Badass Rave's Big Dub Festival 2015 was basically the best thing ever. An amazing venue in the forest with 4,000 like minded individuals and I got to make a pirate ship stage! This idea had come to me the year prior while hanging out in the space. It's a small clearing in the trees, next to the swimming hole and this year, it was hosted by Re:magine which just made that much more special. I have been working with both companies for 2 years now and it just keeps getting better and better. I am so lucky and fortunate to be able to work with these amazing people who give me the creative freedom to build these special projects. That is when my magic happens. And this time, it turned into one of my favorite projects of all time.
The ship was a facade, constructed out of 6x8 ft cedar fence panels from Home Depot. At first i thought we would build it all from scratch but as we walked around the lumber department, I realized that pre-constructed fencing would be perfect and save us a ton of time. I ordered 5 pieces, had them delivered and we got to work. We had 2 weeks until install.
The railings and trim were made using 1x3s, cut into sections, stained and then screwed on.
We tied it all together using smaller 1/4 in natural rope and finished off the edges with a natural twine.
Using a small wooden board and a spade bit on my drill, I created the top rung for the ends of the rope to stick through.
For the sails, I used an old red velvet stage curtain from my collection as well as some distressed,black polyester satin fabric. The main mast pole was created using two, 8ft sections of 3" pvc and dark brown spray paint. Electrical conduit was used for the cross bars.
It was Installed on site and topped off with a skelly stealing the flag thanks to my favorite production crew - Andrew & Dom! You guys rock my world.
She painted the trampoline black to give it a good base layer of paint.
Thank you Lindsay for that sexy freehand. Unf.
The Re:magine crew getting funky.
Thank you to everyone involved with this project. You know who you are and I can't wait to do it all over again. As for the rest of Big Dub...................
giant mushrooms were back lighting a chillout zone for the patrons and accented by a new inflatable moon under the stretch art of Sue Helfrich.
|Under The Moon sign handmade by Addy Catbug Bramson|
Thank you Big Dub Festival. You are a unique, art & light filled magical festival that I am always honored to be a part of. Till next year!