Why yes, I'm still mainly talking about other people instead of Moiself. Habit! I'll get around to Me soon.
When I saw Laura Brody's event pop up on the Fringe list of offerings, moi head went THAT IS SO AWESOME and immediately put her on the 5 Questions list. Via the fabulous internal communication system on the Fringe site, got in touch with her. I loved her answers.
Alas, I also knew I wouldn't be able to go to her live draping due to schedule, but I wanted to actively support in some way. I don't sew at the level she does, but I do quilt and sew, and as we all know people who sew have got tons of cloth sitting around waiting for you to do something with it.
We talked some more, I kind of GeekRaved at her once I independently discovered she did the costumes for the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society film The Call of Cthulhu, she gave me an idea of her raw materials needs for her Fringe event, we compared schedules.
So! During halftime of the USA v. England game,*** I flew over to Tribal Cafe with a giant garbage bag of linen, mudcloth, cotton, a bit of Vintage Mom Cloth, some zippers, some trim. We got to talk a little bit more and I was so super impressed with her even more. Charismatic, direct, funny, a lot of big picture stuff going on in that head. If I didn't have to get back to the party for the rest of the game I would have stayed there and listened to her more.
Brody's show also won the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts award at the Fringe! She wasn't at the awards ceremony due to injury, but when her name was announced I cheered so loudly that the emcee hilariously mocked my outburst as the loudest thing he'd ever heard from someone who didn't actually win an award themselves. Hee! I was just very happy for her.
This is Laura, posing for my CrackBerry outside the Tribal Cafe!
That jacket she's wearing? She made it of course, all reclaimed from various things. One of those things? Leftover cloth from a major character costume in the upcoming Thor movie!
THOR MOVIE CLOTH CLOSE-UP!!!***
Apparently those Hollywood People tend to just toss leftover cloth used for costumes, and she has the hook-up for where to snag their discards, which she then puts to fantabulously good use. Wow. Also I am SO jealous. I want the hook-up!
You can see some pictures from Brody's Presque Pret a Porter event at the Fringe here at one of her homeports. I've seen several pics from the event, not all of them are in a linkable space online. It looks like not only did she have a great turnout, but they all had a fun time. Rock! I do so wish I could have been there.
Brody also holds forth at her Etsy shop, Dreams By Machine, and she blogs here. Keep up with her blog for announcements about her upcoming appearances. She's got some things on deck that sound really cool.
Meeting Brody is yet one more thing I am thankful for about the Hollywood Fringe Festival. I never would have met someone like her if not for the all-access landscape provided by the H'wood Fringe organizers.
*** I wasn't actually rooting *for* anyone in that match due to the Always Root Against The Colonial Powers (founding or modern) thing, but man do I feel sorry for that poor goalie from England. I hope they have our equivalent of the witness protection program over there.
*** For the record: The only reason I care about the Thor movie, having never actually in life read a Thor comic book because who gives a fuck, is because Branagh is directing it and I like his movies, and because he dropped the gorgeously talented Stringer Bell into the role of Heimdall, freaking out a significant portion of fans who, strangely, don't seem to have a problem at all with what happened in yet another whitewashed casting re: Airbender. How curious. If by "curious" you mean "typical".