Friday, June 24, 2011

Never work a day in my life

I'm pretty lucky...I have an amazing job!
I create the headpieces and crafts for the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, California.
Every summer we put on a show that recreates classic and contemporary pieces of art using real people to look like their counterpart in the original piece of work. We take half a year to build the show. Our show runs the entire months of July and August using lovely, dedicated volunteers as cast members, makeup artist, dressers, and in many other areas to help for a successful show.  Then we spend the rest of the year tearing down the show and prepping for the next year. Please check out our website for more information.

We start with a theme and go from there...this year's theme:
The following are images from our press night and other press related events that have occurred throughout this past year. I linked the title of the prints to its original piece if you want to see what they look like.
Headpiece for "Dragon from the Grotto"

Foam sculptor in workshop

Cast member getting makeup done

"The Fairy Wood"
Cast members waiting to be loaded
"Arabian Nights"
Alice in Wonderland members being loaded
Cast members in piece
"Confabulation of Dragons"
The following images were taken from who did a fashion spread based on tableaus for this season and using our sets: (there are more on the site)
 The adorable knight on the horse for the "St. George and the Dragon" piece is volunteer Katie Moore.

The following images were taken back stage for a Newport magazine. Basically, I wanted to show off me at work. The first two are taken in my workspace:

Then an image I took from the Laguna Beach Independent of Bette Davis talking to a previous director of the Pageant in 1957, where she was volunteering her time to paint the numbers on the back of seats:

So I just wanted to give a little insight as to what I do for a living; and why I might not be blogging so much right now since we are scrambling to get the show ready for our opening on July 7. Hopefully if you live in the area you can make it down to see this fascinating show. If you live out of the area you should put this on your list of future summer vacation spots.

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  1. That is AMAZING! Utterly gorgeous eye candy. I have a question, what sort of degree do you have (if any)? I'm looking into the costume design, etc. field and it's always good to hear about jobs, education, etc. beforehand. :)

  2. Thank you Miss Virginia. I have a degree in Costume Design for Theatre from California State University of Long Beach. I focused on design but thankfully the program is very tech heavy so I was taught how to do everything that had to do with costuming. My greatest strength was in crafts and so I was very thankful to obtain this job a year out of school.

  3. What a cool job! POTM is such a great event & the picture of Bette Davis is awesome!

  4. Wow! This is SO AMAZING! What an amazing job and you are so talented! These photos are absolutely stunning!

  5. I'm not sure how I found your blog but I'm glad I did! These sets and costumes - well the whole thing really - are amazing! Really incredible.

  6. These are outstanding. Seriously, what a beautiful concept and execution. I just happened upon your blog, and I'm blown away.