Portfolio, Portfolio, Wherefore Art Thou Portfolio?

And other time tripping, tongue twisting lessons of the stage, and behind it. Almost one year ago I met Sandy (Alexandra Bonds) at All Hallows Eve at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Eugene. A magnetic force drew me to her. Her sweater had little plastic skeletons sewn on the front, and their bones knocked together and caught my eye. We had a friend in common (the fabulous Ariana Schwartz), and when I learned (Sandy) had been the Costume Design Professor at the University of Oregon for about as long as I had been alive, I asked the obvious question; “how extensive is your costume collection?” “Extensive.” She replied.

 

It took me a few trips down to what I called “The Lair of Costumes”, due to the lack of windows, the low ceiling and fluorescent lighting, to understand the collection we were dealing with. The words, “four decades of design” sound catchy, BUT IT’S THE TRUTH. Sandy designed for thirty-six years, two productions (plays) a year. She led students through the design process over seventy times in her career. From idea to sketch to reality. From research to design to build. She lead a constant and unending charge to add the missing character to any play, the costumes. The unnamed characters.

 

Here is one such character; Clarice, from the 1750 Italian play A Servant of Two Masters. Designed and performed on stage in 1996 at the University Theatre.

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The hand curated runway shows center on garment collections from twenty plays, and include nearly ninety individual costumes. Moving from the 1600’s through the centuries with period inspired garments and taking occasional stints to exotic places like Bali and Japan, we end with fantastic interpretations of Shakespearian classics. This collection as a whole has never been together on a stage, nor will it be again. These shows are a true curtain call.

 

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As Halloween approaches, I understand better why it is Sandy’s (Professor Bonds) least favorite holiday. Hers is a gift given to the stage, not for mere dress up. Her level of costumery far outweighs anything I have ever seen. Her costumes, meticulously built from a sketch to reality, are a testament to a life spent in collaborative design. She has always been behind the scenes. This is her Portfolio.

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A Lifetime of Costumery with Alexandra Bonds

Once in a lifetime collection, 4 decades of design, 2 fashion shows. One designer.

Available for Pre-Order

Hardcover Book of the Collection

Pre-Order Book

 

Portfolio University of Oregon

Portfolio University of Oregon

 

Silver Linings Production Services

Re­introduction

A reintroduction is in order. You may have heard of Silver Lining Productions, we originally opened as a garment manufacturing facility in Eugene, in late 2013. New opportunities opened up for some of the original partners in 2015, and Silver Lining Productions LLC transferred to me, Grace McNabb: jewelry designer, product development specialist and event coordinator. I originally fell in love with event production in Portland when I was part of a fashion incubator and became Marketing Co­Chair and Trunk Show Manager as we launched the first Portland Fashion Week (2003).

I have been fortunate to work on a variety of fashion shows in Eugene in the last 2 years and this reignited my passion for event production. The swirl of activity leading up to an event is exhilarating! I envision a web of light over all the participants, connecting various activities under a common goal. Models practice their runway walk, designers put finishing touches on their garments, makeup artists assemble their kits for the show; each a pin of light that connects to many other points of light to create the event.

Something powerful happens when we join forces and I am committed to producing events with a deeper level of social awareness. Be it in fundraising for a cause, giving to a charity or sharing the spotlight with a worthy cause, I consider myself a cheerleader. Under my leadership, Silver Lining Productions will strive to provide relevant events in support of fashion and community activism.

Please explore the new website for ways to get involved!