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Halloween Crafting 

With our favourite holiday approaching, Halloween prep is in full swing. If you’re looking for costume inspiration, here are a few of our projects in progress:

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Happy Halloween! More Costume and Makeup Inspiration

Wednesday fridy'

For my final costume this year, I came up with two different looks for two different days (Wednesday and today) with the same basic concept. Wednesday was a little more elf princess, and today is a little more forest sprite/goblin, but the antlers are the centrepiece in both cases:

For some process shots, check out the post on how it was made (this was a way more complicated process than I had planned, and there are a few things I will do differently in the future if I make these again, but the end result works for the costume, and that’s what really matters): https://appleofmyoddeye.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/antlers-an-adventure-in-costuming/

And here are the costumes! I think today’s is better than Wednesday’s, but I do like some things about Wednesday’s makeup. Also, I apologise to any archers who may be offended by how inexpertly I hold that bow; in my defense, it is not designed to be a practical weapon–it’s very much for show!

I’m not the only one who got into the Halloween spirit. Devin dressed up for work today, and Ash was grinning like a Cheshire Cat at The Quilliad‘s launch and costume party last week (Devin went for a creepy costume for the launch as well):

Looking at my family, it’s not hard to see where my costume obsession comes from:

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Our Spooky Neighbourhood

Our neighbourhood always gets into the Halloween spirit, so I took the time to walk around and capture some of the creative displays of Halloween decorations near our apartment building. I saw everything from cotton spider webs to kid’s drawings on pumpkins. Some displays consist mostly of well-chosen pre-made decorations, but the garbage-bag spider is pretty clever!

Hope you have a great All Hallows Eve!

-Sarah

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Antlers: an Adventure in Costuming

IMG_4007So I made antlers this week for Halloween. Despite having planned on making something simple, they became 100x  more complicated like all my other projects. The process shots show how crazy I went trying to problem solve along the way:

The end result looks like something between tree branches and antlers, but I’ve decided I’m happy with them. I think if I were to make antlers again, I’d coat them in clay before painting. I’ll be posting full-costume shots tomorrow.

-Sarah

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Halloween Makeup and Costume Inspiration

Hey, everyone.

We’re very into Halloween at Apple of my Odd Eye, and we’ve had a few opportunities to dress up already for The Quilliad‘s fourth issue launch party and for a backyard party. I really got into my costumes (so far) this year and thought I’d share my obsession with you.

Having decided to wear a different costume for each Halloween-themed event I go to this year, I have already spent much of this last week in thrift stores and costume stores assembling my costumes, and several hours on both faces combined. In my opinion, it was worth it–I felt super spooky. So far, it’s corpse/dead bride and Little Red Riding Werewolf down, dryad/forest spirit/elf still to go.

Big thanks to my mom for making the red hood for me and to Devin for dressing up as my corpse groom for The Quilliad‘s launch:

-Sarah

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A Creepy Evening Stroll

"Emergency" - Sarah Y. Varnam

“Emergency” – Sarah Y. Varnam

Devin and I went for a walk this evening and came across this TTC emergency exit. It immediately made me think of zombies and ghost stories. I hope you enjoy this creepy little photoshoot:

If you’re a fan of creepy art (and maybe also spooky and speculative writing), you might like The Quilliad‘s fourth issue. It’s the publication’s Halloween issue, and there will be thrills and chills in abundance, as well as some pieces that are just plain strange. We believe that literature and art can embrace the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres, and we want this issue to reflect that. The Kickstarter for this issue is still going for a few more days, and we’re still accepting submissions.

Check it out.

-Sarah

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Everyday Apocalypse

I walked out onto our balcony on Sunday morning and was struck by the eeriness of what I saw:

Our garden has turned into a tangled, dripping mess, and I love it (though I miss eating fresh sweetpeas in the morning). I couldn’t resist capturing the faded tones contrasted with those bursts of colour. Fall is one of my favourite seasons largely because of Halloween, so I might just be seeing ghosts and apocalypse everywhere because of that.

We have some more spooky art that we’ll be sharing over the next little while in the spirit of the season. Until then, we hope you enjoy the pumpkin-flavoured everything that has invaded the retail world this month.

-Sarah

The Quilliad's issue 4 cover

The Quilliad’s issue 4 cover

P.S. If you like apocalyptic, spooky, or fantastical art–or writing–check out The Quilliad, a little literary and arts publication with a Halloween theme for its upcoming issue.

We’re working on our fourth issue right now, which means both that our Kickstarter is up until the end of the month and our submission call is open until the 30th of September. We’ve got a bunch of cool and creepy rewards available for the Kickstarter and we’d love to see your work for our submission call.

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“Spider”, Sarah Y. Varnam

Spider

Artist: Sarah Varnam

Detail:

spider detail AOMOE

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October 14, 2013 · 5:19 pm

“Autumn Girl”

Autumn Girl

Artist: Sarah Varnam

Detail:

autumngirl detail AOMOE

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October 14, 2013 · 5:14 pm

Current Projects

Current projects

Working on some Halloween/fall-inspired pieces for the Kensington Art Market on October 27th in Toronto. Come check it out!

https://www.facebook.com/events/162607783946744/
(This is Apple of my Odd Eye’s personal invite. The event is much larger than just us–much of Augusta Avenue will be full of vendors.)

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October 13, 2013 · 11:45 am