Writers' Theatre's most recent show, The Liar, has a couple of very interesting scenic pieces. The one that took us the most time to paint and most brain power to execute was the back wall. The back wall is a large 20 foot tall wall complete with moulding, a scrim center panel that hid a printed drop and sculptural branch for reveal later in the show and hard scenery flanking either side of the scrim panel. The entire painted treatment of the huge wall is a delicate, painterly paisley pattern.
In thinking about how to execute this challenge, a couple things had to be addressed. We wanted to make sure that the pattern matched up across all of the various scenic elements. We also wanted to keep any patching at the seams to a minimum. Touching up the line work would be easy but matching a gradient in a space where we cannot use pneumatic sprayers is not a fun endeavor.
We, at Means of Production, had the pleasure to work with Riveli. Riveli is this AWESOME art+shelving company. We created their display for a tradeshow at McCormick Place. This project had some interesting products that we don't often get to use such as MDO. MDO is plywood with a paper side to it. The paper side helped us get a super smooth finish along with the use of a pneumatic sprayer and patience. It's always nice to stretch my finishing skills.
We just finished loading in the New Ralph Lauren windows this past week at Chicago and Michigan. This was a huge turnaround with a ton of scenery and it all looks pretty awesome. Check out the pics below. I'll be going back at night when there is less glare to snap some portfolio pics.
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Steph has worked in the Chicago storefront theatre scene for the past 12 years mastering how to do it good, quick, and cheap.
She received her BFA in Scenic Design/Art from the University of Illinois - Urbana.
In addition to Scenic Art, Steph is a resident Jill-of-all-trades and an avid traveler on her way to relocating to the Pacific Northwest.
Follow her adventures on Instagram at @char.darling .
Thanks much to all of my friends and family for their continued support!
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