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August 2013

Puppet Carving Workshop

We spent an idyllic week in Devon: one half of Thingumajig Theatre had a camping holiday catching up on reading, knitting and beach walks while the other half took a week-long puppet carving class taught by John Roberts of Puppet Craft.

I’ve always loved the look and feel of a wood carved puppet but never felt I had the time or the right tools to use this technique for a show. I studied some mask carving in Bali in 1999–it was a fantastic experience but I didn’t leave with the confidence to carry it on into my puppet making.

I’ve heard about John’s carving classes and have been inspired by several friends who have taken his classes when he taught them at Horse and Bamboo. So this year, I finally made the time to sign up and I’m so glad I did!

We had a full on week with a lovely group of artists from throughout the country. John was a very open and patient hands-on teacher, stopping to teach whenever one of the students came to a new step. The best part was to be in the right environment, with the right tools, with encouraging people and the time to experiment and learn. Such a great use of a week!

My only regret is that we’ve been so full on since the class, I haven’t had time to finish my Monkey puppet and try out my new skills!

 

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Hippo today at Barnsley Lord Mayor’s Parade!
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‪Our Hippo is getting excited to be a part of Barnsley Lord Mayor’s Parade this Saturday!‬
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Great to be back in Germany at the lovely Kleines Fest in Große Garten, Hannover. Day 2 of 17 done. Finding our rhythm of where to roam and how to play Kit and Caboodle in this unique festival.
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We had a lovely outing in Shrewsbury on Saturday as part of Shrewsbury Morris' Beat and Bells--photos by Graydon Radford.

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Saturday, July 14th, 2018 at 10:30am
Hippo today at Barnsley Lord Mayor’s Parade! @BarnsleyCouncil @FoolsParadiseUK https://t.co/HVI3GA2XqK ThingumaTheatre photo
Friday, July 13th, 2018 at 11:34am
Our Hippo is getting excited to be a part of @BarnsleyCouncil Lord Mayor’s Parade this Saturday! https://t.co/MuXEto0y5u ThingumaTheatre photo
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Glimpse of what we’re doing at Kleines Fest, Hannover for three weeks. Photos by Hassan Mahramzadeh. https://t.co/cc1Nl47r1R ThingumaTheatre photo
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Great to be back in Germany at the lovely Kleines Fest in Große Garten, Hannover. Day 2 of 17 done. https://t.co/VLOa8GW4YA ThingumaTheatre photo
Monday, July 9th, 2018 at 1:11pm
We had a lovely outing in #Shrewsbury on Saturday as part of @shrewsmorris Beat and Bells--photos by Graydon Radford https://t.co/WlxumpxACE ThingumaTheatre photo
Sunday, July 8th, 2018 at 3:13pm
Checking in from Holland. En route to Hannover—fourth country today! Off to perform Kit and Caboodle for three weeks at the fabulous Kleines Fest in Große Garten @FoolsParadiseUK https://t.co/8bEaMSQVPF ThingumaTheatre photo

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