KINETIC CARNIVALE GUILD CONTEST 2014
Are you a creative energetic spirit who loves to get in character? Do you love the Kinetic Carnivale? Here is your opportunity to become an airship pirate, a lord or lady or anything your heart desires! The Willits Kinetic Carnivale is holding a crowd judged contest for steampunk guilds during its 3rd annual festival on August 9th and 10th, 2014.
Guilds are like minded groups who choose a theme and personas to act out at the event. Each guild has its own theme, decorated booth space and its members interact with the crowds at the event according to their personas. So a guild of inventors would have members like Phineas Bolthammer who is currently working on inventing a self steaming teapot and would love to discuss the various properties of alchemy. Their booth would be decorated with everything from a chemistry set to a variety of well used tools. A more gentrified guild might be made up of well dressed Victorian ladies and gentlemen who enjoy tea parties, balls and know the vagaries of Victorian fan language.
Prizes will be awarded for best guild booth space and best guild crowd interaction. Check out www.kineticcarnivale.com and click on the Kinetic Faire heading for more information about how to get involved or come to our “Create a Guild Day”, Saturday July 12 at 1 pm at the Mendocino County Museum in Willits.
Read on for more inforamtion about creating your guild:
Every Guild Should have:
- Guild Theme – Inventors, Cowboys, Airship Riders, Victorian Aristocracy; etc
- At least 4 members w/ personas, names, and costumes in line with your theme
- Guild Name
- Booth Plan: Your booth should be decorated in a steam punk manner and focused as much as possible on your theme so Inventors might have tools, chemistry sets and interesting inventions while Victorian Aristocracy might have fainting couches, tea sets and doilies.
- Plans for crowd interactions: will you be in Victorian dress discussing the meaning of flowers and fan language and fainting in distress when certain topics are mentioned? Inviting people to see your newest inventions? Warning pedestrians about the dangers of roaming werewolves? Come up with topics, slogans or other things that can be discussed with faire participants and guests to keep it interesting.
Once you have decided upon a theme for your guild each guild member will need to create their own guild persona – a person they will “be” while at the faire. Think of this as similar to being a character in a play but you get to choose who you want to be!
- Each guild member should choose a name in line with their theme and persona so if you are Victorian Aristocracy a man might be Viscount Edward Darcy from Darrowby or a woman might be Lady Elizabeth Bromley of the London Bromleys. A male airship crewmember might be Fleet Airwalker or a female crewmember Miss Amelia Highflight. Also your name can and often should have a title with it – are you a Professor? Her Ladyship? Captain? Mister? Apprentice?
If you are having trouble coming up with your name check out this steampunk name generator: http://oobleck.org/steam/
- Now you need a personality to go with your theme and name. What is your profession? What is your personality? Are you a grumpy inventor always complaining about interruptions to your “important work? Or are you an inventor who gets excited about every mechanical thing you see and are always trying to figure out how things work? Are you absent minded? Do you speak rapidly always trying to spit things out or do you mix up the names for things and invent your own unusual words? Your personality is up to you but it should be in line with your theme so an inventor might be absent minded but they are always concerned with tools and inventions. A member of the aristocracy may be a werewolf hunter but she is also never late to tea and wouldn’t be caught dead showing her ankles.
- Now that you have a theme, a name and a persona you need a costume. Your costume should obviously reflect your theme and persona so an inventor might have a leather apron and googles while a lady might have a bustled skirt and wide brimmed hat. That said be creative – if your lady is also an explorer who travels on airships she might frequently wear goggles and sensible shoes! While steampunk costumes can be very expensive the best costumes are often created using things from your own closet or a trip to the thrift store. Vests, long skirts, boots, and wide leather belts are often helpful. Keep in mind that accessories can make the costume and look out for hats, parasols, watches, pins, and other accoutrements. Also it is possible to turn something very normal – say a water gun – into a cool steampunk accessory with the liberal use of metallic sharpie pens and a few glue gunned on gears! For some ideas in creating your costume check out: http://www.kineticcarnivale.com/costume-guide.html
- Now that you are in character, in costume and ready to go work on planning your guild space and your crowd interactions!
Decorating your guild space:
There will be a prize for the crowd voted best booth so be sure to have an excellent plan for decorating your booth!!!!
Each guild will have a 10x10 guild booth space (if you have really expansive plans you can request more space). It will probably be quite warm so we recommend having a plan for shade at your site.
While you might not know it there are plenty of things in your home that can be quite helpful for decorating your booth space. With a little creativity normal household objects can be repurposed for steam punk themed decorations very easily – just be careful about taking your Mom’s prize teapot out of the house – that might get you in some trouble!
Here are some ideas to help you with you plans for decorating:
- Use tablecloths, sheets, and curtains to repurpose, chairs, tables and other furniture. They can also be hung from a shade structure to create a more enclosed space. If you cover a folding table in a sheet covered with a tablecloth and some doilies it goes from being a card table to being parlor table in no time at all.
- Unusual furniture from your home can spice up your guild space. Have a cool side table or funky chair? Why not use them to flesh out your space?
- Rugs are ideal for making your outdoor grassy space feel like an indoor area and they make it much more comfortable for your guild members to enjoy the space.
- Take pictures of yourself and your guild members in your costumes in fun places or print out Victorian looking pictures from the internet and frame them in cool frames and hang them in your guild space or place them on tables. You can use frames you already have or pick some up at a garage sale or thrift store.
- Check out garage sales and thrift stores for inexpensive items that will help you decorate
- Houseplants can be a great way to give your guild space a more homey feel.
Guild Contest Rules and Regulations
- All guilds must have a guild name, coordinated theme, and decorated 10x10 guild space.
- All decorations, crowd interactions, and behavior must be appropriate for a family event.
- No loud music or sounds can emanate from the guild space which would interfere with the general event entertainment.
- All guilds must have a minimum of 4 members and all members (legal) names must be listed on the guild entry form.
- Guild entry forms must be submitted no later than August 4st.
- Each guild is responsible for keeping its guild space clean and free of debris.
- Each guild is responsible for cleaning up its guild space on Sunday after the faire closes and no goods, trash or other items should be left on site.
- Each guild is responsible for having members on site at the faire during all open hours both Saturday and Sunday.
- Only service animals are permitted on site during the faire. Any service animal brought by a guild member must be leashed and cleaned up after at all times. Unattended animals will be removed by security.
- While security is on site from Friday through Sunday the Museum cannot be held responsible for any property left in the park. Please make sure that your booth is under guild member observation whenever possible and that no high value items are left in the booth at any time.
Mendocino County Museum: 707-459-2736
Neeka Aguirre: firstname.lastname@example.org
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