Friday, 15 August 2014

The Circus Costume Shop


As I  launch The Circus Costume Shop at my Flexitron Gallery this Autumn I thought I'd post up some
of the recent costumes I've designed and fabricated.....


I work collaboratively with each individual circus artist to create a unique costume for their act

Stewart Pemberton - stiltwalking Uncle Sam



Sorcha Ra - contact juggling - Sorceress of Summer
Sometimes costumes are hours and hours of work. Seeing Sorcha Ra performing in a park surrounded by children makes it all worth while



The Christmas season approaches and I am already working on costumes for this time of year

Karine Friez as The Ice Queen 

 Last year at the Bloomsbury big tent i produced aerialist and Hula Costumes... this year has a traditional Shanghai circus spirit
Bloomsbury Big Tent - Cirque de Paris

Bloomsbury Big Tent - Cirque de Paris

Working with the students on the degree course at The National Centre for Circus Arts is so enjoyable. I made some of their devised pieces costumes...

 dip dies and glittering catsuit for Ali Stanger - performing Embodiment

a costume of rope for Gaia Santuccio performing Tangled details

Trousers that looked like ordinary trousers but couldn't split on the seams for remy Archer performing Plato's Cave 

Eva - Elena Casotto's thief catsuit 

I also helped students who had either made their own or had other people make them... sometimes mending seams or alterations to shirts and waistcoats  or just getting their costumes to fit. Sometimes they just needed to check whether it worked visually.......

Tom Gaskin performing Watch

Chiara Zubiani performing Aequus Libra

Charlotte Dawson performing Straight to the Point

Michael Corr performing Cucumber Hundreds

Angeliki Nikolakaki performing Raindance

Hauk Pattison performing Aren't We All


Charlie Wheeler performing Son

Kipat Kahumbu - These Hands Used to Paint

Michael Standen - Unrequited

Joana Dias - Graciette


alongside this I designed the costumes for the first year links - directed by Peta Lily the links encompassed Everyday... 



I have been working with Juggling on Tap  this last year and now with Arts Council funding they go from strength to strength.
Juggling on Tap - Rhythm Town at the Bowler Hat



September will be busy ... setting up the online shopping store for base layers and commission pieces, accessories such as gaiters, balloon sculpting bags, dressed wigs.

You can email me at
andie.scott@btinternet.com

see more of my work at my temporary web address while my estore is under construction

www.audacityandletgo.com







Thursday, 27 June 2013

http://andiescott.com



http://andiescott.com

At Last...  the website's up and running

Many thanks to Dom Burton for being so patient with me to get the website working. It's been a strange experience dusting off files of ectachrome transparencies and scanning these archived projects. At times I felt exhausted just looking at the quantity of work I've produced over time ...

I'm still adding to the website and I need to make a decision as to which on line gallery to work with. After the exhibition "The Bee Keepers" at the Street Gallery, I have started a new series of paintings inspired by my time at Circus Space ...

Hope you enjoy visiting the website ...


Saturday, 30 March 2013

I ran away to join the circus .. but I'm back!

I know ... my website is still in process but I've been having the most wonderful time... My solo painting exhibition 'The Bee Keepers'  at The Street gallery was extended ...

..   and yes I ran away to Circus Space to make the set props and costume for 'Strange Forces' ... the third year degree show, directed by the incredible dark clown Peta Lily. Ingenious  lighting by Sarah McColgan, spot on sound by Craig Byrne ...


also I must mention Liz Kay, simply brilliant  stage manager .. and Kim, Matt, Mari and the crew with tech (and amazing patience and stamina) and of course the amazing Circus Space students.
Special thanks to Mark Morreau the photographer who has allowed me to use his photos in this blog page.... and to Maeve and Hannah from RADA ...

The set was a black sharktooth gauze with a backdrop that expressed back stage circus school... ropes hoops .. It was to signify the change from third year acts like Arce on pole....
... to the strange forces interludes where the audience was entertained by sad, 'put upon'  first year clowns... Michelle springs to mind..

The Iconic costumes comprised of disposable overalls with vests and leggings ... or white  cotton scrub suits that I made late into the night... but to make a whole circus troup I  also included tutus and  full catsuits that I painted with tattooos for contortionist Claudia .. and dancer Natalie.....

My favourite sculptural elements were Morris the pantomime unicorn played by Marianna and Michael .. with Katie under duress with the whip... The pattern from scratch was hard work and he took me three attempts to get the body right...
A circus is never complete without animals I made an elephant vacuum cleaner creature to hoover up the flitter from Heidi's rope act...

Maisy  brilliant as Ellie and and Charline the kind loving keeper...
The interesting thing about working with Peta Lily is that the props inspire and direct the way the show develops... so every day there were texts for .. a white rabbit...a whistle .. a tricyle for a toddler  and yet Floria and Craig D managed to ride it!....
The spirit of the circus was exemplified by paper plate ruffs and exfoliating scrub cloths on overshoes as wigs .. or swimming hats ...
... or just paper carrier bags ....
.. The Little man piece was a favorite to make and Michael played his part magnificently ...


But each first year was amazing so I must mention each of the other first years .. Laura, Lucky, Natalie, Claudia, Ellie, Kerrie, Lil, Alice. Jess, Arthur, Graig G, and Luke..

Oh and  I really enjoyed working with the third years ...

and learned a lot about costume durability, safety and how to bring the stark costumes of the links into the glorious costumes the third years had to devise for themselves... (above Ben ...below - Matt)

I am so inspired I have begun  to investigate possible fabrics and seams for circus, specifically arial acts like Gonzalo's
 ( and Lydia ... wonderful bird girl)

So many wonderful third year acts .. Beren and Louis...



Lynne..


Beth
Tom...

James

Nelly....

And an amazing talent from the first years too in a wonderful clowning way...



.. and Mark captured these so well ....
I will add some more soon ...