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05-05-2008, 07:03 PM
Greetings All,

I haven’t had much chance to build garage kits lately but that doesn’t mean that I’ve been completely out of the painting and sculpting realm: I’ve just been working on a 1:1 project lately O_o.

I thought I would post images of a project I have worked on from mid February and just completed two weeks ago. I worked with some of my peers on a design for an industry sponsored fashion show: I was very flattered that the team chose my design. Our team’s concept for this year was to do an “edgy” bridal gown along with a flower girl’s dress (which my 4 year old daughter modeled expertly ::thumb ). Our design concept also gave me an opportunity to do a little airbrushed body art on our bride model. I did all of the metal fabrication for the crinoline in my garage along with wiring and lighting the hoop crinoline. I also designed the pattern and laid it out and cut it out for our seamstress. It was a fun change from designing and overseeing the construction of buildings.

I hope you enjoy the images.

(It’s okay if you don’t like my work: That’s cool. Please keep your comments respectful towards the two models: one is my friend and the other is my daughter)

Initial Design Sketch

Final Design Sketch

Profile Design Sketch

Working Drawing

1/6 Scale model for the crinoline sculpted from balsa foam and fabricated from brass and lead:

Pattern Making

Yes Ash! We're using Cro-moly steel chain as a counter weight for our gown! ::yikes

Test Fitting of Crinoline and Gown:


Air-brushed streaks in the Bride's hair (Hope that comes out okay :unsure: ...)

Photos from the event…

Best Regards

05-05-2008, 09:16 PM
I had to look up the definition of "crinoline" :hehe:

That's awesome Red! I think you missed your calling. A transparent dress... you, sir... are a genius ::thumb

I like the sketches a lot... would look awesome on a deck... hint, hint

As cool as the "bride" turned out - your daughter steals the show for "uber" cuteness :)

05-06-2008, 12:32 AM
wow... just.. amazing!!

05-08-2008, 01:30 PM
I would wear that in a heart beat lol

05-08-2008, 02:49 PM
OK Kick freaking ass Red!! Man you just jumped up a notch in you list of mad art skills ;).
The design mixed with the airbrushing really hit the spot for me. It gives me the feel of a functional dress mixed with 1950's hotrod lines.

And your models are very lovely, I'm sure they really enjoyed helping you out :).

Are all of Crinoline's tattoos airbrushed or are some real? They make me think that the front one is the only airbrushed one because they tend to jump around in style similar to how people really get tattoos vs staying with one theme to go with the dress?

05-08-2008, 10:52 PM
Thanks for all of the kind words.

This was a demanding project but it was also very satisfying: we all had a lot of fun with it.

I failed to mention that the entire purpose of this endeavor was to raise money for a local charity that works with terminally ill children so the fashion show was a black-tie fund raiser. Since my sister died in her childhood with leukemia I took a very personal interest in this project.

It’s funny that you mentioned Hot Rods because that was my primary inspiration from a formal standpoint. In our first design meeting everybody brought runway images of dresses and I brought photos of 50’s and 60’s show cars, Ed Roth art work and “Low Brow” prints. It was a pretty funny juxtaposition at first: everyone thought I was cracked. They still do too ;-).

Ash’ doesn’t have any ink that I’m aware of but we talked about tattoo (airbrush) work that I could do in our time frame which she would enjoy sporting and that would work with our design. It all just kind of morphed from there. She was a lot of fun to work with: I really enjoyed the opportunity to do the artwork. She had a lot of patience and trust to let me to do all of the ink work. It took us about 2.5 – 3.0 hours in very tight quarters with three other assistants around doing her hair and face make-up and helping her get prepared. In the end we ran out of time before we ran out of ideas and ink. It was just a huge blur.

It was big fun! I’m kind of sad that it’s over until next year.

Thanks again for all of the comments.

Best Regards,


I’m having a designer’s moment during rehearsal…


Ash’ and Sarah making final battle plans for the runway :ninja: …


My beautiful wife and daughter enjoying a moment together.