Carnival Sculpting/Wire Bending and Carnival Costume Construction


October 26, 2012 - 4:00pm


North Hall, Room B1

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Sarolta Graves

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 Wire bending is a term used to describe the art of bending and shaping wire to create the frame of the 15 – 20 feet costumes that are typical of carnaval. This wire frame is then covered with materials such as batting, fabrics, feathers, sequins and decorative braids to bring the final costume product to reality!  This workshop will give participants an opportunity to learn the process and to help to construct three pairs of butterfly wings.  This will be a taste of the kind of construction that will be employed for the Iowa City Carnaval Parade, and the wings that are made will be used in the parade.

This workshop will be led by award–winning carnaval costume designer Fitzgerald DeFreitas.

This event is one in a series of carnaval–related events on the UI campus. The final products of these sessions and workshops will be featured in – or serve as inspiration for – floats, costumes, props, masks, and puppets for the Iowa City Carnaval Parade in June 2013 during the Iowa City Arts Festival.