Care and Cleaning
Finding Forms cutting foam
Whether your part is an abstract squiggle or a nameable form, I'll cut the shape from a scrap of discarded memory foam. I have over a decade of experience making puppets and masks often from foam and fabric.
Parts are quite durable. I will often use the same part 3 days in a row. That said, if you pack everyday you may want to invest in more than one so you can let them air out. Each Part comes with a little stand to display it when not in use.
cleaning is very simple. when I notice that my Part is getting a little funky. I use a dab-or-two of Castile soap and gently squeeze it like a sponge under some running water... Don't worry about rinsing the soap out super well because a little soapy residue will help keep it fresh. Just be careful to avoid really soaking any hand painted elements on your Part. I imagine this is chill... because those elements wont be right up against your body so they shouldn't get too funky.
anyway... if this project excites you - whatever your experience may be. Or if only to support one silly artist's side hustle... so be it.
Blessings to you in these times.
Fabric and fastening
I collect scraps of soft, vibrant fabric from costume shops and fabric stores to incorporate into these Packers. Because I source my materials this way the fabrics I use are constantly changing, but I can usually find just the scrap for the job. When I can't find the perfect fabric to suite your design idea I will hand paint specific elements, such as the feathers pictured here.