Guest Artist Spotlight: Cathy Ross

Studio Classes start March 14. Click here for more information and to register.

One of the perks of offering classes is that I get to work with some of my favorite people. Studio Class’s first guest artist is no exception.

Cathy constructed this Halloween costume for her daughter.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Cathy Ross for many years. Our first gig together was in preschool. Cathy taught Pre-K, I was her aide. I learned a lot about teaching and working with children during those preschool years. Cathy thoughtfully prepared lessons that fed our students’ curiosity in a playful way. By doing this, she prepared them for kindergarten in a way that didn’t overwhelm the students.

The next time we worked together I hired Cathy to teach sewing at an after school sewing club in a local middle school. We started sewing lessons from the ground up. The students learned hand sewing stitches before they could move on to the machines. Cathy helped students learn how to use the machine and even design simple patterns to sew. Our program was the most popular after school program at the school, averaging 20 students per class. That was due in large part to Cathy’s work with the students.

So I am really excited to get to work with Cathy again as our first guest artist in the Studio Class. Here is her bio:

Cathy Ross has been making costumes for many years in community theater and professionally. She is an actress and singer who has performed at many venues in the greater Cincinnati area. She has many techniques for helping you make your dream outfit come true for BLINK or cosplay and can assure you that as long as you have a seam ripper, you can always go back and fix it! She’ll help you go from 2D to 3D using basic sewing skills that you will learn as you begin to build your costume. (Costumers “build”. They don’t just sew!) During her three weeks with us, Cathy will introduce various fabrics and a variety of materials useful in costume creation. Cathy has used trial and error time and time again, so she’ll be there to help you figure out how to get your pieces built. Technique is not about secrets and perfection is in the wearing of your creation. No one but you sees the inside construction, so bring your ideas and learn while doing.

A costume for Cincinnati Music Theater’s production of Camelot.

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