Copying Period Fans Project at The Costumer's Manifesto Costume Design & Construction Copying Period Fans Project 2D+10C
Buy a simple cheap bamboo fan with strong, widely spaced sticks, not a delicate one with fine sticks. Your best option will be one about 1 foot long folded. Perform the following steps, or extrapolate reasonable variations on these instructions to make a finished fan for the stage.
The original cheap-o fan leaf is peeled off the cheap bamboo sticks and used to gauge the size the finished fan leaf will need to be.
This fan for Mme. de Rosamonde was made by scanning in a photo from an 18th Century original at the MFA Boston and altering the size of the leaf in Adobe Photoshop to match the size needed. Then the leaf was printed out in pieces, and ironed to fusible interfacing. Then the leaf was hand colored with watercolor to approximate the original, and then glued to the sticks with rubber cement. A layer of gold tissue paper was glued to the back of the fan to sandwich the sticks inside the leaf and strengthen the fan. Finally the fan was folded, and soon the sticks will be painted using paint pens.
The design is printed in sections and glued together.
The paper leaf is ironed onto heavy non woven interfacing, and the excess interfacing clipped away.
The leaf is glued to the sticks, and a skin of tissue paper is glued to the back to hold on the sticks.
Then the leaf is painted to match the original fan.Having your original prints in color will let you skip this step. You an also choose to paint the leaf before attaching it to the sticks.
The fan is folded and pressed into shape on the ironing board.
The sticks are decorated with gold pen.
The finished fan for Mme. de Volanges.
Fan for Merteuil:
Painting a sandalwood fan owned by the actress to look like a 18th Century Chinese fan.
Fan for Cecile
The leaf is painted.
The fan sticks are removed fro a cheap fan to apply to the leaf.
The leaf is applied to the sticks with a thin coat of hot glue.
A layer of gold tissue is glued to the back with rubber cement to sandwich in the sticks before folding.
The completed fan.
Fan for Emile the Courtesan:
Lorraine draws final details with a gold pen.
The design was made by combining an image of an 18th Century fan on balloon expeditions with pictures from 18th Century pornography.
The cameos have the ballooning images removed and lewd images put in their stead with Adobe Photoshop.
Then the leaf is printed out in 3 sections, and glued together before being ironed to fusible interfacing and painted.
Using the instructions above, design and make a fan. When it is finished, photograph the fan as jpeg files and post them to your File folder at the class
. Post a message to the group letting everyone know you have posted these pictures so you can get feedback.
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