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About mlkutch

I am currently a student at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University studying costume design. In my spare time I love running, lifting, crossfit, riding horses, traveling with my boyfriend, and listening to Bruce Springsteen. I currently live in New Brunswick, but permanently reside just outside of Philadelphia.

Costume Technology

I know a lot of us think of technology as the latest iPhone or MacBook.  But I wanted to take a minute to give a shout out to the people I work alongside everyday, the costume technology majors.  The “technology” being the literal action of being able to construct a garment from nothing more than a picture.  The knowledge and skill that goes into something like that is immense, and the raw talent and patience even more so.  Understanding grains of fabrics, fibers within fabrics, working on wefts or the bias, the technology that goes into a piece of clothing is rather advanced.  People tend to think expensive clothing is just for a label, most of the time it is not.  The craftsmanship and expertise that goes into making something a finely tailored suit is a technological skill few people these days even have.  Being able to tell a well made garment from a cheap mass-production can take a trained eye, but it is well worth knowing.  So next time something seems too expensive just for a label, take a look at the inside, how are the seams finished?  Is the fabric cut perfectly on grain? Is the fiber a protein or natural fiber? Or man made?  Technology spans so much further than what we think of day to day and I feel it is important to remember that.

Technology in Textiles

Last week my professor took his class on a tour of the costume shops and dye shops in New York City.  We were able to see really incredible things being built for shows like Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, the Rockettes and so on.  However, the most interesting part of it all was the place we stopped last called Dyenamics.

This place is literally the forefront of fashion.  You can tell by the name they do a lot of fabric dying but in reality they do so much more.  They have these huge printers hooked up to computers and scanners allowing them to actually PRINT out a fabric!  Truly incredible.  This is very helpful to costumers who often need vintage prints and the examples could go on.  They also are developing, through technology, hundreds of ways to manipulate fabrics and fibers.  They have been coming up with so much that fashion designers turn to them for inspiration!  Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren will be turning out some works because of them on this yeas Fashion Week.  Dyenamics may also sound familiar to anyone who watches Project Runway.  The technology though is so advanced and new that they only have about 9 people on staff, simply because no one else understands the computer aspect and fashion technology aspect.  Crazy to think what clothes we may have on our backs in coming years.

TV Production w/ Minimal Technology

Today when I was at The Good Wife CBS studios going through the motions, I took a minute to realize just how far TV has come.  What seems beyond imaginable to me though is just how people were even able to keep a show organized without the technology we have today.  Working in costumes, everything we do is budgeting receipts, scheduling fittings, returns, shopping, etc. How in the world did people keep track of all that before computers and cell phones?  It is very easy to see how much we take technology for granted without even realizing it.  On the positive side though, it is easy to see how much more advanced we have been able to make production because of technology.

Eliminating jobs?

A few weeks ago I read an article that was about the possible future of stores and shopping, grocery stores to be exact.  Though it sounded rather sic-fi and far from happening it was still pretty interesting and did not seem completely impossible.

The article suggested that in the future we would be able to shop for our products and then walk right through the door.  How so?  There would be some type of scanning mechanism in the doorway that was able to detect a chip (that would become standard on labels much like a UPC is today) and scan each item.  The total would then be directly taken out of your bank account, much like direct deposit or something that has routine access to your account.  This in turn would cut down on shop lifting because you would be charged when you go through the door regardless.  However, it also seems like it would eliminate jobs for super market or retail employees in general.

Maggie’s Podcast

As other students have stated this podcast seems to be a pretty talked about one on the dashboard.  To me that reason would be because it is something we can all relate to.  Everyone has their own music that just sets the mood for them, especially for those grueling Rutgers bus rides.  The music in this podcast really set the stage and drew the listener in.  It offered so many examples and seemed to provide a rather eclectic collection.  Since I’m sure this is something we could all share our own version of, it made it that much more interesting to listen to.

Jenna’s Podcast

I really appreciated this podcast because it was so informative.  As someone who knows very little about Greek life it talked clearly about the pros and cons that people can assume.  Since like many college students, all I have ever been exposed to are the stereotypes it was interesting to see how Jenna talked about these and shared audio clips of genuine research.  However, she also completed a well rounded argument by presenting a very positive side and how helpful and enjoyable Greek life can really be.  It definitely seemed to organize facts from fiction when it comes to what we think about when we hear the word “sorority.”

Neil’s Podcast

I thought it was a very inspiring piece.  I have always thought it was a good idea to plan out a few things you want to do in your lifetime, almost like setting goals.  By having these things it keeps you focused on the more important things in life rather than getting bogged down in the daily grind.

By sharing your own examples it offered a personal level of understanding with the listener.  It was quite universal in the sense that even though we all lead very different lives we all have that drive in common to fulfill something deep within.  What an important message, thanks for sharing!