Just a little bit ago @kateobrien posted some shots of a sash she hand beaded that ended up being a project she hasn't yet used for its original purpose, but is beautiful anyway.
It reminded me of this old project I did, designing costumes for Shakespeare's The Tempest.
This was one of the more enjoyable couple of months researching that I ever spent. Digging through books of illustrations of Renaissance and Elizabethan dress, and imagining each character.
The feel and detail in Kate O'Brien's sash fits what I was going for in these designs so well, better actually than I would probably have hit on if I had ever tried making these costumes, that I am really tempted to explore any possibility of collaboration, unrealistic though it might be.
Back when I drew these I really did plan on mounting a stage production of this play. I'd still like to do it.
It's the anti Romeo and Juliet. The older generation lets go of its grudges to secure the future happiness of its children. It's a play about forgiveness, which there aren't a lot of, and especially not from this era. And I've never seen a production that I thought did the words justice.
Every character is here, except Caliban. He's a tough one. Haven't cracked him yet.