Managing a costume shop is more than the day-to-day staffing, scheduling, budget reconciliation, and production meetings. There is also long-term goal planning and implementation. Below are examples of some long-term projects related to safety and productivity that I have created and successfully implemented as a shop manager.
Dye Isolation Box
To help reduce the spread of airborne dye powder particles while mixing, I designed an isolation box. Basing my design off of scientific isolation (glove) boxes, it is large enough to contain the detergent-style bottles of Rit ProLine–the largest chemical containers in the shop stock–as well as any/all utensils and tools. I collaborated closely with the scene shop, who built the final product.
Stock Management and Rental Database
During the Pandemic Pause, I used the time to develop a customized stock inventory and rental database using Microsoft Access. A robust program, the inventory is fully searchable by a variety of parameters, search results can be emailed to guest designers, and rental paperwork can be quickly created. I named the program “Jarvis” because the butler knows everything.