forcing something or going for an obvious solution used thousands of times before. Yes, symbols carry a specific value, but I find it’s something that you should also play with. Push the boundaries a bit. Make people ask what you really mean. Question the inherent value of each of the elements you put together. If you look at the history of symbols, so many of them have changed their meaning over the years. That’s very important to remember.
I have also written down a full list of the materials I will need for the full costume. During the next days I will finish this design, draw up a proper template, go buy some silver thread and then get going with the embroidery. It shouldn’t take too long once I have the design ready.
There will be other forms of symbolism woven into the whole dress and accessories but this is where I wanted to start – a centerpiece to put my focus on while working out the other details.
I will show some of the work I’m doing on this costume here in the blog, but the final result will only be shown in its whole during the event. It’s quite a project I’m taking on here, but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for several years. Now is the time to get going.