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Spartan Mosquito: Custom Mascot

Mosquito mascot's lighting effects have several settings and glows red with blood through its vinyl side abdomen "windows"

Fantastic, fun build for thinkwebstore.com ‘s client, Spartan Mosquito.

 

A custom mosquito mascot, custom Spartan tunics and capes plus a dead mosquito prop.

Custom welded internal framework and fittings with polyethylene foam, fabrics, vinyl,  Worbla,  3D printed and vacuum formed parts plus cool lighting effects!

 

Mosquito mascot's lighting effects have several settings and glows red with blood through its vinyl side abdomen "windows"

Unimpressed with the mosquito costume offerings out there in the wild, Bryan Carter of ThinkWebStore came to us.  Discussions resulted in an agreement to create an oversize, realistic but definitely xenomorphic critter that would enthrall onlookers at its live convention performances plus Spartan Mosquito’s fun online videos.

 

Many thanks to Bryan Carter for hiring us and for your fantastic marketing idea that juxtaposes against the typical landscape. It’s brilliant.

 

National hardware conventions are typically about tile, plumbing and home improvement products. They rarely, if ever, are costume-focused events. ThinkWebStore’s parade of great looking models in custom Spartan garb and weapons, escorting their big captured mosquito around the convention floor is a sight that no one can ever forget! 

 

The Spartan Mosquito Eradicator product itself is ingenious and supplies have been pre-sold out for months.  Check it out: https://spartanmosquito.com/mosquito-control/

 

Hraefn Wulfson, meditating on the layout of custom mosquito mascot legs

Hraefn Wulfson, meditating on the layout of the new custom mosquito mascot legs

 

Crit Killen and Hraefn Wulfson discuss attachment and arrangement methods for the new custom mosquito mascot chassis

Crit Killen and Hraefn Wulfson discuss attachment and arrangement methods for the new custom mosquito mascot chassis

 

Hraefn Wulfson cuts and sands forms that will be used to vacuform wings for the new custom mosquito mascot

Hraefn Wulfson cuts and sands forms that will be used to vacuum form clear plastic wings for the new custom mosquito mascot

 

Isaac Doubek's handiwork- He's made custom 3d printed eyes for the new custom mosquito prop

Isaac Doubek’s handiwork- He’s made custom 3D printed eyes for the new custom mosquito prop

 

Hraefn Wulfson has the mosquito wing bucks ready for vacuum forming in clear plastic

Hraefn Wulfson has the mosquito wing bucks ready for vacuum forming in clear plastic

 

Isaac Doubek's handiwork- He's rewired a multi effect lighting element to portable battery unit for the new custom mosquito mascot

Isaac Doubek’s handiwork- He’s rewired a multi effect lighting element to portable battery unit for the new custom mosquito mascot

 

Crit Killen and Hraefn Wulfson discuss attachment and arrangement methods for the new custom mosquito mascot chassis. Each leg slides into a custom fitting for clarity and speedy assembly

Crit Killen and Hraefn Wulfson discuss attachment and arrangement methods for the new custom mosquito mascot chassis. Each leg slides into a custom fitting for clarity and speedy assembly

 

Crit Killen measures for wing attachment mount on mosquito mascot's welded steel shoulder frame and chassis

Crit Killen measures for wing attachment mount on mosquito mascot’s welded steel shoulder frame and chassis

 

Details of welded steel shoulder frame and chassis for new custom mosquito mascot on a dress dummy the same size as performer

Details of welded steel shoulder frame and chassis for new custom mosquito mascot on a dress dummy the same size as the five foot tall performer

 

Crit Killen and Hraefn Wulfson with the welded steel shoulder frame and chassis for new custom mosquito mascot on a dress dummy the same size as performer

Crit Killen and Hraefn Wulfson with the welded steel shoulder frame and chassis for new custom mosquito mascot on a dress dummy the same size as the five foot tall performer

 

Detail of each custom fitting for leg assembly in the new custom mosquito mascot

Detail of each custom fitting for leg assembly in the new custom mosquito mascot

 

Hraefn Wulfson wearing the new shoulder chassis of custom mosquito mascot with legs attached, casting an interesting shadow

Hraefn Wulfson wearing the new shoulder chassis of custom mosquito mascot with legs attached, casting an interesting shadow

 

Hraefn Wulfson wearing the new shoulder chassis of custom mosquito mascot with legs attached

Hraefn Wulfson wearing the new shoulder chassis of custom mosquito mascot with legs attached

 

Detail: Spartan Mosquito logo heat transfers on Spartan cape backs and wagon banners

Detail: Spartan Mosquito logo heat transfers on red linen Spartan cape backs and wagon banners

 

Hraefn Wulfson arranges the new dead mosquito prop on the convention safe Spartan spear

Hraefn Wulfson arranges the new dead mosquito prop on the convention-safe Spartan spear

 

Hraefn Wulfson adding a few final touches to the dead mosquito prop

Hraefn Wulfson adding a few final touches to the dead mosquito prop

 

Spooky in the daylight, the new mosquito mascot is ready to be disassembled for travel

Spooky even in the daylight, the new mosquito mascot is ready to be disassembled for travel

 

Bryan Carter, Jennifer McGrew and Hraefn Wulfson in a selfie with new mosquito mascot costume

Bryan Carter, Jennifer McGrew and Hraefn Wulfson in a selfie with new mosquito mascot costume

 

Spooky at night in the McGrew Studios parking lot- the new mosquito mascot costume

Spooky at night in the McGrew Studios parking lot- the new mosquito mascot costume

 

Mosquito mascot's lighting effects have several settings and glows red with blood through its vinyl side abdomen "windows"

Mosquito mascot’s internal lighting has several effects and glows red with blood through its vinyl side abdomen “windows”

 

Some late night parking lot paint on the new mosquito mascot. Isaac Doubek and Hraefn Wulfson

Some late night parking lot painting on the new mosquito mascot. Isaac Doubek and Hraefn Wulfson

 

Mosquito mascot's inner steel armature visible through the newly cut abdomen "windows"

Mosquito mascot’s inner steel armature visible through the newly cut abdomen “windows”

 

Ready to go to several national hardware shows on great looking models: Custom Spartan tunics, belts and capes. Linen, jute, fun trims and brooches

Ready to go to several national hardware shows on great looking models: Custom Spartan tunics, belts and capes. Red and white linen, jute, fun trims and brooches

 

Spartan Mosquito custom mascot scale pre-viz 

 

A BIG 2019 project for us involving the team effort and mighty

talents of Hraefn Wulfson, Crit Killen, Isaac Doubek, Carolyn Richardson, Uptown Embroidery and Jennifer McGrew

 

 

Custom Tailoring: Royal Manticoran Navy Uniforms

Royal Manticoran Navy Custom Uniform

2017. Custom Costume for Dakota

Fans of the Royal Manticoran Navy and Honor Harrington Fan Association celebrate author David Weber’s detailed universe with specific uniforms. We tailored this one for Dakota in a beautiful wool with gold trim, piping and all his military insignia specific to his rank and character in this universe.

Royal Manticoran Navy Custom Uniform
Royal Manticoran Navy Custom Uniform
Royal Manticoran Navy Custom Uniform
Royal Manticoran Navy Custom Uniform

Costume Restoration: Vintage Mr. Peanut

Vintage Mr. Peanut costume, restored and ready for action.

2018:
Melissa’s vintage treasure needed some help.  Hraefn Wulfson restored and repainted her beloved Mr. Peanut costume and now her family can enjoy him for generations!

 

Before: Mr. Peanut’s paint is worn and his internal load-bearing areas need strengthening because of splits and cracks!

 

First, all of his broken armseye edges, glue and foam remnants have to be removed-

 

Next, Hraefn fabricates new ABS plastic support structures and installs them into the armseyes using brand new rivets plus comfy new foam where this costume rests on the wearer’s shoulders-

 

Owning the urban landscape and ready to go home:) Freshly repainted and structural integrity saved! Plus, he gets a brand new monacle and his old scratchy metal screens replaced with new soft fiberglass screens.

 

Melissa, lookin’ like a Boss Mr. Peanut, ready to greet the trick-or-treaters on Halloween!

PENNYWISE: CUSTOM COSTUME

Pennywise custom costume by McGrew Studios.

2017:
Victor V. asked us for a custom Pennywise costume for the premiere of IT, and this was a very cool project with some swell fabrics: Two colors of silk dupioni with great rouching and piping details all over the place, then garnished with wool yarn pom poms plus some great paisley trimmings and tassel fringe.  His makeup is by one of the artists at the Fear Factory right here in Salt Lake. Victor tells us he will be resurrecting Pennywise when the IT sequel hits the theaters in 2019:)

custom fitting- in the shop

custom fitting – in the shop

Custom clown spats in white canvas and black leather over platform shoes!

making some nifty custom spats

Pennywise- fabrics and trim: Silk dupioni and wool yarns

Fresh costume – looks a bit cleaner than a monster who’s been living in the sewers and caverns for a millenia:)

on the tracks outside out shop in the Granary District, Salt Lake City

Pennywise- waiting patiently for the IT sequel

Juno, Wife of Jupiter: Custom Costume for USU’s Ludi Romani Games

Goddess Juno Costume- USU’s Ludi Romani games

Classics’ Ludi Romani Games, a 20-Year Tradition, Casts Alumni as Roman Gods

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A fun costume we made in 2012 for Utah State University Classics professor, Francis Titchener. 

Frances Titchener appeared as the goddess Juno in the 2016 Ludi Romani games hosted by Classics. Alumna Teri Gee portrays Venus, a role she will recreate this year as well. Juno’s sacred animal was the peacock, which is reflected in Titchener’s goddess robes. Photo: USU.edu

CFO SUPERHERO: PLURALSIGHT

Pluralsight’s popular Chief Revenue Officer, Joe DiBartolomeo.

 

On stage in Florida at their January 2018 sales kickoff event-

 

 

 

Concept art: Adam Gunn, Pluralsight Creative Director.

 

 

Fitting day: Joe and Adam at Pluralsight’s Kaysville, Utah offices-

 

A base-layer batman suit, about to be cannibalized/customized-

 

 

Custom dye sub printed fabric in Pluralsight’s orange-to-pink gradient, fashioned into a superhero cape-

 

 

Cape pleating-

 

 

More custom dye sub fabric-

 

 

Prepping lighting elements for Joe’s chest piece-

 

 

Ready now for color change on its outer gasket-

 

 

Prepping chest feature with binding around circumference and velcro mounting surface-

Custom Futuristic Costumes: Pluralsight video and Pluralsight Live 2017

Meet “Zero” and “One,” Pluralsight’s “future people”.

Appearing first in the stunning video (above) shown during Pluralsight Live’s opening session, they then arrived in person periodically throughout all three days of the event, intriguing and mingling with enthusiastic conference goers.

A full spectrum of colors enhanced the actors’ first set of costumes. A series of creative in-camera effects captured actors Phillip Istomin and Alexis Chanel being doused with paints and powders during the high frame-rate filming.

A great team includes the creators of the Pluralsight promo video,  JMills Entertainment.  Art direction and marketing by Adam Gunn, John Jensen and their colleagues at Pluralsight. Two sets of identical costumes for Zero and One custom built by Jennifer McGrew with Kelly Hawthorne.  Behind-the-scenes shots of the video shoot by Dee and Cory. Live performance scheduling logistics at the Grand America by Webb Event Production and the lovely Xenia Maritsas. On-location wardrobe tech and dressing by Jennifer McGrew.

 

‘Future People’ concept art: Pluralsight’s Adam Gunn

 

Prior to all the paint and color that doused them during the filming… One and Zero in their snappy new white future suits.

 

Initial paint splash on the costumes. Model Phillip Istomin gets some great air on that paint while smashing the ceramic container with a white sledgehammer. Model Alexis Chanel calmly observes.

 

A ‘before’ and ‘after’ set of custom costumes in the shop. All ready to head to the Grand America Hotel for Pluralsight Live

 

Custom Boots and Spats: Kris Kringle the Musical

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Holy tap-dancing elves!

 

In 2015 we made a bunch of custom elf boots plus some elf SPATS for Ohio production and costume designer Inda Blatch-Geib. She designed the new production, Kris Kringle the Musical, which premiered Friday, December 4th 2015 in Olmsted Falls.

 

 

Thank you Inda for giving McGrews a nice shout out in The Akron Beacon Journal http://www.ohio.com/entertainment/kerry-clawson/kris-kringle-is-a-rich-magical-world-of-color-texture-for-akron-costume-designer-1.643784

 

 

These stage production pics are from http://www.kriskringlethemusical.com/photos.html

 

 

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The lead dancer’s wearing elf boots. The rest are SPATS worn over their tap shoes!

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Great assistant and good helper elf, Peri C.  showing off our hard work!!

 

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A visitor is unexpectedly asked to model some boots in progress-

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Custom Superhero Costume: Littlest Wonder Woman – Josh Rossi Photography

Famous Photographer, Famous Daughter

A project that’s had 33 million views and counting as of January 2017.

When Jessica Alba, George Takei, and even the new Wonder Woman film director Patty Jenkins  talk about your work, trust us, it’s pretty cool.

McGrew Studios and Josh Rossi Photography have wanted to work together on a project for several years, and at last we finally have!

10/20/2016

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The convergence of his daughter Nellee’s 3rd birthday,  the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman, Halloween 2016, plus the new Wonder Woman movie trailer all culminated in a personal project for Josh that hit viral status within just several days.  As Josh told KSL TV in an interview at our studio, “All the trending buttons have been hit with both the timing and subject matter of his project,” (not to mention Full Time Photographer‘s original click-bait article title that waves a design and labor rate in readers’ faces).

Josh’s project has generated a BIG range of discussion, contention, admiration and even scorn– throughout comment threads on all the websites that have reposted the project or created their own new features about it.

At McGrews, we are naturally just agog at all this activity and very proud to have played our role in this fantastic project.

Some of the videos, articles and links:

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Nellee is one cool, three-year old superhero!

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Costume made by McGrews’ cartel members Jennifer McGrew with Diane Thompson, plus custom sword and shield by Randy Crit Killen. We love how great Josh’s photos make our work look:)

We made Nellee’s costume using several types of leathers along with worbla details, lacing, grommets and a variety of trimmings. We designed her leather bodice to be adjustable in the back as well as on the sides, because she will grow fast!

Her leather skirt pieces are sewn onto their own waistband which is attached under the bodice, and this whole element is alterable so it can also be adjused as she grows. Nelee’s armored spats lace up over her boots and should also endure two or more shoe-size increases. We made Nellee’s shoulder straps expandable, and for adjustability over time,  plus created her pauldrons to slide on her straps.

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Something Josh brought up after the KSL interview at our shop was the idea of creating and marketing patterns for kids’ costumes. Based on the overwhelming response to this project’s release on the web, it’s something we may seriously consider.

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We wanted this costume to be something that replicates the cinematic version and something that she’ll enjoy for a long time. We predict she may wear it until she is five or older!

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Would you like a pattern for this Wonder Woman costume that you could create for your own 2-4 year old? Tell us what you think.

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Props and effects wizard Crit Randy Killen’s process photos.
He made Nellee’s Wonder Woman sword and shield.

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Crit even made a cool bag for Nellee’s sword and shield.

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Johnny Killen helped his dad, Crit, with this project.

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Sword and shield delivered to Josh!

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