Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas is coming!

This year as a departure from our usual Christmas Supper, we welcomed Katie Duxbury to speak to us about theatre costume design.   Katie is currently working at the Duke's Playhouse in Lancaster in the costume department, and she gave us an interesting insight into life backstage.   Having worked at various theatres in a wide variety of locations she was able to give us a real feel for the work involved.
Although she is busy at work, she also enjoys making costumes in her own time, just for fun and because she enjoys it so much.  Her enthusiasm was obvious as she took us through her creative process.  Working with mainly recycled fabrics and junk shop finds her creations are absolutely stunning.
Most of the small pierces are worked by hand before being assembled into garments using a combination of machine and hand stitching.

This dress is constructed from hundreds of individually cut leather pieces including de-constructed charity shop handbags and off cuts

Starting with a sketch, this dress is inspired by the colours of Grizedale Forest where many family holidays were spent as a child

More details of Katie's work can be found on her website:

The small components of this alternative wedding dress are made up of lots of different fabrics and patterns and each one individually bound with hand made bias binding before constructing the dress!  The overall effect is spectacular!

Feeling inspired we took the opportunity to see Katie's work up close, before enjoying some lovely mince pies, chocolate and other festive treats along with our tea and coffee.  

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                                                            gingerbread men                         

Christmas cards were exchanged before going home to enjoy festive season
Meetings will resume at the end of January so this is an opportunity to wish you

**********A Merry Christmas and a Happy and Creative New Year************

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