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Model behaviour

Posted by: gringrimaceandsqueak


We've been having a lot of fun as per usual here with another photo shoot. We've made a whole pile of nice new shiny things and decided it was time to show them off.

This time Rich took the photos while I made a spectacle of myself :) It was actually a huge help having someone else shoot as it enables us to get some full costume shots as well as new angles. Of course, it's important to keep your strength up whilst working- we can highly recommend the handmade chocolates from Cocoa in Scarborough for that....

Between chocolates we did actually get some good images including a few more black and white ones- something we'll be working on in our next shoot. We are hoping to set up a film noir style shoot and play with lighting.


It's still a bit wierd seeing yourself plastered all over the internet but the response has been fantastic and we now make a point of getting at least one modelled shot for each new product.



Diabolical plans

Posted by: gringrimaceandsqueak

Tagged in: wirework , masquerade mask


Now, you can take that title how you like :) Obviously, we've been making fiendish masks, as you can see,  or it could refer to the feelings inspired by being halfway through something that once again, seemed like a great idea at the planning stage....

Not only did this require an awful lot of fiddling about with wire to get a weave that was strong enough but also lightweight so as to not pull the mask forward, but to balance those horns out visually, this mask required the use of yet more wirework in the main panels instead of our normal beading.

This seemed like a good idea at the time- after all, we had just finished this...

...which as you might gather, had involved an awful lot of beading. The beak alone was several days labour and a frankly terrifying amount of black and pewter seed beads.

So what exactly is all this manic activity in aid of? Asides from a natural curiosity about just how far we can go with our chosen medium (a lot further yet it seems), we realised we had finally got our basic range pretty much sussed. We now have a good line of standard party pieces, bridal wear etc that sell well and can easily be updated simply by using new colours.
So, it was time to really put our backs into getting the word out. It's a lot easier to attract attention by shouting so we set out to create real show-stoppers, things that would grab people and be passed around. With these now a reality, it's time to do a bit of housekeeping to ensure our various selling platforms are in tip-top shape then a creative photo shoot to display these pieces to their best advantage.
The results of that will then go on to various fashion editors we are already stalking and the additional publicity will help us on our way to global domination. Which was, of course, our plan all along....*does evil laugh*

Karen and Rich :)


Posted by: gringrimaceandsqueak


We are delighted here at Grin Hq to announce the arrival of our rabbit mask- not only because it is beautiful, but because it allowed us to have some fun with the photos :)

She is the next step up from our cat mask, constructing pieces that don't follow the human face shape but rather build off that to create something completely different. Crafted in silver plated, non- tarnish wire, the panels are filled in with tiny glass seed beads.

Shaped the way she is, the ears catch the light from behind like a real rabbit and so we took her outside for a bit of sun :) We are lucky to live in a house with painted walls so we hung the mask against the textured surface to bounce the light around a bit more, illuminating the beadwork.

Because we had such a glorious day here, we also took some against the sky, which made a great composition- such a strong shape and great contrast.

When you're working with what you have around you it can be difficult to get just the shots you want so we've learnt to experiment, taking lots of pictures from all angles then choosing those with the most impact to compliment our more standard product shots.
After all, whoever buys her is unlikely to leave her on the shelf, so it's nice to give the photos some life, a bit of personality.

On to the next one :)

Karen and Rich

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