The Nutcracker

This year, I found myself doing not one but three different Nutcracker projects. I was already reinterpreting some of last winter's Nutcracker-themed jewelry when the other two projects landed in my lap.

The first one was the poster design for Western Ballet's 35th season of The Nutcracker. If you are local to the San Francisco Bay area, I highly recommend attending a performance this weekend.


Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 @ 7 PM
Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 @ 1 PM & 7 PM
Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 @ 1 PM & 6:30 PM

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts



The other project involved creating the illustrations and label designs for nineteen Limited Edition Nutcracker perfume oil blends by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab.




Klara's scent is: Honey dusting powder, mandarin, iris, ylang ylang, tea rose, and carnation.


The Rat King: The Nine-Headed nemesis of the Nutcracker Prince. Dust, wood and feral musk with a fang-sharp undertone.

Here are some additional favorites of mine from the set:




I am not without my own history of The Nutcracker. I'll leave you with this fifteen-year-old photo of me as Clara in The Kosan Youth Ballet's version of The Nutcracker, which drew from the Vaganova (Russian) tradition of ballet and used Baryshnikov's famous choreography.