Never the End

Posted in andytoad, animation, collaboration, video by andytoad on December 27, 2015


“Health Goth.” “Athleisure.” “Post-Punk-Synthpop-Darkwave.”
While ruminating on these things my buddy Grant Worth and I made this video together during 2015. After a few hiccups… it came together. We filmed this video at the awesome Park Church Co-op in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Grant and I have been experimenting with old school hand drawn animation lately. You can see a few examples in the video.
Naked Lies (Never the End)
by Andrew Jordan and Grant Worth
Music – “Naked Lies” by BLISCORD (AKA Bruno Coviello)
Starring – Debbie Attias
 some pieces:
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Posted in andytoad, collaboration, process, video by andytoad on April 3, 2015


Gif clip from a work in progress – Collaboration between Mission Fantasticthe feath3r theory, Andytoad.

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Posted in andytoad, costume, dance, process, Studio by andytoad on February 14, 2015


Photo: Julieta Cervantes

Photo: Julieta Cervantes

Aidos, a new piece by Douglas Dunn + Dancers, recently had it’s world premiere at BAM Fischer. For the show I designed costumes and objects. Below are some sketches, pieces, and parts from the process.







Holiday with Cthulhu

Posted in andytoad, mask, photography by andytoad on December 24, 2013

Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s brilliance and his most charming creation Cthulhu – Here is a series of photos created with my friend Adam for the holidays.

Yuletude Greetings from the Elder Things and Deep Ones!




Group Action

Group Action








Cryptid Miscellanea

Posted in andytoad, costume, drawing, mask, NYC by andytoad on August 22, 2013

Earlier this summer I was asked by illustrator Bil Donavan to take part in a mythology themed drawing night at the Society of Illustrators.  It sounded like fun so I gathered together some of the creature costumes that I’ve created over the past few years and took them to over to the Society. Working together with three models I created a motley crew of fantastic beings that were then drawn by the illustrators in attendance.  Such fun! It was such a great experience to see my designs come to life and be rendered in pen, ink, watercolor…  – with such amazing illustrative talent!  Below are a few images that were graciously shared with me by the artists.

Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust


Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust


Illustration by Joan Chiverton

Illustration by Joan Chiverton


Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust


Illustration by Stefano Imbert

Illustration by Stefano Imbert


Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust


Illustration by Joan Chiverton

Illustration by Joan Chiverton


Illustration by Joan Chiverton

Illustration by Joan Chiverton


Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust


The Minotaur modeling    photo: Bil Donavan

The Minotaur modeling    photo: Bil Donavan


Illustration by Stefano Imbert

Illustration by Stefano Imbert











Old Man From the Sea

Posted in andytoad, collaboration, costume, mask, performance by andytoad on August 15, 2013

Photographs of a costume recently made with Baxton Alexander.

Costume and photography collaboration with Baxton Alexander

It came from the deep to watch the sun set       photo: Andytoad

Shells skirt and mask

Shell skirt and mask       photo:Andytoad

Old Man From the Sea Mask

mask detail       photo: Andytoad

Happy Halloween Hurricane

Posted in 5 minute photo, andytoad, mask, photography by andytoad on October 31, 2012

Rebekah as a Death Bug  _  Photo: AndyToad

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Watermill Center Residency with Christopher Williams

Posted in andytoad, costume, dance, mask by andytoad on July 5, 2012

Watermill Center   _   photo: Gregory Spears

Recently I returned from a week long stay at The Watermill Center where I was in residence with Christopher Williams and Gregory Spears working on our upcoming “dance-opera” Wolf-in-Skins. During our time there we worked to further develop the choreography, music, and designs for Wolf-in-Skins. Watermill provided an enriching experience, an awesome opportunity to be amongst my collaborators for an extended amount of time and to focus on our work. In an amazing space. (Thank you Watermill!)

The Knee at Watermill Center   _   photo: Gregory Spears

In my studio space at Watermill  _   photo: Gregory Spears

The Watermill Center’s large collection of world masks, objects and photographs offered me much inspiration as did exploring the library’s vast book collection. I spent the majority of my time at the center sketching, planning and refining the costume designs for the race of The Fay and The Hounds of The Fay (both played by dancers), and the Ellyllon (played by opera singers).

Friends in my studio  _   photos: AndyToad

The sacrifice totems  _   photos: AndyToad

Some sketches by AndyToad

Ellyllon shapes by AndyToad

In conceptualizing the costume design Christopher and I have set some guidelines for the look of these primordial characters. The Fay come from a time of mystery and elegant magical craft whose history has trickled down to us through myth. The time of the Fay roughly corresponds to our geological time period known as the Stone Age.

The Ellyllon are very ancient elemental entities, older than The Fay. The Ellyllon are the storytellers, the voices guiding the narrative. They are Shapes and shadows in the process of forming and un-forming.

The aforementioned races exist in a time prior to human mastery of fabric and tailoring. The Fay and Ellyllon “garments” are more hide and skin-like – shells, vegetation, skin, bone, teeth, amber… organic and manifested in unknown ways.

Costume Textures   _   photo: AndToad

Hound mask in progress  _   photo: AndyToad

Christopher with dancers Matthew Flatley and Caitlin Scranton  _   photo: AndyToad

Wolf-in-Skins in progress showing  _   photo: Jake Schlichting

Wolf-in-Skins in progress showing  _   photo: Jake Schlichting

Observing a hound in progress  _   photo: Jake Schlichting

Hound in progress  _   photo: Jake Schlichting

Ghost Lines Showing

Posted in costume, dance, performance by andytoad on May 31, 2012

Debuting some new costumes at Movement Research on June 4th!



Ritual Union

Posted in andytoad, mask by andytoad on May 30, 2012

The bride and groom in avian form

Over the past few months my buddy Rebekah and I have been working on a wedding dress for our friend Brooke. (Andytoad bridal…?!)

I designed the dress I hoped to make and together with Rebekah, and her amazing tailoring skills, we set out to build it. (Also cap, veil and masks.) Not wanting to reveal anything before the special day I’ve been kind of mum. However the wedding was this past weekend so I’m spilling the beans…

Brooke waiting to walk the aisle

Years ago Brooke, knowing what kind of work I do, asked if I’d make her wedding dress. Thinking she was joking or just being nice I said yes. Flash forward five-ish years.  I get a call from Brooke. “I’m getting married! Remember you’re going to make my wedding dress.” She was serious. So excited and nervous we began.

The bodice with it’s many pieces

Brooke found a nutty bride’s dress from the 70’s that was mostly tulle and beaded applique, a friend of mine donated a white satin dress he had around the house, I fell in love with a WWII silk parachute – we had our materials.

Where we began:  the puffy 70’s dress, the satin dress, silk parachutes

Rebekah models the parachute

Parachute preparation

We stripped apart, reworked, and reconfigured these materials and fashioned a dress (loosely inspired by the white peacock.) The wedding had a myth/ storybook theme to it  with a masked ball reception afterwards. Guests were given masks to wear when they arrived and the bride and groom entered the hall after the ceremony wearing peacock masks.

A lot of the work I make is used for art and performance purposes (costumes, masks, set pieces…) And honestly you don’t have to stretch the imagination much to see a wedding as performance art. It’s been exciting making the centerpiece costume for an ancient ritual. And Brooke was awesome and open to me making the dress in a way that was interesting to me.

Brooke and Jeff

The silk train / The wedding party

Using these material harvesting techniques is appealing to me. They give one a set of limitations to work within that often leads to unexpected results. Sometimes those results can be quite wild but I don’t think that’s the case here. I think Brooke’s dress is unique, flashy, and lovely in a subdued way (for me.) Knowing where it came from I think we streamlined and reworked well.

Brooke looked beautiful and she was happy. And I’m very pleased with what Rebekah and I made together. Mission accomplished.

Bride and bridesmaids

All photos by Andytoad except for aerial parachute image by Bettmann/CORBIS