December 2, 2015 at 10:04 am

Spring 2016 | Course Seeks Creative Use of Old World Skills to Help with Clothing Waste

Neuburg an der Donau, Germany - June 30, 2013: tailor in medival costum at annual folk festival in renaissance city Neuburg an der Donau in Bavaria, Germany

The Sustainability Studies theme is featuring a Spring 2016 course that combines old world knowledge with modern technology to give students the skills to reduce clothing waste.

Students will gain hands-on experience in a lab setting to master sustainability skills.

Sustainability Studies theme logoTHAR 2360 is open to all undergraduates (non-Theater students should contact the instructor, Cassandra Paine, at for a green slip to waive the prerequisite).

THAR 2360 – Stagecraft: Costume Construction (Theatre) is offered Monday and Wednesday 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. in Spring 2016.

THAR 2360 is studio course where students will have the opportunity for hands-on learning about the basic techniques of cutting, sewing, and finishing a garment. Focus will be on theatrical garments and how they are made to last and be re-used throughout the life of the garment. Students also will have an opportunity to examine the differences between theatrical and fashion clothing in terms of the life of the garment as well as the way it’s put together. Students will gain practical knowledge about how to do simple repairs to their own clothing or friends’ clothing in order to prevent needless clothing waste. The Theatre has a long history and tradition of teaching and passing on knowledge through mentorship, apprenticeship, and practical experience. This class is an extension of that tradition. Students should expect to be active and creative. This course is taught by Cassandra Paine, Lecturer of Costume Technology.

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