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puppet update

Tuesday, February 1st, 2005

Since getting back to school I got my assignment for the semester long puppetry. We are spending all semester working on pieces (10-15 minutes in length) around the theme of Futurism. We began by reading the Futurist Manifesto by Marinetti, and a series of Futurist plays.

My initial reaction to the futurist manifesto was really negative. It has a huge focus on the glorifying of technology, speed, and looking forward rather than back at history. Marinetti describes museums as cemeteries, and war as the worlds only hygiene. All of those things made me uncomfortable. I like art which reflects and believe that history is a important grounding point for the present. My partner and I ended up creating a piece that was a response to the manifesto.

Today we “finished” out story board, which (like everything else) took longer than expected.


protest sketch

Now armed with a notebook full of sketches we are launching into the building process tomorrow.

tonights lesson…

Friday, January 7th, 2005

… crepe paper does not work for paper mache. It is too thin, and the color bleeds. It works if you want to dye your paste. Or your fingers. Tonight I started putting a color layer on my bird as (I think) the last step before I start working on the fabric wings. After finding that the crepe paper wasn’t going to work, I switched to construction paper which seemed to work fine.

this picture is the underside. I’ve been trying to work on that part, since thats the part that will be most visible.
paper mache bird

This picture is the head again (reenter my furnace)
paper mache bird hear

all in all, I’m very pleased.

giant bird update

Tuesday, January 4th, 2005

I’ve been making progress on the giant bird puppet project. (in the background you can see the furnace, since this project has been moved to the basement)

bird puppet

close up bird puppet

I molded the body out of chicken wire, which I then covered with paper mache. I wasn’t sure that was going to work, because the paper mache doesn’t really stick to the chicken wire, but it does stick to itself quite well, so I just wrapped it all the way around. The head I build first out of cardboard, and then covered in paper mache. The paper mache has been really fun to work with.

The wing span is about 7 feet, and the body is two feet long… I’m still figuring out how long the wings and tail will be based on how much fabric I have. The fabric I found is red, so I think it’s going to be a phoenix. Now I’m looking at lots of pictures of phoenixes on the web… that’ll keep me busy for a little while.

Igor Fokin

Saturday, January 1st, 2005

Recently I discovered the website about Igor Fokin

doodoo puppet

When I was young my parents used to take my brothers and I to Harvard Square for dinner, and the best part was always seeing this guy perform. I have a vivid memory of sitting cross legged on the brick sidewalk and the Italian Clown puppet climbed up onto my knee to sing his aria to me. I was absolutely thrilled!

So I was really excited when I found this website of his work. It’s exciting to see that his work really was a fantastic as I remember it being.

p.s. Happy New Year! good bye stupid 2004, be gone !

got to have a project

Thursday, December 30th, 2004

I think I want to build one of these:

flapping bird puppet

it comes from the The Puppeteers’ Cooperative Home Page, which appears to be mostly a collection of sketches and photos of Bread and Puppet projects.

Step one – find an old metal frame backpack I can take apart…. looks like a trip to good will is in order.