“The East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) features dozens of creative events each year, but we couldn’t help being especially intrigued by psychedelic taxidermy, neon Marie Antoinette wigs, vintage clothes, and pop grunge illustrations all in one space. We stopped by the Maison d’Etoile building (2109 E. Cesar Chavez) during installation to catch up with Allyson Garro, Hope Perkins, and Bradley Wilkinson to learn more about their EAST offerings.”
– Tracie Chan, Austinist
On Sunday, November 18th, Maison d’Etoile hosted a Dr. Sketchy’s anti-art class where I posed as a love-child mashup between the two featured artists, Hope Perkins and Bradley Wilkinson. Do you know about Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School? I’m the director of the Austin branch – come and sketch some time!
I made these gigantic pink antlers and attached chandelier crystals between the points. What outfit would be complete without matching necklace and Pop Art paint-dripped crystal pasties?
I was so, so excited to meet Hope Perkins after seeing her artwork in different Austin venues for the past few years. What a sweetheart! Dressing for this event was a fun extension for me – how else would I have incorporated velvet and arrows in to the same ensemble?
These antlers were much smaller, and thus, I wore them for longer during the modeling sessions. They are covered in velvet, pearls, and are gold-tipped. This outfit featured glittery arrow wounds that emerged from my chest and ribs. I took cues from Kahlo’s The Wounded Deer, and also vintage hunting scenes.
Bradley Wilkinson made me a special character head to wear for a few poses:
And one of his sketches:
A sketch of me by Heather Joy:
Check out Dr. Sketchy to see if there is a branch in your town and then GO and DRAW!
- Curry knit hat from Urban Outfitters a few years ago
- 1930s dress with stiff ruffles and pearly buttons – from Uncommon Objects
- 1950s navy fabric belt – thrifted from Goodwill
- Black knee socks
- Black and brown T-strap shoes – from Target a few years ago
Today I took Austin Phonograph Company to a wedding at Mercury Hall in South Austin. I was a little apprehensive, because it was my first Jewish wedding to play, and I didn’t know what I should wear. I’d been to my cousin’s Bar Mitzvah at Temple about ten years ago, but I didn’t know if there was a special dress code for a wedding. I read on a few websites that ladies are supposed to cover the neck and upper arms, as well as the head. To be safe, I chose a dress that is modest but properly festive for a post-Thanksgiving party.
The event had a more traditional ceremony, but there was also an all-girl Mariachi band playing called Las Coronelas (watch this video, it is UHmazing), a man rolling custom cigars for guests, and plenty of attendees with neck and elbows exposed.
Here is my little corner of phonographs next to the wedding cake, chocolate tamales, coconut cookies, and key lime pie shooters.
I hope your Thanksgiving was fun and restful – I held a baby rooster and spent time with friends.
- Creme Beret – bought at Disney World at age 13 in or around the French Pavillion at Epcot Center
- Vintage scarf around neck
- Creme blouse, Buffalo Exchange
- Green belt
- 1930s skirt that goes to a suit set, Uncommon Objects
- Green octagonal purse, given to me by a friend who moved to Korea
- Pink fishnet stockings
- Green cameo ring from Angeliska
- Creme shoes, Buffalo Exchange
Sometimes I think that burlesque would be a natural direction for me to swim to, but then I get myself into a project that involves meticulously attaching thousands of rhinestones to an object, and then I think, “Nah.”
Yesterday I spent many hours making special deer antlers for costumes I’ll be wearing on Sunday. They involve Pepto-Bismol pink deer antlers, chandelier crystals, velvet, bloody glitter, and St. Sebastian.
Please come see me model two spectacular outfits this Sunday, from 5:30-8:30 for a FREE Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School session: EAST Sketchy’s!