As a toy product design instructor, it would be my job to introduce my student team at their final play-sensations, and all of the instructors were going to present dressed up as their team animal.
I was the instructor for squid team, and this squid costume wouldn’t do.
If I was going to be a squid, I was going to be an awesome squid.I made a sketch of a costume that I thought would be a more true squid representation, with a lot more dignity.
I cut rough sections of blue foam and glued them together around an extra hard hat we had on hand
One of my favorite tools is a good knife. You can see the one I was using here to carve the foam
Adding a pair of giant googley eyes really made the squid come to life. The eye is mostly held in as a press-fit
The Completed Costume:
The final (and very last minute) touch was to add “tentacles” which were made using a thrift-store dress. I attached the dress to the squid body and then cut it in the shape of tentacles.
Here I am with the studens of team squid, their incredible toy (Infect It!), and their mentor Jonah:
It was finished just in time for playsentations (this is me):
other people may have worn it better though: