IN THE STUDIO
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!
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.