Paul’s Builds Hats For Berkeley Rep Theatre!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Gloomy, chances of rain: high

Through a good friend of ours, Alex Zeek, who does wardrobe seasonally at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, we were brought up to the costume designer of the next show, who happened to be on the look out for some hats from the 1880’s. So, they came to Paul’s, and we collaborated with them to design and make two hats for their upcoming show: Concerning Strange Devices From the Distant West:

Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West

written by naomi iizuka
directed by les waters
main season | roda theatre
february 26–april 11, 2010
world premiere

Running time: 95 minutes, no intermission

the play

The month of March is devoted to a sexy and intriguing new script in the Roda Theatre. Well before the digital age, the camera selected, filtered and obscured the truth—even as it promised to provide an authentic look at distant lands. Naomi Iizuka explores the intersection of art and authenticity in a haunting play commissioned by Berkeley Rep: Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West.

Taking its title from a treatise on photography translated into Japanese, the play shifts between the present and the 1880s when a weird new technology first seized the world in freeze frame. Cameras capture images of geishas, monks and shrines and send them to the future in a flash—where we continue to seek meaning through lenses of exoticism and xenophobia. The intricate parts of this world premiere nestle together like a delicate puzzle…or erotic glimpses of an enigmatic tattoo. Expose yourself to the mystery of Strange Devices.

To buy tickets click here.

Check out these pictures of the process of making the hats!

Wow! Transformation!

Cutting and curling the brim


Not quite done...

Unfortunately we don’t have pictures of the beautiful chocolate homburg we made. Both hats came out great, and to see them fully done you’ll have to go see the show!!! Thanks especially to Paul 4 who really made them happen,

~ Paul