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  • Words to wear: “Honey Month” becomes “Honey Corset” (plus bonus shark net)
    by mallen | July 28th, 2011 |

    The blog editors have given me permission to be self-indulgent with this post, or more properly, to indulge my wife, Anita Allen.

    During Interstitial March we ran an interstitial book review by C.S.E. Cooney of Amal El-Mohtar’s boundary-bending fusion of prose, poetry and food writing, The Honey Month. We also ran a lengthy interview with Amal, and with the book’s publisher, Erzebet YellowBoy Carr.

    The Honey Month Corset, side view

    Since then, there’s been a further development in the Honey Month saga that stretches its interstitial credentials further. After seeing dresses made from Little Golden Books, Anita conspired with Erzebet to create a corset out of pages from Amal’s book. Erzebet describes the process on the Papaveria Press blog, with links. Here’s an excerpt from Anita’s description of the creative process:

    “I had never seen this new fad of creating outfits from book pages and maps, so as a costumer I was intrigued. Erz said how awesome it all was and I said how much I wanted to try my hand at it but buying all those books was prohibitive. Erz said she still had the leftover pages from Amal’s books, they were too pretty to toss out, but she didn’t know what to do with them. I said I would take them and make something for Amal. Erz had a corset she thought might fit Amal and so mailed me a package. I conspired to get Amal’s measurements. The corset came in close enough that I left it unaltered, it can be taken in with darts along the lacing panels to get a better fit later.”

    The Honey Month Corset, modeled by Amal El-Mohtar

    Erzebet writes: “That’s what I call Interstitial Art — this corset is a little bit of everything. Text by Amal, illustrations by Oliver Hunter, spare books and corset by me and a glorious composition by Anita.”

    Amal was surprised with this piece of wearable art with much fanfare after the Nebula Awards ceremony in May. However, Anita already had another word-inspired bit of wearable art in mind by then, and was back at work when the post brought the corset to its happy owner. Last year at ReaderCon in Boston we had the pleasure of seeing C.S.E. Cooney perform her poem “The Sea King’s Second Bride” (which, by the way, has just won the Rhysling Award for long poem), and after observing some nautical-inflected banter between Claire and Amal on Facebook, she decided to create a sea-themed costume fit for performances of that poem.

    Jellyfish purse

    The costume included a necklace, a wrap skirt made out of netting and a jellyfish purse.

    Claire was presented with the artifacts at this year’s ReaderCon, and more by luck than design had them on when she performed her poem again, and then learned she had won the Rhysling Award.

    It’s been marvelous for me to see these projects take shape, involving people and works I adore. I’d love to see it turn into some sort of trend. In the meantime, if you’re interested seeing more of what Anita makes, she is building an Etsy site, called “The Fairie Emporium,” here.

    Claire receives her Sea Bride wrap from Anita at ReaderCon...

    ... and immediately begins experimenting with how it can be worn.

    finish line

    One Response to “Words to wear: “Honey Month” becomes “Honey Corset” (plus bonus shark net)”

    1. C.S.E. Cooney Says:

      Bearing Witness:

      Ever since receiving Anita Allen’s shark net a few weeks ago, I have caught, out of the corner of my eye and around every corner I pass, a coy slash of dorsal fin or that quick nictitating glance from a never-closing eye.

      As in that Doctor Who Christmas Special (and perhaps due to this turbulent Midwestern weather), sharks are swimming out of the sky to court me. I feel very special and adored. I keep chum handy in my neat-o jellyfish purse and feed the dear fellows every time they nip a bit TOO close.

      I recommend Anita Allen’s Fairie Emporium for anyone who might desire a bit of sartorial enchantment in their everyday lives.

      - Claire

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