On this, the day of our closing performance, we would like to feature the woman who made us all look so good. Mishka is one of the area's busiest costume designers. Earlier this year, she had TWO shows she designed running at the same time in two different COUNTIES.
Mishka had some of her artwork published in a college literary magazine which is the closest she has ever come to being a ‘published author.’
“I was really excited because I didn’t know I had been chosen to be represented until the magazine was published,” she said.
Mishka, who brags that she has never been subjected to a painful seminar, is lucky enough to be doing exactly what she always wanted to do: designing costumes (although she will gladly accept designing work that pays a whole lot more). She does say that barring that, she would love to just be a painter for a living. In fact, her dream project would be “a big art commission which gets me exposure and recognition as an artist.”
Mishka’s favorite writers are John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath; East of Eden; Of Mice and Men) for his use of imagery, John Irving (The World According to Garp; The Cider House Rules; A Prayer for Owen Meany) and Tom Robbins (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues; Still Life with Woodpecker; Jitterbug Perfume) for their interesting quirky characters and humor, and Isabel Allende (The House of the Spirits; City of the Beasts; Paula Frías Allende; Eva Luna) for her beautiful stories and characters with a female perspective.
She is sometimes recognized for, of all things, her dancing. “People seem to think I am good dancer. I seem to be pretty visible at events where there is dancing involved. I get recognized as "that good dancer". I have also done professional belly dancing and sometimes get recognized from that.”
Tell me one thing about you that people would find surprising.
“Despite my diminutive size at 5'1" I am a pretty lethal swords-woman/fencer and could take your eye out from 5 feet away ;-) Yarr harr!”
Seminar closes today, August 3, 2014. Closing performance begins at 2 p.m.
8t & James