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At the beginning of October, internationally known hair and makeup artist Adam Maclay arrived in Key West, bringing with him fifteen boxes containing art supplies, design materials, fabric, makeup, and a wide assortment of found objects.
Maclay is TSKW’s first artist-in-residence of the new season, and in addition to plentiful supplies, he’s bringing fresh inspiration and plans for a remarkable headdress exhibition at TSKW, just in time for Fantasy Fest.
The public is invited to meet Maclay and learn about his work on Wednesday, October 12, from 6-8 pm at the Armory, 600 White Street. Maclay is the featured artist of TSKW’s new “On the Deck” series, a free monthly gathering which highlights the work and talents TSKW residency artists.
“I’ve been developing a collection of headdresses that are indicative of places, ideas, time periods and historical styles,” says Maclay. “While in Key West, I hope to create an exciting body of work, and to develop pieces that are new and interesting, and which are not bound to accepted societal aesthetics.”
Key West may be a world away from the glitz and glamour of his other projects – for instance, his recent stint as the principal makeup artist for the MTV Video Music Awards – but it offers plenty of inspiration to Maclay. He’ll create many of his unique headdresses by using the island’s flowers, plants, and sea shells and he’ll supplement the pieces with inorganic materials such as bullet casings, and records.
Though the headdresses are composed of such disparate elements, Maclay’s keen sense of composition and years of experience as an artist ensure that upon completion, each headdress is a fantastically bold and unique creation.
As the Director of Education at Senses NY on 5th Ave in Manhattan, Maclay’s talents are broad and far reaching. There he also acts as a Senior Stylist and Makeup Artist where he conducts photo shoots and monthly workshops.
Maclay is also a freelance artist where he works on many projects within the fashion, media and film industries. His work has been featured in many editorial spreads in both the United States and Europe. Adam has been seen on WE Network’s My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. For the last two years Adam has been working Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City where he has been involved with the It Gets Better Fashion Lounge, Haute Hippie Fall 09′ Fashion Show, and the Buckler Spring ’12 Fashion Show.
The public is invited to view Maclay’s collection from October 20 – November 14 at The Studios of Key West. A reception for “Mediums: Headdress Creations” will be held on Thursday, October 20 from 6-9 pm during Walk on White. The evening will also serve as the TSKW Season Kick-Off Party and as a reception for “INstruct: Works by TSKW Instructors” in the Main Hall.
The public is invited to pick up a copy of the new TSKW catalog at the community celebration on Thursday, October 20 from 6-9 pm. Full details of the concerts, workshops, exhibitions, and classes will also be posted to tskw.org over the next few weeks. Call 296-0458 for more information.
Photographs by celebrity photographer Andrew Werner. www.AndewWernerPhotography.com