I take concept art from the design team and create physical costumes and props for the Na'vi characters using a wide range of materials and techniques such as weaving and braiding with flax, leather, various threads, cords and beads. The challenge of my job is finding the balance between the concept art and the physical build. How can this be made in the real world and look like it’s been crafted by the Navi. The most exciting thing about working on the sequels is that we are able to delve deeper into the world of Pandora, and help shape and create a truly magnificent world.
What's surprising about your job?
Even though the Avatar sequels are seen as a digital film, the costumes and props have almost all been hand crafted by artists and then put back into the digital realm. By doing it this way the costumes have an intricate detail that can only be achieved by crafting it by hand.
First job in film?
I was a foam latex technician for Lord of the Rings.
Most memorable thing from seeing Avatar in theatres?
Being transported into a fantastical world that we had never even dreamt of before.... but that felt 100 % real.
What's a fun fact about yourself?
I was a goblin in Lord of the Rings!