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For our most recent Artist Studio Tour video, Art&Seek’s Holly Fetter met with Dylan Smith at the eleventh hour. Smith’s high school, Booker T. Washington, was about to close for the summer and we needed to get in to her studio — the school’s costume shop. Dylan designs costumes for Booker T.’s theater program, an art form that she stumbled into. She enjoys costume design as opposed to fashion design because, as she says, “you’re not designing for some unknown person; it’s somebody you have to analyze and figure out and connect with their clothes.” When she moves on to the University of Texas at Austin in the fall, she plans to pursue costume design and perhaps someday make it in the world of fashion show production. For more Artist Studio Tours, visit our Artist Spaces page.
Now, here’s more from Dylan:
Medium: I experiment with many mediums – anything goes in costume design. I really like to use acrylics.
Number of years in this space: I’ve been working in this space for a year.
What do you enjoy most about working here? It’s less cramped than the space I have at home. In my bedroom, I have a little drawing table that sets up on a bigger table with lots of other stuff around it, like my sewing machine and a hatbox full of fabric. At school, I have big tables and lots more light.
How would you improve the space if you could? I would put in a bigger sink and cushion the tables for sewing purposes. Also, it’s really inconvenient to have the costume stock two floors below this room. Someday, I hope I have a house with a space in it with a lot of windows – like all windows -with big overhead lights and a giant table in the middle and a nice Mac.