File puptcrit/puptcrit.0803, message 267


To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 01:48:04 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Creaturiste: Best Work Slideshow


Thanks Mary, William, Ed,  and "Puppet People"

"Gordon" was fun to build, being from another person's design and totally 
wacky, something in a style I would not have done myself at the time. It 
thought me much about freedom and large scale puppet work.

It was also the only puppet of mine which broke during a show and was 
apparent, but it was as much because of customer negligence (storing it in 
reccord-breaking humid summer into a garbage bag) as because of my ignorance 
of the limitations of hot glue and leather (the mouth hinge).

I reconstructed the head (some weak spots from water attacks) in reccord 
time (two days before the next showing), and replaced the leather hinge with 
nylon webbing (backpack straps) which I sewed in place.

He was 6 feet tall and had a whopping 9 feet wide arm span!

"Gordon" is the name the troupe called him affectionately. His role was 
actually the one of the Apothicary in Moliere's play "L'Amour Medecin". He 
was the only puppet, although there was a dummy the charlatan doctors were 
operating on.

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