As a designer in theatre, I enjoy the element of play, and believe a performance should be just as interactive for the audience as it is for the performers. In my work I like to look at space, how it changes in a performance, how it effects a performance and try to incorporate it into the narrative as much as possible.

I am a hardcore puppetry and mask enthusiast. I have worked for theatre companies such as 'Pointed Arrow' and 'Hope Street Limited', as well as TV 'BBC Horizon' and most recently Music Videos. I like to experiment with different styles of puppetry, also fusing styles together. Most of my work is made from recycled materials as I think it gives a fantastic old haggard dimension to the work.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

My First Wooden Puppet.

Meet Christopher the Puppet.

This puppet was made during a weeks intensive course with John Roberts in Devon. On this I learnt the techniques and methods used by traditional Chinese Carvers. I had never made a wooden puppet before so the whole experience was new and exciting. With John's excellent teaching I was able to make a fully working rod puppet in one week. I wanted to finish with a completed puppet so I decided to carve a 'stylistic' puppet rather than naturalistic puppet. This way I would not spend too much of my time trying to get specific details correct and I could focus on the joints, carving and total puppet as a whole. I am very pleased I made this decision as I do not feel I would have been able to finish the puppet to such a high standard.

I am now planning on developing this skill and carving many pore puppets in different styles and using different techniques.