Maria Christoff, Costume Design
This will be the 4th production with First Look Sonoma for Maria Christoff, and she has been a part of the development of Both Eyes Open since the very beginning. Christoff is a Pratt Institute alumni with a BA in Apparel Design and Art History. Her academic interests in textile, personal adornment and the attire language have lead her to costuming for theater, dance, art installations and sculpture. While living in Japan, Maria explored the consequences of fast fashion on land and people, the disappearance of handmade articles of clothing from today’s daily experience and the use and revival of natural sustainable fiber. She designed for a series of exhibits and performance art presentations on those subjects in Tokyo, Osaka and Nara.
In the Bay Area since 2001, she developed an educational course on Mindfulness through Hand Sewing, Hand Writing and Drawing. She applied that method at Bay Area Performance Arts School – Zen Hospice at Sister Mary Philippa Clinic, and at a prisoner’s correspondence support program. Maria also created costumes for many Burning Man performance projects, including design for Burning Opera, staged at Black Rock City, in San Francisco and Seattle. Recently she collaborated with LED light artist Christopher Schardt on large scale sculptures Firmament and Paraluna, receiving recognition from the Black Rock Art Foundation and exhibited at The Exploratorium, The Smithsonian Institute, and in public spaces in San Francisco, Sacramento and Houston.