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For MerryJoy, costume design has long held a two-fold fascination. MaryJoy Martin 1977First, as an art medium, she blends sculpture and painting via the fabric's texture and colours and the shape of the final creation. Second, as a way to clothe herself in the past, once inside her costumes she takes on the role of a ghost in a cemetery or a Druid in a circle of stones or an amorphous crone in the forest. She also loved to dance at various ethnic fiestas and harvest festivals in her early years. Being in costume gave her the freedom to fill herself with the spirit and energy of a timeless moment when all peoples celebrate life on the same earth-centric path through music, dance, food, and story.

As an author, she used her costumes during presentations of storytelling, becoming the characters in her books. In the 1980s she attended radio and television interviews in costume.

MerryJoy's costumes have won a plethora of awards since 1975 and she has been a featured judge at costume contests, including Octoberfest, Samhain, and Buffalo Bill Days festivals in Colorado. Her costumes have been purchased by individuals and theatre companies since the 1980s. Artists and photographers also commissioned her in costume for their work, yet few quality photos of the original costumes could be tracked down. Below is a very small sampling of her work.

—Jack Kelly



For inquiries contact Cameron & Associates. All content copyrighted by MaryJoy Martin, a.k.a. MerryJoy. Please obtain written permission or a contract from the artist or her representatives before using images.
COSTUMES
The Fan Dancer, 1975

Flamenco dress made of red satin and black French lace with full petticoat of red lace and a silk rose at the waist.
Fan Dancer 1975
Victorian Victorian
Victorian Ballgown, 1980

This dress is made of fine blue satin with traditional bodice and bustle, flounced with Austrian lace, bowed with black velvet, and trimmed in gold.
Dutch Flowergirl, 1983

Hand-embroidered, this Volendam dress includes the traditional cap (hand-sewn by the artist) and wooden shoes—klompen.
Dutch
Victorian











Victorian Walking dress, 1983

Dress of printed cotton with bustle and bodice. Lace parasol and hat also made by the artist .

Victorian
Victorian traveling gown, 1982

In shades of pink and beige and trimmed in black, this Victorian dress and hat were used for MerryJoy's first book tour. In it she became popularized as Central City's ‘Ghost Lady’ in the 1980s. Lace petticoat and long bloomers finished the costume.

Taveling Girl
Camelot gown
Camelot gown, 1985

This gown was designed for a stage production of Camelot for Queen Guineveer.



Widow

Black brocade Victorian gown, 1984

Dress of black satin brocade with bustle and bodice and matching hat.
‘Widow of John Cameron’ at Central City, Colorado.


Balck Widow

The Black Widow with her Lappet-faced vultures




FIRST PEOPLES
Butterfly Woman
BUTTERFLY WOMAN wears a traditional style Puebloan blanket dress, decorated with silver conchos and silver and gemstone frogs, 2012.

Shaman Raven






GOING WILDER
Celtic Witch MerryJoy 2012

PICTISH SHAMAN by MerryJoy, 2012

As the years streak her hair silver, revealing her inner mountain-top Cailleach—the Gaelic Mystical Crone—MerryJoy's preference for more fluid and shamanistic costuming of various cultures prevails. She now creates only ‘witchy' and Cailleach-type costumes, as she celebrates the Fire Festivals of the ancient Scots calendar and other similar international cultural events.
Cailleach


Ancient Spirit by MerryJoy

ANCIENT SPIRIT by MerryJoy © 2016

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