General Class Shot

We get a lot of folks who’ve found Tchad online or have walked by the workroom and wondered what the space looked like… We are going through what seems like a ton of pictures retrofitting the blog and getting things shipshape, so we thought you guys would like a little show.  The rooms are always changing and with each new group of people comes a new sense of what the spaces are and can be:Read More →

Fashion and design generate TONS of waste.  If taken in the aggregate, we are talking hundreds of thousands of tons every day. We fight against this in a couple of ways: recycling, composting, and reuse. Chicago doesn’t have a robust recycling program, so we do what we can with paper and plastic. We use all absorbent scraps of fabric generated from cutting up here by turning them into rags and dustmops. What doesn’t get turned into a dustmop or rag is then composted, as are the rags and dustmops themselves. Our compost is packaged every week and set aside to be taken to special compostRead More →

Huis Clos (No Exit) stage in the Tchad® workrooms.

So the nebulous answer here is: “Well… Yes, but…” The longer answer is that in the off-class time, the workroom is a place that adapts to what we are doing at any given moment and that is a hard visual to get over for the visitor sometimes. The best example is this: Alec needed a space to stage a video adaptation of Sartre’s Huis Clos and couldn’t find a space already adapted to his needs, so it ended up getting built out here.  We built this out in one of the long workrooms to really get that sense of eternal foreboding. It is a farRead More →