With just under 25 years industry experience of theatrical costume and garment making for film, theatre and fashion, mostly within the UK and New Zealand, I have become a highly skilled pattern drafter / cutter, master tailor and workroom supervisor. Whom is very accustomed with working within strict deadlines, to the highest of standards, with a professional confident approach.
Throughout my career I have been responsible for producing costumes that are bespoke made to measure garments for principle leading performers. Often of extremely unique design and with specialist movement requirements.
Extensive research has been instrumental with creating both mens and ladies tailoring, from period cuts through to the modern day. This includes all under pining of corsets and frames etc. With this brings a great ability to deal with ‘fantasy’ and ‘out of the usual’ designs, drawing from my technical skills of 2D to 3D understanding. Experience also includes classical and modern dance wear, tutu construction and stretch wear, due to my time employed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
Alongside my professional career I have also spent considerable time teaching students and mentoring professionals. From this direct contact I have witnessed the complexities others have difficulties with when translating basic pattern making principles. This is turn has made me question how improvements can be made and further driven my own personal development of exploring the diversity of pattern drafting. In particular pattern drafting techniques and considerations required to produce made to measure bespoke clothing.
This drive for self development, since achieving a first class honours degree in Theatre Design / Costume Interpretation at Wimbledon School of Art back in 1999, also pushed me to further my skills with a Diploma in Digital Photography in 2015, which in turn has provided proficiency in both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.