Xothique's Journal

October 31, 2008

Happy Hallowe’en, and news of a Masked Ball in 2009!

Filed under: Events — Xothique @ 8:18 pm

Exciting news for lovers of all things dark and gothic: Darklight Industries are pleased to announce the Dark Fantasy Ball 2009! Your hosts, Lilith, Artemis and Gaia welcome you to their night of masquerade and fantasy. Luxuriate in the opulent surroundings and wonder at the array of beautiful, creative masks and costumes. Dance the night away to some of the finest Gothic, Industrial and EBM music around. The only limits are your imagination! Click on the link below for more information.

This looks like the perfect event to wear a Xothique Designs mask to, and there’s plenty of time to plan your total look. Why not contact me to discuss ideas, and let me create an unique mask designed to your specifications.

While I’m on the subject of purchasing masks, I’d just like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has purchased a mask from me this party season, and I hope you have as much pleasure from them as I had from designing them.
I’m currently experimenting with carving and creating multi-layered effects in leather, and I hope to have some new and interesting masks and other bodywear to show you very soon. Watch this space!

Finally, I’d like to take the opportunity to wish you all a happy, fun-filled and safe All Hallow’s Eve.

February 14, 2007

The Royal Review

Filed under: Events,Royal / V.I.P. — Xothique @ 4:45 am

I’ve  put together a small slideshow of some of the better pictures of Prince Charles’ visit to Newport and Gwent Enterprise‘s “Enterprising Arts” project in November, including some images kindly provided by photographer Ben Wills (via Enterprising Arts) and South Wales Argus Photosales. If you’re interested in learning more about any of the wonderful people who made this event happen, please visit the links you’ll see in the picture captions. If I’ve missed anyone out, please let me know and I’ll be happy to add credits as appropriate.


November 16, 2006

The Royal Visit.

Filed under: Events,Royal / V.I.P. — Xothique @ 3:32 am

Thanks to everyone who wished me luck. Special thanks to who came to the event and sat and waited for a long time. And very special thanks to His Royal Highness, His staff and the Newport and Gwent Enterprise team, who make such dreams come true.

As many had said, Prince Charles is a very pleasant person to talk to, putting everyone at their ease, and showing a genuine interest in everybody he meets. He seemed relaxed and unhurried, and I think he gave everyone at least five minutes of his time, if not more. Of course, that brief time feels like an eternity as he gradually approaches, meeting with others along the way – and it seems to be over in seconds when he actually speaks to you!

He showed quite a lot of interest in mask-making, and asked about the various techniques for producing the finishes on the masks. My Red Dragon caught his eye, and as he took a closer look, the press saw yet another photo opportunity, as this image on the BBC site shows:

Prince Charles And The Dragon

He is laughing in the photo because I had just suggested that he might like to try the mask on… He didn’t of course, but I think he might have been tempted for a second. Naturally, the press got all the prime camera angles, but I hope to get hold of a few more pictures soon.

All in all, it was a wonderful event that seemed to go without a hitch – a very successful day for everyone involved.

November 15, 2006

Tomorrow I Meet Prince Charles!

Filed under: Events,Royal / V.I.P. — Xothique @ 12:22 am

I’m being presented to HRH the Prince of Wales tomorrow!

This afternoon we spent a considerable amount of time preparing my display, and I am really pleased with the way it looks now. I think I am about ready.

Everything is in place, and it’s too late to panic now, so I’m having a nice quiet evening. Here’s the display:

Royal Visit preparations

The brilliant caricature of Sid James that you can see creeping in on the right is the work of local animator and artist Steve John, whose work is displayed on the next table.

I will update soon, hopefully with photos of the presentation.

Wish me luck!


November 3, 2006

A Royal Engagement!

Filed under: Events,Royal / V.I.P. — Xothique @ 8:43 pm

Official announcements are up, so now I can talk about that rather exclusive presentation that I’ve been invited to take part in:

The Prince of Wales, President, PRIME-Cymru, will visit the Taste of Enterprise Centre at the Victorian Indoor Market, meet Newport and Gwent Enterprise and PRIME-Cymru clients and view displays of their work, Victorian Indoor Market, Newport.

So there it is, straight from the Royal diary. I am one of the invited artists involved in Taste of Enterprise who will be presented to the Prince of Wales, in just under a fortnight’s time…

…and I’m a little bit excited, and a little bit scared now.