Sad news from BoingBoing: artist René Cigler has passed away. Cigler's many talents included illustration, sculpture, costuming, toy design and running her own shop, Strange Monster, with partner Cameron Smith in Portland. My favorite works by Rene were always her apocalyptic costume designs, many of which were worn by dancers in Ministry's stage performances, as well as in the film version of Tank Girl.
Gareth Branwyn once described Cigler's costume work as having a unique sense of play:
Cigler does a great job of creating a strong field, a believable fiction, around her work. Even though this type of industrial/post-apocalyptic/Road Warrior art has been done to death, René's work still seems fresh and interesting. One saving grace is that her sculptures have a sense of humor - they don't seem to take themselves too seriously . hub cap necklaces, hats made out of barbecue grills, purses made out of cereal boxes and rubber car mats. This is the kind of high fashion one might imagine wearing after the world has run out of oil, the rainforests are gone, and the local supermall offers nothing but mountains of rubble (fashion accessories?) and lurking blood-thirsty mutants.