Recently graduated from Birmingham City University with BA(Hons) Design for Theatre, Performance and Events. Costume Maker who aspires to make exciting costumes for productions. Inspired by historical dress and culture and can't wait to enter the world of creatives involved in production making. https://twitter.com/GraceVCampbell https://www.linkedin.com/in/grace-campbell-b25977136/Locked Pro Plan feature
The Paradise Series 2 Through personal contact I made with the BBC producer Simon Lewis I secured 120 hours work over two weeks in July 2013 on the filming of Series Two of the successful period drama ‘The Paradise’ on the Lambton Estate at Chester le Street. I worked in both the Art and Wardrobe department and on set carrying out costume checks for both the principle and supporting actors and making props. During this time I also played the part of a supporting actress for a day appearing within 3 scenes. This valuable work experience allowed me to develop my skills within design and construction. It gave me experience of working on a busy TV filming set interacting with a crew where good communication skills and initiative were very important.
Costume dresser for one afternoon and evening performance of the Pantomime, Jack and Bean Stalk. Costume dresser for full cast on the evening show which developed my skills of sticking to a tight time schedule of a live running performance and required good organisational skills.
Cbeebies Christmas Show -The Nutcracker (costume work experience/trainee) I worked within the costume team sourcing and buying costumes for principle actors within the productions tech week. I contributed to constructing and sewing principle actor’s costumes and children’s costume accessories. I was based in Sheffield for a week prior to the live and recorded shows since there was only one week of pre-production for the costume department. I also helped in cast fittings and dressed The Sheffield’s Peoples Theatre Cast including 6 children and 4 adults in addition to 1 principle actor.
For 2 days I was part of the event dressing and decorating team who helped construct and dress The Old Crown Pub in Digbeth for their Halloween Event. This was working outside dressing the entrance and marquee in the pub beer garden and some areas within the pub itself. The theme was Blair Witch and consisted of a lot of natural resources like wood and leave to create an atmosphere. Here I also developed my sign making, writing and painting skills as well as learning how to contribute to dressing and decorating a space for an event.
For 6 days I worked alongside a bespoke equestrian costumier in her workroom where I assisted in making and embellishing unique (client specific) equestrian costumes for the competitive showing of horses and ponies. Here I learnt how to make very full shirts with 5 meters of fabric as part of the costumes.
I was part of the paid costume department based in the workroom in Bishop Auckland. This was a site specific outdoors live theatre production telling the story of England’s history with a voice over narrator and a full cast of volunteers in full theatrical costume. In this role I was covering someone’s holiday work hence the short term of work at this production. I was playing a practical role in making, constructing, sewing and embellishing costume garments and accessories for the cast.
For a second year running I was part of the site decoration team for 2000trees Festival. Here I developed my painting skills further using new techniques and tools such as a air compressor paint gun. This year we were given more responsibilities and tasks. We redecorated the large trees letter signs that welcomes everyone to the festival.
We were given a live brief from Live Nation to make 7 sculptures of iconic rock musicians for the Download Rock Festival. Several of my university classmates and I made 7 8ft sculptures from blue Styrofoam and wood. This helped develop and improve my craving, painting and technical skills whilst working as part of a team for a live brief.
I carried out a one week University placement at Birmingham Costume Hire where I altered and refreshed costumes booked for hire as well as altering them for historical accuracy, productions specific requirements and cast’s height and fit. Here I also learnt the care and hygiene process as well as the protection of garments and costumes. I also learnt how to refurbish costumes by replacing, altering and embellishing sections of costumes.
Beowulf: Return of the Shieldlands -Costume maker in workroom & on set trainee dresser and crowd costume I carried out two weeks work experience in the costume workroom in Blyth. Here I worked on parts of principal actors costumes and constructed pieces of crowd costumes. I also had some experience in the breakdown process of costumes. Following this work experience I was asked to stay on as a costume trainee within both the workroom and on set. On location I was a costume dresser and carried out on set costume checks.
I was part of the site decoration team making props, signs and sculptures for the festival. This was for a week previous to the festival starting. Here I learnt how to paint large scale sculptures, painting techniques and how to rig installations and sculptures.