Southeast Faculty Member Presenting ‘Digital Textiles’ at Catapult Creative House


“Digital Textiles: A Storytelling Medium” will be on display Sept. 6-26 at Southeast Missouri State University’s Catapult Creative House.

The exhibition focuses on digitally generated bespoke textiles used for conveying character, location and emotion in the fashion and entertainment industries. Garments and theatrical pieces using custom printed textiles and the design process will be exhibited.

The exhibit is curated by and features work from Amber Marisa Cook, assistant professor of costume design in the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance, in addition to work from fashion designer Lisa Thon, fashion design students at EDP University of Puerto Rico, Charlene Gross of Penn State University, Jessica Hansen of East Los Angeles College and Southeast students Katryna Preston and Layne Griffin.

Original wearable textile pieces will be for sale in conjunction with the exhibit.

An opening reception is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in the Catapult Creative House Gallery. Visitors are welcome to tour the entire Catapult facilities, including the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Art students’ studios and student artist Ethan Mirgeaux’s solo exhibition, both on the second floor.

Catapult Creative House is located at 612 Broadway, Cape Girardeau, MO. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  All gallery exhibitions, events and talks are free and open to the public. For more information contact Leah Powers at or (573) 290-5372.

About Amber Cook

Cook is a costume and scenic designer whose current academic practice includes digital textile design and digital design rendering. Her book, “Digital Design for Custom Textiles: Patterns as Narration for Stage and Film (2018)” is available through Focal Press.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in theatre from the University of Michigan-Flint where she was an actor as well as a student of design. Upon graduation, she worked as a professional actor and resident artist at Flint Youth Theatre before attending Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre for a Master of Fine Arts in production design with a focus in costume and scenic design. While at Michigan State University, Cook taught a variety of design courses and was the recipient of a graduate degree completion fellowship to study fashion history in Europe.

A nominee for the Zelma H. Weisfeld USITT Costume Design and Technology Award, her regional design credits include The New York Musical Festival (NYMF), Manhattan Repertory Theatre (New York City), The Black Hills Playhouse (South Dakota), McLeod Summer Playhouse (Illinois), North Dakota Shakespeare, The Ohio Light Opera (Ohio), The Performance Network, Tipping Point Theatre, Williamston Theatre, Flint Youth Theatre (Michigan) and many academic institutions. In addition, she has worked as a design assistant/technician in New York City and around the country, including stitching costumes for the Tony Award winning “The King and I” at Lincoln Center Theatre. She is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, Southeast Theatre Conference (SETC) and the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).