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The Thick of Things

I truly am in the thick of things.  Fleece, fur and feathers.  As a puppet maker the three F's!  It is fabulous.  I am having a blast attending all of the craft shows and meeting so many new friends.  Please look at my schedule on my home page and try to come out to one of the shows.  There are so many wonderful artisans at the different markets and you will definitely find some unique treasures at any of the events you attend!

Roses are red, Violets are blue......

Spring is in the air and a great deal of pollen.  My new puppet series will be pollen free!  I plan on working on a series of puppet blooms.  I have started to disassemble some inexpensive silk flowers to re-organize around some small hand puppets.  The head and neck of the puppet will be the bud and stem and the delicate silk petals will adorn the mouth area and head.  My plan is to make them look like the original silk flowers, only larger, and bulkier.  We will see, I love the trial and error of making puppets.

Growing up

I would like to formally pat myself on the back.  I finished my first foam supported large hand puppet of a Wildebeest this weekend.  It has been a dream for a very long time to be able to craft such a fine skill.   All my years of Sesame Street and the Muppets has truly paid off.  With only taken one workshop under my belt I made many, many attempts.  This guy is actually the third version.  The first two looked more like  a water buffalo or an antelope, according to my son (the 4th grader).

Puppet Party

My sister asked me to help her with a puppet themed birthday party for her daughter.  What fun!  We decided I would make 10 plain white small round hand puppets and the kids would decorate them.  It was one of the best parties ever.  My inner Muppet came alive and my niece was truly channeling the sesame street gang too.  We supplied felt, pom-poms, pipe cleaners, feathers, oogle eyes, and glitter.  The kids were so creative and loved the independence of decorating their own real puppet.  I think I have found a niche and added it to my Etsy and website as a new package.  Check it out!

What inspires you?

I get inspired, through so many venues.  Art, music, books, magazines, theater, television and my friends.  All together a genuine combination for creativity.  Currently I am using my influences to make puppets.  Mostly, alien or monster like so I am not confined to a specific type.  I am thinking of branching out to more realistic fiqures.  What do you think about Picasso or Matisse?  Liberace or Cher?  I know I am getting a little silly, but that's my nature.  Never take things so serious.  Send me your suggestions. 

education of a puppet maker

 I have slowed up my puppet making temporarily, I am designing more and trying new fabrics.  I am also trying to find some more professional workshops to better my skills.  Anyone know of a good puppet workshop for foam or antron fleece characters?  I am searching the web, looking for something in the DC metro area.  I found some really cool workshops but they are clear across the country or on another continent.  So, since I would rather not leave my current time zone, please forward your suggestions.   

good season of learning

Thank you everyone for the terrific response to my new puppet family.  I think I have found my niche and look forward to making more after the holidays.  I truly learned so much about my abilities and overcoming obstacles.  I am still looking for good puppet workshops in my native DC/MD/VA area.  I really want to keep developing my skills and begin using the reticulating foam more.  Maybe some day I can get to visit Muppet Studio before I get too old, but I actually think I will never get old as long as I keep making those crazy little guys!  Happy Holidays and keep creating!

When is it too much?

I love simplicity and encourage my students to follow, but what if that isn't enough?  I secretly love working with glitter and feathers, especially glitter glue and feather boas.  After all, they are now contained.  The glitter is in the glue, therefore, no fairy dust all over the place.  And feather boas are woven on a piece of cotton twine, oh the better to use them!  Please excuse my silliness, I am in prime puppet making mode.  I'm getting ready to display them for the first time, in public, and I hope to sell them.  My puppets are morphing in to delightful, fushia and turquoise creatures that are textural and silly.  Not sure if I will completely abandon my simplistic philosophy, but it sure is fun!

Puppets

Well, I have been re-borne!  Not religiously, but through the creation of puppets.  Thanks to my puppet workshop at Common Ground on the Hill I am now in full production mode and channeling Jim Henson, my childhood idol!  As a former Muppet Show Fan Club member, I feel all my dreams coming true.  It would be so cool to visit the Muppet Workshop, does anyone have connections? 

Another year, another birthday!

This week marks another year older and somewhat wiser.  I am trying to figure out how to be an artist, mom, friend and wife.  You would think after all of these years I would be a professional something....  I guess I still have time to grow up.  I
just wish my hips would stop growing out.  Eternal battles.
 
Best Valentines to All!
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