Artist. Creator. Visionary.
I have dedicated years to the arts and I am constantly seeking new and innovative ways to develop my skills. Explore this digital portfolio and discover when these special pieces were created, what they were inspired by, and learn more about their medium.
I have over twenty years of theatre production experience in various national venues. Currently I work under contract as the Crafts Artisan for The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.
I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, the Derby City. My interest in costumes first began with a work study job in the costume shop at Eastern Kentucky University as an undergraduate I got my BFA in theatre, a minor in fashion design and clothing construction. After a few years of graduate school at University of Tennessee in Costume Design, I decided to focus on costume technology and specialize in millinery. I have honed my millinery and costume craft skills by working in professional theaters and operas ever since.
The curiosity of headwear landed me my first intern position as a milliner at the Santa Fe Opera. I worked under Sharon King, who was a milliner for the movie "The Titanic." I also built hats for several notable costume designers; Tony Award winning, Catherine Zuber; Hugh Hansen who worked on movies such as "Elf"; and Susan Tsu, an award-winning costume designer and professor at Carnegie Melon.
My work has been featured at the Peabody Essex Museum for the traveling International Hat Exhibit that was curated by world renowned British milliner, Stephen Jones.
I am also the small business owner of
Havens Millinery which has provided clients with custom made hats for Derby and out door wear. I have been featured in The Louisville Magazine, Today's Women, and the New York Times that featured Jackie O's pink hat commissed for the John F. Kennedy Opera. I was also commissioned to do hats for the MET's production of "The Barber of Seville" which was broadcasted live nationally in movie theaters.
My career in costume technology and millinery continues to drive me to learn, explore, and collaborate with more theatre artists to create innovative stories. This is my journey.
A Visual Journey
Present 2020 contract work
Costume Craft Artisan
I am currently under contract with the Arvada Center's Costume department as their sole crafts artisan until April 17th,2020. I am responsible for all the accessories, dye work, distressing, leather work and foot wear. I have experience working with fosshape, wonderflex, buckrum, willow, and therma plastics.
Summers 2018 and 2019
Costume Crafts Artisan Colorado Shakespeare Festival
For the two summers I was the Costume Crafts Supervisor and supervised three crafts artisans in building four shows in two months.
April 2012 - May 2018
Milliner for my own business
For six years I owned a small millinery business where I designed, built and sold hats for men and women's fashion. These styles included special occasion like the Kentucky Derby and everyday wear like packable, allweather hats