Calligraphic “Kakizome”

It's a bit of a wrongly chosen term, actually. "Kakizome"  (書き初め) refers to the first calligraphy that you write in the new year, a tradition still upheld by many Japanese, so in my case I’d probably need to call it "Kakiosame" (書き納め) – kind of the last calligraphy of...

Joining the Sith – Finale

This just a quick post to show you the final product. I totally forgot to post this, since I have been posting pictures over Google+ and Facebook at the time… Here's the complete costume that even got me two 1st prizes at costume parties. It was fun, let's do this...

Joining the Sith – Mask

The mask is what took the most time to prepare. I started off with a simple carton template, that I based on a photo of another cosplayer’s mask. Then I started laminating newspaper stripes as paper maché. The...

Joining the Sith – Armour & Mask

This is all made from some kind of foam (some of it EVA, but I think not all) – don't ask me about the material, I just went into Tokyû Hands, a DYI shop in Tokyo and bought what seemed appropriate. The Mask This is mostly a “standard” Sith Acolyte mask as seen in the...

Joining the Sith – The Garb

I've been busy working on my costume as well. It's a mix of bits I had lying around and other parts I made from scratch for this opportunity. Honestly, for the whole costume I had made no real plan whatsoever. I just made it up as I went along. I wanted first to make...

Joining the Sith – Lightsaber 2

The blade for the light saber was quite a challenge. In Japan it's not like in the US where there are several stores specialised in selling parts for custom made lightsabers, there's simply nothing here – well, to be honest if you go to Akihabara there probably is,...

Joining the Sith – Lightsaber 1

I have been invited to a Halloween party. Not that this is anything special even in Japan, but it’s the “Authentic Halloween Party”. Last year I had a blast, so I will definitely go again. What's an ‘authentic’ Halloween? It's about wearing a costume you made...

A New World

I got these "presents" on my 43rd birthday from my kids. Completely unexpected. My older son created "Doctor Who World" that for some reason features Iron Man – which I think is an intriguing idea. And his younger brother took the idea and made his own "Mystery World"...

What Is Typography Today?

Most people think Typography is about designing and selecting fonts. This is true as far as architecture is about designing or selecting furniture. In reality neither is a purpose but a means to an end. That end with architecture is (hopefully) accommodating its...

Ist Wahre Kunst Brotlos?

Im digitalen Internet-Zeitalter gibt es immer öfter hitzige Diskussionen über Urheberrecht, oder eher das anglo-amerikanische Copyright, das ja einen ziemlich anderen Ansatz hat. Es geht um Sinn und Unsinn desselben und außerdem darum, ob Kunst und Musik nicht einfach...

Excel is the new Word

Was ist eigentlich los, mit den Leuten, die meinen einfach alles mit Excel machen zu müssen? Schlimm genug, daß es so viele Leute gibt, die glauben Excel könne man auch als Datenbank verwenden. Sicher, ich kann auch versuchen, mit einer Banane einen Nagel in die Wand...