Crystal Thompson's eye for drama and beauty was developed over 25 years of designing and building costumes for the entertainment industry. She has worked closely with many of the world's most celebrated creatives on productions as diverse as Sesame Street (HBO), Pose (FX), The Metropolitan Opera, The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and Broadway productions like Hadestown, The Little Mermaid and Inhertence. Her specialty costume work has also been seen in movies like Joker, Men in Black 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Greatest Showman, as well as multiple World Tours for Madonna and Katy Perry.
Thompson is most known for creating costumes that require complex engineering and development. Her interest in projection art originally came from her work on costumes incorporating lighting elements. When her ideas for using light outgrew the limits of clothing she found that projectors were a more suitable medium to express what was blooming in her mind.
Her style can be bold and graphic or watercolor-like and layered. She is always exploring new ways that light can interact with the human form. She also has a natural attraction to the movement of fabrics and often incorporates them into her live performances and video art.
The greatest influence on Thompson is New York itself. The endless supply of inspiration present in a city so full of character and life feeds her work more than any other source. Her deep appreciation of the city's people, architecture, nature, graffiti and city lights are apparent throughout her work.
Thompson is most known for her video kaleidoscopes, originally created as meditations, they have grown increasingly popular projected at live events.