Piridalil: 2018. Pir in Farsi means feather, and it also represents an elder, teacher, or guide in the Sufi tradition. When I started this project I felt it was going to be a project representing an idea of male beauty. It seems media today spends a great deal of time addressing the negative aspect of males in western society - their privileged and cultural aggression. But I think that is really a western problem. I want to make a suit that focuses on the beautiful parts of being male. In many cultures men are prominent as dancers and warriors and in plenty of examples the two art forms are conflated into one. Pir-i-Dalil to me represents the best qualities of men, including an inner beauty, an colorful order, and a heart as light as feathers.

below are process photographs ordered with most recent images first. through these photographs you can see how I created the headpiece my methods from masking the complex pattern of the suit. the viewer may want to start from the bottom.

Finished suit.
front view almost finished
I painted to white lines maroon to match the headdress
the headdress and the suit didn't quite match
Eyes are painted onto the beak of the headdress
White bands are being repainted purple
purple is being tested for the bands separating the feathers.
after a latex coat, painting begins
Side view of tessellating shapes in the headdress
Front view of tessellating shapes
Helmet is pinned in place using EVA foam
I began working on the helmet
a lavender pattern is added to the white lines
a lavender pattern is added to the white lines
color is hand painted over the feather texture
color is hand painted over the feather texture
visual texture is added using actual peacock feathers as a print.
visual texture is added using actual peacock feathers as a print.
the arms are spread to paint underneath
complete removal of blue tape mask
complete removal of blue tape mask
The tape was peeled away
Those shapes were painted magenta
The mannequin was sprayed blue, with some shapes masked so that they would stay white.
The mannequin was sprayed blue, with some shapes masked so that they would stay white.
blue masked lines covering the whole body of the mannequin
these lines were overlayed with blue masking tape
lines traced onto the back of the suit as well.
this template was used just to put lines in the right place on the body of the suit.
Here are the front and backs of the template applied to the mannequin
I cut out the shapes in the suit. I thought that I would use them for stenciling originally
I attach blue masking tape of the desired thickness to the template over the pattern lines.
after flattening out the body templates, I projected the pattern onto a wall and traced the pattern onto the template
Then I cut away the sections of the template using a blade.
I wrapped the mannequin in saran wrap and then duct tape. I labeled the parts of the suit.
When creating a suit it's very important to have a form fitting template.