Costumes for my Sweet Nephew

Art, Design

My nephew is a spectacular soul (both of them are, in fact, but this is about Nick the Mighty).

2007: Easter Island Head

Simple foam construction, pretty straight forward.

Nick always has the best ideas for costumes, and this year was no exception. My sister Genny and I met and figured it out.


I have some videos, shot with a very very old camera…

2008: Praying Mantis

This was with a different type of foam, very hard to color. I found this primo sheet of packing foam in the trash at my office building and it just sort of went from there.  Genny and I met halfway in a hotel in Pennsylvania and proceeded to delight the staff with the whole shebang.

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Libby Clarke is an artist, designer, and educator living in Maplewood, NJ. She received her BFA in Printmaking from James Madison University and her MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Professionally, Libby has worked as an interaction art director for over 15 years for such companies as and She was an Assistant Professor at the New York College of Technology in Brooklyn, New York. She also served as the Director of the Studio School of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. As an artist, Libby has produced a series of multi-media conceptual products under the name Monstress Productions since 1996. She gives workshops and lectures across the United States on the intersection of art, activism, and technology, and her pieces are exhibited and collected internationally.