Today has seen the Official Launch of the Nottingham Puppet Festival. At last we can go public with this after two years of planning. This is a collaboration between Theatre Royal Concert Hall (Nottingham) City Arts Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University (Theatre Design Department). I have been acting as an advocate for independent artists within these organisations and will be facilitating a group to make and activate a pack of puppet dogs. Here are some images of the launch today at the Concert Hall.
Just a few of the puppets that were seen today, including our new ‘Maid Marion’ on her horse, who has been made especially for the festival as our mascot by Alison Duddle.
The Main Festival will take place fromThursday 22nd March till Sunday 25th March
Check out nottinghampuppetfestival.co.uk for information on events and opportunities.
Masks having a day out in the country with BigBigTrain,
filming for their new video.
After two weeks of short and frustratingly unsatisfying bursts of just a hour or so here and there, today I spent 6 hours on the job, in honour of International Commedia Dell ‘Arte Day. I think I have cracked it. Not finished but feel like my hands and eyes understand what they are doing now. Loads more practice needed but happily on the way. Have a real sense of 3D in the wood.
I should get to leather next week.
The Clay for the new ‘Magnifico” mask is done and ‘cottled-up’ ready for plastering.
And carving has begun on ‘Big Nose Zanni’. Such a strange thing for me to learn to remove material to reveal the form when I am used to building up with the clay. Streatching my brain and developing new skills.
Session Six: Final two coats of papering. Manufacturing Process almost completed. Next ext wednesday we will finish the masks….just in time for ‘Light Night’ which is next friday, 5th feb..
Busy session, what with applying two layers in one evening!
So focused and cheerful are we.
High Caliber Mask Work
Just a few moments from the improvisations today.
Embodiment. Being and Doing.
Papering done (three layers) , waiting for the masks to dry in the moulds which takes some time with new moulds (wet plaster) and because of the winter cold.
Wood blocks being prepared for carving. Using the best quality pine I can find. It is not high-grown Alpine pine but the best I can easily find from the usual local sources. If it is no good enough, I shall just have to hone sourcing skills.
The moulds for the three new Zanni masks are now made and waiting to be papered.