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the ilea underwing by BelovedUnderwing the ilea underwing by BelovedUnderwing
Good god this was a LOT of work!

Ok, indulge me for a moment or two while I try and piece together a good explanation.
Many moons ago my sweetie approached me with the idea for this years renaissances festival's costumes. He said that he wanted to go as High Court Fae this year, but that he didn't want to look like some of the less inclined to details that are wearing elf ears with tennis shoes.
so we embarked on the idea of two Elves that are trying to pass as human, but are just falling short of it.
Jeremy {~Nviermor} made a suit of armor out of wood.
I. Shit. You. Not.
I will most likely be adding more photos as I receive them for friends and such, so I will be getting a photo or two of his suit up soon. [link]

but this is about me here. sooooo
I was reading along in one of my many books and came across a reference to an ilia underwing moth, and went "huh? A Moth with MY name!? What does this bug look like?!!" (the original greco-roman spelling of my name is ilia)
so I went a-googling to find some photos, and the idea struck me to make my Fae outfit as though I had this moths coloring and wings and wanted to go walking amongst the humans for a day or two.

Upon a doing a little background research on this moth I learned many things I did not know, such is the nature of research... this moth's other names are the Beloved underwing and the Wife...didn't say why, but meh...
plus that it ranges over much of North America and lives on Oak trees and Oak tree sap.
So I adding in a lot of acorns and oak leaves to help round out the look. Jeremy made my crown, and helped me get the wings to fit better.

The whole thing is hand painted with Rite dye and puffy fabric paint (for the white spots)...that was a bitch!
And it took me better part of a month to get it all done.
I've got pointed ears that are so small you might miss them...and I was asked repeatedly if they were real! geez...

Anyway the fair was a blast and I had a ton of fun!...and a ton of photos taken...and was almost bitten on the neck by a complete stranger......hmmm, maybe too much fun....

anyway, I'll be putting more photos up soon!
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Celtic-Dragonfly Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredible and beautiful!
BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!!
Arachnoid Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely my favorite of all of your fae cos. The moth wing motif... *swoon* an artisan after my heart.... just.... words escape... I could write you, your craftsmanship, your costuming skills, your creative vision, and your artistry... a sonnet.... <333 thank you for sharing this with the world. inspired... does not even begin.... ugh... your a super star. I love LOVE your work. <33333 
BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow...just wow. Really from the bottom of my heart , Thank you!!
LookingManyStars Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
Bushitaka Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Like :)
BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
I'm currently working on a remake of this, more or less. The original costume you see here...most of it didn't survive storage. I really didn't know what I was doing when I mixed the dye. You really need to get the right mix of water and powder dye. :blush:

The version is going to help with my want of a little wild fae. More like something that stepped out of a Amy Brown piece...I would rather it be a Brian Froud piece....but most of his faeries don't wear a lot of real clothing...which makes walking around in public a tad difficult.
Bushitaka Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Did not survive storage?
What a waste:(
What happened? Moth plague?
Succes with the new one.
BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
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