How utterly fitting that today’s shrine of model spy Lucas North was at the centre of a recent conspiracy. A secret triumvirate of conspirators got together to facilitate the delivery of an unspecified brown envelope with the intention of spreading… some love :-D. Here’s what happened:
When I conducted my little survey a couple of weeks ago to identify some recipients of a RAPS, the name of RArmy fashion expert Micra/Microlina popped up. Not long after posting the praise for the nominees, regular commentator Richardiana (herself a shrine owner) got in touch with me behind the scenes, wondering would I accept a commission for a shrine, intended as a surprise for Micra’s upcoming birthday. I was more than happy to oblige and not just because of the promise of another shipment of peanut puffs.
I was about to put on my creative hat, when another e-mail reached me. KatharineD, regular guest-blogger on ArmitageAgonistes, whom I owe a shrine
or three, asked could I use one of the tins she had sent me to create a shrine for Micra. Why, of course, but I was already on one, commissioned by someone else. Without my intervening, Katharine sussed it out who the other benefactor might be, got in touch with Richardiana and arranged with her, that the two of them together would commission the shrine for Micra. Bingo!
So, backed by my two co-conspirators, I assembled a shrine for Micra and sent it off to her, with the best wishes from Katharine and Richardiana for her birthday. The post was gracious with us – the shrine arrived yesterday, and so I present: Model Lucas.
The gorgeous Cherry Cough Pastilles box is one of a number of tins that Katharine has unearthed from a stash of assorted receptacles that her mother has been keeping. It made its way from Britain to Australia, then back to Europe for a stopover in Ireland to finally come to reside in Italy. How is that for a well-travelled cough pastilles tin? By the way, in the background of the picture above you can see two travel companions for the Cherry Cough Pastilles – the Gold Block tin and the Country Life cigarette box. The two green tins on the left came from England, by the way, courtesy of my generous bead-genius friend, Helen. I am a huge fan of beautiful old (and new) tins, and this looks as if a collection has been started…
But on to Micra’s Lucas RAPS. In order to personalise the RAPS for her, I drew on Micra’s fashion affinity. I knew that Micra loved anything Belstaff, and with Lucas’ model-worthy catwalk strut, the design was clear. Here is the autumn collection of Micra Moda.
I’m too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my shirt, so sexy it huuuurts… IKR! Poser!
Season 7 Lucas is… sharp-edged and sad, but oh, all the more loveable, I suppose.
I didn’t want to damage the vintage tin by punching holes for the candle holders into the lid, so I opted for a slightly different candle arrangement this time. It still works, I think.
With this shrine one of my project goals has been ticked off. It has worked as a facilitator of fandom bonds. And not just between me and a shrine recipient, but in a slightly bigger network of fans. I love how two fans, Richardiana and KatharineD, got together to concoct a surprise for their mutual friend, Micra. I love how there is a tangible gift from KatharineD in the shrine. I love how the tin has travelled the world, quite literally, before it has found a new (and final?) home. I love how an old item has been given a new purpose. This has ticked off more than one of my boxes, and it has been so enjoyable, that I am more than happy to concoct a scheme like this again. Thanks to Richardiana and KatharineD for a happy and easy collaboration. And lots of love to Micra with many thanks for her insightful, enlightening and interesting posts about Richard’s fashion
fumbles foibles such as her recently concluded series on RA in Leather. Check here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Irresistable – go on, check out your favourite, leather-favouring actor. You won’t be disappointed!
Have a lovely Sunday – and if you want to hear the story from the other side, check Micra’s post here.