Here are some images I found online of the puppets I made for Sma' Shot parade last week. We had a great time meeting the young folk of Paisley and enjoying the glorious sunshine!
Just finished the merchant puppet above, and below are the stages of the build for anyone who is interested. If you happen to be in Paisley next Saturday, July 7th, come along and see both this and the captain puppet in action, as well as a colourful street parade, music, dancing, fire, food and all the fun stuff.
I made this puppet in the same way as the captain puppet from last month, and the elf puppet from the end of last year. I tried to contrast the shape of the merchant and the captain as much as I could to emphasise their different characters. So the captain is stocky, top heavy and round, and the merchant is tall, thin and drawn out. For the head I made a pattern using a big inflatable football then transferred it into 5mm foam and patterned a foam hat to fit it. I covered the hat in fabric and cut features for the face from more foam. I cut and stitched brown faux fur for the hair and beard. And to finish the head I spray painted the base skin tone, eyes, eyebrows and mouth, covered the moustache with more fur and tabbed and glued everything in place.
For the body I fixed two bamboo poles to a metal backpack frame and built the body around it using three different sized hula hoops and eight pieces of pipe lagging. I tied ribbons around the top hoop for the arms to fasten to, then stretched red lining material over the body in sections.
I patterned a piece of foam to be a neck for the puppet, which would hide the gap between the head and body, covered it in fabric and glued it to the head. I patterned two larger pieces of the same fabric and glued them in place as a shirt, then made a foam collar and buttons, fabric covered those and glued them in place too. I used flexible PVC ducting for the arms and legs, which I cut to length, reinforced at both ends and threaded with ribbons to tie them to the body. I stitched fabric tubes to cover the limbs, stuffed builders gloves for the hands and made fabric covered foam shapes for the feet with velcro straps to hold them to the legs of the performer.
Just finished work on this big captain puppet, which will be part of the Paisley Weave festival next month. Going to make a start on a merchant puppet now, more on that soon.
The super talented Lorna Irvine interviewed Suzie about the Weird Sisters - if you have a minute then why not have a read!
Been working for the past few days on a portable neon sign for the aerial circus / sonic art performance Liquid Sky.
It uses flexible LED neon tubing which means it is very robust compared to traditional neon tubes, and it can also be taken apart and rolled up for transit.
Below you can see the stages of the build:
- 1:1 plan
- Backboards cut from 6mm ply and bolted so they can be dismantled for travel
- Painted semi-gloss black
- PVC channel to hold the neon cut to lengths and screwed in place
- Neon tube measured, cut and attached to the power source
- Neon clipped in place
- Unwanted areas taped out
I am a Glasgow based visual artist and maker.