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.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Chapel Allerton Arts Festival 2010 Video.

I've just been sent this link of the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival which I worked on with Faceless Theatre in 2010. It was a lot of fun.

Take a look for yourself!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Lolita is getting there!

After a week of playing and making and sewing and stabbing myself in the fingers many times..


Before I had trimmed her arms and legs.

 I think that when I finally meet the lady which I have based Lolita on, it will be the most bizarre moment of my life. I have studied her face so much in this last week that I think I might get scared if I were to see her up close.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

My Lolita.

A new project which I have begun and am currently naming 'My Lolita' as a credit to the book I am currently reading. Here are the images and sketches of the project so far...

Hair added for comedy value, literally to amuse myself!

This will eventually become a fully functioning marionette. I am really excited about how this project is going so far.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Toilet Roll Puppets Again!

I am still looking at how I can make a good puppet from toilet roll tubes. Here are the feet which I have been playing with, changing, getting annoyed by tonight. The one on the far right is the last one I have done, and I think the most successful.
Whether this whole puppet will fit together is another story!

Little Wire People

Here are a few photographs of some little wire people which I have made as an experiment for a workshop which I will be doing with Young People with Void Arts next week. They are quite fun to make and much more fun to play with!

We are doing a project around emotions and using this as a very good and effective way of the youjng people understanding how to read an emotion simply by body language.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Playing with Seletape.

A bit confusing, as these pictures are in a random order. But these are the start of me taking my idea with seletape a bit further. I have been trying to see how detailed I can make a seletape figure. I have since gone one step further and it actually looks like a face. I have yet to be able to take a picture of this though and will hopefully do that tomorrow.

SO There you go, this is what I have been doing.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Newspaper Elephant!

This is the newspaper elephant which I made at a recent visit to my parents. 
I wonder if I can make it move.
I wonder how large I could make it??

Another Experimental Puppet!

Again, after my work with the young people, I wondered if it would be possible to make an entire puppet from selotape. After a long evening of selotape fun, I finally came up with this maquette! Obviously he is just a simple model to see if this idea is possible, and it is! Therefore, I am ready to attempt to make a more detailed puppet, and really push this idea to the limit.  

Experimental Puppet Making.

I have been doing lots of research for my Youth Arts Worker job and have felt very inspired to try and create new and interesting ways of making puppets. This is my first attempt to make a puppet from a slightly unconventional material. 

After Looking at artwork by Junior Fritz Jacquet! I decided I would try to have a go myself. Above are my various bad attempts at this toilet roll faces. I have now decided to try and take this idea one step further and create an entire puppet from toilet roll tubes. So far my attempts have seemed to be quite successful. I have managed to make a basic puppet from toilet roll tubes simply by twisting the tubes and sewing them together (below), but now I am actually attempting to carve these little people hands, feet and bodies. Watch this space for a finalised toilet roll puppet!

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Initial Clay Faces.

These are the first three clay faces which will become puppets for the project 'Even When The Sky is Falling Down'.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Introducing: 'When the Sky is Falling Down.'

I have been very busy this week going to two performances and inspiring myself with my next project. I've been to see 'Cleopatra' by the Northern Ballet and then tonight's production of 'Others' by The Paper Birds. Both shows were absolutely amazing and have really given me something to think about for my own work. These have spurred me to really get stuck in my new idea which I have given the first title of 'When the Sky is Falling Down.' I am unsure as of yet what the exact end performance will be but I have begun some research, drawing and playing with clay.
Here are a few images of my research for the masks and puppet faces of the characters.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

New Year, New Ideas.

I have had a lot of time off from my design work over Christmas due to many different reasons. One reason is that I have been very busy as a Youth Arts Worker and developing my workshops and ideas for this part of my career. It has been a very enjoyable few months but I feel it is about time I started designing and building something exciting again. So I am now starting on a new project, again designing and making a production idea using puppetry and perhaps masks. I am looking to begin this next week.
I have also added a 'Gallery' which includes a lot of my work up to now. I will be adding more this week.