Rubble&Ash is a new name to capture the collaborative design and execution work of Andrea M. Gross and Barb Portinga. For the past dozen years, they have stretched, challenged and supported one another as costume designers, pattern makers, and storytellers. Together at nimbus their work has been seen in The River Becomes Sea and The Kalevala. Barb has been making her living solely via her varied costume skills since graduating from Augsburg College in 1990. Her design work has been seen throughout the Midwest, from Utah to Door County, WI. Andrea made her Twin Cities debut with nimbus (Propaganda for the Converted in 2005) and has been a company member since 2010. Devised work and the storytelling at nimbus has informed her work everywhere. Rubble&Ash melds pieces from existing stocks of costumes, thrift, antique and fabric stores, and purpose builds garments to combine elements in unexpected ways. The intention is always to support the story and creation of character with skill and ingenuity.

nimbus credits

Costume Designer