5 Day Intensive Hard Cap Workshop
Want To Learn The Wig Making World's Best Kept Secret?
Now You Can .....
I'm opening the doors for the first time and holding 2 small in person workshops to teach you how you can build a wig pretty much without limits
Hello - I'm Tam and I'm a hard cap nerd ...
I studied at the London College of Fashion and graduated in 2000
I've worked across the board in theatre, film, television and music before moving to Paris in 2006.
It was in Paris, working in a theatrical wig atelier, that I started to learn and use predominantly synthetic wigs. I'd stay behind late after work and was given permission to experiment with a box of old wigs in the store room.
The owner saw what I was doing and asked me to put the wigs I had been dressing in the shop window.
This was the unusual start to my journey into display, learning about mannequin wigs and how a hard cap worked.
In 2010 I had my daughter and moved back to the UK. No longer able to work the hours that theatre and tv required, I started to try and get myself into window display in London. After trying to get a job in various mannequin wig departments without much success, I decided to go it alone.
My first contract was making 100's of little bob's for a high street store. I found a wig maker on Linkedin who had been training at one of the mannequin wig studios. I hired her to help me and together we dissected the sample we had to copy and managed to supply these wigs on a rolling contract.
Everything I learnt from there has been trial and error. It's been challenging and hugely rewarding. The last two years have been spent moving my hard cap technique out of display and into other worlds.
Im now offering up two small classes in May to give 20 people an introduction into how to make a hard cap wig.
This is your chance for me to teach you the magic of hard caps and how versatile they can be. You'll learn all the basic skills you need to start your journey into creative wig making and head props.
More About The Workshop
Where is the workshop being held
Todmorden Learning Centre, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, OL14 7BX
I have a big art room booked with plenty of space and light. Its right on the high street, with the market opposite (and a brilliant coffee shop)
Mucho Importanto ...
When are the workshops happening
There are 2 workshops available to book
They run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 am - 4.30 pm
Wednesday 12pm - 6.30 pm
May 8 - 12 2023 - 5 days
May 15th - 19th 2023 - 5 days
How Versatile Can Hard Caps Actually Be?
We can talk about this in the workshops
crowd rooms to commissions
theatre to editorial
window display to feature films
making head props and masks
adding pieces to lace wigs
I've used the cut and stick method for them all
What You'll Be Learning
How to measure and make a hard cap, learning all about the materials and where to source them
- Working in pairs, you'll be taking each others head shape and measurements
-Padding out your block - What you need and what you don't need for a hard cap head shape
-Making the cap
Preparing Your Fibre
-Learning about the types of fibre you can use
-How to use a hackle and mixing up bespoke colours
-Pre curling hair ready for making up your wig
Day 3, 4 & 5
Making Up Your Wig
We'll be going through a basic panto wig design as an exercise.
We will be mapping out the design on the hard cap and each morning I'll demo each section.
The afternoon will be spent with you following on with your own wig.
There will be some time for a Q & A on the last day to go over any questions you have.
This is the only class of its kind - Anywhere!
- 5 days Tuition
-All materials provided plus kit to go home with which includes;
-Starter bottle of glue
-Hard Cap Making Pins (long and short)
-Comb and Fork comb
- Access to a private facebook page - this is where you can share your work, ask questions and pass on work/hire your fellow hard cap aficionados.