The Goblin Ball 2014. What can we say? So many astonishing guests and so many amazing adventures were had on the evening of the 14th of July 2014. The realm of Ember Rule was a far cry from the Ice Kingdom and everything was so different. We offer a reflection on our past and give hint to the future of THe Goblin Ball in 2015.
Photos in this post are on behalf of Ellen Duffy Photography who provided the photoshoot for the evening! Be sure to check your shots here!
The Goblin Ball 2014
The Goblin Ball: Ember Rule was phenomenal all thanks to our guests and the artists involved. Lizzie Sharp provided the makeup crew who created the creatures who inhabited the event and the photographers made all of our guests feel special.
Guests were welcomed to a Goblin Marketplace that had several amazing artisan stalls including Nightshade FX and Roseberry bay soaps.
Pintina arrived, forcefully returned to face a family of Gods who were quick to forgive. Guests were invited to choose her fate - Bless or Damn. In the end Pintina was presented at the end of the Walk of The Gods and Blessed with Demi Goddess status.
Through the evening Animata String Quartet played renditions of songs from Game of Thrones to Labyrinth allowing our guests to be immersed in the romance of the evening. Lamplight Circus and Lee from Melbourne Magic festival provided the wandering entertainment and Shimmy Bliss once again proved hypnotic. Omega kept the Gods inferno pumping with song requests in a red lit room of DOOM!
The Quests were more popular than we had intended with over 200 quests being completed before 10pm. Next year we will grow this side of our guest experience and maybe making things a little harder and more immersive!
By the end of the evening as guests had grown weary of photoshoots and adventures we closed the doors at 12. Pintina had double crossed Ember Rule by stealing the heart of the God and left a clue beckoning us to follow her to Terra Bayou.
Next years adventures will surely be interesting as we explore The Power of Voodoo!
The Ring Masters
Just Who were these Ringmasters who ran around the venue?
You may have seen the 5 Ringmasters running around the venue and sometimes talked to a few. But what were their roles on the evening?
The Ringmasters are actually the production crew who have been working hard (sometimes up to a full 12 months before) to make sure the event runs as best as it can.
The story line of the Ringmasters isn't something that was accidental. The Ringmasters are here by appointment of Jaggies - a mysterious figure who may be revealed in an event or two - but all you need to do is remember to seek them for help and fun on the evening.
The Ringmasters were all amazed by everyones efforts on the evening and we can't wait to see you again next year!
Pintina and the Acolytes
Congratulations, thanks to our guests Pintina survived another Goblin Ball. Last year the brat Princess schemed and harassed our guests to make sure they felt uncomfortable. This year with the possibility of being granted Demigoddess status, Pintina grew up a little and with some handy positive PA from the Acolytes from the realm of Ember Rule Pintina reached that goal - only to double cross Ember Rule at the final moment replacing the Gods heart with a Voodoo doll. This could only mean we must follow her to Ember Rule and experience the Power of Voodoo in 2015!
Our VERY valuable volunteers for the evening were wonderful in supplying help to the guests who were a little lost to find their way! Even the Guards of Ember Rule who provided Fire twirling and Belly dancing made quite the impression. Next year who can we expect to help our guests through Terra Bayou?
The Quest Masters worked tirelessly at taking our guests on adventures and making sure their motives where known.
Hasina made sure her love of Pintina won over the crowd and successfully won over the hearts of the guests. Would the fact that Pintina double crossed Ember Rule sway her devotion?
Amak from The Ice Kingdom was unsuccessful and grew in anger toward Ember Rule. We wonder if he will attempt to travel to Terra Bayou to gain revenge.
Bodhisattva was key in gathering guests runes to expose the future and she was able to use this information to expose that Maude was intending to steal the Gods heart - but did she know more than what she was letting on?
Maude - framed or foe? Next year as we travel to Terra Bayou we may see more of what he was attempting to do with the God's heart.
Paiva the Fire Goddess was awaiting the return of not only her God but also of Pintina. When Ebon came with the promise of forgiveness the were able to accept Pintina into her rightful place of Demi Goddess.
Do they have forgiveness in their heart (the one left between them) to see past Pintina's shortcomings to allow her to reclaim her place in the family at a later stage or has Pintina escaped with the blessings, and the heart?
The Best Dressed
The Walk of the Gods at 10pm was amazing! There were so many fantastic costumes however Tracy and David (who came as a tree!) were the ones who the Gods bestowed the Title of Gods Honored. They took home a skull from Nightshade FX and double passes to next years trip to Terra Bayou. (Photos of the Tree Sentinel to come!)
From Ember Rule to Terra Bayou
So where do we go from here?
Terra Bayou is a world of New Orleans inspired Voodoo where we can be sure to see our Demigoddess Pintina explore and attempt to complete her next ulterior motive, but what could it possibly be?
Next year we bring an authentic New Orleans flavor to the Goblin Ball that includes Voodoo, southern charm and a little touch of death. Lets just say it won't be such a walk in Ember Rule for our dear Pintina. The Swampland of Terra Bayou awaits. Will you be invited to walk the Grand Mardi Gras for the Barons of Terra Bayou?
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DAMED is an Avant-Garde Art & photography periodical currently produced BI YEARLY, launched April 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.
DAMED is created by Award winning Fine Art Photographer Mad Dame, and followed by a dedicated team of artistic minds, eager and ravenous for the exploration and implementation of new concepts in the field of creative design photography.
We caught up with Mad Dame, the fearless leader of DAMED who is also moonlighting at the glorious High Priestess of Ember Rule, the world that The Goblin Ball is visiting this year! We wanted to know a few secrets and tips that can help create the most amazing makeup to compliment our guests costumes this year!
Mad Dame, our guests are coming to live a creation they have thought long and hard at creating. How would someone start thinking about makeup on an evening like this?
Firstly, what are you wearing? Or not wearing - then you know what colour scheme to start with, and what colours compliment or contrast. For example an orange dress you can consider orange, yellow, warm or bright tones of make up or go the opposite and use blue tones in your make up as long as blue is featured somewhere else to balance.
You can also start collecting bits and pieces, especially if you are going to DIY, from $2 shops and trinkets, like rings to use in your props, hair and make up, anything you can stick to yourself!
You attended the last Goblin Ball as the Green Fairy. Many people talked about how bold you were to bare all and choose body paint for the top half of your costume. What would you suggest to others who were thinking about making the same choice?
If you are confident or about to take a step into gaining confidence, remember you are surrounded by like minded people and a very safe environment, that commends all levels of creativity! My experience in body painting, wearing it and applying it to people, body paint created a new layer of skin, and opens a new door of emotional evaluation, you actually become your character, it can be considered a form of masking. I highly doubt you would feel so exposed, unless your getting chilly!
If I was thinking of going to the Goblin Ball and making an impression, what makeup tips would you suggest?
I would suggest having a little research, not necessary at make up, but things to influence creative make up, like animals, colours, textures, anything to add to your character. If you do have trouble, find 3 different make up images and take elements that you like form each and create your own combination to help keep your make up design original.
You can also hire many many of Melbourne’s Talented Make up artists to help your vision come to life. I ran around before last years ball help create some awesome make up for some guests.
Use 3D things to add to your make up, like gems, feathers, flowers, spray painted paper cut outs, anything!
You are also a very talented photographer! What tips do you give our guests to take the perfect costume picture?
I would ALWAYS take a fresh photo at home in good light before you leave! For a perfect picture while at the ball, know how you costume presents itself best, if you have a flowing slim floor length gown, pose on your side, if you wear a giant round ball gown, use your arms and hands to be expressive. If you’re a dude with a sceptre, well man, strike an epic pose. Just take a breathe and think about your eyes and hands the most to add the best character. Oh and background setting for selfies is important, as well as using the stage and dance floor lights to your advantage. Back lighting can work cool too.
What would be your ultimate tip on how to make a splash as far as makeup and costume are concerned?
I think Hair is a big option too, styled hair or props in hair makes a huge impact, I am also one for hair styled and hair props, I am like whoaaa. Height can add a lot more stronger character. I also think flowly arm like props are eye catching, like fabric that you use to move, dance and flirt with.
You can check out more of Mad Dame's work on her facebook page or her official website where you can also order your own copy of DAMED magazine!
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