The UAF Costume Shop Page 2THE UAF COSTUME SHOP
The Costume Shop is unusually large for an undergraduate-only theatre program. While comparing notes with other costumers in the Northwest Drama Conference (AK, WA, OR, & ID) I found it "tied" with Anchorage as the biggest college shop space (21' x 53' in the main room alone) in the Conference region.
Like nearly every costume shop, it is in a basement with no windows and cement walls, but in Winter in Fairbanks this is a blessing. You never realize that it's cold and dark outside till you go to get your car. (Boy do you notice it then!)
One of the main shop disadvantages, a poor ventilation system, we turned to our advantage, by making an all
non-toxic vapor working environment
We have two full-size (4' x 8') padded cutting tables, and a full and a 2/3's size crafts tables, plus a hot glue table.
Oh, yes, and we once had a part-time costume shop cat, the estimable
Costume Shop Equipment
The shop has a comfortable amount of good, equipment, including 6 Wolf-type dress forms, 3 Bernina sewing machines, an industrial overlock serger, a Consew industrial, an Airbrush and compressor, and a genuine industrial soup cooker dye vat.
We also have a new commercial washer & drier, provided by a group of community donors.
(Ain't it a dream?) We also have two nearly new electric-pump industrial steam irons, a newer Thompson portable industrial walking foot, and a barely year old standing steamer wand.
We also have a Pentium computer connected to the university T1 ethernet for the shop.
Students working on their own projects have access to our extensive swatch and scrap bin system, where any fabric smaller than a foot square is available for swatches, and any fabric smaller than a yard square is folded into color coded scraps for use in shows and projects.
In addition to the main room is:
The Hat Room
The Unisex Bathroom
The Shoe Room
The Men's & Women's Dressing Rooms
Upstairs Storage of Stock
To see all of these
Links to other Costume Shops On the Web