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Lecture: React - Resiliency and Ingenuity: A Virtual Runway Response to Covid-19 Shutdown

Year: 2020, 20 mins
Code: CK-Lecture

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In this lecture, Professor Carolyn Kallenborn discusses leading her fashion show class through the pandemic. When the Covid-19  unexpectedly canceled the annual live runway show, students in the Design and Fashion Event class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison conceived of and produced an alternative virtual event in five short weeks. Led by Professor Carolyn Kallenborn, the student creative direction team worked with a video editor to translate the runway plan to video.  The team found that the digital format provided a unique opportunity for storytelling that would have been difficult to do on stage.  
Thirty-two Textile and Fashion Design students sent in over 800 photos, videos, and audio clips, the majority of which were created by the students, with their cell phones, while they were in lock-down during the first wave of the pandemic and follows through how that changed the program's fall showcase.  The collaboration between students and professionals generated a final product with the polish of a professional production with the creative, dynamic spirit and authentic voice of the students.
This compelling story of resilience celebrates the designers’ work and passions. At the same time, the film provides an intimate commentary on losing access to their creative community and studios during the shutdown. 

Carolyn Kallenborn works with fabric and metal to create flowing garments and sculptural pieces. She shows her award-winning, hand painted garments and sculptures in galleries and exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Her work has been shown in Beijing, China; Cheong-ju, Korea; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona; Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana; and other shows and galleries in St. Louis, Chicago , Atlanta and Cambridge, Mass. In addition, her work has been featured in such magazines as Fiberarts, Surface Design Journal and Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot. She received her BA and MFA in Textile Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kallenborn taught textiles and design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before jointing the faculty at Kansas City Art Institute.

Carolyn is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Design Studies Department. She was an assistant professor in the Fiber Department at the Kansas City Art Institute from 2001 - 2007. Carolyn currently serves as the Coordinator for “Off The Grid” the 2009 Surface Design Association international textile conference. She was Conference Coordinator for “Uncovering the Surface” , SDA’s 2005 conference and was coordinator and juror for two major exhibitions for the SDA’s 2003 conference.

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