Today I’m talking about the Dorm Room dioramas. I’m pretty sure everyone thinks that all my diorama related stuff has fallen by the wayside what with my health, sewing, painting, sculpting, doll-making & other projects that are all on the go.
But not so!
The Dorm Room base-set is done.
I’ve got 2 beds, some curtains, & some very kick ass “Ikea-esque” furniture that was my gift for Valentines. So really, you’d think I was done–ready to go–and start shooting some short (and probably pointless) photostories in them….
Yea, except I’ve got to fill them up with the small details. You know, the personal effects & decor that the particular students would have. Did I mention that there are a lot of students??
To make the task a bit easier on my self I’ve chosen the 6 students (3 Dorm rooms) I’m most likely to do photostories in first. They are:
- Astrid & Karly’s room
- Nik & Merrit’s room
- Shayna & PK’s room
And even though it’s not a dorm room, I’m going to include the Student Lounge since that needs further detailing too.
Anyway, back to the “To Do” list:
I’ve been playing around trying to get a better feel for some of my characters. Yes I know something about all of them, but sometimes the small pieces are still unknown/undiscovered.
I knew that Karly was a pretty nice person and that she likes pretty things & loves clothes. And she likes turquoise. But beyond that—not much else. She’s a lesbian, her best friend is Eff, and that was about it. So I had no idea how to decorate her side of the room. What colors to use, what theme, etc…no clue.
I ran across a link to a site called Polyvore. It’s a nifty fashion related site where basically they have a fashion editor (It makes me think of a high tech version of Colorforms!) and I had some fun playing with it. In the process of picking out a few of Karly’s wardrobe choices I realized that she likes Shabby Chic & “romantic victorian” stuff. So that’s great! I then had to start shuffling through my re-ment box to see what I can find & make for her. (Still not sure if Karly will ever get a Friday Monologue or if we’ll only ever see her in photostories).
Astrid was a different story.
I liked Astrid from the get go (even if I am not overly fond of her name) but trying to work out her exact interests & preferences proved more difficult. I made some headway with it when I started working on the script for her Friday Monologue. I’ve figured out that she’s not exactly a slob but she’s prone to be messy and not all that fussed with things looking neat (which will probably drive Karly nuts). She’s kind of artistic, and she’s a creature of moods. She likes dark colors punctuated with spots of brights. Yea, it doesn’t seem like a lot to go on, does it? LOL!
So between these two I need to cobble together a cohesive & working set.
I made Astrid a comforter for her bed, and that was it. Karly didn’t even have that much (though she did, as of today, get a headboard). Wow, lots of stuff to come up with and to make, right? Yep.
I’m stewing over some ideas & things I plan on trying later this week. I’ll update as I manage to take pictures.