Friday, 26 December 2008

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Christmas time, whatever else it is (Excuse for last-days-of-rome style drinking) is a time when generally I work on something more substantial. Actually this christmas I didn't do that right away, instead I went on holiday - well I went and stayed with my mum. I saw my nan and family, met up with lovely old freinds, went to a gin and mince pie party, went to a party at a nursing home which was surprisingly ok once I started in on the brandy shots.

Now i'm back home and after 2 days in my pyjamas with this as my view

I got off my arse and started priming some wood. It's for a jumping jack bigger than the usual size. I decided to try a large one after reading about the french courts of olde were they used to make super-sized puppets. It's not gigantic but you can see the size of the parts next to a normal sized jumping jack below.

Also, large puppets seem to be becoming very popular over here... In the last 2 years Britain has been treated to 2 amazing spectacles by french events company Royal De Luxe involving enormous automated puppets. One of them took place this year in Liverpool, I didn't get to see either of them but the photos are stunning. The ones below are taken from 'The Sultan's Elephant' which took place in 2006.

On a much smaller scale, I ended up making a tiger to go with the tamer - no clear photos as yet, the weather is awful here. But you can get the idea

Now I think it's time to get back to view #1 and read some Angela Carter - I got a selection of her journalistic writings for christmas and it makes wicked reading.

Happy holidays!


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. c h o k l i t . said...

I am absolutely in awe of that whole Sultan's Elephant piece - what I would have given to be able to see it!! Hooray for puppets of all sizes...

ultrablue7 said...

What a funny surprise.
I was going to tell you about this artist, because two days ago we went to this fantastic Carrousel that he made.
It is now in Retiro gardens in madrid.
Just amazing. And I tough a lot on your fishes and insects paintings. :D

And just on the same place there is installed also this great authomatas Barraca. It´s from the 40´s and is the only one that keeps going on.

You can browse the page either in english or spanish. ;D