As much as I loved John Waters’ movies, I’ve never seen “Cry Baby.” Emi at the Pygmy Hippo Shoppe talked me into watching it, promising that I would like it and I did! Especially the very pregnant Ricki Lake!
Here we have (largest to smallest) Wade “Cry Baby” Walker, Allison Vernon-Williams, Pepper Walker, Wanda Woodward, and Mona “Hatchet-Face” Malnorowski. It reminds me a little of those 50s movies about teenagers (“Reefer Madness” anyone?) that the guys on MST3K used to spoof but with better music.
Years ago, I went with a date to the Angelika Film Center to see an anniversary showing of “Pink Flamingos” and was both amused and horrified by it. Several people walked out in the middle of the movie. It’s not the kind of film you go and see on a first date, but I was in art school at the time so this sort of thing was a given. Little did I know then that I would one day be asked to create dolls based on John Waters movies.
It was a lot of fun creating this set. I had to watch a tutorial on how to make a tutu, hunt through the mess that is my supply closet to find the right color of roving wool, study the great Divine’s photographs to recreate her outrageous make up and basically learn how to make a miniature 60’s beehive wig. It was worth it in the end because this happened:
I love her so much that I wanted to be photographed with her.
It took a while, but I managed to get the rest of the cast painted:
Edie, Raymond Marbles, and a little pile of dog poop in lieu of the last doll.
There’s also Connie Marbles, Cotton, and Crackers with a chicken (no, let’s not discuss what he did with that chicken…).