I am a costume designer and creator of bespoke, vintage inspired, elaborate theatrical outfits and period costumes. The pieces I make are lavish and colourful, and often includemore...I am a costume designer and creator of bespoke, vintage inspired, elaborate theatrical outfits and period costumes. The pieces I make are lavish and colourful, and often include large headdresses and accessories. My designs use a combination of new and recycled materials and often include ornate details which I collect from a variety of sources which makes each piece entirely unique. I have an ability to take creative risks and experiment with new creative approaches, incorporating unusual materials or new techniques to create new effects.
I have made costumes for burlesque performers, theatre shows, cabaret, historical costumes and show girls.
My work also includes set design, large scale painting and illustration. During the past seven years I have worked as an artistic practitioner on numerous art projects, leading workshops with a variety of community groups.
Area Covered: London, East Anglia
Work Experience Summary: Work Experience:
Costume Designer and maker - private commissions
Creator of bespoke, vintage inspired, elaborate outfits. My work includes costumes for burlesque performers, theatre shows, historical costumes and show girls.
Costume Designer for arts film of Icarus, (March - April 2010)
To design and make several props and character's costumes for an arts film of 'Icarus' working with young people.
Costume Designer / Creator for award winning burlesque event,
Cambridge (August 2008 - present)
To design, make and style flamboyant burlesque costume accessories and props for female and drag performers at each monthly event.
Costume Designer for art's film project 'Figuring Speech'
(February - March 2008)
Making many fantastical costumes to illustrate the film's characters appearance as specifically described and perceived by the children participating in the project. (www.catherinewatling.com/archive/Figuringspeech/figuringspeech.html)
Costume Designer / Creator for production of The Fall Of The House of Usher
Homerton Theatrical Society (September - October 2007)
Exhibition: 'Changing Spaces' art project exhibition
October 2009, The Grafton Shopping Centre, Cambridge
An exhibition of my theatrical costumes and accessories.