At home, I was preoccupied with working on various presentations - polishing ones that have already been booked and designing a few that are still at the proposal stage. A workshop that may do double-duty at multiple events is a session I'm constructing with my friend and fellow OSLA member Alanna King. The workshop is called "Teacher Librarians: Oiling The Gears of the MakerSpace Movement". To give it some added pizzazz, we decided to incorporate a steampunk theme to it. I am not a steampunk connoisseur, so I was a little stumped about what to wear. I did some research and initially I thought I'd borrow or rent an outfit.
I did some investigating and sent a few email and Twitter inquiries. I felt like I wouldn't have time or knowledge to create a proper steampunk outfit for myself. Alanna and I shared photos of fabulous ensembles back and forth. Then I read an inspiring blog post by Adrienne Kress. It brought me back to another presentation I'm giving called "Cosplay MakerSpaces". Now was not the time to give up and just pay someone - now was the perfect time to rise to a new challenge, and test my cosplay mojo! I used my daughter's process for creating her costumes and I visited two different Value Village stores. My daughter accompanied me and I have to say that it was fun to hunt for the right clothes and to combine them for the effect I was attempting.PLN, know any cosplayers or places where I can rent or borrow a steam punk outfit? @lynthatye, ideas? Needed for Feb.15, 1 day only— Diana Maliszewski (@MzMollyTL) January 17, 2017
@lynthatye @banana29 @AdrienneKress Not sure which skirt I like better for steampunk. Your opinions? pic.twitter.com/ulPFLXpdnB— Diana Maliszewski (@MzMollyTL) January 19, 2017
Cosplay success! @lynthatye @banana29 @AdrienneKress found corset AND top @ Value Village. Whole steampunk outfit under $40! pic.twitter.com/w8ns5tLl0J— Diana Maliszewski (@MzMollyTL) January 22, 2017
My staff members even got into the act. One of our kindergarten teachers lent me his son's ski goggles, which will look great with a bowler hat I bought a while back from the dollar store, just because. (I'm not wearing it in the photo because I haven't decided if I want to do the fascinator yet instead.)
I didn't make these clothes in the same way that my students made their finger-knitted headbands / bracelets / belts / scarves / etc., but going on this hunt to compile and create the outfit for myself was a lot of fun. I need to give myself (and my students) time to be creative mor eoften!