San Diego, CA, United States
Teaching Theatrical Costume Design and Construction has been the bulk of my career thus far! Hope you enjoy the results!
I enjoy period costuming and history, retro attire, and theatre crafts. I'm exploring Wearable Art in the more artistic vein, writing, and trying new crafts I haven't done before! I plan on trying glass cutting and etching, as well as jewelry with UTE
Skills and Techniques
My theatrical career has exposed me to a wide range of clothing construction and techniques. I am working on shifting what I've learned from a theatrical bent to a more singular pursuit--wearable art. The ability to design, make one's own pattern (via drafting or draping), and then construct the garment has been a wonderful tool for me. I am proudly a costume generalist with a wide variety of skills from different sides of the discipline.
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Get to Know
Hello from San Diego, Relished Artistry, and Corey Johnston!
Relished Artistry is my wearable art venture, poised to infuse joy back into the wearing of clothing! It's my goal to help the people who wear my pieces feel expressive, stylish, excited, and cultured. Relishing the artistic opportunities inherent in clothing, the aim is to bring out that inner flair in all of us, so we can feel good about how we adorn ourselves.
Based in San Diego, I have 20 years of professional and educational theatrical design and construction experience making clothes that are built to last (see my costume design website at www.coreycostumedesign.com), not just cheap theatrical knock-offs. My apparel is built from the ground up, using quality methods with attention to detail so you can be beautiful. Every piece is not only handmade, but it's a one-of-a-kind work of art. No two pieces are exactly alike. Each is either part of a limited edition or comes with it's own title.
The artistic opportunities inherent in clothing are limitless! Materials abound all around us. My influences are culled from my exposure to theatrical literature and my study of a variety of stylistic eras throughout the world. Sometimes overtly retro or culturally specific, each piece may use a variety of materials. From hand painted velvet capes and coats to handbags, shawls, or whatever else may be inspiring, my pieces are authentic and heartfelt regardless of the materials.
Showing how we are unique through what we wear on the outside is part of how we share with others who we are on the inside. Life is too short.
Live it with relish!
The image that started my endeavors: a robe inspired by Van Gogh's "Starry Night". Painted on velour, it was covered with radiating swirls and Swarovski rhinestones on the collar. For Oberon in "A Midsummer Night's Dream".
An example of some work for a show done entirely in black and white in 1927: "Bed and Sofa" by Polly Pen. The period chemise doubled as an undergarment and her regular day attire, coupled with a wrap around skirt that had to be put on quickly on stage...
A walking outfit done for Hesione in George Bernard Shaw's "Heartbreak House" set somewhere between 1915-1919. This, however, was made of polyester! In disguise. LOL! Made to be worn with the jacket and without. I did a pseudo-Makintosh inspired muff as well.
A complete bodice, overskirt, and underskirt for a Restoration (1678-ish) show: Aphra Behn's "Sir Patient Fancy". This red headed cougar from next door is after her man!