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Charmion

Charmion
1875 –1949

hard & soft
graceful, breath, extension, strong, bronze, brass,
confident, proud, risqué
A vaudevillian Strong Woman & trapeze artist,
Charmion queered up Victorian era gender presentations
in her abundant displays of muscle, skin & moxie.
She scandalized the stage by performing a
‘Trapeze Disrobing Act’,
in which, between incredible displays of
strength, grace & endurance,
she disrobed down to her corset & pantalettes.
You can still witness this tantalizing performance as it was documented in one of Edison’s premier motion pictures: ‘Charmion 1901’

present here, an 1890’s era, Circus Arts advertisement-style poster explored within a life-size, sculptural tapestry vignette; Charmion poses graceful & defiant moments after her spectacle of opulently plumed, mesmerizing musculature.
Created for an upcoming installation called ‘Gay Wax Museum’ during Austin Texas’s OUTsider festival, which highlights queer and or gender defiant persons within the LGBTQIA history, present & future.
This multi-dimensional installation diorama measures 8‘ tall & 4.5’ wide, and is created with fabric, gatorboard, illustration, paint & inspiration.

  • Charmion

    Vaudevillian Strongwoman & Trapeze Artist
  • Charmion

    in process, close up of her hat which is made from repurposed fabrics, Victorian era lace, yarn, velvet & trim
  • charmion

    in process, the hand cut-out pieces of frame
  • Charmion's bodice

    finished bodice, based on bodice she wore in 1901 image of her before trapeze performance. Created with Victorian era lace, trim, repurposed fabrics & inspiration
  • Charmion illustration

    As well as a strong woman, Charmion was also a trapeze artist. This illustration is her, midair during her famous 'Disrobing Act'
  • Charmion-in process

    Charmion, with first layer of sewn bodice, sewn hat and 'makeup'
  • Charmion's bodice in process

    bodice in process, based on bodice she wore in 1901 image of her before trapeze performance. Created with Victorian era lace, trim, repurposed fabrics & inspiration
  • Charmion-installation

    All of the elements are finished, only thing left is final installation of armature
  • Charmion's bodice in process

    bodice in process, based on bodice she wore in 1901 image of her before trapeze performance. Created with Victorian era lace, trim, repurposed fabrics & inspiration
  • Charmion & Elliot

    while in process, here is a posed life size Charmion, and a life size Elliot Mittens!

the dandy vagabonds

The Dandy Vagabonds are a Baltimore based pair of curious, playful, artists who thrive on telling stories of whimsy, adventure, insight, & balance through performance art, circus arts, fiber arts, the tactile & the ephemeral.

  • The Crest of the Full Moon

    animated film & circus arts performance, 2014   a found piece of ephemera titled, ‘Planet Number‘ inspired a series of illustrations. simultaneously, an encompassing, multi-dimensional sculptural tapestry was created as an object of exploration. within our pockets we had playful tricks, and dramatic costumes to fill in the rest of the voyage. ‘Crest of the Ruby Moon‘ is a Méliès inspired cosmic voyage a la hot air balloon, wit & balance.     image by Kathy Mclean, Solace Photography
  • Crest of the Full Moon

    animated film & circus arts performance, 2014   a found piece of ephemera titled, ‘Planet Number‘ inspired a series of illustrations. simultaneously, an encompassing, multi-dimensional sculptural tapestry was created as an object of exploration. within our pockets we had playful tricks, and dramatic costumes to fill in the rest of the voyage. ‘Crest of the Ruby Moon‘ is a Méliès inspired cosmic voyage a la hot air balloon, wit & balance.     image by Kathy Mclean, Solace Photography
  • Crest of the Full Moon

    animated film & circus arts performance, 2014   a found piece of ephemera titled, ‘Planet Number‘ inspired a series of illustrations. simultaneously, an encompassing, multi-dimensional sculptural tapestry was created as an object of exploration. within our pockets we had playful tricks, and dramatic costumes to fill in the rest of the voyage. ‘Crest of the Ruby Moon‘ is a Méliès inspired cosmic voyage a la hot air balloon, wit & balance.   image by Kathy Mclean, Solace Photography  
  • Convergence of Cityscape & Landscape

    Performance art piece performed for Transmodern 2012: Body Extended & the Deleaware Fringe Festival. an amalgam of extension, transformation, sublimation, convergence & suspension. A collaborative cabaret, pulsing to the soundscape of Lurch & Holler. performances by Seasonal Affective Disorder, The Dandy Vagabonds, Joe Meduzza, Ada Pinkston, Lexie Mountain, Jacob Whyane Dillow, Dan Van Allen & more under the direction of Laure Drogul.
  • Marionette

    Transmodern 2012: Body Extended & the Deleaware Fringe Festival. an amalgam of extension, transformation, sublimation, convergence & suspension. A collaborative cabaret, pulsing to the soundscape of Lurch & Holler. performances by Seasonal Affective Disorder, The Dandy Vagabonds, Joe Meduzza, Ada Pinkston, Lexie Mountain, Jacob Whyane Dillow, Dan Van Allen & more under the direction of Laure Drogul.
  • Marionette

    Transmodern 2012: Body Extended & the Deleaware Fringe Festival. an amalgam of extension, transformation, sublimation, convergence & suspension. A collaborative cabaret, pulsing to the soundscape of Lurch & Holler. performances by Seasonal Affective Disorder, The Dandy Vagabonds, Joe Meduzza, Ada Pinkston, Lexie Mountain, Jacob Whyane Dillow, Dan Van Allen & more under the direction of Laure Drogul.
  • Penelope

    a collaborative journey 2014 Penelope is an avant-garde, shadow play adaptation of Homer’s epic poem, 'The Odyssey'. Told through the soundscapes of ‘Lurch & Holler’, movements by The Dandy Vagabonds, Selena Schreyer, Joe Meduza, Isa Leal & Diane Hugé, garments by John Flowers, animation by Laurence Arcadias, set design & direction by Laure Drogoul.
  • Night Vision

    collaborative East Coast tour 2012 A 4 city, East Coast tour introducing 'A Stick & a Stone's album, 'Night Vision' through a conceptual multimedia collaboration; interweaving music, visual art & performance to explore the polarities between the visible & invisible, the natural & the supernatural, internal experience of gender, senses of heightened awareness & encounters with spirits of the unseen world. image by Kathy Mclean, Solace Photography
  • Night Vision

    collaborative East Coast tour 2012 A 4 city, East Coast tour introducing 'A Stick & a Stone's album, 'Night Vision' through a conceptual multimedia collaboration; interweaving music, visual art & performance to explore the polarities between the visible & invisible, the natural & the supernatural, internal experience of gender, senses of heightened awareness & encounters with spirits of the unseen world. image by Kathy Mclean, Solace Photography

Ruby Moon: A Parade of Vintage Elegance

‘Ruby Moon: A Parade of Vintage Elegance’ is an interactive exhibit highlighting several early 1900's, innovative, female performers who defied gender stereotypes such as Josephine Baker: a comedienne & dancer, Charmion: a strong woman &trapeze artist, Loïe Fuller: an avant-garde dancer, Maria Spelterini: a tightrope equilibrist who was the only woman to cross Niagara Gorge on tightrope & The Planet Number: a follies style performance. The stories of these rarae aves are told through sculptural tapestries, toy theatre vignettes & advertisement style illustrated posters.

  • Ruby Moon A Parade of Vintage Elegance Gallery Exhibit

    The Cosmic Room- An interactive exhibit told through advertisement style posters, toy theatre vignettes & a short write-up of each performer. The exhibit was broken into two rooms, the cosmic room which highlighted sewn cosmic sculptural tapestries & illustrations of Follies-style performers, the 'Planet Number', & the bigger room which showcased Loie Fuller, Maria Spelterini, Josephine Baker, Charmion & us: The Dandy Vagabonds image by Kathy McLean, Solace Photography
  • Ruby Moon A Parade of Vintage Elegance Gallery Exhibit

    The Cosmic Room- An interactive exhibit told through advertisement style posters, toy theatre vignettes & a short write-up of each performer. The exhibit was broken into two rooms, the cosmic room which highlighted sewn cosmic sculptural tapestries & illustrations of Follies-style performers, the 'Planet Number', & the bigger room which showcased Loie Fuller, Maria Spelterini, Josephine Baker, Charmion & us: The Dandy Vagabonds image by Kathy McLean, Solace Photography
  • Ruby Moon A Parade of Vintage Elegance Gallery Exhibit

    Charmion- An interactive exhibit told through advertisement style posters, toy theatre vignettes & a short write-up of each performer. The exhibit was broken into two rooms, the cosmic room which highlighted sewn cosmic sculptural tapestries & illustrations of Follies-style performers, the 'Planet Number', & the bigger room which showcased Loie Fuller, Maria Spelterini, Josephine Baker, Charmion & us: The Dandy Vagabonds image by Kathy McLean, Solace Photography
  • Ruby Moon A Parade of Vintage Elegance Gallery Exhibit

    Loie Fuller- An interactive exhibit told through advertisement style posters, toy theatre vignettes & a short write-up of each performer. The exhibit was broken into two rooms, the cosmic room which highlighted sewn cosmic sculptural tapestries & illustrations of Follies-style performers, the 'Planet Number', & the bigger room which showcased Loie Fuller, Maria Spelterini, Josephine Baker, Charmion & us: The Dandy Vagabonds image by Kathy McLean, Solace Photography
  • Ruby Moon A Parade of Vintage Elegance Gallery Exhibit

    Josephine Baker- An interactive exhibit told through advertisement style posters, toy theatre vignettes & a short write-up of each performer. The exhibit was broken into two rooms, the cosmic room which highlighted sewn cosmic sculptural tapestries & illustrations of Follies-style performers, the 'Planet Number', & the bigger room which showcased Loie Fuller, Maria Spelterini, Josephine Baker, Charmion & us: The Dandy Vagabonds image by Kathy McLean, Solace Photography
  • Ruby Moon A Parade of Vintage Elegance Gallery Exhibit

    Maria Spelterini- An interactive exhibit told through advertisement style posters, toy theatre vignettes & a short write-up of each performer. The exhibit was broken into two rooms, the cosmic room which highlighted sewn cosmic sculptural tapestries & illustrations of Follies-style performers, the 'Planet Number', & the bigger room which showcased Loie Fuller, Maria Spelterini, Josephine Baker, Charmion & us: The Dandy Vagabonds image by Kathy McLean, Solace Photography
  • Ruby Moon A Parade of Vintage Elegance Gallery Exhibit

    The Dandy Vagabonds- An interactive exhibit told through advertisement style posters, toy theatre vignettes & a short write-up of each performer. The exhibit was broken into two rooms, the cosmic room which highlighted sewn cosmic sculptural tapestries & illustrations of Follies-style performers, the 'Planet Number', & the bigger room which showcased Loie Fuller, Maria Spelterini, Josephine Baker, Charmion & us: The Dandy Vagabonds image by Kathy McLean, Solace Photography
  • Ruby Moon A Parade of Vintage Elegance Gallery Exhibit

    The Dandy Vagabonds- An interactive exhibit told through advertisement style posters, toy theatre vignettes & a short write-up of each performer. The exhibit was broken into two rooms, the cosmic room which highlighted sewn cosmic sculptural tapestries & illustrations of Follies-style performers, the 'Planet Number', & the bigger room which showcased Loie Fuller, Maria Spelterini, Josephine Baker, Charmion & us: The Dandy Vagabonds image by Kathy McLean, Solace Photography
  • Ruby Moon A Parade of Vintage Elegance Gallery Exhibit

    The Dandy Vagabonds- An interactive exhibit told through advertisement style posters, toy theatre vignettes & a short write-up of each performer. The exhibit was broken into two rooms, the cosmic room which highlighted sewn cosmic sculptural tapestries & illustrations of Follies-style performers, the 'Planet Number', & the bigger room which showcased Loie Fuller, Maria Spelterini, Josephine Baker, Charmion & us: The Dandy Vagabonds image by Kathy McLean, Solace Photography
  • Ruby Moon A Parade of Vintage Elegance Gallery Exhibit

    An interactive exhibit told through advertisement style posters, toy theatre vignettes & a short write-up of each performer. The exhibit was broken into two rooms, the cosmic room which highlighted sewn cosmic sculptural tapestries & illustrations of Follies-style performers, the 'Planet Number', & the bigger room which showcased Loie Fuller, Maria Spelterini, Josephine Baker, Charmion & us: The Dandy Vagabonds image by Kathy McLean, Solace Photography

Ruby Moon:A Parade of Vintage Elegance continued

illustration, sculptural tapestries & toy theatre vignettes 2014-ongoing

‘Ruby Moon: A Parade of Vintage Elegance’ is an interactive exhibit highlighting several early 1900's, innovative, female performers who defied gender stereotypes such as Josephine Baker: a comedienne & dancer, Charmion: a strong woman &trapeze artist, Loïe Fuller: an avant-garde dancer, Maria Spelterini:
a tightrope equilibrist & The Planet Number: a follies style performance. The stories of these rarae aves are told through sculptural tapestries, toy theatre vignettes & advertisement style illustrated posters.

  • The Dandy Vagabonds

    The Dandy Vagabonds 2011-ongoing a puppet toy theatre within a photo within a performance art piece within in an illustrated animation short film within a found object ephemera within sculptural tapestry within a performance in which we take a hotair balloon to the moon to meet ‘The Planets’ who will be the tour guides through the parade of vintage elegance which is the ‘Ruby Moon’.
  • The Dandy Vagabonds

    The Dandy Vagabonds 2011-ongoing a puppet toy theatre within a photo within a performance art piece within in an illustrated animation short film within a found object ephemera within sculptural tapestry within a performance in which we take a hotair balloon to the moon to meet ‘The Planets’ who will be the tour guides through the parade of vintage elegance which is the ‘Ruby Moon’.
  • Charmion

    Charmion 1875 –1949 hard & soft graceful, breath, extension, strong, bronze, brass, confident, proud, risqué A vaudevillian Strong Woman & trapeze artist, Charmion queered up Victorian era gender presentations in her abundant displays of muscle, skin & moxie. She scandalized the stage by performing a ‘Trapeze Disrobing Act’, in which, between incredible displays of strength, grace & endurance, she disrobed down to her corset & pantalettes.
  • Charmion

    Charmion 1875 –1949 hard & soft graceful, breath, extension, strong, bronze, brass, confident, proud, risqué A vaudevillian Strong Woman & trapeze artist, Charmion queered up Victorian era gender presentations in her abundant displays of muscle, skin & moxie. She scandalized the stage by performing a ‘Trapeze Disrobing Act’, in which, between incredible displays of strength, grace & endurance, she disrobed down to her corset & pantalettes.
  • Maria Spelterini

    Maria Spelterini 1853 -1912 Maria Spelterini was the first... & only woman to cross the Niagara Gorge on tightrope. She crossed four times in the span of three weeks. First, on July 7, 1876, (in celebration of the U.S. centennial) with strength & poise she danced across vast, rushing water, on 2 1/4” wire, pausing so slightly at the finish, only to reverse this daring feat-backwards! in heels! & bodice! If the restrictions of her outfit wasn’t hard enough, for her second performance, On July 12,she donned woven peach baskets.
  • Maria Spelterini

    Maria Spelterini 1853 -1912 Maria Spelterini was the first... & only woman to cross the Niagara Gorge on tightrope. She crossed four times in the span of three weeks. First, on July 7, 1876, (in celebration of the U.S. centennial) with strength & poise she danced across vast, rushing water, on 2 1/4” wire, pausing so slightly at the finish, only to reverse this daring feat-backwards! in heels! & bodice! If the restrictions of her outfit wasn’t hard enough, for her second performance, On July 12,she donned woven peach baskets.
  • Josephine Baker

    Josephine Baker 1906-1975 Passionate. Passionate in every breath of her many talents. Noted: Activist, Dancer, Comedienne, Shadow Puppeteer, Actress, Singer, Mother , Animal Lover, Humanitarian... Josephine was passionate. but the racist, segregated society of early 1900’s U.S, her home country, Dismissed Josephine & her passion of her many talents. A Survivor of many injustices including the 1917 race riots in her home town, St.
  • Josephine Baker

    Josephine Baker 1906-1975 Passionate. Passionate in every breath of her many talents. Noted: Activist, Dancer, Comedienne, Shadow Puppeteer, Actress, Singer, Mother , Animal Lover, Humanitarian... Josephine was passionate. but the racist, segregated society of early 1900’s U.S, her home country, Dismissed Josephine & her passion of her many talents. A Survivor of many injustices including the 1917 race riots in her home town, St.
  • Loïe Fuller

    Loïe Fuller 1862 –1928 La Loïe was curious. A born performer, activist, outlaw. La Loïe was strength. She was a personification of an era She was amorphous, gender fluid, genderless swirl of manipulated fabric, shadow, light, tension & suspension. She was an affectionate partner to her sweetheart, Gab, who enjoyed creating reactions when she donned ‘men’s attire’. She was a mentor.
  • Loïe Fuller

    Loïe Fuller 1862 –1928 La Loïe was curious. A born performer, activist, outlaw. La Loïe was strength. She was a personification of an era She was amorphous, gender fluid, genderless swirl of manipulated fabric, shadow, light, tension & suspension. She was an affectionate partner to her sweetheart, Gab, who enjoyed creating reactions when she donned ‘men’s attire’. She was a mentor.

Sewing Machine Study

illustrations of antique sewing machines

Nature Hoops

Nature Hoops, is a tangible, dimension exploration of the love of natural observations. These collages of flowers, seashells, branches & bark, rocks, rust, richly tactile fabrics & vintage metal embroidery hoops have been sculpted to create a naturescape of imagined, whimsical scenery.

Planets & Moons, sculpteral tapestries

Sewn tapestries of the Solar System to coincide with illustrations of a found piece of ephemera of a 1927, Follies-style performance called, 'The Planet Number'

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