Eluzre is an avatar for love, jealousy, black femininity, and maternal protection. Elurze is simply an anagram of the Erzule, and this project was inspired by the Haitian Lua Erzulie, which is a spiritual concept and figure in Haitian spirituality.

2017: Erzule is the Haitian African spirit of love, beauty, jewelry, dancing, luxury, and flowers. In this project, the motif comes from Haitian "veve" line drawings and patterns, and I wanted to connect those patterns a sense of cosmic power and universal presence. The black background is both the vastness of black space in the universe, and of course, represents Erzule as spirit of a black women. Jenny Oliver's company commissioned this project through a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts. This project was completed in 2017, and was used in performance by Modern Connections Dance theater at the We Create Festival in Boston.

This project was commissioned through a NEFA grant and created for Jenny Oliver's Modern Connections Dance Company. Oliver approached me with this project and suggested we work together. This project remains one of my favorite projects to date, but I did not create a series of photographs from this costume. the Elurze wearable art is currently in the collection of Jenny Oliver Modern Connections. The 28 photographs below show how I created Eluzre, from design to finished suit and helmet.

Sketchbook design

drawing the pattern on the cotton unitard

digital designs are printed onto vinyl sticker paper, via 24in printer. the design is cut and attached to the cotton unitard for stenciling.
decal sticker stencils on cotton unitard
a printout of the pattern before cutting.
decals on back of suit
before and after adding blue and magenta
before and after adding blue and magenta
close up of the chest
before spraying the rest of the body black
after spraying the body black

after decal stencil is removed.

adding an outer glow to blue and magenta
adding an outer glow to blue and magenta
adding a purple glow to some of the lines
more painting details
more painting details
the almost finished suit
beginning the helmet
side view of helmet style details
helmet style details
The spikes of the helmet were brought inward and attached.
The spikes of the helmet were brought inward and attached.
the helmet gets a coat of latex rubber for sealing the EVA foam from moisture
Adding blue and magenta
Adding blue and magenta
Adding silver and gold
Adding silver and gold