TH 120 Principles of Stage Design
TH 430/530 Historic Costume
TH 433/533 Costume Design I
TH 435/535 Prof. Presentation
TH 436/536 Fabric Modification
TH 437/537 Drawing
TH 439/539 Adv. Stage Makeup
TH 635 Costume Design III
TH 639 Costume Design IV
Honors and Awards
Employment / Placement
TH 436/536 Fabric Modification
Costume Studio: Rm 49, Rowand-Johnson Hall
Instructor: Donna Meester
Office: Rowand-Johnson 235
Prequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Course Description: This course explores and introduces a variety of techniques in which to modify the original appearance and/or intent of fibres and fabrics. This is done through the use of various dyes/techniques, surface treatment, use of non-traditional materials and restructuring of fabrics.
Course Objective: Upon completion of this course, students will understand union, fiber-reactive and acid dyes as well as various techniques in which to use these dyes. Students will be able to take plain silk, velvet, spandex and other fabrics and, through techniques learned in this course, artistically change the appearance of the fabric.
Attendance: As this is primarily a “hands on” participation class, attendance is expected at all classes and mandatory on presentation days. You will be allowed three absences total. Your fourth absence will result in the drop of your final grade by one full letter grade. There are no “excused” absences, plan accordingly. Exceptions can be made in extreme cases with the instructor’s approval. Three tardies (less than ten minutes late) count as one absence. If you are ten minutes late or more you will be marked absent. Each additional absence will result in an additional 1/3 grade drop.
Cell Phones/Computers: All cell phones must be turned off during class. Twenty-five points will be deducted for each occurrence if your phone rings or you are caught texting. Taking photographs on your phone/iPad will be allowed, and encouraged!
Assignments and Exams: All techniques will be demonstrated in class. Students will be expected to demonstrate understanding of each technique through a series of assignments. There will be no written assignments or exams. The Final project will be a project that highlights or combines techniques learned throughout the semester. Approval for the final project will be given by the instructor. The Final Project will be due at the scheduled time for the final examination.
Brackmann, Holly. The Surface Designer’s Handbook. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press LLC, 2006.
**Brito, Karren. Shibori. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2002.
Campbell-Harding, Valerie. Stitch Dissolve Distort with Machine Embroidery. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press, 2006.
**Dryden, Deborah M. Fabric Painting & Dyeing for the Theatre. New York, NY: Heineman Drama, 1993.
Dunnewold, Jane. Art Cloth. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press, 2010.
*Exploring Textile Arts. Minneapolis, MN: Creative Publishing International. Inc., 2002.
McElroy, Darlene Olivia. Surface Treatment workshop. Cincinnati, OH: North Light Books, 2011.
Southan, Mandy. Shibori Designs & Techniques. Great Britain: Search Press, 2010.
Stein, Susan. Fabric Art Projects. Minneapolis, MN: Creative Publishing, 2009.
Materials: Dyes, Chemicals, screens and materials will be provided. However, students may wish to purchase specific materials once they experiment and familiar with a technique. Students will be expected to provide a final portfolio of projects. All students are required to have a respirator.
Academic Misconduct: The performance of and/or involvement in any acts of misconduct will be addressed as per regulations set forth in The College of Arts and Sciences Misconduct Policy. This includes but is not limited to cheating, misrepresentation, and plagiarism.
Disabilities: To request disability accommodations, please contact Disabilities Services (348-4285). After initial arrangements are made with that office, contact your instructor.
Shibori 100 pts.
“Rubberama” 100 pts.
Devore 50 pts.
Fabric Shrinking 50 pts.
Dissolve 25 pts.
Rusting 25 pts.
Embossing/Foiling 25 pts.
Resist 25 pts.
Final Presentation 100 pts.
Total 500 pts.
Grades will be based on a 10% scale.
59% and lower F
Note: While the point and grading system for undergraduates and graduates will be the same, individual project requirements will differ.
Policy for making up missed course work: It is expected that all assignments will be turned in at the beginning of class on the day they are due. Without prior permission from the instructor, all late assignments will be worth 10 points less for each day they are late. If turned in on the day that it is due, but not at the beginning of class, 5 points will be deducted.
January 7 W Course Introduction
9 F Dissolve Demonstration
12 M Dissolve Work Day (stitching)
14 W Dissolve Work Day (dissolve) (Last day to register or add. Last day to drop without a W)
16 F Present Dissolve project
19 M MLK Day – No Class
21 W Rusting Demonstration
23 F Rusting Work Day (tie/rust)
26 M Rusting Work Day (untie/rinse, present)
28 W Stamping/Stencil Demonstration
30 F “Rubberama” Demonstration
February 2 M “Rubberama” Work Day
4 W “Rubberama” Work Day
6 F “Rubberama” Work Day
9 M Present “Rubberama” projects
11 W Fabric Shrinking Demonstration
13 F Fabric Shrinking Work Day
16 M Dyeing Demonstrations
18 W Low Immersion Dyeing
20 F Shibori Wrapping
23 M Acid Dyeing
25 W Shibori
27 F Shibori
March 2 M Unwrap Shiborie
4 W TBA
6 F SETC - No Class
9 M Embossing Velvet/Foiling Demonstration
11 W Embossing Velvet/Foiling Work Day
13 F Embossing Velvet/Foiling presentation
16 M Spring Break – No Class
18 W Spring Break – No Class
20 F Spring Break - No Class
23 M Devore Demonstration
25 W Devore Work Day
27 F Devore Work Day
30 M Resist Demonstration
April 1 W Resist Work Day Final Project approval Due
3 F Honors Day – No Class
6 M Work on Final Project
8 W TBA
10 F Mobile - No Class
13 M Work on Final Project
15 W TBA
17 F TBA
20 M TBA
22 W Deb Dryden Workshop
24 F Deb Dryden Workshop
**This syllabus is subject to change. Changes will be announced prior to the class they will affect. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of such changes.