Flowers made from recycled plastic drink bottles by grade 3s. Every flower is unique: the kids came up with fabulous ideas and were really excited about making design choices and inventing new ways of cutting exotic petals. The flowers were coloured with translucent permanent markers by the kids at Caulfield South Primary. I almost [...]
I am a big fan of the Art created by children around the age of 8 or 9 years old. They are at an age where their drawings are expressive and they have enough skill to realise their ideas without worrying too much about how realistic their drawings are. The kids in each Grade 3 [...]
Way out West is a visual and performing arts program for adults with disabilities. I was hired to run professional development workshops with the awesome lead Arts Workers Fleur Dean and Russ Pirie. I had a ball with these people, the leaders are inspired and the group members are having an arts party every fortnight [...]
Medea commits infanticide to exact revenge on her husband for abandoning her in the Greek Tragedy by Euripides. Their innocence and and victim status was accentuated by their white costume and stillness. The puppets became a focus in this lavish production and elicited a strong response from the audience.
I was commissioned to make the [...]
Prep to Grade 6 children at Caulfield Grammar explored shadow and the principles of making stencils. Working with Anna Malin, the wonderful Art Teacher at the Wheelers Hill campus we made a shadow puppet theatre from a fridge box and the children performed with their finished puppets.
I did a complete makeover on a very dilapidated artwork at Merri Creek Primary School. Grade 3 kids cut the recycled plastic feathers and the preps painted new scales on the magical tail. The plastic was collected by the parents. The bird’s eye was made from a broken set of digital scales I had [...]
A magical task to design set and puppets for April Underhill: Tooth Fairy an adaptation of the children’s book by Bob Graham. The production was awarded best Children’s Show Melbourne Fringe 2014. It was fun playing with scale and working from Bob’s illustrations.
Spookmeister Stephen Taberner invited me to enter this competition and challenged me to do a bit more than wave my puppets around in front of the camera. Marcelo Zerwes agreed to film, edit and take a risk with me, much thanks to him for his superb job [...]
Aria showcased 8 puppetry performances and live Opera. I created a puppetry performance to my favourite Aria from the Opera La Wally by Catalini that featured in the 80s cult movie Diva. Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez sang on the original soundtrack the haunting aria ”Ebben? Ne andrò lontana”. The piece is a reverie [...]
News: Day of the Dead Mariarchi Band
Skeleton Crew has been launched, I am working with a group of Melbourne's most talented musicians. Dave Evans on accordion, Dan Witton on Tuba, Nara Demasson on banjo and Adam Pierzchalski on trumpet. Derek Ives is our new maestro. of Long Pigs and Candy Butchers fame. I will be playing puppets. We are playing festivals, cabaret and making a Music/Theatre/Puppet show together. We will be filming a video clip in May!!!!