I love to make up words, or put spins on them, and obviously I love alliteration. Here are some of my favorite words, used to categorize some of my work, and their meaning based off of my personal knowledge of the thing.
A Mudlark is someone who scavenges in river mud for items of value, especially in London during the late 18th and 19th centuries.
Mudlarks would search in the muddy shores of the River Thames during low tide, scavenging for anything that could be resold. By at least the late 18th century people dwelling near the river could scrape a subsistence living this way. Becoming a mudlark was usually a choice dictated by poverty but mudlarks had a degree of independence, since the hours they worked were entirely at their own discretion and they also kept everything they made as a result of their own labour.
My Mudlarkian Tradition is about antiquated artifact assemblage.
Rag & Bone Crone is the female version of the Rag & Bone man, a historical British phrase referred to an individual who would travel the streets of a city with horse drawn cart, collecting old RAGS for converting into fabric and paper, BONES for making glue, and other bits of scrap, often trading them for other items of limited value. They would use a distinctive call to alert householders to their presence, and/or ring a hand bell. The call was something similar to "rag-and-bone", delivered in a sing-song fashion. Long usage tended to simplify the words, for instance down to "any raa-boh", even to the point of incomprehensibility, although the locals could easily identify who was making the call.
Wilamina Wormwood is a Rag & Bone Crone, collecting bits of trash and turning them into wearable treasures and works of art. Every so often you can hear her calling out during Christmas in the Dickensian London streets.
Butohnian (or pseudo-butoh)
True Butoh is Japanese dance, performance, or movement typically involving playful and grotesque imagery, taboo topics, extreme or absurd environments, and is traditionally performed in white body makeup with slow hyper-controlled motion, with or without an audience. There is no set style, and it may be purely conceptual with no movement at all. Its origins have been attributed to Japanese dance legends Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ono.
Butohnian for me is simply taking the physical meaning of Butoh but completely changing the medium. Instead of dance, it is design; color and texture, an aesthetic set in the period of the war torn east where influences inspired by the beautiful architecture and culture is washed in the light of disaster and chaos.