Plymouth College of Art
Costume Production and Associated Crafts
I’m a designer-maker with a passion for decorative techniques and sustainable textiles. My creative outlook is to push myself and my ideas until quirky and inspired concepts pop into my head! Inspiration is constant for me. It comes my way from music, books, and spending time in the natural world. Nature is at the heart of all my visual inspiration, so much of my work links back to nature in some way, regardless of the project’s outcome. My work focuses on costume design, and surface decoration. I am a keen designer, with an eye for detail...for me, this is largely character driven once I find my inspiration. My degree has helped me develop my process for bringing character to life through each part of a costume, fusing innovative design and pattern cutting with a focus on the details: small aspects of a character’s personality, which I can then transform into the decorative elements of my costumes.
May - July 2019 Carnival Costumes Assistant Maker (with Totnes-based, costume props designer-maker, Iola Weir) Making carnival headdresses and accessories for 30 performers (Piloxercise Body Positive Dancing and Arcadia Bug). Working with 3D materials, assisting with costume construction, embellishment and hand-painting of accessories. The headdresses turned out so well, and I learned so much while working with Iola on this, including many skills I later used in my final year projects. June 2019 Dancewear I did some embellishment work for a private client on a Latin competition dress, which she later wore at Blackpool. I’m very proud of this job. February - May 2019 Desmond Tutu Theatre, Marjon University, Plymouth Worked as part of a wardrobe team within my second year cohort to make and assist on a production of Measure for Measure put on by first year BA (Hons) Acting course students. March - June 2018 TR2, Plymouth Took part in a live brief to stock TR2’s costume store with 18th century costume. I made a working man’s 1740's coat, collaborating with my cohort in research, drafting up my own pattern, and producing the garment to a high standard.