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Thom Ravnholdt is a costume designer and maker, pattern cutter, and a multi-skilled creative working in many media. thomcom13@hotmail.com

8 October 2009

Burton Bubble / Harper's Bazaar


Here's an inflatable costume I made for a story in US Harper's Bazaar (October issue 2009) about the film director and artist Tim Burton. It is not an article as such, but a fashion shoot featuring Burton himself modeling some of the clothes, intended as a teaser for his upcoming retrospective at MoMA in New York.
A lot of the looks are based on Burton's own drawings and characters from his films. I'm not sure if the girl inside the bubble featured in a film or any of his books, but I was given one of his drawings for inspiration:

Copy of original sketch by Tim Burton


It was quite a challenge to make, as this was in PVC/plastic, and I am used to working in latex rubber. I did however have to put latex cuffs on the neck and thigh openings for the bubble to be as air tight as possible, so another challenge was to find a gluing method for bonding PVC to rubber. It took me many sweaty hours to work it out, but this is the result, and I think it works really well.
Styling by Jacob K, photos by Tim walker.

4 October 2009

Freaky Eyeball Illusions

 A while ago, I was approached by a guy from Marvin's Magic, one of the world's leading magic toy companies. They were developing the 'Freaky Eyeball Illusions' kit, and needed some custom made eyeballs for promotion, demonstrations and product development.
 So I made a batch of eyeballs in various freaky colours: 



 A totally random project for me, but it's this kind of weird stuff i love doing. 
 Freaky Eyeball Illusions is available from Marvin's Magic and well assorted toy stores now.