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Laura McMillian wants to bring her monster puppet burlesque to New Orleans Carnival!

Hi, I'm Laura. I'm a Brooklyn-based artist who works in costume design and performance art. I've worked with the Madagascar Institute, Rubulad and Swimming Cities to bring beautiful handmade costumes to events for the past four years in New York, as well as working as a seamstress and professional costume builder for commercials, and for the Museum of Sex.

Every spring I travel to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, where hundreds of artists, musicians, and puppeteers gather each year to create, share, and perform new work in community parades and shows. This year will be my third Mardi Gras. Last year I spent three solid weeks creating a giant floral puppet narwhal, lit from within, which was mounted on a cargo bike and presented with a crew of six gowned and wigged attendants for the Eris parade. I also debuted my performance Egyptian Shumba, a go-go mummy performance, the first incarnation of Monster Puppet Burlesque, at Mudlark Public Theatre's Mardi Gras Cabaret. And last fall, I brought down a giant handsewn sparkle skeleton act involving fake prop food, for a Halloween performance and to participate in the Day of Dead parade.

Since then my repertoire has grown to include more acts featuring monster coitus, frantic dance routines, and of course, mild nudity. Called "exotic eye candy" by Time Out New York, my work seeks to dazzle, amuse and excite the audience with an array of colorful sequin and weave-encrusted fun. Funds from this kickstarter will be used to:

- Create a new act from scratch (theme and details are top secret for now, but it's the biggest one yet!)
- Ship costumes for all four routines
- Transportation to and from New Orleans for this spring's performances.

I sew and stuff each part of every costume myself, by hand, using mostly donated or found materials, and drawing on my years of training as a seamstress and costume designer. I also make my own wigs, some of which are two feet across! I greatly appreciate your support - no amount is too small. Each donation is a vote of confidence in my creative work and I thank you in advance. I hope to see you out in New York or New Orleans, and that you will catch my act and laugh and maybe feel a little funny in your pants. Thanks for helping make my glittery, puppety, pervy dreams come true!

NOTE:  All wearable rewards can be made for Ladies or Gentleman.  I have lots of experience sewing for both.  International shipping not included for rewards.

AWESOME REWARDS:

Sequin Nipples!

Carnival Ball!

Voodoo Doll to influence your friends, lovers, and enemys!

Super Rad Mardi Gras Mask!

Be the creepiest, best-dressed person at the party with your own art vagina, breasts, or penis!

Figerless gloves: Perfect for spring time bike rides or holding hands!

Personalized Valentine!  Comes in gay, straight, lesbian, or platonic.  Choose your own words, just like a personalized cake (but it's a card).

Fancy Engineer's Caps keep you stylie on even the rainiest of days! 

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    A tiny-senior portrait of Laura McMillian shot by infamous photographer Tod Seelie. Signed and kissed for yours truly.

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    Home-made "thank you" post card sent from New Orleans

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    Laura will send a custom-made Valentine to your friend, enemy, or lover just in time for lovely February 14th!

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    A limited-edition zine featuring stories and photos from Laura's adventures performing in New Orleans

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    A carnival ball! Pin it in your hair, put it in a tree, stuff your bra with it!

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    A custom-made Mardi Gras Mask

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    Your own set of sequin and cardboard nipples. You'll always be "nippy", even in the middle of July! Paste on easily with spirit gum and are re-usable. (I've had mine for 9 months and they're still going strong).

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    Simple alteration of 1-2 pieces of clothing. (Hem pants, take in a t-shirt, fix a hole). Available only in New York City.

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    BOOTY SHORTS!!!

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    Laura delivers home-made cookies to your door dressed in a dog mask! (Available in New York City Only)

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    A pair of custom-made fingerless gloves and a limited-edition zine featuring stories and photos from Laura's adventures performing in New Orleans

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    Male or female voodoo doll! Avenge those you hate, make those you love fall in love with you, or decide magic is bad and just put it on your bed and snuggle it. Includes 3 fancy pins so you can start the magic instantly! In addition you also get a limited-edition zine featuring stories and photos from Laura's adventures performing in New Orleans

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    A pair of custom-made leggings or tank top (for boys or girls, yay!) and a limited-edition zine featuring stories and photos from Laura's adventures performing in New Orleans.

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    A custom-made engineer's cap and a limited-edition zine featuring stories and photos from Laura's adventures performing in New Orleans

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    Laura performs Monster Puppet Burlesque for your party. (Available in New York City on most dates and on select dates in New Orleans)

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    Your own custom wearable penis, vagina, or breasts! (You pick which body part and an inspirational theme for it.) In addition you also get a limited-edition zine featuring stories and photos from Laura's adventures performing in New Orleans

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    A day-long fashion consultation with Laura! Laura checks your closet to see what stays and what goes, what can be altered to be more in style, and what can be bought to supplement your current clothing collection. Then Laura assists you in a guided shopping spree to suggest timeless pieces that will make your wardrobe stand out with style and class! (Or at least get you all the right attention at your next event). Available only in New York City.

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    Awesome Donor One-Person Party Pack: Your own voodoo doll--custom-made and matching booty shorts, tank top, fingerless gloves, and engineer's cap--limited edition zine, home-made cookies, and Valentine from me to you shipped to your door!

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