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Owl in Spotlight new puppets

August 30, 2010

Greetings my friends! I’ve had my head down and butt up sewing my Cinderella fingers to the bone for the upcoming show for Halloween. But I wanted to share a scene with you! This is our heroine, Dort, stumbling across a scene from the Salem Witch Trials. These guys are some of my current favourites. …

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Fringe Fringe Fringe

September 27, 2009

Our Fringe show Everything Will Be Ok is going really well. We’re playing to extremely appreciative audiences, they hang around afterwards and ask lots of questions, about the ideas behind it, about the puppetry involved, about how long it took to build, all sorts of things. They tell us that it’s absorbing and magical, which …

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tutorial – making felt finger puppets of well known people

September 16, 2009

This one is so simple and quick, which is the way I like ‘em. All you need is some suitable coloured felt and some thread and scissors. This time the brief was a finger puppet of our own Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, but you can use this for anyone at all. To make a finger …

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Ah, time flies when you’re busy as heck

August 9, 2009

Oh my god. So the second week of uni has wizzed past, and I haven’t posted in my blog for 7 days! I think that’s probably a record since I started… I have been crafting alongside the study and stress, but again it’s for the play so I can’t show you finished projects. How about …

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Tutorial – Real Hands for puppets and puppet suits

April 7, 2009

This is a really simple tute, which as you know, is always my favourite kind. When you’re building a puppet and you need it to be able to actually use it’s hands, then one way to do it is to create what is referred to as “real hands”, which is basically a big glove attached …

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Phew! What a lot of things to cram into such a short time

April 7, 2009

Oh, there has been much art, much business and a internet connection MIA. Damn technology! On the weekend, I worked on a short shoot of a showreel of a film written by local guys. Well, Jude and a friend of his. It was great to work on a professional shoot but stacked full of mates. …

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electrical faults aside, we got a family going on!

April 2, 2009

Yesterday I spent in the studio still working on the dragons. I bought a glue gun a week ago from a high end craft store that shall remain nameless as my previous glue gun, bought sensibly from a hardware store, had been suddenly called to Majorca to attend a family situation. Or at least, that’s …

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Good things come in threes

March 31, 2009

So I’ve been commissioned to design and make a dragon puppet in three sizes – bigger than a teenager, 60cms and small stuffed toy. After much discussion we decided that we’d go with a costume for the big dragon, a muppet-like puppet for the mid dragon and about 30cms for the stuffed toy. There’s a …

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Where The Wild Things Are

March 26, 2009

This movie was filmed in Melbourne, a couple of years ago now, and I was lucky enough to work on it. I learnt a lot about monsters, puppets, foam and contact adhesive, knowledge I still use today. In fact I’m currently building 3 dragon puppets, or indeed, 1 dragon puppet in 3 different sizes and …

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Props!

December 9, 2008

In the next week there’s going to be a Surprise Piggy tutorial and a cloth doll tute (I haven’t thought of a funky name for her yet) and I’m really looking forward to sharing those with you! But until then, I figured I’d share some photos from the play I designed that’s just finished, This …

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