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Subject: RE: [Puptcrit] re-Introducing myself
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2004 16:49:41 -0500

Mathieu -

Just a note to say that your work (and your website) is beautiful!  I'm
afraid I, too, have always been curious about the long-lasting quality of
papier mache, but seeing your results with it have taken any doubts away.

A thought about a way to keep your full-head mask on (Aegor) -

Would it be possible to use something like the adjustable suspension inside
a construction hard hat or a military combat helmet?  These are made to be
adjustable to fit the head of the wearer.

Just a thought...

Good to have you back on the list -

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Sent: Thursday, December 16, 2004 3:16 AM
Subject: [Puptcrit] re-Introducing myself

Hi all puppeteers and puppet-related people.

I was a member of puptcrit on the other server for years, but it seems the
move has cancelled my membership.

So here I am again, re-introducing myself.
It serves as an update to what I have been up to as well...

My name is Mathieu René. I speak english and french. I am located in
Montreal, Canada.
All my life (although I didn't always know it) I was puppet maker. I will
always be a puppet maker.
I am also just as passionate about masks, as puppets and masks are very
close relatives (cousins, me thinks).
I custom build other scenic-related objects as well.
You can see my work here:

I am called Creaturiste on MSN messenger.

And now...phase two of my evolution...I am becoming a puppeteer!
I am seeking all puppeteering courses I can grab in my area for now. Soon I
shall travel the world for more!
I just finished my first intensive puppet making and animating workshop,
given by the two great puppeteers of "Is Mascareddas" from Italy.

The kind of puppet that was built and used was hand puppets. We used paper
mache for the workshop.
I thank my puppeteer's association for this opportunity!
What a great experience! And what great people I've met!

My main medium is paper mache, although I use anything (preferably
non-toxic) that will do the job.
For those of you who are still affraid of it, be affraid no more. Paper
mache is amazing!
As long as you find the recipe that is right for you AND for the project at
hand, it is the best stuff in the world.
Forget about the uneven, wrinkly, weak and rotting piece of unidentified
matter a lot of people associate paper mache with.
The good recipes can yield a smooth, tough-as-fiberglass finish!
My favorite recipe so far: Carpenter's glue and medium-thickness cotton
paper. Three layers is enough for a rock-hard shell.
I have a feeling that 5 layers could be used as armour pieces for those Live
Action Role Playing games, with those padded foam weapons.
For a "pulp" approach, I use cellulose insulation mixed with carpenter's
glue (preferably without water, to avoid warping and excessive shrinking)

My latest finished paper mache project, aside from the puppet workshop, is
Duncan, a demon mask I made for Halloween and self-promotion in the theatre
industry. See it here:
Duncan was worn 7 hours straight, during strenous outdoor puppeteering work
for a Halloween event, three days in a row. It rained on it a few times a
day. No warping! And he wasn't even fully weatherproofed yet!
Very comfortable, no sweat in the eyes, and no marks on my face.
Finally, I am satisfied with the comfort and finish. Now I feel confident
enough to seek more maskmaking contracts in the professional theatre biz.

My current paper mache project is a three-eyed helmet mask (full face and
back of head) named Aegor. I will post pictures on my website as soon as the
mask is finished, and will announce the update on this list.
Right now, it is rock hard and banana yellow, thanks to the carpenter's
I have yet to devise the best way to hold it steady on the head without

I love sharing and learning techniques.
I welcome questions, critiques (honest and constructive) and suggestions.

Glad to be back on the list.
Hope to hear from people I've missed in the past few months of silence from
the old list.

Mathieu René Créaturiste
Marionnettes, Masques, Etcetera...
Puppets, Masks, Etcetera...
(514) 274-8027
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