No I didn't. I originally trained as a Church Pipe Organ builder/restorer. I taught myself woodcarving at the same time as there were plenty of references in the churches. Later I left to start a small furniture business and started making marionettes as a hobby. I have always been interested in puppets (particularily marionettes) and have been influenced conciously and almost certainly unconciously by many makers/performers over the years. A lot of the cheaper (cast) marionettes on my site are made in Prague and not by me and although look nice aren't the best to perform with.
Generally my marionettes are made for the tv/film/theatre industry and pretty expensive.
Yes I am. I may be listed on there as Company of Marionettes which is the name i use for marionette making (working on a new website at the mo).
Had a look at your site, i particularily like 'Iguanaman' :o)
Thanks Joffe, your shadows are pretty amazing. I can't take the credit for ours, it's myself and Richard (Mucky Puppets). He does the bulk of the design and I do what I can. Looks like we are working along similar lines, we are collaborating with a band on a live shadow/music performance. The band is Little Sparta, and we are in the process of applying for funding to make the show. Fingers crossed...
Wow, you have a lot of great new photos on your page! How do you vacform pvc into a flat puppet shape? (I've never done any vacforming - maybe this is obvious). I've never heard of it as a technique for making shadow puppets - just faux brick walls.
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