Meet June Yang-Gungsing
Class of 2013
"My internship as a costume designer at the Minnesota Children’s Museum is teaching me skills I will use in my career."
Hometown: White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Major/minor: Apparel design major, studio art minor
Campus job: Publicity coordinator for the St. Kate’s Activities Team (SKAT), which organizes activities for students.
Internship: Assistant to the costume designer at the Minnesota Children’s Museum
Strangest job at the museum: Repairing a stuffed spider that kids had torn while playing.
Biggest lesson: “I am learning to use state-of-the-art equipment that will help me in my apparel design career. And I am learning how to make things durable so they can withstand active children.”
Future goals: “I’d like to be part of a design team. Someday I’d like to design for women who are petite like me and have trouble finding their exact size.”
Most exciting apparel design assignment: “I have to take an existing garment and give it a new life. I am looking forward to using an old dress of my mother’s with a pattern I like to make a really cute skirt and jacket.”
Why the liberal arts matter: “I think it will prepare me to have an open mind when I pursue my future career. ‘The Reflective Woman’ course has helped me think outside the box and be aware of social issues. When I make a piece of clothing I have to decide who I want to buy it. I am aware that a lot of people can’t afford new clothing so there are social justice questions that affect apparel design.”