By Jordana Hall
Participating in the aforementioned program, Corcoran’s THEARC, Jason Edward Tucker is a Fine Art Photography major (though he dabbles in many other mediums) at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. He also is a Co-Founder of the District’s well-loved Boys Be Good.
JH: What has been the hardest part of working with the youth at TheArc?
JET: The hardest part thus far in working with the youth at THEARC has easily been the limited time we have to complete our projects. The project spans two months, but within that period we only have about 8 meetings with our mentees.
JH: Ouch, that’s a squeeze! What about the most rewarding aspect?
JET: The most rewarding piece of this experience has been watching the mentees engage and get just as excited as we are to create these costumes. Though I rarely collaborate in my creation process, having these kids (who have little or no costume design experience) has been fantastic. Seeing these kids use their imaginations to sketch out ideas and then have the ability to manifest them in a piece of wearable art is actually pretty inspiring.
JH: That’s incredibly inspiring. Can you give us a sneak peek into the concept of the costume that you and your partner are working on?
JET: Courtney [my partner] and I are working on a hybrid creature that is based in 4 unique species. We chose the peacock, the lionfish, the horse, and the orchid. The most I can tell you without giving too much away is that the costume will be large, spiky, and flourescent red.
JH: I can’t wait to see the final product! You spoke earlier about not having much collaboration in your creative past. This must be really different for you. So, how much of the work would you say is guided by you, and how much does your partner bring creatively to the table?
JET: The process of sketching and designing the costume was split as we decided over which animals we wanted the suit to embody. As for the actual craft of the piece, I am doing much of the behind the scenes work as we are only able to meet once a week and the deadline is rapidly approaching. That being said however, the days that Courtney and I do get together have been incredibly productive. I generally teach her a certain craft (such as hand stitching or pattern making) throughout the beginning of the class period and by the end she’s flying through it, almost entirely independent. My hope is that she’ll be able to take these skills and apply them elsewhere, artistic or otherwise.
For more information regarding Corcoran’s THEARC, click here!
Disclosure: Jordana Hall is a student at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.