We are Bev Shalts and Mike Petty, and we've worked together for 27 years. Bev is a master tailor, Mike is a classically trained sculptor. We solve creative problems with intelligent, custom-made solutions, and we have our own ready-to-ship collection of costumes and animal masks. Everything is designed and hand made by us.
Bev Shalts and Mike Petty
We first met way back in the late 80's, whilst creating costumes and props for big West End musicals in London. It was high-stress work, and for 5 years we were creative, problem-solving ninjas who never slept! It was great fun, and we learnt a lot, but eventually the chaos, exhaustion and low budgets started to drive us crazy. Could we create beautiful things, without having to compromise? We wanted to try.
So we quit our theatre jobs, spent every penny we had on fine materials, and threw ourselves into producing our own creations. We sold them whilst travelling around Europe, and quickly made more, relishing the inspiration and new skills we gained along the way.
Fast forward 25 years, and here we are. Over the years, we’ve vastly expanded our range, and our workshop is nestled just outside Amsterdam in the heart of the tulip growing area. We sell our creations worldwide via our webshop, and our custom clients include international celebrities, ad agencies and cultural foundations.
But some things haven’t changed. Everything in Tentacle Studio is still made by hand, by us, and we ensure that you'll recieve your order in good time for your deadline. We are still exploring new ideas, and creating unique things that don't exist anywhere else in the world. And we still love to see people have fun and get transformed by our creations!
Get to know us
Our workshop is 10 minutes drive Schiphol Airport, just outside Amsterdam. You are very welcome to arrange a visit, or phone us for a chat about what you need. If you are not able to visit, we send you progress photos of your custom order in progress, so you can relax, knowing you will be happy with the finished result.
Our clients are very diverse: Christian Dior, Lady Gaga, Harrods, Delta Airlines, The BBC, Hermès, Ke$ha and stylists, magicians, museums, theatres, ballet companies, fashion houses, professional performers and amateur party beasts! Our work has featured in many magazines including Vogue and the New York Times, and in several TV ads and music videos.
Here's some photos of us, and the studio in action...
Bev is a classically trained tailor, but often works with high tech and stretch fabrics. After achieving her degree in Theatre Costume & Design, she initially specialised in creating costumes and headdresses for large musicals, then became involved in additional projects and quickly turned freelance. Bev is an expert in all things to do with fabrics, animal heads and masks.
A classically trained sculptor, Mike works regularly with wood, plaster, latex, poly foam and fibreglass resin. For many years he was head of the busy Props Department at the Haymarket Theatre. Having worked for the BBC and several award-winning designers, Mike has created sculptures and effects for many TV and theatre productions. Also an accomplished painter in oils, his work takes pride of place in private houses, hotels and government institutions around the world.
We couldn't acheive as much as we do without our network of specialist freelancers and other expert companies who work closely with us: sometimes at very short notice!
Special thanks go to Eva, Herma, Marjolein, Yolanda, Katherine, Qin, Russell Gilbert at The English Editors
, Helen, Rosie, Galiene, Els, Vittorio, Fukotex, Willem at Mawi Embroidery, and Krijger the Printers.
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If you have a question, just contact us, we'd love to hear from you!
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