Puppets , puppets, puppets, they come in so many forms.
Following on from my previous post about puppets from my youth, I’ve found a suitcase full of marionettes that I made over 15 years ago.
I’ve never really used them. After making them I realised that marionettes really weren’t my bag. They require precision and grace and a certain patience. They are like the ballet of puppetry: slow moving, graceful and deliberate. I’m more pantomime, I like the fast moving, slapstick, high energy of the hand puppet.
You live and learn.
So I’ve been left with these lovely characters. First there is this man. He is a gentleman, magician type , with his top hat and cravat. He’s rather old fashioned and just a little bit goofy.
He looks rather dapper in his topper and frock coat, don’t you think?
Someone suggest a name for this lovely fellow.
Then I made another puppet. A punk puppet. A rather glamorous and just a tad camp, puppet. He has a pink mohican and lovely drainpipe pvc trousers, a regulation safety pin through his ear and a Union Jack t-shirt.
Check out the underarm hair… I like details on puppets.
Both the Gentleman puppet and Punk puppet were made of stiffened sewn fabric and the Punk puppet has carved wood hands and feet.
Then I made another puppet, a carved wooden head that turned into a sort of Noah. I didn’t have a plan when I made him, he just sort of announced himself.
Naked puppet. I thought he had a certain beauty imbued in his simplicity.
I have more of these marionette puppets. I made quite a few. I shall show you a few more another time.
For now, I shall just put these puppets back into the suitcase and into the cupboard until I figure out what to do with them.
Ooh like a puppet on a string... Ah, as a feminist I never really agreed with the sentiments behind that Sandy Shaw song. Those lyrics are decidedly dodgy. Is that why I don’t relate to marionettes?
- The Magic of Puppets (kidspartyheaven.wordpress.com)
- Giant Tweeting Puppet of the Day (geeks.thedailywh.at)
- Puppeteer pulls all the right strings at county fair – Vallejo Times Herald (faircarnivals.com)