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CATHERINE ANNE FRITSCH

Designer/Pattern Maker

 EDUCATION

MFA Costume Design                         University of Illinois                                                 1995-6

           (1st year)                              Champaign-Urbana, IL

BA Theatre and Drama                     Indiana University                  fall 1991-December 31, 1994

           minor Fine Arts Studio           Bloomington, IN                      with high distinction

 

HONORS

           Individual Artist Program Grant        Indiana Arts Commission                              2011

           Creative Renewal Fellowship  Arts Council of Indianapolis                                     2005

Phi Beta Kappa                                Indiana University                                        1995

 

EXPERIENCE

Free-lance Design

Promotional Outfits               IndyCar/Indianapolis Motor Speedway                               2015-2016

           Designed/constructed pantsuits and dresses for IndyCar girls.

Costume Design/fabrication   The Children's Museum of Indianapolis                               2013-2016

           Designs/patterns and fabrication for Take Me There, China; Playscape; Space Station EVA            experience; Pirates and Princesses Storybook and interactive exhibits. Animal costumes for     

           traveling exhibit to Bahrain. Castle Lego interpreter costumes, traveling exhibit.

 

Apparel Design/Development La Bella Donna                                                       2015-present

           Clothing designs for women, primarily knit tunics and dresses.

Costume Design/fabrication   Conner Prairie                                                                     2014, 2015                           Design and construction of exhibit costumes: Balloon Voyage and Discovery Station.

 Costume design/fabrication             Holliday Nature Park and Reserve                           2009, 2012, 2015

           Animal costumes for interactive play at the nature center.

 Design/Tech Design                          Pools of Fun                                                            2013

           Swimwear and cover-up design to production product development

Design/Pattern/Sample                    Sweet Revenge Lingerie/Rue Violet                         2008-present

Designer for in-house sleepwear and lingerie line, manufactured in Indiana and California for retail. 

 Design/Pattern/Sample                   Certain Style- Plus Size Lingerie                              2008-2015

Designed, patterned and created samples for Florida company’s Christmas lingerie line, the Devonshire Collection, based on women of historical importance. Build to order.

 Character Design/Construction        The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis                   2008

           Designed and constructed museum character for Halloween, Frances the Friendly Witch.

 Costume design, construction          The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis                   2007

           Designed and produced staff costumes for the Robot Exhibit: Rob Otto and Anne Droyd lab      

           coats, Robots and Us game show host blazers.

 Costume design, construction          The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis                   2000-2007

Designed and constructed costumes for Babes in Toyland (2007) and James and the Giant Peach (2007), which included custom dyeing fabrics for the insect costumes. Designed, constructed and rented costumes for Treasure Island (2004) and The Princess and the Pea (2000). For each show I work within a given materials and labor budget; I keep a detailed bible of the show expenses, fitting notes, etc.

 Costume design, construction          Anderson University’s Dept. of Music                      1999, 2000

Designed and hand dyed costumes for The Magic Flute. Costumer for Into the Woods, mostly rental; design for By George, It’s Gershwin (shopped show).

Garment Production

Guest Draper                         Indiana Repertory Theatre                                                 2014

           Menswear for Two Gentlemen of Verona     

Staff Draper                           Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indpls, IN                                1996-2007      

           Hired as contract first hand, promoted to draper in 2000 and floor supervisor in 2005.

 Contract Draper                              Porthouse Theatre, Kent, OH                                   1993-2005      

           Hired as contract first hand, draper and shop manager for summer work over a period of several

           non-consecutive years.

 Pattern Maker                                 Avant Garb Mascots                                                1997-2000      

           Patterned, mocked-up and supervised construction of mascots and rental costumes based on the            owner’s designs. Repaired and refurbished old mascots. Assisted in designing rentals and assembling            bid packages for prospective clients.

Free-lance work: Patterning/Construction

Rebuilds                                                      The Children's Museum of Indpls                  2013-2016

           New Dinosphere costumes, butterfly/birds interactive costumes for the Dora and Diego exhibit.

Pattern/construction                        Manhattan School of Music                                      2015

           For designer Tracy Dorman, Dangerous Liaison, corset and petticoat

Construction                                     Indiana Repertory Theatre                                      2015

           Two dresses for Great Gatsby

Construction                                     Indiana Repertory Theatre                                      2014

           Men's pjs and robe for Sherlock Holmes      

Pattern/Consulting                           The Promise Monsters                                              2013-2014

           Troubleshooting patterns and construction for efficiency

Pattern/construction                        Manhattan School of Music                                      2013

           For designer Tracy Dorman, The Mother of All of Us, menswear

Pattern/construction                        Indiana Repertory Theatre                                      2013

           Two dresses for Fredrika in A Little Night Music

Technical design/pattern                  Awestomy                                                              2012-2015

           Concept to production development for a medical undergarment company. Some mass production            work.

Pattern/fabrication                          Ricker’s Convenience Stores                                    July 2012

           Made Pops the clown 3 piece suit for the CEO of the company.

 Design collab., pattern /fabrication            Naturally 7                                                  Nov 2011- April 2012

           Collaborated with the band’s stylist to create new stage looks for an international tour.

 Job-in seamstress                                       B. Akerlund                                                 Jan 2012

Alterations and repairs for Super Bowl half time show: for Madonna, Cee-Lo, dancers, chorus, marching band.

 Pattern Maker/Sample Maker                     Bullet Boutfits                                              2011-2014

           Misses’ activewear for roller derby product development and some production.

 Pattern Maker/Sample Maker                     OSTAS                                                          2010-2011

           Mens athletic apparel (football)

Pattern Maker/Sample Maker                       R.Lynda                                                      Aug 2010

           Dresses, separates

 Pattern Maker/Construction             The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis                   April 2008

           Pattern and construction of two Captain Extraordinary costumes.

 Pattern/Sample Maker                               Georgia Lee, designer                                    Nov 2007-Jan 2008

           Pattern and construction of clothing line for a boutique in Korea.

 Patten Maker/Construction              Ariadne auf Naxos                                                  2007

           Patterning and construction of seven opera costumes for Georgia Lee, production in Korea.

 Pattern Maker/design                                Freakin’ Billboards                                       2007-2011      

           Patterned and sampled recycled billboard vinyl bags and clothing items.

 Pattern/Sample Maker                               Eve Alexander                                              2007-2012

           Patterned and made samples for new line of transitional maternity to nursing clothing to be produced            overseas.  Worked closely with company’s creator to fine-tune designs for wide appeal.

 Pattern/Sample Maker                               EZTether.com /Merritt Manufacturing         2007-2013

           Patterned and made sample for company’s new restraint chair, launched this August.

 Pattern Maker                                           Science Museum of Virginia                          2003

Patterned and mocked-up two historical costumes to be worn by interpreters and displayed.   

 Pattern maker/ Seamstress              Endless Summer Band, Carmel, IN                           2002

Created miniature Blues Brothers costumes (based on previous costumes) that fit on the top half of the body and arms to create a “Mini Me” effect for a variety show. These involved some soft-sculpture and armature making.

Designer/ Pattern Maker                              Williams Randall Marketing, Chicago, IL       2001, 2004

Designed, patterned and constructed a Clabber Girl costume (for the Hullman Company) to be worn at trade shows.  

First Hand, Houdini                           Goodspeed Opera, East Haddam, CT  1997

 

TEACHING

The French Seam                   Various intermediate skill classes                                       2012-2013

Indy Fashion Time                 Workshop: Body Altering Experience                        June 2011

                                            Power Point lecture of silhouette through the ages

Indy Fashion Time                 Workshop: Corsets from the Inside Out                              June 2010

Arts Institute of Indianapolis  Guest Speaker: Introduction to Sewing                              Oct 2009

Arts Institute of Indianapolis  Panel Speaker: Survey of Fashion                                       Sept 2009

Indy Fashion Time                 Workshop: Hands on the Body                                          June 2009

                                            Draping demonstration

Indianapolis Museum of Art    Clothing Construction                                                         May 2008

Co-taught and designed the syllabus for a class on intuitive clothing design, as a corollary to the Breaking the Mode gallery.