I’ve been designing costumes and scenery for the theatre for about twenty-five years now. I got into the career because I love working with a group of creative minds to bring a story to an audience. I particularly like developing the world the characters inhabit, and the feel of the characters themselves. How do they choose to express themselves? What objects or garments do they hold precious? Do they dress to be seen or to disappear? What resources do they have available? Connections to their past? Hopes for their future? Do they intentionally align themselves with a group or make themselves stand out?
These are questions we all grapple with, though seldom on a conscious level every day. With costume design work, they rise to the surface and need to be answered. I find the work endlessly fascinating. I do less scenic design than costume work because I love the detail, focus on personal expression, and working relationship I build with actors when I design costumes. However, scenery often allows for bigger symbolic gestures. I like these too!Continue reading “Guest Post: From Visual to Verbal – How my Design Career Influences my Writing by Jacqueline Firkins”