Every Monday evening since last October I've been meeting with the other Testroom participants, to share ideas and offer critical feedback on our individual projects as part of this development programme run by Puppet Animation Scotland, supported by National Theatre of Scotland and led by Gavin Glover.
I've been making this life-size puppet and exploring fear and old age, with the very generous help of puppeteers Ronan McMahon and Beth Frieden. On Saturday night we showed the results of our projects during Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival, and tonight we are at the Tron in Glasgow.
Here's a quick look at the making process -
Over the past year, while I've been drawing cardboard coffins and cold buffets, funeral directors, rabbis, monumental masons, caterers, viking urns, floral wreaths, mushroom suits, heart-shaped gravestones, teddy bear ash-holders, bicycle hearses, pubs, crematoriums and eco burial sites, I have come to see funerals, and death in a completely new light.
A well planned funeral can be a really meaningful and helpful event at a difficult time. It is the celebration of a life, for the people who live on after that life has ended. And the illustrations for The Crossing have come to reflect that sense of life to me. They are a collection of the people, places and objects which surround a life. They represent the many different shapes and sizes of funeral you can have, and the impact your funeral has on the way your life and death will be experienced and remembered by your loved ones.
I am a Glasgow based visual artist and maker