I first trained as a ladies tailor and discovered a love for theatre in the Czech Republic. I began working as a costume maker at a small theatre for children and young people which specialised in physical, visual and puppet theatre.
While there, I had the opportunity to collaborate with a range of experimental theatre makers from across Eastern Europe, working across the design, art, props and costume departments. Working in this unique creative environment for three years had a great impact; I discovered a passion for theatre, storytelling and character driven work.
After moving to the UK, I studied costume design in order to pursue this interest further. During my studies, I collaborated with a number of small circus and physical theatre companies, and much of my early professional work was focussed in this area, designing and making costumes.
I later spent five years working as assistant costume supervisor at the Royal College of Music, where the opportunity to work in detail on a range of operas opened up a new area of special interest, one where the imagination could be truly stretched.
Over this period, I worked closely with a number of designers, developed a strong network of makers and gained confidence in working collaboratively and independently as a costume supervisor and costume designer.
Since going freelance, I have worked on a wide range of opera, dance and theatre productions, primarily as a costume supervisor and most recently with large scale opera companies including Glyndebourne Opera, Royal Opera, Welsh National Opera, Bolshoi Theatre and Grange Park Opera, and dance companies including DV8.