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Carve your own Fascinator or Hatblock – Hat Week 2019
November 1, 2018 @ 12:00 am - April 7, 2019 @ 12:00 am
Learning how to create your own hat blocks will give you the freedom to take your designs off the page and into 3-dimensions.
The hatblock is the mould upon which the hatmaker creates the shape of the hat. Traditionally made by hand from wood, blocks are carved to a chosen design and are very costly. This course provides a unique opportunity to develop this valuable practical skill whilst creating these essential pieces of equipment economically. The block can be used as a model for a wooden replica, on its own or combined with your regular dome block to make innovative hats.
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You should come to the course with ideas of the types of blocks you’d like to create.
This course provides a unique opportunity to develop this valuable practical skill whilst creating these essential pieces of equipment economically.
No previous experience of the subject is required.
By the end of the day you will be able:
- to use simple tools to carve hat block shapes from a polystyrene block
- to use simple tools to put the finishing touches to your block
- to observe health and safety throughout this process
- to use and care for the finished blocks
What do I need to bring with me to class?
- a bread knife with smooth blade (i.e. not serrated)
- a small rasp (eg: a Surform surface-forming tool available from B&Q, Homebase, Robert Dyas, etc)
- sheet of medium sandpaper
- one sheet of fine sandpaper
- thick black marker pen
- pen/ pencil and note pad for design notes
- images of hats you might be interested in
- Dust mask
- tape measure
Does the course have features I should be aware of (workload, level of fitness, stamina etc)?
- This course is very intensive; punctuality and good attendance are necessary.
- You need a moderate level of fitness and the ability to hold and use the carving tools for the duration of the workshop
- The process creates a minimal amount of dust and although protective clothing will be available from the tutor to purchase (it is compulsory that they be worn)
- Please carefully consider enrolling if you suffer from asthma or any other chest condition. If you do suffer from any breathing condition, please inform the tutor at the beginning of the course.
- The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building. There is wheelchair access via a stair-lift.