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Seminar Track #1 - Costuming
*Preliminary*


Anthropomorphic Costume Parts and How to Use Them

1 Hour

Learn about all kinds of costume accessories like antlers, horns, sabers, teeth, tongues, lips, jaws, pre-cast heads, eyes, noses, claws, paw pads and whiskers. Learn the best techniques for sturdy mounting and enjoy a discussion about how the shape, color and texture of various accessories affects the perceived personality and attributes of the character.
Dream Vision Creations

Flurry

Flurry

Ciara

Ciara



All About NFT Fur Fabric

1 Hour

Learn everything about NFT from how it is created to how to best use it.

Discussion topics will include:
The process of making and designing NFT.
Material options.
Sewing technique demonstration.
Cleaning, grooming and styling recommendations.
NFT
National Fiber Technology



Costume Design Tools and Equipment

30 Minutes

Learn about the basic tools that professionals use to make costumes.

Topics include:
Cutting Tools - Scissors, razors, hot knives and wheels - their selection, care and use.
Shaving Tools - How to modify the length of your fur, and have it come out looking right without shave lines.
Adhesion Tools - What to look for in a glue gun, nozzle selection, glue selection, temperature controls. Alternative fastening options.
Mannequin and Armatures - How to make or find the right kind of base for your costume.
Thread and Needles - The many types of thread, its application and use. Learn about material selection, weight, weave style and how to choose the right needle.
Crimsonwulfe

Crimsonwulfe



Plantigrade Bodysuit Patterning

1 Hour

Learn the ins and outs of making pattern for a plantigrade bodysuit. This is a body for a costume that fits a human shape without additional padding. This is a great body style for beginners. Learn techniques on how to create prototype patterns for tailored fitting, and how to machine-sew your faux fur.
Matrices

Matrices

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Digitigrade and Padded Bodysuit Workshop

1 Hour

Do you want your costume critter to have more shape and hide the human form? Learn intermediate and advanced techniques to create and pattern dynamic body shaping that is much more animalistic, so your character can have the illusion of standing on its toes, or other body forms.
Matrices

Matrices

Kandorin Creations

Kandorin Creations



Advanced Resin Head Design

1 Hour

An analysis of the underlying musculature and skeletal structure of animal skulls.

Learn how to analyze the natural shape and underlying elements of an animal head to create aesthetically pleasing head bases.
See how to communicate the desired shape to a maker using topographical reference sheets.
Jonouchi

Jonouchi Mutt



Introduction to Industrial Sewing Equipment

1 Hour

Industrial Machines are quite hearty and built for very specific purposes.

There will be demos of the following machines:
Cup Feed Whip stitch - The machine used by furriers and plush makers. Learn about the different options and eliminate your seam lines.
Blind Stitch Machine - Also known as a hemmer, these machines make virtually undetectable stitches in fur. Great for zippers and cuffs.
Serger - The workhorse of the garment industry. Cut and finish an edge all at the same time. Learn about thread count, feed types and machine selection.
C.H. Holderby



Working with Foam

30 Minutes

Learn about the use, care and preparation of foam as used in costumes.

Topics Include:
Selection - All about the different types of foam, where to get them, and how to check for toxic fire retardants.
Adhesion - How to fasten it all together. Hot glue techniques, spray adhesives (and their safety) as well as stitching.
Cutting - How to cut foam and get the edge you need.
Hot Knives and Wires - What kind of foam works with a hot knife, includes basic safety.
Volunteer



Tactical Costume Repair

1 Hour

Learn how to fix your costume on the go.

Topics Include:
What to carry to every convention. How to do an emergency repair without causing permanent damage. Basics of sewing for beginners. How to deal with seam and non-seam tears. Tactical gluing without driving your suit maker insane or ruining your mask.

Have a minor hole or problem with your costume? Bring it on in to use as an example.
Get Fluffy

Get Fluffy



Eye Construction and Materials

45 Minutes

It is said that "emotion and feelings are communicated through the eyes." Eyes are a very important part of any costume.

Topics Include:
How eye shape affects the end user experience.
Computer aided layout.
Toony eye material selection - from interface materials to metallic meshes.
How to achieve the "follow-me" eye style.
Painting and pigmentation techniques.
Realistic taxidermy eyes.
Rachel Bock Rachel Bock

Crystacian Crystacian



Foot Paw Construction

1 Hour

Learn about creating paws for your feet! Making indoor and outdoor foot paws will be discussed, as well as various parts of their construction and patterning.
Matrices

Matrices



Advanced Tail Design

1 Hour

Topics Include:
How to create exotic and advanced species tale patterns.
Advanced mounting techniques utilizing speciaility materials such as themaloplastics and leather.
Working with complex markings and shapes
Get Fluffy

Get Fluffy



Handpaw Design

1 Hour

Topics Include:
The basics of making a 3, 4 or 5 finger handpaw.
How to add pawpads and claws.
Tricks to make those paws fit like a glove.
Get Fluffy

Get Fluffy



Electrosuiting not Electrocuting

1 Hour

A panel about wearable electronics. Covering topics such as batteries, wires, LEDs, fans, etc. mBlade will talk about what works and what doesn't in electronic suits. Come and learn how mBlade's LED suit works from design and concept to reality.
mBlade

mBlade

Alexi Husky

Alexi Husky



Practical Electronics I

1 Hour

Learn the basics of electronics with a focus on technology that is suitable for wearable use. Learn the inside secrets about where to get electronic components, wire and supplies. An environmentally low-impact, lead-free soldering process will be demonstrated. Proper soldering technique will be shown. Topics such as safety, wiring color codes, waterproof wiring techniques, batteries, lights, fans, switches, schematic symbols and basic test equipment will be covered.
Celtic

Celtic



Practical Electronics II

1 Hour

Take your electronics knowledge a step further and learn how to design basic illumination systems, do a power budget and get introduced to more advanced test equipment. Learn about voltage and current, and how to visualize them using test equipment like multimeters and scopes. More advanced troubleshooting will be covered - like how to test components. Practical Electronics I or "Electrosuiting not Electrocuting" is recommended as a prerequisite.
Zettabit

Zettabit Celtic

Celtic



Advanced Embedded Systems Design

1 Hour

Add computer control to your costume. Practical examples of embedded systems controlled lights and electronics will be demonstrated. Learn about serially addressable rainbow LEDs, body worn sensors and the control systems that connect it all together. Development environments will be covered as well as debug tools and programming. Board bring-up techniques will be demonstrated.
Alexi Husky

Alexi Husky

Zettabit

Zettabit



Advanced Electronics Q/A Session / Show and Tell

1.5 Hours

Come and ask your really hard (or not so hard) electronics questions. A specially assembled panel of experts can help you with your design questions. From hardware to firmware, design to production. We are here to help make your ideas a reality. Please be encouraged to bring your projects from concept to completion.
Alexi Husky

Alexi Husky

Zettabit

Zettabit

mBlade

mBlade


*This is a snapshot of the current program in progress. Program will change based on community feedback.