File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 467

Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2009 14:48:04 -0700
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Sock puppets

As a long time Artist in Schools in AK (Over 35 years since 1976)  
that was one of the amazing aspects of living there and of those who  
are in the most remotest of places. You use everything in a creative  
way since it wasn't the fashion to return anything. In the early days  
faulty things were sent because it was a means for those in the lower  
forty eight (Alaskan  nickname for us) to dump a product and not  
worry about it return. It is their need to creatively use anything  
sent them, including what is found in nature i.e the Aurora Borealis  
and the dreams of the Shaman which needed to be translated into a  
mask or puppet. l always brought lots of socks and pantyhose.

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On Apr 27, 2009, at 11:00 AM, Christopher Hudert wrote:

> On Apr 27, 2009, at 7:26 AM, Alan Cook wrote:
>> Once, when I was in Haines, Alaska in February, I did a few simple
>> puppet workshops at the elementary school. One kid in particular,   
>> did
>> a great job, so I asked if he was going to show it the the people at
>> home? No, he said. Why not? Because I have to wear it home.
>> Another example of the perils of insufficient supplies and financial
>> handicaps.
>> Alan
> Hmmm. I guess that's one way to look at it. But the way I see it,  
> it is
> an example of knowing your boundaries and pushing them, using what you
> have at hand - or at foot as the case may be - with a measure of
> reality/practicality. To create much from little is an art in itself.
> After all, a paining is merely smears of pigment on some piece of
> cloth. Of course, these smears from the hand of a master become
> something, yet even that master began with smears that were more of  
> the
> imagination of a reality, what the future master saw in it, rather  
> than
> what others did. Communicating that vision in a way that others (not
> necessarily all) can understand and share in it is what art is about.
> As we grow as artists, that communication gets better.
> Christopher
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