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The Costumer's Manifesto: Tara Maginnis Biographical Info '''Tara Maginnis, Ph. D.'''
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Airball Sculpture Project at The Costumer's Manifesto Costume Design & Construction I '''Airball Sculpture Project (5D+10C)'''
  
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Airball is a method of making large strong sculptural objects like hats, masks and props, that are also very light weight and cheap. Airballing simply consists of sculpting an object out of foam (usually mattress type foam) and covering it with a skin of cheese cloth and glue to form a somewhat stiffer stronger surface that takes paint well. You can use this skin covering method on cardboard, crumpled newspapers taped together, and other light but weak bases as well. The number of objects one can make this way are innumerable, and you may choose to design and make any sort of costume property using this method that you see fit. Below are a sample of some objects we at UAF have made with this technique.  
  
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[[File:254images254photos1Feltairball1.jpg]]
  
Instructor:  
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[http://www.costumes.org|TaraMaginnis, Ph.D]
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email:
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web site:  
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[[File:254images9Pict0230.jpg]] Lorraine Pettit, my costume shop manager made this Banana hat using Airball, and
  
[http://www.costumes.org|Tara@costumes.orghttp://costumes.org]
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[[254pagesProjectsCraftfeltsculpt|craft felt sculpture]] techniques. The central banana is foam, with an airball skin, the coconuts are foam with a craft felt and glue covering, and the head cap and banana peel are also craft felt.
  
'''Tara '''was a professor and costume designer in the
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[[File:254images254photos1Feltairball4.jpg]]
  
[http://www.uaf.edu/theatre|Theatre Department] of the  
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[[File:254images254photos1Feltairball5.jpg]] Foam is also used, without covering, inside the hat to cushion the head.
  
[http://www.uaf.edu|University of Alaska Fairbanks] from 1990-2007She now is living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is care giving for a family member and is also a part time costume design specialist at
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[[File:254images254photos1Feltairball6.jpg]]These photos illustrate in-class demos of the technique:
  
[http://dvcdrama.net|Diablo Valley College]However, she is best known for her creation of
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[[File:AdvancedcostumeDisk1Mvc-011f.jpg]] A design is drawn onto the raw foam to be a guide for carving.
  
[http://www.costumes.org|The Costumer's Manifesto], one of the World Wide Web's largest, and most eclectic, costume sites.
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[[File:AdvancedcostumeDisk1Mvc-010f.jpg]] A foam carving is covered with cheesecloth and glue to form a stiffened skin.
  
You can view her
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[[File:ImagesCostclass2Mvc-021f.jpg]] This student made a Airballed cat mummy. The cartouche says "Kitty" in hieroglyphics.
  
[[Tara1pagesPortpage|portfolio of Costume and Makeup designs]] online. Her
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This Statue of Liberty mask, made by Kelly Stables
  
[[Tara1pagesResume2|resume]] is also online, as well as images from her
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[[File:PhotosDisk1Mvc-021f.jpg]]
  
[[Shows100pagesShows|latest shows]], updated regularly.
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[[File:Tarapics2005Pict0014.jpg]]
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[[File:PhotosDisk5Mvc-022f.jpg]] also for
  
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[[Shows100pagesYahoo_nation|Yahoo Nation]], has the crown of spikes done with cardboard, covered with an airball type skin. The face is
  
You can support my site by buying products offered by my affiliate sponsors:
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[[254pagesProjectsPlastermask| plaster bandage]], foam, and a skin of plaster bandage over the foam.
  
, Albert Racinet.
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'''The Project:'''
  
Tara has written numerous
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Make a sketch of the costume property (mask, hat, cane, etc.) that you wish to build to work from. Using foam, cardboard, crumpled paper, hot glue and/or masking tape, build a light weight 3-D sculpture of the costume property. This sculpture need not be strong at this point, but should be lightweight.
  
[[Tara1pagesArticles|articles ]]for Theatre Design and Technology, the Journal of The United States Institute of Theatre Technology, of which she is a member. Tara also was the
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[[Computer1pagesCrj| computer columnist]] for The Costume Research Journal,the former quarterly publication of the USITT Costume Commission. Tara has published articles in CostumeTheatre Crafts, and the Ladies' Gallery as well as other magazines. She is also a member of The Costume Society of America, The Costume Society (UK), The International Costumer's Guild, and Costumer's Guild West.
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[[File:200510Pict0141.jpg]]
  
'''Tara is available for conference presentations and workshops.''' She has given workshops at USITT, NWDC, Costume Con and other venues on items as varied as
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[[File:200510Pict0151.jpg]]
  
[[ComputerSevenstepsSevensteps|Putting your Costume Program Online]]
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[[File:200510Pict0166.jpg]]
  
[[History100pagesStripper|The Stripper as Sexual Ideal]]
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When the shape is to your satisfaction, coat the object with acrylic glaze, white glue or flexible glue, and stick cheesecloth over it. Depending on the shape of your object the cheesecloth may be put on as a single sheet, or cut into smaller sections which overlap.
  
[[Ethnic1pagesAknative|Alaska Native Dress]]
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Using a craft paint brush, tuck the cloth into the crevasses, and overcoat with more glaze or glue. Dry.
  
[[ComputerCheaptricksCheaptrx|Faculty Web Page Design,]]
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Paint the completed object.
  
[[Shows100pagesMuchado|Putting Design into the Hands of the Actor ]]and Multimedia in Theatre Education. She has experience in authoring online classes, and teaching using the web and other computer applications.
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When it is finished, photograph the object as jpeg files and post them to your File folder at the class
  
Tara enjoys
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[http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thr254/|eGroup]. Post a message to the group letting everyone know you have posted these pictures so you can get feedback.
  
[[AdviceDumpdecorDumpdecor|dumpster diving]] in the summer months to find home decorating materials. Most summers she
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[[00pagesUktourUktripindex|travels to costume museums]] to take photos for the Manifesto site.
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[[File:Tarapics2005Img_1783.jpg]]There is also now an online interview with Tara in
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==Product Links==
  
[http://www.literati-magazine.com/magazine_features/archive/Vol1-No1/procenium/maginnis-interview.html|From Brecht to Dada to Dumpster Diver Décor]
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And a
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[[File:AmazonBooksThecostumedesignershandbook.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0435086073/thecostumersmani| The Costume Designer's Handbook : A Complete Guide for Amateur and Professional Costume Designers]]  The Costume Designer's Handbook : A Complete Guide for Amateur and Professional Costume Designers
  
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[[File:AmazonBooksThecostumetechnicianshandbook.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0435086103/thecostumersmani| The Costume Technician's Handbook : A Complete Guide for Amateur and Professional Costume Technicians]]  The Costume Technician's Handbook : A Complete Guide for Amateur and Professional Costume Technicians
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[[File:AmazonBooks5Thefoambook.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0967857503/thecostumersmani| The Foam Book : An Easy Guide to Building Polyfoam Puppets]]  The Foam Book : An Easy Guide to Building Polyfoam Puppets
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[[File:AmazonBooks4Costumes_chemistry%20.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0896762149/thecostumersmani| Costumes and Chemistry: A Comprehensive Guide to Materials and Applications]]  Costumes and Chemistry: A Comprehensive Guide to Materials and Applications
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[[File:AmazonBooks5Animatronics.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0790612194/thecostumersmani| Animatronics: A Guide to Animated Displays]]  Animatronics: A Guide to Animated Displays
  
[[File:AmazonBooksHistencycloofcostumes.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0816019762/thecostumersmani| Historical Encyclopedia of Costumes]]  Historical Encyclopedia of Costumes
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[[File:AmazonBooks2Thepropbuildersmolding.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1558701281/thecostumersmani| The Prop Builder's Molding & Casting Handbook]]  The Prop Builder's Molding & Casting Handbook
  
[http://www.literati-magazine.com/| Literati Magazine]
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[[File:AmazonBooks2Thepropbuildersmaskmaking.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1558701664/thecostumersmani| The Prop Builder's Mask-Making Handbook]]  The Prop Builder's Mask-Making Handbook
  
[http://www.uaf.edu/theatre/facstaf/Tara_Maginnis_puts_her_mind_to_costumes.pdf|Fairbanks Daily News Miner Article On Tara 10/18/04]
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[[File:AmazonBooksCostdesigntech.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/082308812X/thecostumersmani| Costume Design : Techniques of Modern Masters]]  Costume Design : Techniques of Modern Masters

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Airball Sculpture Project at The Costumer's Manifesto Costume Design & Construction I Airball Sculpture Project (5D+10C)

Airball is a method of making large strong sculptural objects like hats, masks and props, that are also very light weight and cheap. Airballing simply consists of sculpting an object out of foam (usually mattress type foam) and covering it with a skin of cheese cloth and glue to form a somewhat stiffer stronger surface that takes paint well. You can use this skin covering method on cardboard, crumpled newspapers taped together, and other light but weak bases as well. The number of objects one can make this way are innumerable, and you may choose to design and make any sort of costume property using this method that you see fit. Below are a sample of some objects we at UAF have made with this technique.

254images254photos1Feltairball1.jpg

254images254photos1Feltairball2.jpg

254images254photos1Feltairball3.jpg

254images9Pict0229.jpg

254images9Pict0230.jpg Lorraine Pettit, my costume shop manager made this Banana hat using Airball, and

craft felt sculpture techniques. The central banana is foam, with an airball skin, the coconuts are foam with a craft felt and glue covering, and the head cap and banana peel are also craft felt.

254images254photos1Feltairball4.jpg

254images254photos1Feltairball5.jpg Foam is also used, without covering, inside the hat to cushion the head.

254images254photos1Feltairball6.jpgThese photos illustrate in-class demos of the technique:

AdvancedcostumeDisk1Mvc-011f.jpg A design is drawn onto the raw foam to be a guide for carving.

AdvancedcostumeDisk1Mvc-010f.jpg A foam carving is covered with cheesecloth and glue to form a stiffened skin.

ImagesCostclass2Mvc-021f.jpg This student made a Airballed cat mummy. The cartouche says "Kitty" in hieroglyphics.

This Statue of Liberty mask, made by Kelly Stables

PhotosDisk1Mvc-021f.jpg

PhotosDisk5Mvc-023f.jpg

PhotosDisk5Mvc-022f.jpg also for

Yahoo Nation, has the crown of spikes done with cardboard, covered with an airball type skin. The face is

plaster bandage, foam, and a skin of plaster bandage over the foam.

The Project:

Make a sketch of the costume property (mask, hat, cane, etc.) that you wish to build to work from. Using foam, cardboard, crumpled paper, hot glue and/or masking tape, build a light weight 3-D sculpture of the costume property. This sculpture need not be strong at this point, but should be lightweight.

200510Pict0140.jpg

200510Pict0141.jpg

200510Pict0151.jpg

200510Pict0166.jpg

When the shape is to your satisfaction, coat the object with acrylic glaze, white glue or flexible glue, and stick cheesecloth over it. Depending on the shape of your object the cheesecloth may be put on as a single sheet, or cut into smaller sections which overlap.

Using a craft paint brush, tuck the cloth into the crevasses, and overcoat with more glaze or glue. Dry.

Paint the completed object.

When it is finished, photograph the object as jpeg files and post them to your File folder at the class

[1]. Post a message to the group letting everyone know you have posted these pictures so you can get feedback.

Return to

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Product Links

The Foam Book : An Easy Guide to Building Polyfoam Puppets The Foam Book : An Easy Guide to Building Polyfoam Puppets

The Costume Designer's Handbook : A Complete Guide for Amateur and Professional Costume Designers The Costume Designer's Handbook : A Complete Guide for Amateur and Professional Costume Designers

The Costume Technician's Handbook : A Complete Guide for Amateur and Professional Costume Technicians The Costume Technician's Handbook : A Complete Guide for Amateur and Professional Costume Technicians

The Foam Book : An Easy Guide to Building Polyfoam Puppets The Foam Book : An Easy Guide to Building Polyfoam Puppets

Costumes and Chemistry: A Comprehensive Guide to Materials and Applications Costumes and Chemistry: A Comprehensive Guide to Materials and Applications

Animatronics: A Guide to Animated Displays Animatronics: A Guide to Animated Displays

The Prop Builder's Molding & Casting Handbook The Prop Builder's Molding & Casting Handbook

The Prop Builder's Mask-Making Handbook The Prop Builder's Mask-Making Handbook

Costume Design : Techniques of Modern Masters Costume Design : Techniques of Modern Masters

"The Costumer's Manifesto"
by Tara Maginnis