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Erin Carignan

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Visiting Assistant Professor

Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts  

Erin Carignan joins the Department of Theatre at Purdue University as an Visiting Assistant Professor of Costume Design. Prior to joining Purdue, she worked as an Visiting Assistant Professor of Costume Design in the Department of Performing Arts at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Erin earned her MFA in Costume Design and Technology from San Diego State University’s School of Television, Film, and Theatre.

Erin’s professional experience, comprised of a career in theatre, opera, music videos, film, and styling include credits as costume designer and costume technician. A USA 829 IATSE member, Erin continues to design costumes as well as publish works on textile art and modification. Her research centers around her most passionate subjects: costume design, costume technology, costume history, and environmental sustainability. She is most interested where these subjects intersect in theatrical artistry and technical application. She is currently researching untraditional uses of materials and repurposed materials. Her research using water based materials and felt from repurposed sources, has culminated in a project called: Flexible Iron: The Fabrication of an Elizabethan Style Corset from Unexpected Sources.

Recent presentations include Wearable Expressions 7th International Juried Exhibition 2016, Technical Expo Poster, and Costume Poster session at United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) Expo 2017. Recent publications include USITT’s TD& T summer 2017 magazine; Erin is currently working on a book about painting and dyeing for theatre and film, anticipated publication Fall 2018.