The Flight Log Fall 2014 - Page 7

On Deck: Interview with Doctor Gerehaken Today we venture to the laboratory of the reclusive inventor… Q. Gere, your creations are not only fantastic, but extremely functional. To what do you attribute your acute sense of realism? A. I would blame that on my adventures in time-travel. Spend 2 weeks camping out in the Darkages and you'll realize that if it doesn't have a use then it's useless. Though sometimes things just look really cool, and impressing your peers can be useful too, a little "bling" never hurts. Q. The first thing that stands out to me about your work is your ability to marry very different materials effectively. What is your favorite method of joinery? A. Hot glue, you can never glue on enough clock parts... I jest, I use what they used 100 years ago; rivets, screws, bolts, stiches, and even tacks. As for "different materials" the secret is colors and layering. Imagine the inner workings of an item, ask yourself, "where does that pipe go? what does that gear turn?" Q. You not only showcase texture, color, and contrast, but also light! What is your inspiration for LED products? What is something to keep in mind when adding lights to a prop? A. A simple dollar store battery powered light can give life to a project, lets you know it's working... What would Cylons be without the glowing red eye? Q. You are a prime example of an eclectic multimedia artist, and transition between SCA and Steampunk very smoothly with detailed and well composed ensembles in both arenas. As many of our readers likely also share both interests, what advice can you give about finding garb balance? A. To quote The Mighty Monarch, "I am in the costumed business, not costume play." Ask yourself, "who am I? where am I from? what's my job and tools of trade? Why am I wearing a sword at a party?" It also doesn't hurt to have multiple outfits... these are my work cloths, later on I'll put on my formal wear.