I got into the top three final contestants for the Red Carpet Green Dress competition!!! Received very encouraging words from the panel of judges, so will definitely be back next year.
I thought I might add a couple of words and pictures here about my unforgettable experience in the Clipa Centre for Performance Art in Tel Aviv, Israel, where I worked on the revival of their show Orpheus, as Design Assistant to Idit Herman, the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the theatre, throughout December 2011 and January 2012.
I basically helped to bring to life several costumes, accessories and props which provided quite a variety of challenges. Ranging from creating a full length sequin dress with a long train, turning a rug into a functional cloak and recreating an old blouse with intricate pleated details from scratch.
The budget was tight of course and I had to work with less sophisticated equipment than what I am used to... For example, creating a makeshift dummy stand with a torso tied onto an old wooden stool, cutting fabric on the floor or using an old Singer machine which only allows straight stitch, for stretch!
I loved that I was allowed space, time and trust to work on my own and this was constantly put into perspective through daily discussion, experimentation and fittings.
The best part of this experience though, was, by far, the fact that I slept in the theatre during the time I worked there! This meant that I was fully immersed into the world of visual theatre and got to meet many exciting and talented people, night and day.
Truly an all-round, hands-on, unforgettable experience.