Farewell to Marie queen of the arts

Maitland artist Helen Hopcroft as Marie Antoinette.

Maitland artist Helen Hopcroft as Marie Antoinette.

After 11 months living as Marie Antoinette, Helen Hopcroft doesn’t know what her next project will be, but she does have a one thing in mind.

“People keep on asking me what I’m going to do next, and I think I’ll probably spend a week sitting on the sofa in grey tracksuit pants watching Rocky videos,” she said with a laugh.

The Maitland woman has “mixed feelings” about her Year as a Fairytale project coming to an end on April 30.

“I’m feeling quite ambivalent,” she said. “As much as I want to finish the project, I think I’ll miss this persona enormously.

“I’m looking forward to getting back into 21st century clothing. But yeah, I’ve got no idea what I’m going to wear.

Ms Hopcroft decided to dress as the last Queen of France every day for a year as a way of promoting Maitland as a cultural city, and she thinks it has worked.

“Most people think it’s as weird as hell, but strangely effective,” she said.

“I mean you can’t ignore it.”