So I’ve been working a lot lately, which is great because paychecks basically rock. I’m really lucky to have several of the best jobs ever right now – the costume shop, which is the coolest place on earth, and I started doing some backstage stuff for shows that come through the college.
There are show load-ins and outs (basically, I get paid to work out for a few hours and be the ADD Wonder-Bunny), and I’m learning all sorts of things about lights and cables, and I got to play up in a catwalk the other day, and it’s generally quite neat. :) If you like that sort of thing… Which I do. I got to work a load-in for a Queen tribute band on sunday. you know what’s really cool? Watching a concert and knowing that you hung some of the lights. That rocks! Quite literally, in this case.
I’ve been working in the costume shop too. Yesterday I ran an eviscerated plushy lion through an industrial machine – I’m pretty sure that makes little children cry. I’ve also made a couple sets of the most fabulously organic, tatty gauntlets…
I’m stupid proud of them…. The things you can do serger, I tell you… :)
They go with this dress:
Apologies for the background – the idea of a “visually neutral” background doesn’t really exist in a costume shop. The rack of crins was at least chaos of a contrasting color. ;)
My boss, who is one of the most brilliantly creative people I know (and I’m not even linking that so she gets a ping-back or anything – look at me, not being a suck-up) told me that the inspiration for the costume was “Tia Dalma meets Helena Bonham Carter“, so I was hoping to get that mix of the swampy/organic/decaying with the gothic/decadent/weird. But, you know, I watch way too much Project Runway and Tim Gunn is my hero so I wanted to do all that without over-thinking it. That’s ok, though – there wasn’t really any time for thinking it through, much less over-thinking. That’s theater for you….
I had a grand time with some dolly clothes too. I’m so trying to get caught up on my blogging….