LRP, or LARP, is essentially improvised amateur dramatics on a huge scale, with people gathering to dress up and wholly immerse themselves in other characters and settings. Accessories often tell important background tales for the character, or may become part of the story by possessing special powers or carrying value in the game itself.
Commissions are important as many of these items can’t be easily found from shops; as well as matching your costume and character, accessories may want to show certain cultural influences or avoid anachronistic elements. These pieces were created with care and consultation to match the high expectations of the eventual wearers.
To compliment a red and deep orange velvet dress, a set was required to match the character of a young lady showing off, and perhaps trying a little too hard! A goldstone necklace with two pairs of earrings allows it to be worn in two different ways, simple or dressier, and another set uses striking glass in a simple pendant and earrings combination. A third choker length necklace of golden glass beads , and a skull brooch/hair pin complete the look. Designed to be worn as separate sets, or combined for maximum "bling".
The great team behind award winning live role play Rockets, Rayguns and Really Nice Tea were "on the look out for 'alien' looking props" and asked for a piece of jewellery. Given a budget to work to, and guidelines about vaguely Persian and High Egyptian wackiness, concept sketches were made and a design chosen. The end result was a necklace in polymer clay, with insets and hangings made from beads and semi-precious stones.
Broadly medieval Celtic cross over, a set comprising glass beaded necklace with carved horn and amber dropper, painted wooden belt hanger, and earrings. Plaited, sewn and painted leather work was also created to attach a scent bottle and other items to a belt, and a modern notebook was covered in material and given a knotwork painted fastener.
Loved one locket
Commissioned to produce the art and provide the braided leather necklace to hold it, this work began with the intended locket being lost in the post, so sourcinga replacement locket was also part of the commission. A full sheet of rough pencil sketch drawings were created for the face of the feline lady, with the final choice then finished, watercoloured and secured behind a slim plastic sheet. The painted image is only approx 1.5 cm across.