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Custom Mascots: Rocky Mountain Power’s “Slim” the Lineman

Wally Wattsmart, also known as “Slim” the Lineman.

We built him for the Riester agency’s client, Rocky Mountain Power. Slim is a regular sighting at civic gatherings, parades, Salt Lake Bees baseball games and many other events.

We created duplicate “Slim” mascots, and master effects artist Chris Richard Hanson developed the custom heads for us.

Rocky Mountain Power urges you, too, to be “wattsmart”.

 

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Slim, walking tall at Salt Lake City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. But he is not wearing green!

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Custom muscles that breathe, so the performer stays cool.

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Chris, showing custom sculpt and casting in progress, looking at us through Slim’s perspective.

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Wally Wattsmart concept drawings

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Custom Fancy Food Exhibit: Apriori

Famous food purveyors Apriori needed a custom display to use at the conventions and fancy food shows they attend. Our production designer Hraefn Wulfson built this one to show off their lines of beautiful artisan chocolates and candy. The shelves are all adjustable and the display pieces hinge in, compressing to ship around the country and around the world. Custom signage: Michael Fitches.
January 2016.

Artisan convention display for artisan chocolates from Apriori Distributing

Artisan convention display for artisan chocolates from Apriori Distributing

Artisan convention display for artisan chocolates from Apriori Distributing

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Giant Custom Stage Props for USANA

A BIG custom props commission.

 

Precision cut foam pieces with plenty of sanding, assembly and application of ‘Screen Goo’ (a custom coating painted on that makes the show’s 3-D projections look spectacular).   Hraefn Wulfson, Russ Adams and Crit Killen combined forces to create these for USANA’s annual convention at the Energy Solutions Arena.

 

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Custom Tutus: Combat Ready

 

Unusual project from the archives, one for which a script did not even exist prior to the costumes being built.

 

Jen built the combat tutus purely as an art-for-art’s-sake collection then produced a performance with choreographer extraordinaire, Julie McDaniel who directed a lovely group of dancers in 2007.

 

Fun fact for those who may not know: A ‘tutu’ is not a frilly skirt. A tutu is a two-piece garment that combines a fitted bodice with a frilled brief. Both are usually held together with hooks and are sometimes even sewn together.

 

The clever “Jewelry Massacres” are by artist Justina Parsons-Bernstein, who designed each to accompany a specific tutu.

 

The tutus and jewelry massacre ensembles have been presented in several gallery exhibits and are now part of the McGrews’ Permanent Collection.  We can make one just for you from whatever camo fabric or other fabric you wish. We can also make you a skirt instead of a tutu bottom with a frilled brief. Give us a call at 801-596-2210.

 

Steampunk Wedding Attire

This ensemble is definitely all about “something old, something new.” Jessica wanted some of her existing items repurposed and integrated into this ensemble. We built the corset, blouse and bolero jacket as brand new pieces. Kyle’s vest is also a new item that we made, a double breasted black canvas waistcoat with silver buttons. Her white lace skirt was originally a full length dress and a family heirloom. She also owned a short black petticoat. I recut and made her lace dress into a full length skirt with a new waistband, and her black knee-length petticoat became a new ruffle of a new, full length underskirt.

 

This dress and vest are a lovely departure from steampunk’s usual sepia tones. Jessica and I discussed Cecil Beaton’s wonderful designs for the film, My Fair Lady, particularly the scenes at the racetrack. All the ladies and gentlemen wear black and white in these scenes, with fantastic dresses, hats and accessories.

 

All wedding attire becomes a piece of history, by definition. Wedding outfits are super satisfying to make whenever the couple wants to take their look out a slightly different door, say historic, fantasy, sci fi, steampunk, etc. So when we create suits and dresses that articulate an impossible world or replicate some earthly historic period, we’ve just doubled-down on the cool factor. We are helping people re-imagine, re-live or recreate history with clothing that’s used in new ceremonies and new contexts. It’s really fun. It’s also awesome to custom build for grooms. They’re often so overlooked.

Steampunk Vests for Men and Women

A great vest sets a great precedent. Especially when it has working features such as straps and buckles, grommets and lacing, or other closures.

 

Steampunk sometimes runs the risk of being ‘overdone’.

 

We prefer real working features vs. gears or accessories merely pasted onto clothing. We think this approach is awesome and we hope you feel this way too.