Category Archives: Props

Paper Props

One of the many jobs that prop designers have in creating realistic looking paper goods for the actors in a play. This can be anything from letters, to newspapers, to large scrolls. It can be quite fun to do the research, but often takes a ton of time to find exactly the right thing. Recently I decided to move these paper files off my computer and onto a public folder on Flicker.

An actress reading a newspaper I created for her in the musical “Evita"
An actress reading a newspaper I created for her in the musical “Evita”

Before making this decision I did a bit of research and asked around about which file-sharing websites were the best. Flicker now provides a full terabyte of storage for free (which is just a ridiculous amount of space). And while the website does not support .psd files it does allow for folders and categories – and I do like to organize.

You can check out some of my files below but also head over to my flicker account to see more. So far I’ve only uploaded WWII files but there will be many more to come.

Post Card fro Egypt 1893
Post Card from  Egypt 1893
Edward Wright - Map for Sailing to Azores-1599
Edward Wright – Map for Sailing to Azores-1599
War Department Envelope Stamped 1950
War Department Envelope Stamped 1950
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“Evita” at the John W. Engeman Theater

Hi folks! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks at work. Just about a week ago I opened “Evita” at the John W. Engeman theater in Long Island. The show is currently having several revivals including a national tour and a short stint in the West End to celebrate it’s 35th Anniversary (It opened September 25th, 1979 (See The Playbill Vault for more info).

Our version featured a strong cast of Broadway and Long Island notables as well as an exceptional creative team.  Our concept was to create a sepia-toned stage in which “Eva” would be the brightest spot and focus point.  The show was directed by Igor Goldin, Scenic Design was done by Daniel T Willis, Costume & Wig Design was by Kurt Alger, Lighting Design was by Zach Blane  and I did the prop design.  To read more about the show check out our review on Broadway World and photos of the show below!  All were taken by  Daniel T Willis, Michael DeCristofaro and myself.

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Vintage Style Wedding Signage

I’m still working on weddings this summer and for the latest one (For my friends Katie and Jonathan) I am doing some vintage style wedding signage for the photo booth, guest book area and dessert table. This is what we have so far: 

 

The photo booth sign is taken from the wedding chicks DIY projects but while they let you change the color they don’t let you do much with the font. We downloaded it and then with a bit of tweaking in photo shop and some hunting around for a better font type we came up with the above! 

 

 

For these ones I had downloaded the shape ages ago but I made them my own with this FABULOUS font by George Williams and FontSpace. I’ll keep you posted as I keep working on them to let you know how everything turns out!

Wedding Lighting Inspiration

Hey Folks, it’s wedding season here in the NYC area and this summer I have been commissioned to work on 2 weddings. Stina and Matt’s took place earlier this month and I will be posting photos once the Bride and Groom are back from their honeymoon.

In the mean time I am working with Katie and Jonathan on ideas for their wedding. The reception is going to be in the fabulous Cracker Factory (which is a hipster’s dream in dark wood and white- washed brick) located upstate. After our first design brainstorming meeting it became clear that romantic lighting was going to be really important for both the bride and the groom.

The Cracker-Factory in Geneva, NY. Photo by AprilK Photography

Our research has led us to some amazing images and we will be taking some of these ideas and combining them to fit with the old factory setting. Check them out and perhaps they will inspire you too!

Hanging Tea Lights from an Australian Wedding
Dessert Table Lighting

Cozy and Chic Lighting
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Wedding
Barn Wedding Lighting

NYC Resources- Part 1- Antiques

In New York, whether you are designing a set, creating installation art or just buying something new for the apartment, the most important thing for a designer to know is where to source the materials from.

I constantly forget that most people do not spend their days running around trying to find the perfect wood bench, or giant plastic balloon, but the life of a prop/set designer is just that – a constant search for the perfect thing. So in honor of the ‘perfect search’ I am putting together a list of NYC Resources that I use on a regular basis. This is Part 1 – Antiques.

Antiques for the Home:

Pippin Home – I stumbled upon Pippin on my first week in NYC and fell in love. Pippin has two shops one that specializes in vintage jewelry and one that has home goods. The home goods store is full of surprises and I have purchased things like chairs, vintage photos and pocket watches from this lovely store.

112 & 112½ West 17th Street · New York, NY 10011 · Home: 212.206.0008 · Jewelry: 212.505.5159

Old Good Things – I love walking into this fabulous Architectural Salvage shop, it always seems like stepping into a treasure trove. They have several locations in LA and New York that carry furniture, metal work, architectural and lighting elements and Garden Accessories. While not as cheap as the flea markets the quality is unmistakable.

Located on the Upper West Side, Union Square and in Chelsea

Housing Works – Every New Yorker has bought from or donated to a Housing Works store at some point. With 12 shops located throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn they have a wide selection of clothes, furniture, and house wears. They also sell books by the foot, which is useful for any set decorator out there. While not everything is an Antique, the deals are pretty incredible and Housing Works is a charity so you can feel good while you shop.

The Hell’s Kitchen and West Village Stores are two of my Favorites

Build It Green – Has become a go-to for anyone remodeling a house or building a set. They save items from buildings that are being demolished and sell them for a reduced price at their two warehouses in Astoria and Brooklyn. Prices can range from $10 to $10,000 depending on the item and their stock is constantly changing so it’s best just to pop in and see what is available.

Hospital Surgical Carts, Vintage Bar set, and theater flats

B4 It Was Cool – Is a fabulous place for Industrial Lighting and Furnishings. The prices can range but the great thing about this shop is that they will both sell and rent items.

89 E. Houston St, New York, NY 10012 (212) 219-0139

Flea Markets – Last but not least is the NYC flea market scene. You never know what you are going to find at these events but I always do find something. My go to market is the Chelsea Antiques Garage which is open both Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. You can also check them out on Pinterest.