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Where have I been!?!? COSTUMING!

I haven’t been posting as much as I have in the past.  Wondering why?  I accepted a full-time position at The Rose Theater as the Costume Shop Foreman, so I’ve been keeping QUITE busy.

Corner office with a view.

I’m still adjusting to working on children’s theater costumes from 9-5 and then working on my own brand during lunch breaks, evenings and weekends. I’m used to working a lot, but this new ratio of working outside the studio vs. time in the studio has been a rough change.

Repairing butterfly wings at my dayjob.

At first I was really concerned because of all the time I would NOT be spending on Audio Helkuik collections, but I’m really so grateful for this job.  If I have to have a 9-5, it’s pretty much the perfect for me.  Children’s theater is really random and wonderful.  My supervisor is really good and really, really, REALLY fast, so I learn a lot from her.  I can’t wait to be able to design, pattern and sew as quickly as she does.  So many of the skills I’m perfecting in the costume shop are exactly the skills I need to continue making Audio Helkuik better and better.  I love to learn.  I love getting better.

Day job work desk essentials: fur, leather, goggles, specs and coffee.

With my new position, I get to design a few mainstage shows each season.  Right now I’m working on designs for a show about a little family of singing mice.  Children’s theater.  So random.  So wonderful.

Designing outfits for singing mice.

My table at a staff design presentation event. Mice!

Really excited to see my designs on the stage again.  I love costume design.  I love fashion design too.  Don’t you worry.  I have LOTS of projects in the works for Audio Helkuik.  Screenprinting.  Leatherworking.  New collections.  Photoshoots.  SOOOOOOO PUMPED.

The future is looking up. Life is good.

One of my desk drawers at work is filled with antique irons. Cool. Random.


Posted by on 03.29.14 in Audio's Life, Costumes


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New Website!

I moved my blog from over to here (here, meaning where you are RIGHT NOW) at so I could turn into a showcase of my creative work.  It includes my past clothing collections and a bit of the theater costume work that I’ve done.  I’ve been working on it real hard. Here are some screenshots from the homepage.  Feel free to explore the site & see what there is to see:

I’m in love with that header image above.  It’s just awesome.


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Ah, Wilderness! Costume Design

One of the plays I recently worked on was Ah, Wilderness! by Eugene O’Neill.  I was the costume designer for the Northwestern College Theater Department’s production of it this fall.  I’ve never been part of an O’Neill production before, but I’m glad it was this one. I hear it is his happiest/funniest/most light–hearted script.  Like all of his plays, he includes a lot of overlapping themes: family, love, alcoholism, hope, teen rebellion, independence.

FACT: This was my very first ever historical costume design!

I don’t know how I’ve made it this long as a costumer without doing a historical costume design, but I have.  I mean, I have been part of historical plays, but always with non-traditional design concepts and costumes.  I’m hired for alot of avant-garde projects, or projects with descriptions that end with “with a twist!”  I’m really good at blending themes and creating imaginitve worlds, so a straight up historical play with traditional, historical costumes just had never come my way.  I’m happy to have this one in my portfolio, for sure. What kind of costumer doesn’t have any historical plays under their belt?

Miller family room

Ah, Wilderness! is set in 1906.  I went into this design with a kinda/sorta/almost working knowledge of this time period.  Which means, I did a lot of research.  I loved all the old photographs I came across.  My very favorites were Edward Linley Sambourne’s street fashion photos.  (Sambourne did street fashion photography before street fashion photography was cool.)  He snuck photographs of women while they were out and about.  This is a little creepy, but now we have all these amazing images of Edwardian clothing showing what they wore day-to-day and how they moved in it versus what they wore for formal pictures as they posed stiffly.  These photos are a treasure and they were really helpful for my research.

With the costumes, I really wanted to highlight how strong the ties of family were throughout this play.  I used a tight color scheme of blues, blacks, whites, creams & greys to show the family.  They looked great all together, but could still interact with the rest of the world as individuals.

Miller dining room

My favorite character in this play is probably Norah, the Miller family’s maid.  She has a fairly minor role, but provides a lot of exasperation to the matron of the house and consequently, a lot of humor to the audience.

Norah, the Miller family’s maid

Some of the costume renderings of the family members I created were left uncolored.  I did this because I knew my Miller color scheme and I needed a bit of flexibility since we were on a huge time crunch.  This allowed my crew to move quickly to collect/alter/build pieces to assemble each outfit without the constraints of creating the EXACT garment in the EXACT shade portrayed.  Normally, this isn’t how I design, but I think it was a successful choice for this show.

Lily Miller

Tommy Miller

Norah, the Miller family maid


Posted by on 12.09.12 in Costumes


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