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About Runaway workshop

Runaway workshop is a UK based creative business, specialising in animal themed costume parts, such as head bases, feet padding and more, so users can build their own costumes, cosplay, mascots, and fursuits with ease. We also occasionally open up for custom commissions for parts, and fully completed costumes. 

                                                                                                        

a photo of me sculpting a clay head base model

Owned and solely operated (For now) by me, Adele Waldrom, from my Leicestershire based home workshop. 

It's been a great pleasure to see how far my business has come since I first opened shop in 2014 with just two simple head base designs and a plasterers table in my Grandmother's garage. 

I started producing cast foam bases back then to increase my own costume making production. As I was more comfortable with clay sculpting and mold making, I found it halved the time it took to produce a completed fursuit head with greater accuracy than I could get with a traditional foam sculpt.

I now have over 20 head designs, a 32 square meter workshop, dozens of new costuming products, and access to a number of different computer aided machines, vastly improving quality control. I have even been able to start using 3D scanning and printing technology to take my hand sculpted designs, and improve them digitally, producing a more symmetrical product but with a traditional sculpted feel.

The one thing that hasn't changed, is my closeness with traditional, hands on methods of sculpting, painting and assembly, because working with my hands is a big part of why I love what I do.

a photo inside runaway workshop

I started working from my new workshop in 2020, after I moved into my new home and spent 6 months converting the large shed at the bottom of the garden. You can read about the stages of building the workshop, and more about the development of the whole business on the "our journey" page.

images of my new workshop set up

photo of my machine set up, a 3D printer and a CNC milling machine sit on a counter next to a laptop. the counter top is dirty with bits from the milling machine that has just been used

photo of my working process, feet paw sculpts covered in silicone to make a mould, next to 3D printed mother sculpts