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This video is my latest stop motion- a companion piece to the physical object of my Puppets and Prosthetics final project. The assignment was “The Secret Lives of Puppets,” and my goal was to have the cloth move while still on the loom as a sort of past life to the eventual fate of the cloth- a single, solid piece of fabric. In a way, the centipede has two lives, one on the cloth as movement and growth of production, and one off the loom, an object.

The Centipede Puppet with Eyes

The Centipede Puppet with Eyes

The centipede was woven using pick-up via doublecloth. Once he was woven, I untied sections of the warp off the back beam and cut the side fringe loose so that I was able to manipulate slight movement. Moving everything by myself and taking pictures made my options for movement limited (you can see my hand pulling the side fringe in the video), but I’m satisfied with the resut as an experiment in the limitations of cloth- the materiality, function, and performative options for cloth.

The Final Object

The Final Object

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puppets warp

So this is my warp for my Puppets and Prosthetics final. I am not at all certain that this is going to work- the double cloth warp seems a little funky pulled through my makeshift dent reed, but I shall carry forth!  The bit to the left is for a little side fringe action, and when I get a little more into the projection I will tell you all about the practical and aesthetic purposes for such fringe.

In other news somewhat related, my Puppets and Prosthetics teacher, Molly Ross of Nana Projects, decided that today was too beautiful a day to sit inside and watch videos, so she took a bunch of us out to her studio in Baltimore and we learned how to stilt walk. Apparently I am a natural, and I had so much fun wobbling around the beautiful, green field in my sequin-decorated stilts. I definitely see custom stilt building in my future. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of my excursion, but I imagine I looked something like this:

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slides

This is my half of the solution to the microscope problem, part of a collaborative 2 women, one magnifying glass microscopic puppet show for my Puppets and Prosthetics class. Each slide represents a vignette of one big human tragedy or large scale disaster with the puppets as the slide clovers- small, insignificant plants and animals unseen but impacted all the same by their mere presence. The slide scenes are composed of found black and white photographs of a particular place, tissue paper, and hand drawn elements. The puppet show will take place under a magnifying glass, as we hope to address the size and scale of world events and our individual relationships to those events.

I continue to emphasize my work in puppetry because I feel a strong connection to the traddition of the art and am currently working on a project that involves both weaving and puppetry, so more information on that very soon.

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