Spider Queen

And suddenly a movement in the corner of the room
And there is nothing I can do when I realize with fright
That the Spiderman is having me for dinner tonight

(The Cure)

Some time ago I asked my friend Shortie to make me a spider leg. A couple of weeks later I hear the door bell and there is a postman with a very strangely shaped parcel.

“What is it?” he asks as I am signing collection of the parcel, “It is so strange”.

“I think it is a leg of a giant spider” I say a bit distractedly.

“Ah, OK” he murmurs as I am closing the door, confusion only slowly dawning on his face.

I nearly regret I cannot see his face just few seconds later. But then he brings my parcels on regular basis, he must be convinced by now that the ceiling in my head is not especially even (Polish saying, but I guess you got the meaning)

I ring Sara in Wales so she can start her make-up design and we start with Marcin to practice making a believable spider net. Few evenings, one can of glue and one packet of cotton net later we think we got it. Surprise, surprise my kitchen chair survived the experiments. 

Now poor Kas has to shave her hair again (we always do it to her, nasty as we are). And probably we will do it again. Oops.

So off we go to Wales, a bit nervous as we are going to spend a day in a studio making just one image and if it does not work it will be a bit embarrassing. Kas and Sara would understand (I hope) but there is a male model (only he is not a model at all) and he will want to have this picture. But the moment we get to the studio excitement wins and we just have a lot of fun. The studio is awesome and soon we find ourselves rummaging through its treasures, setting up a set for our nightmarish story, building the net, moving bats and spiders from one position to another until we have exactly what we want. By this time Kas has her make-up ready (Sara is so quick!) and we can start shooting. Not long later our Spider Queen is done and it is time to work on her prey.

Now, we have a slight problem. Marek, who will model spider’s victim for us, is wearing pink jeans. We need to cocoon him in a spider web, but heck, it is a bright pink, it will show through. What to do? Sara does not think twice. She turns to a poor guy (he is new to modelling, remember) and with a voice, you would not dare to oppose says “OK, pants off”. And he takes them off. Without blinking his eyes. I struggled so much to remain more or less serious. (We do love Sara, did we say it?).

We cocoon Marek tightly (his underwear is also pink, he must like this colour) and there is another problem. We will not be able to hang him upside down (oh yes, we do like to hang people, ask Coco, she knows). He is too heavy to do it safely. But fortunately there is a huge ladder, so we think for a moment and then change floor into a wall, Marcin climbs the ladder and here we have a spider’s meal hanging from a ceiling. Or so it seems and that is good enough for us Smile.

Big thanks to our fantastic team and to the owner of Manse studio for letting us be as crazy as we are Smile. Here is our image, some close-ups to better show Sara’s fantastic make-up, and a behind the scenes video. I hope you may like it.