Props buying and props & set dressing:
I have recently been working for Cod Steaks, a world class model making company based in Bristol. I was brought in to manage the costume department for a large scale museum build in Porto but was upgraded to supervising the props buying and props & set dressing elements on the project.
NEW!! Costume Hire:
I have recently started a costume hire strand to my business. I am in the process of photographing my entire collection so it would be available to hire in a accessible ecommerce format to industry professionals. Please e-mail for a PDF of the complete catalogue.
The main body of my work consists of freelance costume supervision for various theatre companies. One of my ongoing clients is the White Horse Theatre Company in Germany where for 3 months out of the year I run the costume department covering both of their 5 week production periods.
I specialise in redesigning and cataloguing costume stores and work spaces to make them run efficiently and easy for anyone to use.
The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School:
I have worked as a part time tutor for The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where I work as a supervising tutor overseeing the student supervisors and makers on graduating shows and teach classes on how to wear corsets correctly. Also, ongoing work includes tidying up and organising the costume store and workshop spaces at The School and cataloguing the collection. I also organised a large and successful sale of surplus costumes with proceeds going towards new equipment for the department.
I often run workshops for all levels of ability demonstrating and teaching sewing and clothing construction techniques.
I take on commissions for whatever my clients would like me to make them. In the past this includes: cowboy shirts for adults and children, skinny jeans for men 1950s style dresses, comfort wear for plus size ladies, outfits for formal occasions and jackets for dogs.
Make Do and Mend:
The name of the clothes alterations service that I run. This includes alterations, buttons, curtains, fancy dress, fastenings, hems, holes and stains repaired, items make from scratch, items resizing, knitwear repairs, linings, masks for masquerade balls, pockets, styling, tears and rips repaired, zips and much more.
Patchwork, quilting and knitting are hobbies of mine. Such items include double bed sized quilts, quilted laptop cases, quilted placemats and knitted baby blankets. I also make bespoke curtains and blinds on commission.
In 2008 I helped organise a fashion show called City of Style in conjunction with Gimme Shelter club night in Bristol. As well as organising the show, styling the event and stage managing the night I ran a line of my own sundresses made and designed by myself under the name Mirigoround. As a trained costume supervisor and designer I also offer services in personal styling for everyday wear, capsule wardrobe construction, formal occasions with specific etiquette and dress codes, fancy dress and shopping on a budget.
Mirigoround first started trading in 2006 when I started making kitsch jewellery which I sold in a market stall in Bristol and in Motel stores in Bristol, London and across the UK. I stopped designing and making jewellery whilst I was at uni to concentrate on my studies.