As vast as the YouTube library is, two months of quarintine is making me wonder if there are enough videos to see me through to the other side of this thing. Since I am fairly certain I am not the only one feeling this way, I wanted to share another of my YouTube Obsessions with you, just in case you were feeling starved for content.
Rachel Maksy, formerly the Pinup Companion, is a quirky filmmaker, storyteller, illustrator, cosplayer and proud pet mom. Her deep and abiding love for vintage fashion was the initial inspiration for her YouTube channel, but as she has progressed as an artist, her channel has evolved into a delightful refuge for those of us who like a little twist of something unexpected in our making, sewing, and general living. Maksy lets her geek flag fly in her videos in a way that makes the rest of us weirdos feel like we’re sitting across from a long lost friend, and one can’t help but feel a spark of inspiration flicker after watching her fight her way through the creative process to another wonderful idea realized.
One of the first videos I ever watched was her video on recreating the Book of the Dead from the movie The Mummy. I LOVED that movie when I was younger – hell, I love that movie now! And to watch the best prop in the movie slowly take shape from a cereal box, foam sheets, and craft paints was fantastic. I also liked that there wasn’t lots of hand waving and movie magic – the process was involved, time consuming, and at times, frustrating, but Maksy still managed to make it all look very do-able and keep her sense of humor along the way.
Another one of her videos that really got me was her attempt at recreating the elaborate hairstyles of the French Court during the time of Marie Antoniette (one of my favorite periods of historical dress and when the Sofia Coppola adaptation came out, I bought it immediately). I’ve always wanted to make/wear one of those wigs myself, and it was interesting to see exactly how much work it was going to be and some of the tricks I can use myself/pitfalls I can now avoid.
This channel isn’t all making and cosplaying – if you’ve ever even considered wanting to dress vintage, there is a wealth of knowledge to be found in these videos. Everything from tutorials for hair and make up to thrifting and how to get that vintage lewk when all you have available is modern clothing.
I also love how much the Maksy pets feature on the channel. While the kitty is sneaky sneaky and is only caught on camera on rare occasion, Frodo, Rachel’s faithful puppo, does his best to keep his fans happy and provide his human with constant love and support. Not to mention lots of wonderful outtakes at the end of the videos. And he protects her from the mailman as well as the UPS guy. He is best protector, and no one can perfectly time a squeak toy chomp or a pattern piece scatter quite the way he can.
Not that it’s necessary, but I will say that Maksy’s film school backgroud definitely elevates the quality of the videos she makes. Her look books are absolutely stunning, her vlogs are wonderfully composed, and her b roll footage is never dull. So if you find yourself intrigued, head on over to her YouTube page and get to watching. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do.