Here's the completed video of Boxcar Fair that I mentioned in this post in September. The background, set, and puppets were all handmade and shot without any cuts or edits.To learn more about how this video was created go to the vimeo page and follow the links provided.
Posted on Thursday, December 01, 2011 at 09:16 AM|Permalink
"These puppets aren't for kids. Our puppets have dark pasts and haunted futures.."~Cast Iron Carousel
I have such an appreciation for those who work with puppets via stop motion animation or performance pieces. So when I come across a video like this one on Etsy , featuring the Cast Iron Carousel Marionette Troupe (based in Portland, Oregon), I get really excited as I love to discover what's new in the world of modern puppetry. You can click on the link by the video above to read the original interview on Etsy and visit CIC's website here to learn more about them and visit this link to see more detailed images of the marionettes.
The Third Annual Shrine for Hope (Auction to benefit the Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots organization) is coming up! Organizer and artist Rebecca Brooks has gathered several artists who have a passion for Mexico (and it's people and culture), to create artful cigar box shrines. Each shrine will auctioned off and all proceeds go to help Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots, a non profit organziation dedicated to helping children receive an education and assist with basic needs. This will be my third time participating in the event and the auction will take place in May and I will post more information as the time nears :)
* * A long overdue note about Frida Dolls * *
I will not be creating a shrine with a Frida doll as I have for the previous two auctions. I was contacted by the Frida Kahlo Corp. last summer and informed that her name and image are trademarked worldwide with regards to certain products including dolls. I contacted them minutes after receiving their email asking what was permissable since my dolls were one of a kind art pieces and never heard back from them. Many of you have been asking about Frida dolls and this is why I haven't created any more. I would love to hear back from F.K.C. as many of us artists, specifically doll makers, who want to honor the memory of Frida via our art, do not wish to violate copyright/trademark laws, but also would like to still create one of a kind pieces. In the meantime you can google the company and visit the official website where they have licensed Frida products including the official doll.
Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 09:30 AM|Permalink
Had to share this link here in case you missed it on my links from the previous week on Crescendoh. I can't seem to get this new puppetry from Handspring Puppet Company out of my mind~amazing isn't it? You can visit their website here though I wish I could find more video of some of their performances.
Sooo..I've been getting lots of emails regarding the next shop update and calavera Catrina Dolls. I will be posting a Shop Update Announcement later this week as I already have the date in mind for sometime later next week for the update. I'll be working away when I can which means I'll pretty much be offline and may not get to your emails. To answer your questions, the Catrina Dolls be be part of the upcoming shop update (I did not sell them yet) and info about reserves, prices etc. can be found here. And for those asking about prints, my printer will be in the shop this week getting fixed I hope. It's one of those cases of not enough time or hands to get things finished around here! Enjoy your week~see you soon~
Posted on Monday, December 06, 2010 at 09:10 AM|Permalink
Here my latest Frida art doll. She is making her way down to the Frida Show in CA where she'll be joining my other doll already on display. I was asked if I would create another one for the show, similar to the first one but not exactly the same. Initially I had planned to make marionettes of Frida and Diego, but having el Dia de los Muertos on my mind I chose to create two Fridas as representing vida y muerte, life and death..
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This Frida doll is a hanging wall piece and is approx.15" in length and 8" wide at the base of the dress. She is wearing a corset made of plaster with the words "Las lágrimas de la vida riego mi alma"( The tears of life water my soul) written across it. A green ribbon made of dupioni silk adorns her waist. Her skirt is made of green silk and black satin with sequins on it. The white cotton trim on the skirt is made from vintage fabric. Around her arms she wears a shawl in various hues of purples with black fringe on the ends. In her hair are silk and flocked paper flowers and her necklace is made of lapis. The banner across Frida's dress has printed on it a passage from her diary ,in Spanish, that reads "We were born for the same thing, to discover and love what has been discovered. Hidden. With the grief of always losing it".
The two marionettes are approx. 7" in length . They are holding banners that read mi arte (my art) ..mi diego.. mi hijos (my children) mi indentidad (my identity) mi amor (my love) mi dignidad (my dignity) mi cuerpo (my body) mi vida (my life).
I'm quite relieved to see this month come to an end~it's been a busy and at times frustrating one, however I have it firmly set in my mind that October will be a productive and creative month, without (m)any setbacks, illnesses, etc. I wish the same for all of you!
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