Friday, April 27, 2007

Giant Parade Puppet Ant

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This giant ant puppet was made by Rob D'Arc for the Fremont Solstice Parade. The parade sponsored by the Fremont Arts Council relies on volunteers to make the parade happen. Planning begins in late winter, and by May people are organizing ensembles, gathering materials, getting floats prepared and more.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Giant Parade Puppets

Parade 3

The Fremont Arts Council encourages the public to lend a hand in the creation of costumes, parade art, and puppets for the Solstice Parade . Workshops are offered to people of all skill levels. For more information e-mail: workshop@fremontartscouncil.org .

Monday, April 23, 2007

Another Giant Parade Puppet

Parade 2

This is another giant puppet from the Fremont Solstice Parade. The parade winds its way through the streets of Fremont, an quirky artistic neighborhood in Seattle every summer. Its final destination is Gas Works Park - a park built around the rusted remains of Seattle's old gas works facility (picture a rusted Emerald City emerging from green rolling hills). There the public can enjoy Food, drinks, music, art, and the Solstice Pageant - a community collaboration involving dozens of artists, actors, dancers, musicians, and puppeteers.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Giant Parade Puppet

Parade 1

Just about every inch of the Fremont Solstice Parade headquarters is covered with fabric, puppet building supplies, and giant parade puppets. This is one of the large puppets that was hanging from the ceiling.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Solstice Parade Headquarters

Solstice

While in Seattle we visited the Fremont Solstice Parade headquarters. The building is a charming brick structure that used to be a power plant for the adjacent school. The parade is an annual event now in it's 19th year. This fun and funky affair features ten float bodies and a limitless number of ensembles and individuals - no experience is necessary.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Dino Pop Up Puppet

dinosaur

This dinosaur puppet is yet another Pop Up Puppet by Rob D'Arc. Back in 1999 Rob wrote an article for the Puppetry Journal showing how to make a Pop Up Puppet in four easy steps - complete with a simple pattern. If you want to buy a Pop Up Puppet check out www.planetofthePuppets.com.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Lion Pop Up Puppet

Lion

Rob D'Arc's Pop Up Puppets come in a range of sizes, colors, and categories. The lion is is part of the Jungle Creatures collection. His web site features other collections including, farm animals, clowns, woodland land creatures, pets, holidays, mythical beasts and custom puppets.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Blue Dragon Pop Up Puppet

Blue Dragon

Rob D'Arc first got the idea for the Pop Up Puppet while waiting in line at a Puppeteers of America Festival. A fellow puppeteer, Duke Krause, showed Rob a simple creation made from two tongue depressor with a face drawn on the front. Rob took that initial concept and dressed it up a little. With Duke's blessing Rob developed some designs, created some prototypes and together, they named them Pop-up Puppets. In 1998 Duke passed away, but his legacy of the Pop-up Puppet lives on.

Click here to read more about Pop Up Puppets.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Pike Place Market

Public Market

A trip to Seattle would not be complete with out a visit to the world famous Pike Place Market. The market now in it's 100th year features fresh produce, flying fish, and hand made crafts. As a puppeteer and puppet builder, I was thrilled to find Planet of the Puppet - a vendor selling hand made "pop up" puppets.

Red Dragon

The pop up puppets were the creation of Rob D'Arc a puppeteer and puppet builder that I had met years ago at a Puppeteers of America Festival - small world. His puppets are made from fun foam and popsicle sticks. The designs are imaginative and colorful. At his booth he was selling pop up puppets of all shapes and sizes.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Trip to Seattle

Space Needle

This past winter my wife Victoria and I took a trip to Seattle. Along with seeing the popular attractions; The Space Needle, The Public Market, The Original Starbucks, we also visited with some local puppeteers and puppet builders. Over the coming days I’ll be sharing some photos from our trip. Enjoy!

Friday, April 06, 2007

Lady Fromage Puppet, Part 48

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Lady Fromage's whiskers are made from sturdy white thread. To attach them, simply stick a threaded needle all the way through the puppet's muzzle. Cut the whisker to the right length, and dab a bit of glue at the base to keep them secure.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Lady Fromage Puppet, Part 46

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Using a mixture of liquid latex rubber and latex paint, paint the puppet's nose. The liquid latex rubber will preserve the foam and keep the nose from getting crunchy over time.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Lady Fromage Puppet, Part 45

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Now the last final touches are being added to the puppet. Lady Fromage's nose is made from a quarter inch foam. Trace the pattern onto the foam, and cut the shape out with a blade. Dab a light coat of contact cement on to the edges of the nose, and pinch them together.