Monday, 14 April 2014

Introducing Dan Baines' DIY mummified fairy kit

I suspect people who read my blog may well be interested in this project, so I'm writing a post about it.

The Derbyshire Mummified Fairy Kit and DVD Workshop is the brainchild of Dan Baines, the artist who created the original Derbyshire fairy.  Dan made the fairy as an April Fool's prank in 2007, and it has since become one of the greatest hoaxes of the internet age.  There are people out there who still believe it was real.


The Fairy hits the news!
Image from the project's Kickstarter page.

People with a different type of mind, like myself, have been speculating ever since about exactly how Dan made the fairy.  In the DVD Workshop Dan will finally share some of his artistic secrets, while the kit will contain all the supplies needed to make your own mummified fairy.  I cannot wait to get my sticky mitts on this thing.

The project is funded through Kickstarter and it has already exceeded its funding goal.  The extra money will be used to realize stretch goals - extra fun stuff over and above the initial scope of the project.  Backing the project through Kickstarter works out cheaper than the kit's anticipated retail value, so if you'd like to get a kit backing the project is probably the way to go.



Stretch goals

Production is scheduled to be completed by August, and then the kits will be for sale at Pyewackett and Pecke, Dan's exciting new online store dedicated to strange arts and antiquities.  There are some really cool things in that store, so do head on over there and take a look.  

As a side note, I think "Pyewackett and Pecke" is possibly the coolest name for an odditorium I've ever encountered.  It sounds like the names of a witch's familiars, and what do you know?  Further research confirms that the names come straight out of Matthew Hopkins' witchfinding pamphlet The Discovery of Witches.