Emily Schultz, who is the costume designer for Primal Films came to research rural costume worn in Victoria in the 1880s, as well as traditional attire worn by indigenous people of the area. The company is producing Primal, a film written and directed by Josh Reed. The film crew has worked on many films including Moulin Rouge, Narnia, Australia, Black Water and Gettin’ Square. Emily describes Primal as an ‘uncompromising indie thriller’.
A recent visitor was Regional Services intern Michelle Maddison, who is costume curator at the Museum of the Riverina. Michelle was researching Australian rural costume from 1900 to 1930. She was thrilled to see the Library’s store catalogues of the period, Australian Woman’s Mirror (1924-1957), and The Draper of Australasia (1912 -1963)
Penelope Lau, Research and Project Officer at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ), visited to examine the Research Library’s holdings of design books and journals, the depth of which impressed Penelope greatly. The State Library of Queensland is undertaking planning to strengthen its design collection, and Penelope’s survey of the Research Library, and similar design libraries, forms part of the SLQ’s strategy to acquire design resources which complement those already held in the Distributed National Collection.