I am a creative collaborator who excels at leading cross-functional teams, and will also geek out over a well-made spreadsheet. With over 15 years experience in theatre, I have worked primarily in management (both costume shop and stage management) and costume technology.
My favorite quote from physicist Albert Einstein is representative of how I approach my work as a collaborator. Logic will tell you exactly how to solve the issue at hand, but imagination will tell you how to alter that logic to better solve the issue for theatrical purposes. My knowledge of fashion history and garment construction answer the former. The later can be solved in a myriad of ways—mashing up periods to create a new aesthetic, incorporating contemporary features or technologies, or creatively engineering an element that seems to defy the laws of logic or physics unlocking the imagination of the audience.
The laws of physics govern our lives, and science is all around us—including the arts. As a lover of science and an advocate for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ART, and mathematics), I actively look for ways to include science and technology in my work–both in practical application and academic research
Ongoing Digital Projects
Inspired by my dual loves for fashion history and bad puns, my Fashion History Humor art series can be seen in my Threadless Artist Shop. Fabric designs, including print on demand costume labels can be seen in my Spoonflower shop. A preview of all my digital art–including production-related projects–can be seen in the Digital Designs page.
Ongoing Research Projects
Weird history. Trivia. Colorful chemistry. Research shouldn’t end with the scope of the project at hand. Outside of creative pursuits I enjoy researching topics related to history and science. As an advocate for STEAM in education, I believe that the arts must be included to not only create a well-rounded education, but to also develop critical thinking and life skills. Current casual research topics include:
- the history of textile dyes: both natural and chemical
- the stories behind fashion history: how clothing connects us globally and how these connections and historic events lead to fashion’s evolution
- weird fashion history: the “fun facts” and “trivia” that may have been overlooked in traditional scholarship
I am also in the process of gathering videos on the above topics (and more!) into playlists on YouTube that can be shared with students or anyone else who geeks out over theatre, costumes, fashion, and science.
Knowledge needs to be shared! I am also available to guest lecture on the topics above as well as fashion history in general, designing & printing fabrics, and shop management. Please contact me if you would like to start a discussion about guest speaking for your class.