Way back in 2013 myself and others at the Cube got obsessed with Wildermannen and produced a New Years Eve event based on it. We held a few costume making workshops to help people prepare and restricted the entry numbers as we expected some very large costumes! Happily, lots of other people got as into it as us, the workshops and the event went down a storm and we ran more workshops in 2014 at Supernormal festival. Mine and other's costumes were also used in the beautiful Strike Our Scythes video.
I liked the tall costumes with creature's heads towering above, so I made a boar's head (a nod to the Forest of Dean). It's an aluminium mesh structure, covered with muslin and felt and then fur (I can't remember why I chose that colour now, it's striking but not rustic). There's some extra felt/newspaper to add weight where it's needed and the aluminium is amazingly light; it's important with headpieces to get the balance just right otherwise you end up with terrible neck ache. I'm especially proud of the eyes and love the textured leather in the ears.
The chestnut hair became a wildly imaginative variation, since we couldn't find any dry chestnuts, and was an old bicycle helmet covered in mixed nuts, wasabi peas and dried fungi. One of my favourite things about ¡hen~dø is the level of joyful idiocy. Sadly the 'hair' was too perishable to keep, but the beard is still going strong.