Cassandra Rains

cassandra Cassandra Rains began early in life in visual arts, drawing, painting and textiles. Over the last few year this creative passion has been directed into the textiles field more specifically the costume and theatre world, while still enjoying other arts including drawing, painting, sculpture, silver smithing, wood and metal work.

Cassandra has actively pursued creative arts during her school years. Her pursuit of 'Textiles and Design' and 'Design and Technology' as school subjects through her Higher School Certificate (HSC) years allowed her to achieve outstanding marks. 1st place in both subjects at school level, placing her in band 1 for HSC state marking. Also during this period Cassandra entered a quilt in the Victorian Quilter Exhibition 2002 and was awarded 2nd place in the student division.

Since the end of her HSC Cassandra has mover from Albury/Wodonga to Melbourne and is studying at Swinburne TAFE full time to achieve Diploma in Entertainment (Costume), currently a second year student. This has been a challenging and exciting opportunity for Cassandra and she has embraced it exceptionally. Part of the class assignment is to produce a production and exhibit for their major assessment pieces. As a member of the team Cassandra has taken on the demanding role of Treasurer jointly with Lih Qun Wong. Cassandra is also a vital member of the fundraising team for this production.

During her first year at Swinburne Cassandra has enjoyed work experience at a local theatre group called "The Boiler House" in Sunbury as the costume designer and producer, as well as dresser on production nights.

Cassandra also won a competition, sponsored by Telstra, to spend a week of work experience at the Australian Ballet. This was a unique learning opportunity which she enjoyed enormously.

Cassandra is interested in pursuing costume work after graduating. The theatre has become a love of hers but she also enjoys the detail that can be better portrayed on television productions. Millinery and shoe making are also passions of Cassandra's along with art decoration and she hopes that she will be able to pursue these areas.

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Lap Quilt - 2001<p />This was a fun exercise at an art camp in Wagga. The quilt is made from hand painted, dyed and screen printed fabrics. The quilt was made by sewing 3 fabrics together, cutting them, sewing back together and repeating.<p />Then appliqué was applied, and an interesting insert sewn in. Instead of traditional quilting buttons where used to secure the 3 layers.
Lap Quilt - 2001

This was a fun exercise at an art camp in Wagga. The quilt is made from hand painted, dyed and screen printed fabrics. The quilt was made by sewing 3 fabrics together, cutting them, sewing back together and repeating.

Then appliqué was applied, and an interesting insert sewn in. Instead of traditional quilting buttons where used to secure the 3 layers.

Year 10 art work -2001<p />This piece is a shirt and jeans secured to a board. The clothing is supported with paper and soaked in PVA glue to shape the sculpture. It was then painted in purple and blue tones with green vine features.
Year 10 art work -2001

This piece is a shirt and jeans secured to a board. The clothing is supported with paper and soaked in PVA glue to shape the sculpture. It was then painted in purple and blue tones with green vine features.

This was a sculpture done for my visual arts class.

The theme was dreams or nightmares.

It is a devil made from colour bond and spray painted red.

Metal Work - DT 2002

Design Brief

Design and construct a stand to securely hold a plastic cup, which in turn, holds pens and pencils. The design is to use the plastic cup provided.

The design of the stand must be based on a theme that has been derived from research and creative thought.

The stand is to be predominantly constructed from mild steel, and must involve brazing of components.

A neat, appropriate finish is expected.

Wood Work - DT 2002<p />Following is the information given to me in regards to the project. Over the term I designed and produced an item to meet the need and brief.<p /> Design Brief<p />You are required to design and construct an item that could be placed on either a coffee table, dinning table of hall table to put things on or in. The item must be wood based and aesthetically pleasing.
Wood Work - DT 2002

Following is the information given to me in regards to the project. Over the term I designed and produced an item to meet the need and brief.

Design Brief

You are required to design and construct an item that could be placed on either a coffee table, dinning table of hall table to put things on or in. The item must be wood based and aesthetically pleasing.

The size of the project is not limitless. Discussions and negotiation with the teacher of the size of there design during development of the design. <p />The completed project is to be put in a suitable package when submitted for assessment.
The size of the project is not limitless. Discussions and negotiation with the teacher of the size of there design during development of the design.

The completed project is to be put in a suitable package when submitted for assessment.

Samples of fashion drawings
Samples of fashion drawings
Samples of fashion drawings
Samples of fashion drawings
Humpty Dumpty - 2003<p />This is a costume I made for a local drama group. The boy played Humpty Dumpty. The egg shape was produced with a combination of stuffing and a large round piece of wire, helping to hold the shape firm.
Humpty Dumpty - 2003

This is a costume I made for a local drama group. The boy played Humpty Dumpty. The egg shape was produced with a combination of stuffing and a large round piece of wire, helping to hold the shape firm.

A Nights Fire - 2003<p />This is my first quilt. The blocks are all different and the layout is my own original design. The quilting was done with a crochet thread and the pattern is that of the backing fabric. I entered this in the Victorian Quilters Exhibition, it won second place in the Student-individual section.
A Nights Fire - 2003

This is my first quilt. The blocks are all different and the layout is my own original design. The quilting was done with a crochet thread and the pattern is that of the backing fabric. I entered this in the Victorian Quilters Exhibition, it won second place in the Student-individual section.

Major DT Work 2003<p />For my major working in my HSC, Design and Technology, class I produced a range of interchangeable silver jewellery. <p />Identification of a Need<p />An up and coming young designer is creating a dress for an end of year graduation ball. The design combines medieval elements as well as heavy dressing from 15th century Italy, 17th century France and 19th & 20th century Britain influence. To enhance the contemporary dress a range of appropriate matching jewellery is desired.<p />The garment is versatile, it can be worn in any number of combinations; the young designer requires a range of jewellery that is as versatile to compliment this dress.
Major DT Work 2003

For my major working in my HSC, Design and Technology, class I produced a range of interchangeable silver jewellery.

Identification of a Need

An up and coming young designer is creating a dress for an end of year graduation ball. The design combines medieval elements as well as heavy dressing from 15th century Italy, 17th century France and 19th & 20th century Britain influence. To enhance the contemporary dress a range of appropriate matching jewellery is desired.

The garment is versatile, it can be worn in any number of combinations; the young designer requires a range of jewellery that is as versatile to compliment this dress.

Major DT Work 2003

My final pieces pictured with the designers dress (my major textiles work) the idea behind the jewellery is that using the same base pieces (solid neck lace and bracelet) Then you have a range of pendent deigns that it can be worn with. This work was selected to be displayed at the Wagga Art Museum as part of the the Powerhouse Exhibition.

Major Textiles work

This is a piece from my textiles folio, the design development section. In all I produces 8 sketches which mapped the development of my project.

Major Textiles Work - 2003

For my major work in my HSC textiles and design I produced a 3 layered costume piece.

The purple satin back crepe dress is the bottom or under layer, with full length bell sleeves, a full skirt and square neck line. The orange silk overlay is a straight floor length dress, which has high splits down the sides, and splits down the sleeves. The splits are tied together with sliver ribbons. The dress has both bust darts and front darts. The sleeve is a saddle design and is full-length with a flounce. The bottoms of the dress and sleeves have been decorated with hand made machined lace. The top garment or corset is close fitting, strapless, boned, lined bodice. Made from orange Dupont silk, fully free machine embroidered using wool and metallic threads, a rayon thread done as bobbin or Connelly work. The top has a shaped hemline and front lacing. The combination of the three garments are stunning. However they also work well in different combinations or even by them self or with other garments. This was the aim of producing separate garments rather than one, it is versatile and can be adapted for different performances and sequences, inturn this reduces costs of the overall performance.

Detail of above
Detail of above
Closer detail of above
Closer detail of above
Mask - 2003

This mask was made for a friend who was attending a masquerade ball.

Albino Gorilla<p />Diploma of Entertainment (Costume). This was a 1st Year project. It consists of a 'fat body' with a fun fur outer garment. The head was based on a foam structure supported on a bump hat.
Albino Gorilla

Diploma of Entertainment (Costume). This was a 1st Year project. It consists of a 'fat body' with a fun fur outer garment. The head was based on a foam structure supported on a bump hat.

Recycled Armour<p />This was a project for my diploma, to use recycled items to make armour. I chose to make mine out of carpet squares, this was a great exercise to explore different mediums and different ways to construct garments.
Recycled Armour

This was a project for my diploma, to use recycled items to make armour. I chose to make mine out of carpet squares, this was a great exercise to explore different mediums and different ways to construct garments.

Fantasy Millinery <p />This was a project for my diploma. The theme was very broad 'fantasy' being the core. My design is inspired by dragons, tails and wings.
Fantasy Millinery

This was a project for my diploma. The theme was very broad 'fantasy' being the core. My design is inspired by dragons, tails and wings.

Thank you for taking the time to view my folio.

Cassandra Rains