dragons

Cam and Friends: We Are All Different.

I made Cam and Friends similar to Jim Henson’s plan with the Muppet production Fraggle Rock—different species all living together, sometimes not getting along so well, but sometimes working together and understanding each other. My dragons are many different colors, shapes, sizes and species, and they have friends who are not even dragons–unicorns, griffins and other creatures are included in their friends and classmates. They don’t always see eye to eye, but they at least know they can share the same spaces peacefully.

We are all Different

Cam and Friends: Big Pink.

Short green and handsome

Can we have a little love for Big Pink?
She is a Peluda, a species of dragon that has fur. Peludas derive from medieval France, where a fur-covered dragon known as “The Shaggy Beast” once terrorized  the area around the  Huisne River.
Big Pink is a member of “The Big Dragon Club”, which consists of Cam, Pink, and their winged friend Floyd. All three are much bigger than their friends, family and schoolmates, and have decided to stick together to help each other with oversize dragon problems. They have known each other since they were little. Floyd and Cam see Pink as simply a “sister” and have no interest in dating her, which is just as well, since Big Pink has an unrelenting crush on Chuck.
And poor Chuck. A bit like Kermit and Miss Piggy, he often has no idea what to do or how to escape the advances of a determined female nearly three times his size. He is sometimes undecided in his interest in her, mainly writing her off as simply “too danged hairy”.

Neat trivia: Big Pink has been a character of mine since the 80s.
Her full name is Prudence Fishbreath, which only her parents, Cam and Floyd know.
Her appearance has changed a bit over the years, as she was meant originally to be quite menacing.
Her colors are meant to be very “80s”, with dusky pink and tiger stripes, and a teal top. Her ears are inspired  by tiger ears in color, but they hang like a hound’s ears.
The appendages on her head are very sensitive, like antennas, and are called “poongas”.

Tom Tichenor Pilgrimage

In summer 2013, I had the great privilege of not only going to see The Monkees at The Ryman in Nashville, but also taking a quick trip down a few blocks to the Nashville Public Library to view the permanent collection on display of one of my heroes in the puppetry field. His name was Tom Tichenor, and although I never saw one of his plays live, I learned a lot about puppet building from his book, Tom Tichenor’s Puppets, which  I checked out of the library almost weekly as a child. I now own this book and have used and adapted many of the patterns in the book to build my own puppets today.

A magnificent castle used in the Nashville Public Library shows.
A magnificent castle used in the Nashville Public Library shows.

A very nice Tichenor fox puppet, still in use today. I use this same pattern for my own puppets.
A very nice Tichenor fox puppet, still in use today. I use this same pattern for my own puppets.
Tommy Dog and another dog whose name I don't know!
Tommy Dog and another dog whose name I don’t know!
Tommy Dog, from the still-used Tichenor puppets.
Tommy Dog, from the still-used Tichenor puppets.
I was allowed to see some of the puppets used in shows every day that were made by Tom. This is Cedric the Dragon. I LOVE his little round nose!
I was allowed to see some of the puppets used in shows every day that were made by Tom. This is Cedric the Dragon. I LOVE his little round nose!
Tichenor's "Puppet Playhouse".I am guessing this was some sort of little  peek-a-boo window.
Tichenor’s “Puppet Playhouse”.I am guessing this was some sort of little
peek-a-boo window.
A Holy grail of sorts--Tichenor's "Puppet Playhouse". Look at the detail!! I admired this so much in my Tom Tichenor book I used to check out of the library all the time as a child(and eventually bought).
A Holy grail of sorts–Tichenor’s “Puppet Playhouse”. Look at the detail!! I admired this so much in my Tom Tichenor book I used to check out of the library all the time as a child(and eventually bought).
A Holy grail of sorts--Tichenor's "Puppet Playhouse". Look at the detail!!
A Holy grail of sorts–Tichenor’s “Puppet Playhouse”. Look at the detail!!
Part of the backstage Tichenor archive at the Nashville Public Library. Mary Tanner Bailey of WIshing Chair Productions took me back to see all these marvelous pieces. This is the star of the Tichenor production "The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings".So sweet!
Part of the backstage Tichenor archive at the Nashville Public Library.
This is the star of the Tichenor production “The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings”.So sweet!
Part of the backstage Tichenor archive at the Nashville Public Library. Mary Tanner Bailey of WIshing Chair Productions took me back to see all these marvelous pieces. This is the star of the Tichenor production "The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings".So sweet!
Part of the backstage Tichenor archive at the Nashville Public Library.
This is the star of the Tichenor production “The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings”.So sweet!
More of the Tichenor exhibit at the Nashville Public Library. There were many many of these wonderful little houses covered with intricate scenery.
More of the Tichenor exhibit at the Nashville Public Library. There were many many of these wonderful little houses covered with intricate scenery.
Part of the main Tichenor exhibit at the Nashville Public Library.  Sweet mousies!
Part of the main Tichenor exhibit at the Nashville Public Library. Sweet mousies!

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Part of the main Tichenor exhibit at the Nashville Public Library.  I think that is one of the Billy Goats Gruff at the top.
Part of the main Tichenor exhibit at the Nashville Public Library. I think that is one of the Billy Goats Gruff at the top.
Part of the main Tichenor exhibit at the Nashville Public Library.
Part of the main Tichenor exhibit at the Nashville Public Library.
Part of the main Tichenor exhibit at the Nashville Public Library.
Part of the main Tichenor exhibit at the Nashville Public Library.
Part of the main Tichenor exhibit at the Nashville Public Library. The puppets from  "Carnivale",including Horrible Harry the green walrus, are at center.
Part of the main Tichenor exhibit at the Nashville Public Library. The puppets from
“Carnivale”,including Horrible Henry the green walrus, are at center.

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