Over the course of three demonstrations, Anandamayi will fabricate a wearable paper costume inspired by a French style from the 1780s. She will begin with the underpinnings, then construct the overskirt and bodice, and finally trim and decorate the ensemble. Drop by any time between noon and 3:00 pm on the demonstration days to see how it's progressing. She hopes to wear the finished garment at events affiliated with Allison Smith's project Cries of San Francisco.
About the Artist
Anandamayi Arnold's work takes root in historical costume design, trompe l'oeil, and paper manipulation. She also participates in creating impermanent street art using chalk, pastel, and flower petals, along with fleeting public spectacles like parades and elaborate costume happenings.
Her products have been featured at Tail of the Yak in Berkeley for two decades, the majority in the form of surprise balls: novelty filled crepe paper constructions which can be kept as art objects or unraveled to reveal their hidden contents. These range from simple, stylized fancies to realistic sculptural renderings of flora and fauna. Anandamayi began her acquaintance with owners Alice Erb and Lauren McIntosh after taking a class on ribbonwork with Candace Kling. Her displays for the store have included historically inspired paper gowns to dress the shop¹s antique santos figures.
She has also made a series of wearable paper dresses to be donned for parties and events as well as a collection of animal costumes by private commission.
Three years of traditional Japanese doll making classes with Yuri Nakamura helped establish her approach to working with paper. She also took classes in art history and costume history while at Brown University, where she received a Bachelor's degree in Ancient Studies, and took painting and drawing classes at Rhode Island School of Design's illustration department.
Along with Aimee Baldwin, Anandamayi has made up one-half of Possum Trash for the past fifteen years. As a team they have organized a Venetian carnival themed hat- and mask-making event, painted murals and signage for businesses and residences. and coordinated a small private costumed palanquin parade in honor of the Phoenix Pastaficio. They teach various classes on crepe paper manipulation at Castle in the Air in Berkeley. Their murals can be seen there and on the farmer's market and shop signs for the Phoenix Pastificio.
Program is free after museum admission.