Commission for Digging Deep for the Reluctant Adventures of Sky
by Identity Detective
Creative Director: Nikky Norton Shafau
I responded to a shout-out for costume assistant that was part of Manchester Metropolitan University email-out while I was studying Creative Practice.
Design an eccentric hat for Mario, the Italian ice cream vendor outside the theatre doors.
The madder the better!
|My initial starting point of inspiration for texture and colour|
|The hat block|
|Sinamay, layered in different to get that old waffle cone colour and appearance. The heat of the iron will ensure they stick together and can be moulded as one piece.|
The sinamay is blocked and left to rest so the glues applied dry and solidify
|Can I get a perfect Whippy?|
|The monkey's blood (well, 3D fabric paint) goes on! One chance only...|
|The hat is retains its shape once removed from the block|
|Lining for the pillbox crown...a mixture of quilted silk and neon synthetic|
|It's all fitting in very nicely and the elastic is attached through eyelets|
| I appliqued decorated and stiffened letters. |
Can you tell what it is yet?!
|Mario dons his Whippy 99!|
|"You'a want'a choc ice'a, ah? You'va come'a to the wrong place!"|
Special thanks to Chrissie King at Hat Therapy
and Thomas Graham at The Wasp Factory