IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
MAKING BEAUTIFUL THINGS

jennifer_mcgrew_with_custom_costume
...Fantastic times at work...

I'm known for costumes, art department magic and production design wizardry. I levitate crews, logistics, projects and budgets as a producer on-set as well as in pre-production.  By training and 30+ years' practice, I am a fast cutter-draper-patternmaker, tailor, stitcher, alterations expert, fabricator and costume technician.  I'm also a script consultant, content editor and alpha-reader for other writers. I build websites for clients, research unusual topics, plus I periodically engage in journalism. I'm a person who reads constantly and my interests converge all over the place.

Work graces me with awesome zen states plus terrific colleagues, clients, students and friends. Life is definitely better when I get to help other creatives raise the bar for exciting content and design.

WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS

BOOK ONE OF THESE
FOR YOUR BUSINESS OR ACADEMIC GROUP
(801) 913-6762

I will perform as a public intellectual when asked.
And I have my own laser pointer!

Other workshops, presentations and topical things I can talk about with your group about here.

Gun-head

ETHICAL WORK

When Designers Need to Put Down Their Tools and Walk Away.

This is a workshop full of historic and contemporary examples about bad design and bad decisions, plus strategies about how to stand your ground if YOU are being pressured to create work that's just plain bad for people or the planet.

We cover counter moves for creatives and designers who've had enough, who need practical solutions, plus reminders about why it's important as citizens and designers to have a moral compass. 

If you like, think of this workshop as coaching. It can be personal coaching- one-on-one if you wish. I love helping other creatives. Hit me up. I'll put the coffee on.

mr peanut goes to war

MASCOTS DEMYSTIFIED

Sweet Successes and Funny Failures Throughout History

My shop partners and I have made MANY mascots over the years, I've gone down some fun rabbit holes in researching this fascinating phenomena and its histories.

I've constructed a visual and interactive workshop that covers mascot theories, histories and character ideas, designs, psychology, focus groups, dollars spent and ad-reach for some of the most memorable (as well as most forgettable) campaigns ever. A presentation especially for marketing creatives who need to make critical decisions that send the right messages.

 

the tailor renaissance painting

HOW TO HIRE

What Your Business Needs to Know About Contracting and Working With Designers.

For more than 20 years I've operated a strange niche business that's survived several economic downturns, and most of my and my colleagues' work been as subcontractors! As a student, my university programs never required us to take business classes- and this is a problem for many! Along my path, I've studied and cultivated everything I could find about running a business within gig economy realities, and I have some hot tips for you, whether you're a contractor or a contractee.

As freelance designers or subcontractors, we must navigate particular challenges. But we also live in a fantastic subcontracting economy, full of opportunities for strategic alliances plus opportunities for leveraging our power and making money in exchange for our work.

Ultimately, businesses and designers need to develop common languages as well as sets of best practices to flourish together. We also need clear, legally binding contracts for managing project expectations and outcomes. If you're a fellow creative or a business seeking to subcontract one, I explain how to do all these things so your processes and products shine, and everyone wins!

CREATIVE WORK

My production and costume design operation in Salt Lake City is called McGrew Studios.

My colleagues and I make amazing things.

Learn More

CV

I have a Curriculum Vitae.

The print version needs a lot of paper.

Learn More

STRONG IDEAS- MODERATELY HELD

Mostly I keep my most incendiary ideas to myself. But there's a bit of verbage here in this blog.

Learn More

LET'S TALK

      • Costumes and environments for your next film-
      • New wardrobe and effects you'll show off at your next big presentation-
      • Your narrative. Show me your scripts, proposals and book manuscripts-
      • Cultural and artistic issues-