Who Am I?
I am Amber Mendenhall, a 21 year old college student who dreams of becoming a professional Costume Historian…. or something of that nature. I have a myriad of interests and am always hoping to learn a new skill. Currently, I am studying Historic Costume and American History at Ohio University, working closely with the Ohio University Theatre Department.
What Do I Do?
I sew costumes, historical ones, mostly. I strive to make them as accurately as possible using the techniques of the time.
I am a crochet designer of hats, scarves, and other things. But, most specifically I design Star Wars Amigurumi and have so far created Yoda, General Grievous, Admiral Ackbar, Boba Fett and a Stormtrooper. I am currently working on Darth Maul and Chewbacca.
I am a classical pianist. Piano and music has been a part of my life since I was a wee one. I have been playing piano for 14 years and it is my minor at Ohio University. I play classical piano such as Beethoven, Bach and Chopin but also accompany a local high school choir called the Tone Definites. Apart from piano I can play the penny whistle and some violin (and hopefully the bagpipes here soon!)
I do ‘homey’ things. I have this affinity with the ultimate “housewife” persona. I bake, cook, wear pretty aprons, pride myself in being thrifty, watch Pride and Prejudice while shelling peas or stringing beans, etc. I strive to be a Happy Housewife in the years to come.
I am a Star Wars Freak! Though I like ‘homey’ things, I really like Star Wars and other sci-fi and tend to incorporate those things in unorthodox ways.
What Can I Do?
My skills include:
Sewing, Flat Patterning, Draping, Period Reconstruction, Hand-Stitchery, Leather Working, Fiber Glass, Mask Making, Distressing, Fabric Dye, Screen Printing, Batik, Silk Painting, Rendering, Crochet, Painting, Stamp Making….but the list is ever expanding!
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