MaitriLAB is on hiatus

In case you are wondering why nothing has been posted here since May of last year: A lot has happened since then, not the least of which is a significant hand injury. Bad hands are no good for making things. Making things is no good for healing hands.

I’ll be back (Halloween is right around the corner). Meanwhile, check the MaitriLAB twitter tube and stay tuned.


Behind The Scenes: Carnival 2015

Nawlins Nymphs 2015Nawlins Nymphs Dance Troupe makeup and costume | February 2015 | Photo Credit: D. Ramsay


Krewe du Vieux Parade 2015

Our 12th consecutive appearance in the most satirical and fun Krewe du Vieux Carré parade in New Orleans. This year’s parade theme: Krewe du Vieux Begs For Change. Krewe de C.R.A.P.S. represented by dressing as “students” enrolled in Louisiana’s new Common Hardcore curriculum.

The New Orleans Advocate | Krewe du Vieux ‘begs for change’ in ribald march Saturday

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The Cheeseheads of 2014

Last year’s cheesehead tally: D 4 Maitri 1.

The four commissioned pieces made by D were:

  • Welcome to Fabulous Lambeau Field a la the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign (incidentally, Betty Willis never copyrighted the design of the sign as she “considered this her gift to the city and wanted it to be in the public domain.”)
  • the ultra-mega-surround-sound Texas Cheesehead with a built-in programmable LED sign generator,
  • Blue Cheesehead (my personal favorite) and
  • the Packer Cheese Helmet with face mask, which was worn at the Atlanta-Green Bay home game and made it on ESPN.

Cheesehead - 2014


My 2014 contribution: The Birthday Girl. It’s so pretty.

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Halloween 2014

Fall is the most wonderful time of the year. Football, Halloween, one more season to Carnival. What’s not to love? Here are the costumes of Halloween 2014.

On Halloween night, we were The Evil Mad Scientist and The Grim Reaper (D did feel like death that night).


This was followed by the Texas Renaissance Festival‘s All Saints Day and Day Of The Dead celebration the very next day. D and I painted our friends’ faces for the occasion, while we decided to go with masks for The Red Death and its victim (Living Dead Girl). My mask was a very inexpensive purchase at Arne’s Party Store – I spent two hours shining and prettying it up before D wired and velcroed it to a skeleton arm, so I could carry it and not have to wear it on my face all day.


Another successful Halloween is in the bag along with a ton of candy. I also happily report that not a single child in my neighborhood dressed as Elsa. Geoff Peterson is going to crawl back into the attic. Until next year.