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Spirits Dancing

Puppets, puppetry, my work as a puppet maker in Australia, and other passing interests

Last Build Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2018 05:16:10 +0000


The Piano Creatures video

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 05:16:10 +0000

I’m excited to present the video of The Piano Creatures that accompanies the creatures when they are on static display! At the moment they are in my show Glimpses of a Seabird Flying Blind at the Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville, until 29 April. The creatures exist somewhere between sculptures and puppets, so the video captures some […]

Glimpses of a Seabird Flying Blind

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:21:57 +0000

I’m really happy and excited that my first gallery exhibition, Glimpses of a Seabird Flying Blind is opening tomorrow, 23 March at the Pinnacles Gallery in Townsville, continuing through to 29 April! It represents almost a year of work, and a new direction for me. The work falls into several groups – The Piano Creatures, […]

Assorted props and costume elements

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:52:14 +0000

Here are a few photos of costume elements and props I’ve made for The Fool Factory over the last couple of years. A new cover for the Giant Cherry! I love this photo because it looks completely photoshopped and surreal but isn’t. Finding the right fabric and colour is always challenging… A giant Allen key […]

Big Malcolm Turnbull and Barbnaby Joyce puppets

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:02:59 +0000

It’s been a while… almost three years since I last posted. So some catching up. Following on from the ‘Real Big Tony’ Abbott puppet, I made a ‘Real Big Mal’ puppet head of Malcolm Turnbull (when he replaced Abbott as Prime Minister in September 2015). His handler, Matthew Armstrong, repurposed Real Big Tony as the Ghost […]

Biami and Dinnawhan

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:26:01 +0000

(Nakiya Smith as Dinnawhan and Maitland Schnaars as Biami. Photo credit: Angie To) For the Wiradjuri Echoes production Biami last year (see previous posts) I also made a mask and costume elements for Biami, and an emu puppet. In the creation story, Biami the creator spirit ‘created the emu Dinnawhan, the female emu, whose spirit […]

The Rainbow Serpent puppet for Biami

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 06:43:53 +0000

(Duncan Smith, artistic director of the Wiradjuri Echos, with Biami‘s Rainbow Serpent. Photo credit: Angie To) I  recorded some of the build for Biami, the creation story of the Wiradjuri people, this time last year, (see previous posts) but didn’t get to blog about the Rainbow Serpent until now. The serpent was about 4 metres […]

Inca owl and tumi masks

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:15:26 +0000

These masks were made for walk-about performances by The Fool Factory at the National Gallery of Australia‘s festival during the Enlighten Festival, Canberra, March 2014. They were themed to go with the NGA’s exhibition Gold and the Incas. The owl design was suggested by  a golden bead in the exhibition, while the other was based […]

Political puppets for Puppet Government

Sun, 07 Sep 2014 08:13:05 +0000

I made four puppets of Australian politicians earlier this year – Abbott, Bishop, Turnbull and Hockey – for Puppet Government, an indie youtube parody series.  So far four episodes have been made, with more presently in the works. Here are some photos from making process:

Tony Liar Pants on Fire puppet : Hands and flames

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 05:52:06 +0000

I’ve recently made new hands for the Tony Liar Pants on Fire puppet, as well as some flames to accompany his smoking pants. Meanwhile he has appeared at a rally at the ANU to protest Abbott’s changes to higher education, and the March Australia protest in Melbourne last weekend. And now you can keep up […]

Videos of the giant Abbott puppet

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 08:32:12 +0000

Here are 3 videos of the giant Tony Abbott puppet at the Bust the Budget rally last Sunday. Abbott ripping up a promise: Abbott arrives at the rally: Tony ‘liar,liar pants on fire’ Abbott breaking promises in front of the crowd: