Puppet Challenge at the Artlog

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Hello Peter Slight here, curator of the Artlog Puppet exhibition with the details of the challenge!

As Clive mentioned in his introductory post, the theme is ‘Folktales, Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends’, a subject close to many of our hearts and hopefully one that will stir some interest and fire imaginations! You can choose a timeless classic, a little known gem or a half-forgotten fable. Inspiration will be the fuel that gets you through this challenge. Just choose whichever story you feel like conjuring up a character for in puppet form.

There’s no restriction on the materials or puppet type, as I would like contributors to be free to express themselves and their ideas in whichever ways they feel are best suited to the task. This challenge can be as simple or complicated as you care to make it. Hopefully we can bounce a few ideas off of each other along the way, helping to push our creative practices to the limit.

There are no restrictions to the number of puppets each contributor may offer. The more the merrier as far as I’m concerned!

When joining the challenge, please tell us which character (or characters) you’ve selected, its origins and the reasons for your choice. Once participants are underway with the challenge we’d welcome work-in-progress reports supported by photographs, and we’ll share those here at the Artlog. (Though we’ll hold back from revealing finished puppets until the exhibition itself.)

If possible images of the figures ‘in action’ should be included in submissions, so we can show how the puppets are intended to work.

Our deadline is the end of June 2014 – so no rush to deliver. And we’ll post regular reminders too, just to keep everyone up to speed.

The online exhibition will include all the submissions offered. Depending on the number of them, we may have to mount it in several instalments.

Clive has mentioned that we will be offering occasional puppet puppet posts for inspiration and to show some different construction techniques, so there will be a bit of help if you need it. And you can send us questions if you get stuck. We’re here to help.

You can email your entries to me through the ‘contact’ link on the front page of my website here: www.smirkyherbert.co.uk

I’m really looking forward to seeing what contributors will come up with. I’m sure there will be lots of surprises!

Good luck and happy puppet making!

Pete