File puptcrit/puptcrit.0801, message 223

Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 13:49:37 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Recycled materials

For workshops, I regularly use recycled materials. I use plastic  
grocery bags for table protection. I use cut up egg cartons for a  
variety of uses.  Paper/plastic plates, cups, etc., can be pieces of  
faces, etc.
I found a load of telephone wire tossed in a dumpster once and used it  
on quite a few projects.
I've also used discarded bed sheets for the "poor man's celastic" --  
i.e. covering cardboard.
Bicycle tubing for tying my molds together.
Lots of things are useful as wierd shaped armatures for masks or  
larger pieces.
Bamboo tomato stakes for rod puppets. Cut up styrofoam packing (like  
with a tv set) for various heads, etc - covered with papier mache.
I found a whole load of black foam from tv packing that I used for  
almost an eternity of workshops.
Someone once gave me loads of polyester plastic (akin to acrylic)  
sheeting, which I've used for lots of projects, especially shadow  
Shoe leather is useful.

I used to believe that anything could be used as a puppet, but now I'm  
not so sure. I think there are lots of things in the landfills of this  
world that are of no use at all, and we keep producing more of them.


On Jan 19, 2008, at 3:13 PM, Michael Moynihan wrote:

> On Jan 19, 2008, at 6:16 AM, Kismet wrote:
>> Your right Mathieu, it would be an obscene waste of fuel
>> resources ...but
>> then you would have to say that about a lot of things, particularly
>> in the
>> Arts...
> Late in my professional creative life I became interested in using
> recycled materials in my puppet making and mask making projects.
> Disability has not reduced my interest. Just my mean and abilities.
> I'd love to hear of other's using recycled materials in their work. -
> mjm, Milwaukee, USA
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