Goodbye Horses

Posted in costume, Ox-Bow by andytoad on July 21, 2011

Reluctantly I leave Ox-Bow, the magical art school/community/experience in the woods of Michigan. I’ll miss my Hot Mess class. Also the sand dunes by the lake, the swimming and canoeing, my cabin by the lagoon, the meal-time bell…  I return to a heat wave in noisy dirty New York City. (Honestly I did miss home while I was away, but what an about face!) The class , Hot Mess: Costume and Wearable Sculpture, which I co-taught with my friend Mike Andrews was a success!  The diverse skills and knowledge that the students brought to class really impressed me.  When class began we hit the ground running and didn’t stop for two weeks. A melange of costume, sculpture, makeup, fashion, music videos and dance parties the class certainly lived up to it’s name. I hope that the students learned from the experience, I certainly learned a lot from them. Thank you Ox-bow/Hot Mess, you gave me a moment to step back and examine myself as a maker and a teacher. And what a gift to be reminded of how much fun art can be and of the freedom found in experimental making and play.

> > >  Some photos from the class can be seen here: Hot Mess flickr set  < < <



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  1. cubistliterature said, on August 1, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Our knit Troll costume! 🙂

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