IN THE STUDIO
Where exactly do faeries come from? Enchanted hedgerows? Fissures in the ancient English Ley-Lines? Overactive imaginatons?
Well probably all of the above but certainly Kathy's crafty hands too.
They generally start with the fabrication of limb-lets.
Put in box and set aside.
Ready for buckram and gluey layer.
Apply some paint and dress in fantastical garb.
I never met a bald faery so wispy hairs are a must.
Start with some ribbon. Apply glue.
Smoosh down colorful feathers.
Cut to whimsical length.
Fit to bald pate.
And style to taste.
Now some wings.
Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
A bit of gentle open-back surgery.
Don't forget ze strings.
Look for these little dudes in Queen Titania's entourage at our next show.
Late last night as a historic snow storm blustered outside, a bleating cry suddenly sounded from our basement studio. A gnome was born! The pint-sized marvel was quickly swaddled and put to bed. But waking this morning instead of the anticipated clamoring for acorn mash or milkweed bottle the little fella just pointed outside and nodded vigorously. He wanted OUT!
The following are some images from his first photo shoot. Can you help us find a name for the little fella?
We love Gnomes and there is a family of Gnomes well under way in the studio.
Kathy has crafted heads, arms and feet and is moving on to their stylish duds. Beautiful suede leather jacket for the woodsy fella.
Accompanied by an equally wild and wooly pair of boots sewn by our good friend and accomplice Tori Cox.
It won't be too long before this sweet half-pint couple emerge fully realized - with a new born gnomelet too, of course!
My wife's imagination is reached through an unassuming door. Outside this door a line of characters waits in line hoping to be warmly admitted to her magical world of puppets. But every so often there is a particularly insistent rap at the door, and on this occasion a many armed rapping. "An octopus!" she announced crawling out of our tent at the Wild Goose Festival. And when we got home, she got to work.....
Step 1 - Transform cheap pool noodles into tentacles
Step 2 - Cover with bright orange fabric skin
Step 3 - Pattern, cut and stitch giant octopus head from foam.
Okay enough with the Steps! Next test umbrella puppet mechanics.
Attach tentacles to over-sized golf umbrella.
Next Cut, dart and glue 120 octopus suckers.
Fit and cut octopus body.
Attach head and you're done....sort of.
There are still a few yards of sewing still remaining and at least 50-100 sequins to be sewn down but who's counting. We look forward to debuting this blazing orange leviathan at our next show - Friday, September 12, 8pm at St. Luke's Church in Boone, NC. Hope to see you there!