When I started this blog, I chose the name “Baste Cut Fold” because it reflects both of my worlds–costume design and cooking. Baste, cut, and fold are all frequently-used terms in the food industry, but they all mean things to costumers and seamstresses, too.
I’m starting to explore my food-related interests in a more serious way, with a goal of someday working in the industry at a professional level. However, to some degree I’ll probably also always have my hand in the world of costumes. There are many ups and downs to working in the entertainment industry–rarely is it as glamorous as it looks from the outside–but I do truly enjoy the creative parts of my work, especially when I get to design with full creative freedom.
One of my favorite events to costume is Broadway Bares. Broadway Bares is a burlesque show produced annually by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. BC/EFA is a wonderful charity which supplies medications, health care, food, counseling, and emergency financial assistance all across the United States. Hundreds of designers, makeup artists, hair stylists, stage managers, technicians, dancers, choreographers, and other industry professionals volunteer their time to help create Broadway Bares each June, and all proceeds go to BC/EFA. This year’s show, held on June 18th at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC, raised a grand total of $1,568,114.