I have finished the conjoined rabbit puppet, but wanted to post an in-progress picture of its clothing. I finished off the outer gown with small pieces of red ink dyed cotton stitched on randomly, and tarted up the arms of the body outfit with tiny multicoloured beads. The arms are my favourite part now; I can't resist a good shower of colourful beads. Not a literal shower though, I'm ticklish.
My next project (among many others, in various stages of halfway to almost finished) is a set of 10 or more small, dyed, beaded puppets. The picture above shows half of them already dyed a pale umber and ironed, the other half is freshly dyed light red and squeezed out, in the process of drying.
When I am working on a puppet, I will often have a general idea of how many, what size and their overall look I am going for before I start. As I move along, I am open to any changes, additions or details that occur to me, or that the in-progress work might suggest. For example, I would like these little puppets to have a contrasting look about them of roughness and richness, I suppose like an old threadbare tapestry. To achieve this, I will incorporate beading for certain, as well as the possibilities of embroidery, painting, and the addition of other materials.
If I plan out a puppet too tightly and precisely, it will rarely "work". I must always be conscious of leaving room for exploration within the object, and not have a highly detailed map from start to finish. Part of me wants to do this precise planning, but I am much happier with both the process and the finished project if I let go of the reins, so to speak.
Colour Cross Puppet: cotton fabric, thread, beads, bells marker. I think this is going somewhere interesting. Though it has no head, and only sort of fits my hand, as I didn't really measure it. It could almost go in the goofy/creepy hand collection, though the creepy hand that fits this puppet would be hidden. I say it still counts!
Owl Puppet Prototype: newspaper, tissue paper, pipe cleaner, masking tape, marker, old paintbrush. I like to make rough prototypes of puppet ideas, and consider them three dimensional sketches. This owl's head can move up and down and twist about. On the finished puppet, the tissue paper feathers would be fabric, hopefully with as much personality. I really like the squared edge of them.
Moon Puppet: hilighter, pen on paper, altered in gimp. He's an idea for a moon puppet I was thinking of, flat and on a stick, with floaty arms and dangly running-a-bit legs.
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