Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wild. Things. where they are.

I am almost embarrassed to say that I have yet to see the movie, but I feel like I have been a walking wild thing for the past month now. For Martha's Halloween, we transformed our set into habitats where the wild things might actually live. So for weeks now I've had faux fur stuck in my nose, glowing eyes haunting my dreams, and glitter trailing me home. It has certainly been one of our best sets yet (and most handmade!) and I am proud to be part of such an amazingly talented group of monsters!
The entrance to the studio. an encapsulating jungle.
The kitchen taken over by a furry monster buffet.The craft room cave encrusted with stalactites and stalagmites.And our potting shed area, a pine forest with hidden creatures.

Halloween was obviously a day for wild things and along with that and the movie, came a lot of kids pleading to be KW and Carol this season. Martha's audience wasn't the only place crawling with monsters—some wound up on the street following the show...
...many people were crafting their costumes at home. Craftzine posted about this mom's homemade creations:Wow! One of the best I've seen! And by simply googling Where the Wild Things Are, I found another handmade costume made with papier-mache. Much less intimidating but great in it's simplicity.For the fashionistas interested in rocking the faux fur for Halloween night, Opening Ceremony had created a whole line inspired by the film.And I am not sure if this had anything to do with the film or the book for that matter, but an artist in Japan created this mask that reminds me of nothing more than a wild thing.It fascinates me how a book first published in 1963 can be reinvented and leave its imprint in history once again with a movie, and how that can impact so many people. If it takes a motion picture to stir creativity, so be it—it's just one art form exploding into many, and that cycle is great. But there are other wild things, crazy things that are going on in this world that should be more of a focus in people's lives.
See!—how hypocritical of me, I just spent a couple hours putting this blog post together...


  1. Can you tell me more about your cave room? What materials did you use? Thanks!

  2. I would also love to know how you made the ceiling in the cave room!!