My name is Erin, I was born in Tacoma, WA in November of 1983, and I’m a costumer at The Productivity Parlour for Artful Living in Tacoma Washington. I live in Puyallup with my other half, and have been with him since 2010. I love yarn crafts (knitting, crocheting, etc.), reading, and my goats.
I’ve been crafting since I was young, with my mother and grandmother leading the way. I didn’t know I wanted to be a costumer for a living though until I was getting out of the Army in 2011 and I blurted it out during a class that was supposedly preparing me for the “real” world. Almost every single person in that room said they wanted a job in computers, or they were going to school for their business degree. Even though the teacher acted skeptical, and the rest of the room was probably gazing at the back of my head in pity (I sit in the front row always!), I rolled with it, and kept it in the back of my mind thereafter. I went to community college and finished my associates degree in the arts (an emphasis in history, literature, anthropology, and English). When I was done, I hesitated on going forward. I felt like I needed to wait for some reason. I didn’t apply to any universities in the area, even though I did visit and entertain the idea.
I’m glad I waited! Time moves on, and here comes March of 2013. Now, I was a volunteer for a horror convention, Crypticon Seattle, for several years at that point. That year I was with my other half looking for vendors and for businesses willing to advertise at the show. We were visiting all the local places that might be interested and Lakewood Costumes was one of them. After several visits there, I was offered a job. I was ecstatic. I’d never had a retail job before but I thought “Why not?” and it turns out, its the best thing I’ve ever done. I’m good at it, and now my goal is to continually be better. I’ve since moved to Tacoma and joined another amazing Costumer to create a Textile Maker Space called the Productivity Parlour for Artful Living. We teach people how to sew, we create interesting costumes and accessories, and generally have a great time creating.
If you live in Washington, and see a dark purple 1977 Ford Pinto, chances are you are passing me. Go ahead and wave, I’ll wave back. If you need something unique, you want to learn how to create costumes and clothing that fit you better, or if you need cosplay and sewing advice, drop on by!