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January 10, 2007

What's a clown without a name?

As promised (three months ago) some footage from my clown graduation. Not the most well rehearsed of clown skits but fun none the less.

Eli "Buster" Echevarria shot the video, made the graphics, and edited the tape. The class was taught by Ron and Sue Kardynski of clownantics.com.

That's me in the polka dots. I made the dress and lovingly stiched each giant polka dot on by hand. It was really fun to take an idea from sketch to completion. The dress is simplicity pattern 4015 style C only I modified the neck and added length to the skirt as not to look like a skanky clown. I added a pink waist band for color.

I made the gloves from Vogue pattern v7949 style A, only I added a lot of length to the arms because white face clowns have to be entirely covered and my dress has short sleeves. I had a hard time finding stretchy material in aqua or blue-green so I had to dye white fabric with various rit dyes. All in all this costume took forever, mostly because I have minimal sewing experience.

I'm already thinking about coming up with a second clown character, something less feminine. I thought green would be nice but then I found out that their is some sort of a circus superstition about green.

So for now I have a dress and I have some basic clowning skills but I have one dilemma...I don't have a clown name yet. I was hoping you guys could help me. If anyone has suggestions I'd love to hear them.

Posted by audrey at January 10, 2007 4:06 AM


Aroo Gah
Clowny the Clown

yeah, I have nothing.

Posted by: Cory Weaver at January 10, 2007 8:05 AM

cecelia... or pocky, like the candy sticks!

Posted by: Justin at January 10, 2007 8:05 AM

Clowns are scary, but that was amusing!

Posted by: Nicole at January 10, 2007 9:07 AM

here are some of the nicknames we have used for our kids, maybe there's a clown name in them{?}
Goose ( little Goose)
flower names are always good

Posted by: brenda at January 10, 2007 10:54 AM

I really like goose for a less feminine clown but then I started to think about it in terms of pinching someone in the butt.

Posted by: audrey at January 10, 2007 11:03 AM



Posted by: Anthony at January 10, 2007 7:31 PM

i've always thought 'shotgun' was a good, though inappropriate, clown name.

there might be a key formula to a clown name. maybe two or three syllables, a plosive (p, b, t, d, k, g) and a fricative (s, sh, z, zh), a silly word (clothing can be funny).


maybe these are all awful, but i might use these names for something...

Posted by: kevin at January 11, 2007 10:44 AM


Posted by: george at January 11, 2007 12:19 PM

buckshot actually came to my mind too. but it reminded me of how mandie was 'called' buckshot by...valmassoi, i think.

Posted by: kevin at January 11, 2007 1:07 PM

I think shotgun is genious, however, soapybush might get me arrested. I think you are on to a good formula Kevin, leave it to a language expert. You should be a freelance namemaker.

Posted by: audrey at January 11, 2007 7:47 PM

chlamydia the clown

Posted by: Chris at April 20, 2007 6:06 PM

Finding a clown name is important. It needs to touch home with you. It needs to feel warm and comfortable. I'm having a heard time finding one. I just started classes and it's now the most important thing in my life to come up with a winning "me" name. Any fairy type names would be helpful. Got any? Please send. Thanks!

Posted by: Jeannie at February 19, 2008 5:39 PM

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