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Meet Nola Yergen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nola Yergen.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I began making and wearing costumes to Science Fiction Conventions long before it was the cool thing to do. I studied History in University and joined a club called the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) which is an international historical reenactment group and started to make historically based costumes. From there I started working at Grand Canyon University Designing and building all of their shows.

I decided to go back to school and get my Master’s Degree in Costume Design. Since then I have branched out, designing for film, continuing to compete in costuming competitions and started a YouTube channel: CostumeTrek. We trek to various costume themed affairs around the globe we meet other Costumers, Cosplayers and support crew, explore events, learn new techniques and have fun while we do it- all in costume of course.

Please tell us about your art.
Clothing is one of the of the things that makes humans different than other animals. We use fashion to send signals to each other about our personality, moods, social and marital status. Dressing up in Costume takes fashion to the next level. It allows us to literally put on someone else’s shoes and experience another’s life for a time. Looking at what people choose to dress as gives us insight into their hopes and dreams. We dive into history, exploring not just what people wore but WHY they wore it. This is a way we can all join in, learn about our past and grow into a brighter, healthier future.

Costuming is an art form that allows us to express our deepest desires, to be creative, strong, beautiful, graceful and a bit eccentric. We challenge ourselves to set goals and achieve them. To do our best and then push ourselves a little bit more. We create, we admire and we find inspiration in all things. We experiment and problem solve, developing strong bonds through teamwork, learning that problems are opportunities to think outside the box and the solutions are inevitably so much better than “Plan A”. We tackle our inner demons of insecurity, shame, embarrassment and shyness and overcome them. We empower ourselves and each other. We learn to love ourselves and share our joy and talent with the world.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I believe the role of the Artist has always been and continues to be to help society see Truth. Art can be a powerful catalyst for change. Theatre, for example, has traditionally tackled social issues, bringing topics to the public narrative in a way palatable for people to grasp the complicated problems we face as a society and to help spread understanding of a variety of viewpoints and experiences.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can find my work on my YouTube channel: CostumeTrek. Also, on Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. Additionally, Grand Canyon University’s Ethington Theatre has 5 productions per year. A short film I wrote and starred in was just accepted in the Lady’s Film Festival in Los Angeles. Also, the feature film, “Raising Buchanan” I designed costumes for is currently on the Festival Circuit. My work has been featured in a variety of displays including a Steampunk Exhibit at Sky Harbor Airport Museum.

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Steven Goldstein, Brandon McGill

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