Claudia Lynch has enjoyed a multifaceted career as theatrical costume designer, bridal milliner, and now author and publisher. She has twice been a speaker at Beyond Pin Money, the annual conference for sewing professionals. Claudia makes her home in Cleveland, Ohio.
As a nationally known designer and construction artist of costumes for dance, Claudia's works can be seen in the repertoires of the Cincinnati Ballet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, and the San Jose Ballet, as well as Les Grandes Ballets Canadiens and Ballet British Columbia of Canada. Approaching each costume as a piece of sculpture, Claudia's designs have been variously acclaimed as "amazingly inventive", "delightfully whacky", and "luscious as a valentine" by critics from Cleveland, Ohio to Cairo, Egypt.
With the decline of public and private arts funding in the late 1980's, Claudia began looking for a way to increase the scope of her costume business. She created a line of bridal headpieces and veils, marketing them to bridal salons throughout the United States. The designs reflected her costuming background, borrowing elements from various historical periods and translating them into headpieces with an uncommon theatricality.
In 1996, Claudia founded a publishing company, Harpagon, and published her first book, "I Do" Veils---So Can You! It is now in its seventh printing.
This year, Claudia completed a degree program in Commercial Art and Illustration at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. A member of Northern Ohio Illustrators Society (NOIS), she recently participated in her first gallery showing.
"...a slick, illustration-packed, sew-it-yourself guide with non-sewers in mind." Cleveland Plain Dealer
"All you need is a needle, thread, and hot glue gun. Add the clear instructions and illustrations in this comprehensive manual and you'll be able to glue and stitch your way through all the techniques used by professional milliners...Put it all together with the book's resource directory, and you'll be able to duplicate any ready-made style with professional results." Sew News Magazine
"... a well-organized, practical manual that anyone making bridal headpieces will want to have at hand." Library Journal
"With this book, you can have anything you can dream up." Indianapolis Star
"Just recently, I decided to treat myself to your book "I Do" Veils. It's a terrific book and I want to thank you for writing it for us!!! Wish that I had it 20 years ago when I started and had to figure it all out for myself." M. J. Walker, Mary Jean's Alterations & Tailoring, Oswego, NY
"Please accept this note as a heartfelt 'Thank you' for writing the book, "I Do"Veils. Because of the shipping costs, I chose not to order the book but try to 'wing' the headpiece. After several hours of trying to 'wing it' I was tired, frustrated, and wishing desperately I had paid the extra money to get the book. Imagine my delight, then, when we made an after dinner trip to the book store and I found "I Do' Veils sitting on the shelf! I purchased it on the spot, and the resulting veil was in my daughter's words 'Just exactly what I wanted!' The problem is, now her friends have decided they want me to make their veils as well!" M. Hicks, Texas
"Just a small note to say how much I appreciated receiving the very helpful and informative book "I Do" Veils. It has firmed up some methods I have worked on for a while now as well as giving helpful advice on other aspects such as hats...I look forward to using your publication and hope to visit some of the suppliers mentioned when we next visit the United States." G. Mackersy, Wellington, New Zealand
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