Styrofoam with Ian Bennett
April 16 - April 17
This course is a way of bringing together your inner artist and sculptor and combining it with the millinery in all of us. Styrofoam is an expanding foam which sets to become a very fine lightweight material, often used in building and construction work. It has a much finer structure than polystyrene and is much stronger. The beauty of working with Styrofoam is that you can make any shape you like. Styrofoam makes the impossible possible.
You can either take my shape as inspiration, or create a simple piece of your own- be that a comma, teardrop, baby beret or button, or even heart shape. If this doesn’t take your fancy, a simple crown will still go through the same creation process.
Starting simply with this technique based course you will be shown how to use and create with Styrofoam, using tools to carve and sculpt into the foam. This course brings out the inner sculptor in all of us! Designed to develop and bring your wildest millinery ideas to life. Creating blocks with Styrofoam allows for the maker to truly create their own shaped blocks, its lightweight so that it can be easily transportable, yet durable and once treated it is hardwearing-allowing for multiple uses. Another additional benefit of Styrofoam is that when you’ve created that shape that is unique to you, if you really like your shape,it can act as a great template for a block-maker who can create a master wooden block which will last for years and years to come!
Students must present an illustration of their intended block design at the start of the course to ensure that the chance of making the block out of styrofoam and painting it before blocking is realistic and achieveable within the time frame that we have.