At Shakespeare Theater Company, it is so nice to be able to work on one show at a time, unlike OSF which had nine shows in the shop when I left. It allows for the privilege of concentration. This is certainly needed with the show we are working on now, Henry IV, Parts One & Two; yes both parts at the same time. The costume designs are by Anne Hould-Ward, who I worked with at the Old Globe. By the way, she was nominated for a Tony as the designer for Into The Woods. Henry IV is huge. It has over 200 costumes with multiple layers and pieces to each costume, and Anne likes all her costumes to be touched by paint.
I have been learning some fabulous tips for painting and distressing of costumes. Joshua , the crafts artisan and painter/dyer, paints in all his highlights first using a thinned Neopaque with a broader tip airbrush. This gives a wider then necessary highlight, but when the mid-tone color is applied afterwards, it has much more clarity and visibility on stage. The pigments he uses are Dynaflo. The use of these paints and the wider tip eliminates the need for straining, quite a time saver when detail is not important.
Another great time saving feature is the distressing techniques STC uses in the construction of garments. Costumes are sewn with the seams on the outside, even the darts. A contrasting lining gives another accent of color.
They also pink the hem edges and sew on lace in a haphazard manner. Both techniques are great ways to achieve frayed edges while keeping the garment sturdy.
More to come later, this has been so rewarding.