Posts tagged ‘puppets’

March 26, 2014

Puppet Bucket

Meet the crew!  I’m pleased to announce that my crew and I will be performing April 11 & 12 at Imago Theater in Portland for the next Portland Puppet Slam.  Clockwise from the top we have Uncle Shelby, the Calistoga Kid, and Pearly Sweetcakes, everyone’s hippie darling. We’ve been hard at work fabricating these guys and piles of props to perform a rendition of a little-known Shel Silverstein piece from the seventies.  Come see what all the fuss is about!  Tickets are available here, but get yours soon.  They sell out fast.

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March 6, 2013

Molly Cottontail Puppet

Despite my long-lived passion for puppetry and toy theater, I haven’t made many of my own puppets, and none of them were very sophisticated. Recently, however, all that changed when I ran into Andy Furgeson of Red Yarn Puppetry, a local one-man wunderkind whose folk music/puppetry/education performances are growing steadily in popularity in the Portland area.  He needed a new character for his pantheon and no time to make it, so I stepped in to create Molly Cottontail, the female counterpart to his main character Bob Rabbit.  I’m completely stoked that I managed to whip her out in just three days, considering that I’d never made a moving-mouth puppet before, and I hadn’t even busted out my sewing machine in a couple years.  My dog loves her, too.

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I started with measurements from the pre-existing Bob Rabbit and sort of winged the rest.  Andy and I decided that she should be a lighter color than Bob and have rounder ears, but he left the rest up to me.  To make her, I used faux fur, reclaimed upholstery velvet swatches, felt, deerskin, floral wire, found plastic sheeting, and corduroy. She’s stuffed with polyfill and rice, to make her feet heavy.

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I had a blast making her, and now that I’ve learned how to make moving-mouth puppets, the sky’s the limit!

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