Kirkland (Costume and Clothing Designer) –
business is just me - hence the name.
worry about the red thing - I make clothes in all colors, it's
just that red happens to be my trademark (I've worn at least something
red every day since I was a sophomore in college, which currently
adds up to about 16 years)!
got into this business because:
A) I've never been a standard size
(and after costuming thousands of bodies over the years,
I firmly believe that NO ONE is,
and I'm collecting statistics to prove it!!)
2) I've never liked being limited to what's at the mall, or what's
in the stores in my town, or what I can afford - and I figured
out that when it comes to all of that, I'm not alone
this point, I figure my mission in life is to use clothing as
my personal tool to bring a positive self image to as many people
as I can!
I've been exploring several different ways of achieving
1. My focus is on teaching, whether it's about sewing and design,
or about clothing in our culture and how it has affected our history
and continues to affect our own sense of our selves and the society
around us. I get very excited about passing down all that I have
learned, and opening up new worlds of understanding on these issues.
2. Through my work in costume design for dance and theatre, I
try to empower actors and dancers to understand how they use their
clothed bodies as a tool for their art form. I encourage them
to view their bodies more positively in their personal lives,
while learning to view their bodies in a more neutral way when
they use them in performance, to open themselves up to different
characters and different modes of expression.
3. After years of having clothing stolen after it had been used
in a show, I decided that was a pretty good sign that I needed
to try retailing some of my designs! So, when I have time in between
my other projects, I put out some of my designs for sale. Mostly
I sell things online (see me also on Etsy and Ebay). Because of
my interest in body image, I also like to take on custom orders
for people who are not well served by the trends or sizing systems
of mass produced clothing.