June 24, 2020

The New Utah Podcast, Episode 213: “Containing the Hag.”

In this episode, the New Utah Podcast crew visits with Hraefn Wulfson and Jennifer McGrew, long time friends of the show.  Misty Sherwood joins as well to talk paranormal. We have a good deal of discussion about politics, the election and covid-19. We spend a good deal of time discussing the impact it has had on McGrew Studios and the changes they are making. We find out Hraefn has lifetimes’ worth of bad luck following him, plus we discuss the haunting of the studio and the Ghost Adventures episode it was featured in. Follow us on Twitter @tnupodcast.

June 25, 2020

“Haunted Realms” podcast interview with Hraefn Wulfson.

Dan and Roni of the Haunted Realms Podcast discuss spirits with McGrew Studios’ co-manager Hraefn Wulfson, plus the Shop’s recent close encounter with Ghost Adventures as they filmed their recent episode, Industrial District of the Damned. 

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April 23, 2020

Ghost Adventures’ “Industrial District of the Damned” episode filmed at McGrew Studios airs on Travel Channel.

Prepare to meet some of our shop’s lesser known but still very active residents in this episode.  We didn’t always speak of them publicly, but many of our local paranormal investigator groups and especially Vincent Lords resounded their experiences, and then the word spread.  Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley host and investigate this episode on the Travel Channel.

February 26, 2020

BYU TV’s Story Trek episode “Cosplay and the Hero Within” is up!

Hraefn Wulfson and Jen McGrew, the McGrew Studios managers are featured in this episode

McGrew Studios' custom set design & build for @benschilibowl VRExperience for Felix & Paul Studios. Shown here: the film, Traveling While Black's producer @ayesha_nadarajah

Oct 7, 2019

“Traveling While Black” at Salt Lake Film Society 2019

“Traveling While Black” is BACK in Utah. Through December 31 at the Salt Lake Film Society, the 20 minute VR film viewing is free to visitors in our Ben’s Chili Bowl set inside the Salt Lake Film Society lobby. 

October 7, 2019 – December 31, 2019
20 minute Virtual Reality Experience
Open During Operational Hours
Hours Are Subject To Change
On-demand when you arrive

Feb 7, 2019

Utah Arts Alliance’s “Connect Broadcast” Podcast interview with McGrew Studios’ creative director and production designer Hraefn Wulfson. Interviewers Mark Putscher, Michael Christensen, Lisa Draper and Alayna Putscher get into some very off-script discussions with Hraefn about production design for film, the paranormal, painting, runes and other weird arts topics.

Feb 5, 2019

Our new custom leather patch for International Person of Leather‘s 2019’s winner Lamar Kinhawk in Las Vegas, Nevada. Congratulations Lamar!


Salt Lake Magazine feature about McGrew Studios.


Salt Lake Magazine
Jen McGrew comments on her (favorite?) Halloween costume 


Nice article with pics about SLUG’s 28th anniversary fashion show.   To celebrate its birthday, SLUG showcased the work of 28 designers, 28 models plus wonderful hair and makeup provided by students of The Paul Mitchell School of Salt Lake CIty and Ogden as well as the Taylor Andrews Academy.

SLUG Magazine’s 28th Anniversary Party Fashion Show @ The Depot 03.25

Jen McGrew was assigned the year 2009 and created a tribute dress to The Cramps. Their lead singer, Lux Interior, died in 2009 and appeared on SLUG’s March cover of that year.

The dress is a custom cincher with a basque/tutu made using custom dye sublimation printed fabric featuring The Cramps’ logo and artwork from their first album, Bad Music for Bad People.  Modeled by the lovely Yaz, we are very proud of these show-stoppers.


See “Hraefnhenge” in progress.

Wizarding Dayz‘ owner Valerie Cameron Walker visits our shop, documenting Hraefn Wulfson’s new magic stone circle for the convention happening February 24th and 25th.  Follow Wizarding Dayz on their website or on their facebook page for news, daily updates, guests, vendors and more.


It’s cool when Jessica Alba likes your work….


It’s been fun watching this phenomenon go viral, with hundreds of sites amplifying and individuals reposting this project that began with Hanssie Ho’s Full Time Photographer article about the littlest Wonder Woman photo project.  By now you’ve probably seen this photography work of the famous Josh Rossi featuring his daughter Nellee.  McGrews’ cartel members Jennifer McGrew with Diane Thompson made her costume, and Crit Killen made her sword and shield. More info plus process photos and links on our page here.

Spokesdesigners Hraefn Wulfson and Jennifer McGrew discuss the realities of working in creative careers at a panel presentation hosted by Salt Lake Community College’s Fashion Institute

There goes the old neighborhood. McGrew Studios is among the many tenants forced to move from Pierpont.  Salt Lake Tribune article by Tony Semerad.

Famous Ohio production and costume designer Inda Blatch-Geib gives McGrews a nice shout out in The Akron Beacon Journal about the custom elf boots and spats we created for her. She’s the designer of a new production, Kris Kringle the Musical which opens Friday, December 4th 2015 in Olmsted Falls.

Salty Block Pictures’ cinematic artists series.
Profile of production designer and fine artist, Hraefn Wulfson of McGrew Studios.

Machine Gun Kelly, donating the jacket worn in “Punk’s Dead: SLC 2” along with the handwritten lyrics to “D3MONS” and “Invincible” to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, before performing live in celebration of his latest album, “General Admission.”

We loved being the costume department and the art department for this film, shot here in Utah. Excited for the release!

Utah Business article, “The Economics of Cosplay” by Adva Biton and Lisa Christensen. The phenomenon and finance of cosplay plus interviews with cosplayers,  costume makers and enthusiasts, among them Jennifer McGrew.

Utah Stories
July 2015 article by Mike Jones about McGrew Studios.

Society of Professional Journalists Award: Second Place- Arts & Entertainment, Division B.  Catalyst Magazine article “Pilgrims and Partiers” by Jennifer McGrew. Perspectives on ComicCon, cosplay, communitas & festivals, etc. Catalyst Magazine print edition April 2014, Volume 33, Number 4, pp 12-13. The original, longer version of this article first appeared here.

Catalyst Magazine’s The Offbeat Wedding Issue featuring McGrews’ custom corsets and attire for wedding couples in “What They Wore”, pp 18-25.

4/11/2015’s article “Stitching Common Threads: The Artistry of Jen McGrew”

A nice shout out from SLC Punk II, thanking McGrews for the costumes, props and producing work we did for the film, shot here in 2014. SLC Punk II: Punk’s Dead premiered in May 2015 at the Cannes Film Festival.

“SLC Steampunk” by Daisy Blake on Gephardt Daily. Tony Toscano interviews designers Amanda Carrington and Jennifer McGrew about steampunk fashion and trends.

Jason Oquist, International Person of Leather winner, 2015, in the custom sash and patch we made at our shop. And another pic here.

The lovely Amber Pearson in McGrew Studios custom corset and steampunk attire

Catalyst Magazine: “Corsets: An Archetypal Container” by Katherine Pioli. Interviews with Amanda Meyers of Blue Boutique and Jennifer McGrew of McGrew Studios. Print version p. 27.

“An exclusive look at the Salt Lake Comic Con Cosplay Contest.” Rae Gun Ramblings’ Salt Lake Comic Con blog and interview with Cosplay Director, Jennifer McGrew.

“Here are 9 expert cosplay tips to dress up Salt Lake Comic Con,” by Leah Hogsten – The Salt Lake Tribune. Interviews with Brooke Wilkins and Jennifer McGrew.

ABC4 Appearance on Mid Day Utah CW30 ABC4. “Cosplay at Salt Lake Comic Con.” Guests Jennifer McGrew, Randall Lloyd, Aspen Field, Julie Field.

ABC4 – “Good Things Utah”: Jen McGrew and Dan Farr of Salt Lake Comic Con discuss the woldwide costume and cosplay phenomenon, encouraging everyone to join the fun, with cosplayers Aspen Field and Pia Graetz.

Catalyst Magazine article “Pilgrims and Partiers” by Jennifer McGrew. Perspectives on ComicCon, cosplay, communitas & festivals, etc. Catalyst Magazine print edition April 2014, Volume 33, Number 4, pp 12-13. The original, longer version of this article first appeared here and won a Society of Professional Journalists Award in 2015.

Flight From Shadow, our Wheel of Time inspired fan film wins four “Filmed in Utah” Awards: “Best Set Photography” Abbie Warnock, “Best Score for a Short Film or Series” Nathaniel Drew, “Best Production Design” Hraefn Wulfson, “Best Art Direction” David Powell.

And the Wheel Turns: The Journey Behind Flight from Shadow
. Behind-the-scenes documentary about our Wheel of Time inspired film is up on youtube.

Flight from Shadow nominated for eight “Filmed in Utah” awards today.
“Best Screenplay for a Short Film or Series” Blake Casselman
“Best Visual Effects” Robert Hirschi
“Best Photography” Abbie Warnock
“Best Score for a Short Film or Series” Nathaniel Drew
“Best Production Design” Hraefn Wulfson
“Best Art Direction” David Powell
“Best Costume Design” Jennifer McGrew
“Best Cinematography for a Short Film or Series” R. Jason Ball

Salt Lake Magazine“Local Business Spotlight: McGrew Studios” by Linsy Hunsaker.

The world’s largest Wheel of Time enthusiasts’ site,, interviews the producers at Wheel of 9 about our making of Flight From Shadow.

Gnashing wins Best Short Film at the Salt Lake City Film Festival 2013. Hraefn Wulfson: Production Designer, Producer- Hraefn Wulfson. Costume Design- Jennifer McGrew.

Utah Book Scene interview with Hraefn Wulfson and Jennifer McGrew about adapting Robert Jordan’s text from The Eye of the World into the cinematic world of the film, Flight from Shadow. Interviewer: Susan Phelan. Recorded at Life, the Universe and Everything literary symposium, Feb 2013.

Radio Interview: Ktalk – KTKK’s Cate Allen talks to principles from the Flight from Shadow team: Jason Ball, Hraefn Wulfson, Nathaniel Drew, Dave Skousen, Blake Casselman and Jennifer McGrew.

AgentJ3000 interview with Space Ghost, built by McGrews. Salt Lake Comic Con, 2013.

Our Wheel of Time-inspired fan film, Flight From Shadow wins Best Original Score (by composer Nathan Drew) at the 2013 Salt Lake Comic Con Film Festival.

Salt Lake Magazine covers the Salt Lake Comic Con panel: “Cosplay 101” with Jennifer McGrew, LeeAnna Vamp, Nicole Marie Jean and Tanglwyst de Holloway.

Filmed in Utah interviews members of our Flight from Shadow team during the film festival at Salt Lake Comic Con.

The Salt Lake Tribune, “For Cosplayers, Dress-Up is Serious Business” by Matthew Piper who interviewed Jen for this article.

Krypton Radio’s interview with Hraefn Wulfson on “The Event Horizon.” Podcast download, April 2014, Episode 4.

Salt Lake Magazine: “Faces: The Mayor of Pierpont.” Interview with Hraefn Wulfson by Jaime Winston.

ABC4 TV appearance with personnel from the US Marine Corps, Toys for Tots and our famous canine client, Gunny Monster. We talked abut the upcoming birthday of the US Marine Corps, the designs for the new Ft.Douglas museum memorial garden to honor women in the military, the Toys for Tots donation season getting underway, plus tailoring custom uniforms for Gunny Monster, spokesdog for Toys for Tots and our furriest client thus far.

KUTV2 CBS Morning Broadcast. The McGrews’ crew appears as “mad scientists” from various eras and genres to promote “July-o-Ween”.

“Urban Legends: Local Artists Will Rock the First Annual Urban Arts Festival” by Daisy Blake. Interviews with Pierpont residents including Jen McGrew, Hraefn Wulfson,Tamara Fox, Derek Dyer and Brandan Coleman. In Utah This Week, print edition pp 19-20.

Salt Lake City Weekly – Art Scene: “A New Fashioned Pierpont” by Austen Diamond. Interviews with Jen McGrew, Hraefn Wulfson, Sean Patrick McPeak and other Pierpont residents about the coming renaissance. p. 23.

Downtown Alliance / University of Utah “Paint the Town Red” Competition. We were awarded a GIGANTIC check and a trophy on the field during halftime at the U of U vs. UCLA game!

KUTV2 CBS Morning Broadcast. The McGrews’ crew presents “Underwear Throughout the Ages” February 11, 1011 to celebrate Valentine’s Day and an unusual, educational gallery stroll.

“Under Where?” : McGrews’ History of Underwear Exhibit/Event for the Feb 18th Gallery Stroll, by Daisy Blake, In This Week, February 10, 2011, p. 15.

“Scene in SLC: Jen McGrew.” Interview by Daisy Blake. In Utah This Week. Print version p. 9, 14 October 2010.

“Gavin’s Underground talks to McGrew Studio.” Interview with Jen. Salt Lake City Weekly, Sept. 23, 2010.

Park City TV appearance on “Mountain Views” with host Terry Burden. We discussed the Salt Lake City Mini Maker Fair, the subject of ‘making’ in America and showed off the metal crafsmanship of famous tinker Nile Fahmy. With Hraefn Wulfson, Jennifer McGrew, Darrah Rogers of the SLC Public Library and Jenn Blum, Mini Maker Fair founder.

KTALK Radio’s Cate Allen interviews Jen McGrew and Hraefn Wulfson about the process of adapting literature to film and their “Worlds of Fantasy” exhibit at the Salt Lake City Public Library locations, featuring sets, props, costumes and other physical assets from their Wheel Of Time-inspired film, Flight From Shadow.

Wheel of Time/Flight from Shadow – A peek behind the scenes” (with photos) by Brenda Robinson. The Examiner.

The Salt Lake Tribune “Flight from Shadow Exhibit Presented by Salt Lake City Public Library” at Salt Lake City Public Library – Main 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City.

McGrews wins “Best Custom Corsets” for  Salt Lake City Weekly’s 20th Anniversary Issue and 2009 VIP event. City Weekly print edition p.130, April 2, 2009.

Nov/Dec 2007
“Combat Tutus & the Art of the Corsetiere.” Article by Jennifer McGrew in Belle Armoire Magazine Nov/Dec 2007, pp 56 – 59.

“Crash Corset: A Quick Lesson in the Art of Jennifer McGrew,” Salt Lake Tightlacer” by Jennifer Wardell. Salt Lake City Weekly  p. 28.

“Birth of a Mascot.” The Salt Lake Tribune’s  multimedia feature by Robert Hirschi about Randy Robotech, the new mascot that Jen McGrew built for Ogden-Weber Area Technical College.

“Phat Theater: We Get What We Need – Hand-Picked Food Chain,” Jen’s commentary article on Nicky Silver’s play, The Food Chain.” Northern Utah Junction. October 2002, pp. 11-12.

“Kiss Me Zorro: The Decline and Fall of Utah Musical Theater.” Essay Jen originally composed for The Ogden Standard Examiner, then revised for The O’Neill National Critics Institute, now an institutional history/geneaology project combining oral histories and interviews, multimedia, narrative reflection on productions, archives, and discourse analysis of media sources and critical reviews.