UNC: Spray Techniques for Costumes

Rachel Pollock invited me to come teach three workshops to her Costume tech classes this week. The students are uniformly amazingly talented milliners, drapers, dyers. These pictures are from our Spray Techniques class. All of the students were checked out on respirator safety, and we worked in UNC’s lovely facilities.

Everyone struggled with the preval sprayers, but enjoyed using my “old school” airbrush–a more reliable object altogether. We sprayed through laces, feathers, off of mylar stencils, using Aljo Manufacturing silk dyes mixed with gum thickener and water.

In the afternoon on the first day, I gave a slide lecture of costume painting samples, and in the evening gave a business in art lecture based upon The Successful Artist’s Career Guide: Finding Your Way in the Business of Art.

The following day I taught a class on painting on stretch and stretch velvet, using stencils, sponging, and wax. Rachel introduced me to soy wax, a wonderful odorless product which I am looking forward to using when I get back to Parsons-Meares.



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