Jean Robertson - Discusses theatrical scenic and costume design
Jean Robertson (Designer, Artist, Scenic Designer, Costume Designer, , Jewelry & Graphics Designer, Home Designer) trained in theatre, film & television at California Institute of the Arts. Her work ranges from TV commercials to theatre and grand opera, as well as fanciful treehouses and custom home design. Textile work ranges from fine hand sewing and quilting to clothing, costume design and patternmaking. Art Jewelry and sculptures playfully created from re-purposed vintage electronic components are a recent diversion. See this work at Gallery One, Rogue Gallery, the WebSters and on her website, ARTenticement.com.
A hands-on designer, Ms Robertson has painted and sculpted many of her own shows. In twenty three years of work for Opera Colorado she designed 25 major operas produced in the round, working with world-class directors and singers. She enjoys the challenge of shaping the pacing and structure of big productions as well as creating interesting visuals and the rich individual details of her created worlds. When collaborating with her husband, Gordon Robertson, her most fantastic ideas can be realized through his engineering and special effects knowledge.
Favorite productions include Le Nozzi di Figaro, Salome, and Porgy and Bess for Opera Colorado, Nunsense, and the "witty" No Time for Comedy for The Elitch Theatre Company, and an Art Deco Twelfth Night for Colorado College. Burning Fiery Furnace (scenic design by Jean Robertson; written for and performed in a gothic church) was called "the most theatrical event" performed in Denver.
More than 15 years of computer drafting has led to collaboration with a treehouse engineer. The creation of virtual 3D models aids in the engineering of the flexible structure as well as visualization of playful designs for the client.
Ms Robertson relishes a richness of color and beauty of line in her designs, whatever the medium.