Bra Workshop Series
All 3 Weeks of Bra Workshop
In person only, in St. PAUL, MN.
Three Sundays in March 2020, 8, 15, 29 - 1-3pm
This workshop must be taken in full - All 3 sessions will be needed to complete your piece! Creating a quality piece should be looked at like play, like a fun, joyful process, not like a job. It WILL take you the whole 3 weeks to finish it. I'll be there to help all along the way!
Week 1: Creative Process, Changing Your Bra to a Costume item- Drafting Your Ideas (different methods), movement (or not) and flow (fabric choices), the story - central to your costume design. Bring a padded bra that fits you well, or is a TINY bit big for you. Also bring, if you can, a yard of stretch velvet (can absolutely be an old maxi skirt or dress from the thrift shop!) in a color that matches or complements your bra design color. (No the color of the bra necessarily - but the color you're going to END UP WITH - as we will be covering the bra with fabric, described in a second here...) Also bring any fabric (may be an old pretty dress shirt, even... scraps, whatever) that you want to be the actual surface of the bra. It needs to be a piece quite a bit bigger than the surface of the bra. If you want the fabric to be the main focus, patterned fabric is fine - otherwise, more plain fabric is better, so that your trim, buttons, kuchi pieces, and the other jewelry etc that you sew onto it are easy to see. Otherwise it becomes a big visual mess! But don't bring all the bits and bobs yet - just the fabrics and bra, and sewing supplies if you can (needle, upholstery thread, sharp scissors).
Week 2: Decorating the Base - Design Elements - Lines, Swirls, Accents, Circles, Points of Interest, Drapes, Scarves (attached), and more! We'll talk about design theory and help you lay out your elements - bring all you have! We'll show you how to securely attach everything (even Turkoman buttons with sunken shanks), some professional tips and tricks, and how to get your bra and drapes to play nice together for gorgeous layers on your costuming.
Week 3: Decorating the Base - Finishing Up - I'll help you with your final tasks and all remaining questions, and we can talk about all the new ideas you have for future projects with any remaining time (if there is any)! Believe me, you'll need this whole session. People way underestimate how long it takes to make their first pieces and make them look professional. This will ensure everything is up to professional standards, and you look amazing onstage!
Let's create together!