Costumer's Notebook

Often as I'm working I get curious peeks over my shoulder at my various notebooks to see my sketches and what I'm working on. Working off this idea, I named my blog "Costumer's Notebook" to help share some of the design work, the challenges, the triumphs and the end results of putting together productions or projects. I've found the people really enjoy getting to see what goes on behind the scenes. 

Welcome to the new site!

Hi all!

I'd like to welcome you to my newly designed website. I've been tweaking and reworking this for a bit and remembered the saying; "art is never finished, it is only abandoned". So I'm just going to publish it! In launching this new site I realize that many things tend to come full circle for me in March. RogueCostumes.com was founded in March of 2006. The original site was launched in March of 2007 and here is the new site with loads of new work presented to you- in March 2014. Whether it be the advent of Spring, (or maybe tax season), that spurns new thought and planning towards the future that makes March into something significant, I don't know, but here it is. Ha!

I've had interesting feelings and emotions in creating this new site. Seeing the enormous body of work I've started to accumulate brings back memories and throws time into perspective as well. (I also had the thought of; "Oh my gosh I have a body of work!".) Challenges and experiences I thought were exceedingly difficult when I first started out in costume are only mildly amusing stories now. Those same challenges presented now barely garner a passing thought as I execute the next design. Good, bad, & ugly; it's been a rewarding journey and I wouldn't trade any of it. 

When I had started out my costume work doing private commissions and contract work it became necessary to have a web presence. So the L.A. based, uber-talented artist and web designer, Bret Rigney, made my first website and logo for me which served me well for many years. I just wanted to give Bret a big shout out to say "thank you". 

Needs change over the years and I wanted my site to be more dynamic, easy to edit and update, and to be managed without the brain damage of using a text editor. I hope to show the work I'm creating now and provide deeper insight into the costume design and build process. The new site not only helps me create some lovely galleries on the fly, but has a built-in blog function and links to the latest social media activity. Visit the site to see the latest works, but feel free to follow me on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram to see more behind the scenes stuff as it comes. Some things will appear on social media but won't make it into the official production galleries.

Often as I'm working I get curious peeks over my shoulder at my various notebooks to see my sketches and what I'm working on. Working off this idea, I hope to create articles in my "Costumer's Notebook" blog to help share some of the design work, the challenges, the triumphs and the end results of putting together a production for the stage. I certainly don't claim to know it all but in the age of "reality" shows, I've found the people really enjoy getting to see what goes on behind the scenes. But for myself, I know that the average person often has no idea that a production is built up from scratch over the course of 6-8 weeks (or even much less) by a group of full-time, highly skilled artists, craftsmen and technicians. All done to bring you 2 hours of entertainment. Perhaps by sharing some of this, I can show part of the scope of the enormous work that goes into creating art for the stage.

Grateful acknowledgement is given to Garrett Ammon, Artistic Director of Wonderbound who is not only my boss, but one of the most inspiring people you will ever meet. I'm grateful everyday to get to create art with him. Garrett maintains a blog where you can follow not only the art he creates, but how it is used to better a community, cross boundaries and make meaningful impact on the public.

Lastly, but certainly not least, if anyone has ever worked on any kind of website or blog, you start to discover very quickly that you could be making the most gorgeous stuff the world has ever seen, but if you don't have good photographs you can't even begin to show it. Amanda Tipton is both a wedding photographer and a fine arts photographer. Look her up if you are in the Colorado area. She's a consummate professional in her art.

Thanks for visiting!

Hugs,

Rachael