Foam Patterning and Construction Techniques: Turning 2D Designs into 3D Shapes explains how to create your theatrical prop, puppet, or costume design using the unique and tricky medium of foam. Step-by-step instructions, photographs, and explanations illustrate how to translate your design from paper to reality by creating custom skin patterns, followed by creation of a foam mockup. The book details how to bring your project to life with varied finishing techniques, including using fur and fabric coverings and dying and painting foam. Numerous supplies, tools, and safety procedures and protocols are also covered.
Mary McClung (Professor of Costume Design West Virginia University.)
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15 April 2016
Professional and scholarly
Table of Contents Acknowledgements Preface _____________________________________________________ Section 1: The Medium of Foam: Materials, Tools and Safety Chapter 1: Materials Chapter 2: Safety Chapter 3: What Type of Foam to Use? ___________________________________________________ Section 2: Design Chapter 4: An Approach to Design Chapter 5: Renderings, Working Drawings and Simplicity of Form _____________________________________________________ Section 3: Translating Design into Reality: Techniques used in the Patterning Process Chapter 6: Additive Patterning: Adding a Surface layer. Chapter 7: Subtractive Patterning: Cutting away the Surface Layer. Chapter 8: Speed Patterning Chapter 9: Free Form Foam Patterning _____________________________________________________ Section 4: Determining the Pattern Divisions, Truing Patterns and Changing Scale Chapter 10: Determining the Pattern Divisions Chapter 11: Transferring Patterns to Paper and Truing Pattern Pieces Chapter 12: Scale: Determining the Size of the Finished Piece Chapter 13: Formula for Reducing and Enlarging Chapter 14: How to Enlarge and Reduce Pattern Pieces _____________________________________________________ Section 5: Putting It All Together: From Pattern to Object Chapter 15: How to Bevel Corners and Utilize Darts Chapter 16: Cutting Pattern Pieces out of Foam Chapter 17: Gluing and Sewing ã Section 6: Finishing the Design Chapter 18: Fur and Fabric Coverings Chapter 19: Uncovered Foam: How To Finish Chapter 20: Detailing and Bringing To Life ________________________________________________________________________ Section 7: This Section Goes Through The Full Process For 6 Projects Chapter 21: Free Form Reticulated Foam Construction Chapter 22: Making Two Different Shapes from the Same Foam Pattern Chapter 23: Patterned Foam Mask Chapter 24: Patterned Foam Armor Chapter 25: Patterned and Carved Raptor ã Appendices A. Sources and Supplies B. Bibliography ã
Mary McClung has designed costumes, puppets, masks, and sets for theatre, video, and television for over 17 years. As Artistic Director and craftsperson at Animax Designs, she had the opportunity to design and build for companies such as Disney, Children's Television Workshop, and Universal Studios. McClung has also designed productions with The Dallas Children's Theatre, The Idaho Repertory Theatre, and The Colorado Shakespeare Festival. She teaches full time at West Virginia University as Professor of Costume Design.