Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Catching Up...

...and backtracking at the same time. If you have found this blog via my website, then you may know a little about me. I just realized that I don't have much info about myself here yet. Briefly, before I got into the joys of making Halloween characters, my professional life was spent in theatres. Beginning in 1967 I was involved in costuming for professional theatres around the US with even a brief stint on Broadway. I designed costumes. I sewed costumes. I cut and draped costumes. But mostly, I was involved in millinery. If something went on some one's head, I was responsible for making it. And the last 20 years of my day job was working at San Francisco Opera as Senior Milliner. People are always asking me what it was exactly that I did there and could I show them photos. I have finally managed to round up a bunch of photos (courtesy of the SF Opera archives) and I will create a special page for them on my website. In the meantime, I thought I would preview some of them here.

The opera at the top of the post is Don Giovanni and the others from top to bottom are Orlando, Macbeth, The Makropolus Case, The Marriage of Figaro, and Turandot. Lord willin' and the crick don't rise, I will have many more photos on my website with more detailed info about the various productions for which these headdresses were made.


  1. So glad you are showing us your "other life." And now, since we don't talk much, I can keep up with you more. You go!

  2. What fun! I'm really glad you did this. Can't wait for more.