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Foam & Fabric Patterning with guest artist Steve Troop, May 8th AND 15th, 2pm-6pm PT/MST
Foam & Fabric Patterning with guest artist Steve Troop, May 8th AND 15th, 2pm-6pm PT/MST

Foam & Fabric Patterning with guest artist Steve Troop, May 8th AND 15th, 2pm-6pm PT/MST

Regular price $85.00 Sale

After a very successful, sold-out workshop in March, Steve Troop is returning in May to teach another batch of puppet-builders how to make their own patterns!

It is highly recommended that you take Steve’s Designing Puppet’s from Sketches workshop prior to this one.

Sign up soon! The last day for early-bird pricing is May 6th! 

WHAT: Learn the secrets of creating your own patterns with guest puppet builder, Steve Troop! In this two-part workshop, you'll create foam and fabric patterns from scratch as you follow along, learning to modify simple shapes into any style or shape you can imagine. You’ll also learn how to create truly symmetrical patterns that you can use over and over again. You’ll never have to rely in other people’s patterns again!  AND Steve's going to teach you how to cover your puppet, too!

WHEN: 

  • 1st Session: Saturday, May 8th, 2021 from 2:00pm-6:00pm PT/MST (please consult your local search engine for the time zone in your area)
  • 2nd Session: Saturday, May 15th, 2021 from 2:00-6:00pm PT/MST  

WHERE: Zoom! Which means ANYWHERE!  You’ll receive an email with a zoom invitation/link on the morning of the event. This event will be recorded for attendees who may need to miss a portion or one of the sessions. Please note that if you are unable to attend the live session, you won’t get personalized feedback on your project—but you will be able to learn from the feedback others get! 

SKILLS REQUIRED:  Sitting for up to 4 hours (with breaks--please self-advocate if you need a quick break!); excellent fine motor skills; (optional) use of a hot glue gun; tracing; measuring with a variety of tools; (optional) using an X-Acto blade; and cutting various materials with scissors; (optional) using intense chemicals.

WHO: This workshop is appropriate for humans, ages 15+ who are capable of safely achieving the skills listed above. This is for the beginner-to-intermediate puppet-builder who would like to improve upon their already budding skills. 

It is highly recommended that you take Steve’s Designing Puppet’s from Sketches workshop prior to this one.

BRING THESE SUPPLIES TO THE WORKSHOP (save this list for later!): ✅

  • 1/2" thick polyurethane foam sheet (at least 24"x36")
  • 2 different colored sharpies (or 1 black sharpie and one pencil)
  • Scissors suitable for paper/foam
  • Razor blade (Optional)
  • Fabric Scissors (scissors that have never cut (or rarely cut) paper/foam)
  • Surface on which to work like cardboard or a cutting mat
  • Large sheet of craft paper, butcher paper, newsprint, or parchment (if you don't have access to large paper, you can sturdily tape printer paper together.) 24" craft paper works best (check your local dollar store for doodle rolls!)
  • Contact cement (or fabric tack or hot glue if you’re not in a well-ventilated area)
  • Respirator mask with chemical-grade filters for contact cement. A medical-grade or dust mask will *not* protect you from harmful chemicals. Gloves are also recommended.
  • 24”x36” (or larger) Inexpensive fabric with a similar stretch as the final fabric you’ll be using. (Cheap fleece or muslin)
  • Sewing needle 
  • Straight pins
  • Thread in the same color as your fabric 
  • A scrap of cardboard, about 8"x8" (an old cardboard box should do!)
  • A large piece of corrugated cardboard, a piece of foam core, or an old bulletin board (off the wall)

 ABOOUT THE GUEST ARTIST: Steve Troop has worked as an animator, cartoonist, puppet designer and builder for over twenty years. He’s the creator of the Melonpool — one of the first online comic strips (predating the word “webcomic”). He has worked as an illustrator and storyboard artist for both television and movies and designed and built puppets for Nike, American Greetings, Glee, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Teen Titans, Go! and The Big Bang Theory, among others. Recently, he co-wrote and built puppets for the off-off-Broadways show Alien v.s Musical and currently lives in Northridge, CA with his dog Tilly, who looks like an alien.

EXTRA/TECH DETAILS: One purchase is required for each person in attendance.
You do NOT need to be in the Phoenix area for this workshop, however you DO need a computer/device with a camera and microphone so your instructor can see what you’re doing as well as a stable internet connection. Headphones are also a good idea (as in, please use headphones).  You’ll receive an email with a zoom invitation/link on the morning of the event.