AHHHH!!! I'm still blown away that I got to interview the amazing Dame Darcy. I've been obsessed with her work since the mid 1990s--she's not only an amazing artist/cartoonist/painter she's also a storyteller, musician (her project is called Death by Doll), film maker, fashion icon (she makes her own couture...Anna Sui and Courtney Love are fans too!), and outspoken feminist and environmentalist.
She describes her style as Hillbilly Roccocco and I was completely tickled by all her references to a myriad of influences: King Ludwig II of Bavaria's Neuschwanstein Castle, Liberace, her 1920s boudoir doll named Isabelle, Ziggy Stardust, Grace Jones, Diana Ross (specifically the huge hair/shimmery huge eyed alien Diana of the 1970s), Laura Ingalls and Nellie Olsen (gingham! bonnets! the 19th century!)...and Adam Ant circa Stand and Deliver, the watching of which Dame Darcy says "broke her" in terms of setting in stone her idea of the dandy highwayman in the place of idealized masculinity.
Please check out her website at damedarcy.com for info about her books, fine art, dolls, film, music and upcoming projects including "Meat Cake presents Voyage of Temptress"--a mutli-media video and story project.
Cyndi is a heavy metal guitarist based in Toronto. I loved that in talking about her style evolution, she said “I don’t always have to be looking at my vinyl album covers and trying to look like these guys from the eighties”--without any irony.
We discussed dressing for the stage and dressing with LOTS of full colour tattoos, and her belief in showing a little 'cleave'.
Her interests are music, record collecting and pro wrestling, and she likes to take inspiration from 'strange places', sometimes disappearing down the etsy hole looking for the perfect see through robe.
Please check out her band Call of the Wild including their FB page.