Theatrical Materials Fabricator

Geahk Burchill

Portland, OR

I make stuff. It's what I do.

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I make stuff, it’s what I do. I’m an explorer of many mediums and I have trouble settling down with one art form. I started with illustration and comics and moved to model building and sculpture, then to doll making and mechanical engineering. That experimentation eventually lead me to puppetry. It is an art that encompasses all others, synthesizes all my various interests–Drawing, painting, writing, sculpting, carving, film making, acting, engineering, lighting, set design, sound, sewing, fashion, general crafting and most of all, storytelling–all into one place. Puppet shows are a way for me to contain these interests and focus them.  The result is a blend of aestheticism and technical pragmatism creating visuals purpose built to convey narrative.

Clients

Old SpiceGlaxoSmithKlineBenedrylNike SBMaidenformBrooksScopeCartoon NetworkOregon LotteryAltoidsPratham UKField & StreamPsychology TodaySwiferThe Portland OperaPortland Center Stage

Skills

Pen & InkGouacheAcrylicAirbrushPhotoshopIllustratorInDesignSketchUpMayaBlenderCreative WritingWordPagesExcelNumbersMold MakingCastingSiliconResinCarbon FiberFiberglassSculptingWoodworkingFoam CarvingWax CarvingApoxie SculptingMaquettesMiniaturesModel MakingPractical EffectsLatex MasksLatex FoamStop-MotionArmaturesWood CarvingMarionettesPuppetryVoice ActingPuppet ActingCostume DesignSewingFabricationRadio ControlAnimatronicsSet DesignSet ConstructionPuppetry EngineeringTeachingDemonstrationsLogo DesignPoster DesignFlyer DesignBrochure DesignVideo Game AssetsIcon DesignMuralingMatte PaintingSet PaintingPlay DirectorArtistic DirectionCritique

Specialties

PhotoshopCostume FabricationSketchUpSculpting in wood & waxComic Book IllustrationPoster IllustrationMarionette Building & PerformanceArt Direction

Experience

President and problem solver gb Designs Aug 2010 – Present

I build custom props, masks and costumes for individuals and small theater companies. This requires sharp, smart design and an ability to balance multiple guidelines and requirements for each piece. I also do illustration and product design, posters, fliers and identity work

Artistic Director The CastIron Carousel Marionette Troupe, Inc. Aug 2010 – Present

The CastIron Carousel is a marionette troupe for grown-ups. We do dark and beautiful shows with a balance of drama, horror and comedy. Our shows are sophisticated without taking ourselves too seriously. We aim to have some emotional impact but mostly to entertain.
As Artistic Director I keep the company focused on our mission and presentation. I also teach marionette building classes to share the art form with others and promote it on to future practitioners.

Theatrical Materials Fabricator / Project Manager Michael Curry Design, Inc. May 2004 – August 2010 Scappoose, OR

I built costumes and giant puppets for clients like Disney, Cirque Du Soleil, Coke and Nike working along side some of the most fantastically creative people in the industry. The work was extremely technical and high level, requiring stringent safety standards and extreme durability. I worked on everything from Mold making to composites to sculpting to sewing and paint. The job required a broad knowledge of diverse materials, attachments and connections.

Remodel Carpenter Tom Miller Remodeling, Inc. March 2001 – January 2004 Portland, OR

I did residential remodel construction which often required a balance of preservation and upgrading of existing structures, balancing historical aesthetics with refreshment of living spaces. This included everything from asbestos tearout, lead removal, rot and foundation assessment to fine finish carpentry or duplicating the look of antique craftsmanship