For my senior project I will be learning how to sew with Raul, as well as maintains this blog and a Polyvore blog which will include inspirations and ideas. In this process I hope to obtain this experience and use this in my college life as well. For my final product I would like to have completed a prom dress.
So at my school, School Without Walls, as a graduation requirement I have to complete a year long senior project. Along with our senior project, we must have a senior journal. Since I like to be different, I decided to make my senior journal into a fashion blog. Nothing too difficult in my opinion but this blog should be fun! I’ve decided to put interviews in here, DIY’s, fashion tips, the latest in fashion news, and my journey planning a fashion show at my school. Hopefully this blog turns out to be a success, something that people will actually read and go through so I thank you in advance for reading my blog.
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BARAKOA African Masquerade Workshops with Darryl Montana, Black Mardi Gras Indian Tradition
July 31, 2014
Master costume artist Darryl Montana, Chief of the Yellow Pocahontas “Hunters” Black Mardi Gras Indian Tribe, will conduct an intensive week-long workshop in this New Orleans tradition as part of Barakoa: The African Masquerade project.
Barakoa is funded by a Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation CREATIVE COLLISION grant. For this collaborative public art project, the Baobab and its partners will be hosting workshops and forming teams for an exposition of masks and costumes, music and dance, celebrating the tradition and its survival across the globe.
At the early age of six,Darryl Montana knew what it was to string the pearls that don the stunningly majestic costumes of his father, Big Chief Allison “Tootie” Montana. Montana was taught to sing the songs the way the “old timers” sang them and to dance with emphasis on the swift movement of the feet. At the age of 11 he created his first Mardi Gras suit, all on his own.
Now, Darryl Montana is Chief of the Yellow Pocahontas “Hunters” Mardi Gras Indian Tribe, as his father was before him. This is an on-going African-American tradition and culture, which is uniquely New Orleans and began in Montana’s family in the late 1860s. Using sequins, beads, colored stones, poster board, canvas, feathers, and marabou he creates 10+ feet tall, three dimensional Mardi Gras Indian suits. He will demonstrate, instruct and guide participants in construction techniques used to create their own costumes in this folk tradition.
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE with Darryl Montana:
SESSION I – Tuesday, August 19, 7:30 pm: Informational Session. Overview of Mardi Gras Indians tradition. This introduction will serve as the weekly African World History Class session for August 19, at The Baobab Cultural Center, 728 University Ave.
SESSIONS II, III AND IV – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, August 20, 21 and 22, 5 to 9 pm: Workshop sessions at Shawn Dunwoody’s studio, 228 East Main Street Rochester, NY 14604 (MCC/Sibley building) 1st floor. PLEASE NOTE: Doors will open at 3 pm Thursday and Friday to allow for additional worktime. Instructional program begins at 5:00 pm.
SESSION V – Saturday, August 23, 9am to 4pm: Workshop session (final day) at Shawn Dunwoody’s studio, 228 East Main Street Rochester, NY 14604 (MCC/Sibley building) 1st floor.
RESERVATIONS: Although there is no formal registration required, we need to anticipate the number of people serious about attending these workshops. Please email your intention to attend to the Baobab: firstname.lastname@example.org by August 12, or as soon as possible thereafter. Include name, phone number, and names and ages of all participants.
Some materials provided to participants. Additional materials may be available for purchase.
OUR PROJECT PARTNERS:
- Shawn Dunwoody, Lead Project Artist
- Raul Siro Ferreira, Lead Costume Coodinator
- Costume coodinators Lynne Feldman and Hector Arguizoni
- Latinos De Corazon
- Kuumba Consultants
- Rochester West Indian Festival Organization
- Ujima Rochester
- Rochester-Monroe County Freedom Trail Commission/Akwabaa:The Heritage Associates
- Grupo Cultural Latino En Rochester
- Image City Photography Gallery
- Rochester Institute of Technology
Links to some additional information about the Mardi Gras Indian Tradition and the Montana family:
- The Economist – Mardi Gras Indians: Home Grown and Spirit Raised
- The Grio – A history of Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans
- Mardi Gras New Orleans - Mardi Gras Indians History and Tradition
- New Orleans Online – Multicultural Traditions: Mardi Gras Indians
- National Geographic – Madis Gras Indians
Stay tuned for more information about additional workshops in mask making with master mask makers. We’ll explore different traditions from across the African Diaspora.
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Work Shop Gift Certificate
May Be applied to any single day workshop offered. Certificate is non-transferable (meaning all classes must be used by the person initially redeeming it). Materials for course may or may not be included, refer to description for selected workshop for details or contact Each 1 Stitch 1
Work Shop options:
Beginner sewing Class, Tie/Bow tie, Ipad/Tablet covers, Sexy Dress,
Plus Custom class options
5 Class Gift Certificate
May Be applied to any courses offered. Unused classes may be applied to a future course. Certificate is non-transferable (meaning all classes must be used by the person initially redeeming it). Materials for course may or may not be included, refer to description for selected Classes for details or contact Each 1 Stitch 1
Class option Skirt, Dresses, Blouses
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10 Class Gift Certificate
May Be applied to any courses offered. Unused classes may be applied to a future course. Certificate is non-transferable (meaning all classes must be used by the person initially redeeming it). Materials for course may or may not be included, refer to description for selected workshop for details or contact Each 1 Stitch 1
Class Options: Pants, Jeans, Coat, Tailored Suits,
Plus Custom class options