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When you first look at the
Costume Shop it doesn't look like
it belongs at MIT. But then you
realize there are so many
students on campus who are
interested in art, who want to
learn to draw, or have already
drawn all their lives and want to
explore it here they just don't
know how. The Costume Shop it is
a hidden gem. It is a place where
MIT students an explore what
they know already or what they
learn at MIT but in a humanistic
form. So the very first day of
class we go to this building
that I had no idea existed, and
I walk in and its just crazy
because there is art everywhere.
There's pastels and oil-paintings
and everything all over the
place; the walls are covered with
artwork. And its just all student
generated work.
I'm a designer and I'm trying
to teach them how to approach
figure drawing and costume design
as a designer, not so much as a
technician, I mean that from a
conceptual point of view. And
those guys are perfectionists,
you know, and its what makes
beautiful about them. So they're
going to keep going until they
get it and I'm very proud of them.
Sometimes I feel like if I'm not
doing something technical or
something homework related that
I'm wasting my time. Whereas
with this one (class) you realize
actually how important art is.
Its just a different part of your
mind that you're using and you're
not sitting in a chair coding or
doing math. You're standing up
and making grand gestures. And
then kind of looking at things
holistically, "This is going to
be the underside of it and then
I'm going to have a white. . ."
At the end of the semester I'm
very interested to show their
work. Not just for the MIT
community to see what they're
doing, it's also for themselves.
So there's two rooms. One of them
has all the figure drawing
exhibitions and the other has
costume design. And the dresses
that people created where amazing.
I mean, its definitely something
I would buy, these dresses were
gorgeous and they were made out
of paper.
When the exhibition started it
was crazy because I didn't think
that many people would come. I
had invited some friends and
they actually came because they're
really interested in something
like this.
Probably just because there
aren't a lot of things like this
on campus. And it was a great
feeling because its something that
I had put a lot of time into and
looking at people look at my
artwork and being like, "Wow.
This is so great!" It was just a
great feeling. It's really
wonderful to see where they
started and where they are right
now. I think they are very
competitive in a very good way.
And they have big ideas and they
try to translate them through
their drawings through their
painting, through objects which
is the costume they tell stories.
And I heard them telling me
stories. And it can't get more
human than this even if its at MIT.