So much work to do! No one said building a puppet show from scratch (and from scrap) was easy.
Here is the base of Jacks, the bully of the story. I started with a plastic soda bottle and used masking tape to create the shape of his face. Nose and chin are cut up pieces of another soda bottle (cap still screwed on for his nose) and his ears are made out of 6-pack can holders.
Sally's brother Simon Says. He looks very different by now, but I did keep this base. His head is made out of a plastic salad box. Nose (matching his sister's) is a ping pong ball, ears a cut up plastic 6-pack holder (love those!) and used those for his glasses as well. For his final look I did swap out his hair and eyes.
And Finally, the star herself: Sally! She started out with a large tupperware, newspaper and masking tape to create the shape of her face. Bottle caps for eyes, ping pong ball nose, and soda bottle caps for ears. I had a lot of fun with her hair, finding a perfect green plastic bag.
NEXT UP: Paper Mache!
I'm sitting here at my work table on another grey day in Portland. Yesterday I got my first large print order of postcards to go out to preschools. I have had a blast presenting my Preschool Puppet Workshop at a few preschools this winter and I hope to ride on that success and visit more local kiddos.
My mind is a buzz with new project ideas as it always is. The next puppet slam is coming soon in February and I've decided to be a little over ambitious and create a brand new slam piece: "The Little House." Again I am faced with the conundrum, does a slam piece have to be "adult" content? Sex, drugs, dirty puppets? I guess it's what audiences sort of expect. But lets me honest, that's just not me.
So "The Little House," is based on the story by Virginia Lee Burton, about a little house on a hill and a big city grows up around it. My "adult" take is to take the idea of development and gentrification and point it directly at Portland. With the help of my awesome artist friend, Justin White, I hope to depict actual buildings around Portland, and even depict characters and people "types" (ie. hipsters, Subaru moms). The idea is to present the scene almost like a book, so that each new layer of development is actually a new piece that gets layered on top. So lots of cardboard! I've narrowed it down to 8 different scenes, which is a lot of work! Well thats the idea... I'll post pictures soon!