In all of my designing there is an infusion of humor, excitement, and question which stem from my outward personality. I couple this with a love of intellectually working through a text and strong period research. In these, sometimes contrasting natures is the essence of my work as a costume designer.
With my work I strive for the costumes to be working simultaneously on different levels. While completely fulfilling the demands of the character and the needs of the actor the costume should also be creating a discussion with the world of the theatrical event. The dialog between costume and character is for me, one of the essentials of design. The costume must be the clothes of the character, as they have chosen this for themselves; but the costume can also be commenting on the situation of the character. This brings the discussion to the audience.
Overall, my designs tend to reside in a heightened theatrical world where they are able to speak out about the cultural context of the events that the are operating alongside. However, this does not exclude the humor, risk and excitement that is inherent in all of successful theatre.