Sunday, May 1, 2016

New adventures for the mannequin

Greetings friends!! Well, its been a whirlwind the past few weeks. I actually left the studio for some ADVENTURE!!

I tried a thing I've never done before. I modeled for an art class. I modeled for TWO DIFFERENT art classes! There were only a few students at the first one, but I got lots of compliments and attention.
I wore beautiful tiger lilies in my head. They came from the prop closet, which is full of fabulous objects to draw from. 

 I look so serious....

At the second School (about 2 weeks later) there were a LOT more students. Lydia wanted them to focus on FOLDS IN CLOTH, so I was mostly wrapped in a white sheet. Their prop closet was limited, but there was a plant I was able wear. (I love wearing plants and flowers, they are my favorite... hats? What does one call an accessory that begins *IN* the head rather than on top of the head? Ah well, seems like a problem unique to me, so I may have to come up with my own word. BUT FIRST I'LL TAKE SUGGESTIONS!! Please comment your suggestion!) I wish I had taken a photo of my outfit!
Anyway, I had a fun time. Not all the students had fun though, there was one unfortunate lady who was extremely terrified of me. I don't blame her though. While I'm not mean or horrific, I do look very VERY realistic, I am missing some fingers, I have cracks, and some people just find human-looking inanimate things frightening. Kudos to the student however, she managed to gather enough courage to sit through the whole class!

My travels were not without a few mishaps though! Doors are generally not shaped to accommodate someone being carried through with their legs sticking out - I banged my head a few times, as well as my knees and toes. And my right arm fell off at least 3 times. -__-
I also knocked my hand into a door and 2 fingers fell off AGAIN. Thankfully Lydia was able to glue them back on though! Don't worry, I can't feel a thing!!

I spent 2 days in the car before I could get back to the studio. On Thursday, Lydia didn't get a chance to bring me in right away, and apparently she got really lonely! She realized it was because I was NOT in the room. Wow, kinda makes a mannequin feel loved, ya know?

Do you know what I learned however, upon returning to the studio? I HAVE NO THUMBS. How did I not notice this before? I don't think I had thumbs before all this... but I didn't think about it? Ahh well, I'm just glad to get out and try something new!!

So this weekend was amazing as well. It was the Raymond James Stutz Artist Openhouse!! 65+ artists opened their studios, there was music and food trucks and LOTS OF PEOPLE! Of course, I didn't go exploring, but I did have a lot of people stop in and greet me! (and Lydia too of course!) One guy even had a friend take a photo of him leaning down to give me a kiss! I do appreciate the attention, but I sure wish he had stayed long enough to learn my name! MEN! (and maybe I'd like to see the photo too?? Hey look everyone, its me about to kiss a real human person! How novel!) *laugh*

It was a great time. I overheard a lot of great conversations about art, dreams and the spirit. I know about dreams so well!! I think my dreams will be even more vibrant after this event. I'm energized and inspired. 

Lydia didn't remember to take my photo at the openhouse, but I did get sent a photo taken by Carla Hedges, I hope she doesn't mind that I'm sharing it with you guys! She did a great job capturing my imagination.
(photo by Carla Hedges)

You can even TAG me now! Thats right! I started a facebook page. Please go find me on there and like it. My official facebook link name is Brunhildegardmannequin, but my name will come up as Brunhildegard.

Ok. I better go tune out now. Its going to be almost a week before I can get some company. Lydia has to teach this week, and then on her normal studio day, she's taking David to the airport for a FLORIDA music gig and then she's going to Chicago to see the opening of the new Ars Memoria Tattoo and Art Gallery! Sounds like fun and I wish I could go too. Maybe I'll go on my own adventure and not tell anyone. *smile*


  1. Loved your style! Very happy that I found this wonderful post as was looking for style tips for my bachelorette bash. Will host a party at a popular venue Houston TX next month. Really want to nail my look.

    1. Ha! Well, thank you, I'm honored! Enjoy your Bachelorette Party!! Make sure to put LOTS of flowers in your head! Congrats!!
      -Brunhildegard the Mannequin