Tags: dwarves, gifts, glove puppets, hobbit
Wow. Long story short, I had the extreme privilege of meeting some of the actors who played dwarves from The Hobbit, which may now be one of my favorite movies ever. I and several friends formed a vehemently persistent group of fans who prodded the officials at Dragon Con to GET SOME DWARVES HERE IN ATLANTA. We succeeded in getting two out of thirteen–William Kircher(Bifur) and Graham McTavish(Dwalin). We had James Nesbitt(Bofur), but he had to call it off at the last minute, and I believe I heard that Jed Brophy(Nori) wanted to come but missed the boat on applications or somesuch.
But of the two we had, Bifur is my favorite, and although I didn’t put together a costume as many of my fellow dwarf-loving friends did(and quite splendidly,I might add),I wanted to show my appreciation. That, from me, comes in the form of a puppet gift, usually in the appearance of my favorite character an actor plays.
I made wee glove puppets of Bifur and Dwalin–very simple and not terribly detailed, but pretty cute if I do day so myself. Here is a compilation of photos taken by my husband, pal Beth, and William Kircher’s lovely (and very funny) wife Nicole.
Here is an interview with William at a Con just a week later, and he shows off the toys he received in his Con travels as well as MiniBifur!
Next post, the warg puppet head I made to show off to the guys!
A high school commissioned this piece from me. I think it came out pretty nice.
We were having way too much fun with my friend Zach, who was trying to get his “elevator pitch” together. (I’m going to let y’all Google that one) Anyway, here it is, a bundle of cuteness… Zach Translates for Mo–The Resume
So yeah, here’s what I’ve been up to lately…makin’ a puppet for a MYTHBUSTER!
Tags: grants, The Children's Bilingual Theatre
The production Mr. Ooba’s TEAM is an anti-bullying play conceived by my friend Jordan Schwartz and being built and eventually performed by Puppatoons, having been portrayed in various installations by Jordan’s pet project, The Children’s Bilingual Theatre. Recently we were awarded at the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Event given by Bank of America. Miss Schwartz was at Bryn Mawr in the middle of exams and could not attend the awards dinner, so I and Jacko, one of the characters from the show, attended and accepted the award check in her place.:)
Ruby the Red Nosed Reindeer had quite a few showings this month; I also worked on several commissions:
Dear friends, thank you for tuning in to this blog when you do. I have not only been busy these past few months, but I have been afflicted with an illness called Graves’ Disease. Essentially it is something going on in my body,possibly my thyroid, that is making my eyes cross, causing terrible double vision and a very wacked-out physical appearance, to be honest. And you know, working close up on things with sewing, and drawing, and especially typing long things to read, got, well, difficult. I hope you understand. But thanks to some strong medications I seemto be getting better ad I feel like writing again.
Since we are approaching Christmas, I thought I would share with you a terrific yet haunting video of a parade of Krampuses. Magnificent costumes on these guys..just look at the variety! My only lament is the use of so much real animal material.
I wish my Halloween employer, Netherworld, could host some sort of mini-festival of this sort, given that we have several fine Krampuses in our stable of costumed characters.
I know it’s after Halloween, and I have a lot of my own puppet stuff to post, but I thought I’d share something with the arachnophiles out there.
Now, while I keep most of my puppetry work “all ages”, I do enjoy adult puppetry and a do a bit every now and then, keeping the genres carefully separated.
One of the more mature adult puppetry bits I can’t get enough of is Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.He recently covered Occupy Wall Street. Enjoy.
At my husband’s office (Turner Studios) there was a pumpkin carving contest. Our team creation won Scariest Pumpkin!
Here is it after bringing it back home…I don’t think it likes being in a box: