Ho Ho Ho!

Here’s a cute little Krampus shadow puppet and now tree decoration, drawn by Mr Gibson and cut by me, to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year, full of health, happiness and creative adventures.

See you all in 2014!


Sugar skulls masks

In-between some other projects, I made a couple of sugar skull masks recently, just for fun.  I did them really quickly, so the finish isn’t perfect, but they were good to play around with.

Jabberwocky shadow puppet play

I’ve been meaning to post this up for ages.  Here’s a link to the Jabberwocky shadow puppet play which was devised and performed by Layla Holzer and Spike Dennis at the Once Upon Again exhibition last month.  It features my Borogrove, Rath and Tove as supporting actors:-)

I think Layla and Spike did a grand job, and by all accounts the exhibition went really well.  So much so, it’s heading to London!

Here’s a link as well, to their Punch and Judy performance from the same night, which is pretty fab too.


Once Upon Again Exhibition

The good folk who make up the Pack of Wolves collective have invited me to join their re-imagined fairy tale exhibition, Once Upon Again.  It’s being organised by the very talented Layla Holzer, and runs from 27th February to 9th March at the Milkwood Gallery in Cardiff.

I’ve been working on a new Frau Trude papercut, re-imagined to include a sword-wielding girl who definitely hasn’t stopped by the old fire demon’s house to be turned into firewood.  Frau Trude’s one of my all-time favourite fairy tales: it’s brutal, mean, and utterly cold-hearted, and you can read this short and despicably-sweet tale on the fabulous SurLaLane website here.

The papercut is in a shadow box frame that has two mounts – one at the front and one at the back – so I’ve been able to cut two separate A4 images: one that has the fire and the chandelier in the background, and another that has the characters in the foreground.

Layla’s also organising a private viewing on Saturday 2nd March featuring all manner of exciting stuff including puppetry and live music. This includes a shadow puppetry performance of Jabberwocky, and I’ve made a few supporting characters for it: a borogrove, tove, and rath.

**February update…a few last minute tweaks to the papercut before I ship it to Cardiff!   I decided to add a sheet of vellum in-between the background and foreground to give the characters more definition, I armed Frau Trude with more fire, and I made the fire in the woodburner more fiery.  Oh, and I added a window.  In the story, the girl spies Frau Trude through the window and sees her for the devil she really is.  Plus, I figured a cabin needs a window.

The Birdkeeper

Lately, I’ve been trying out some silhouette designs for cards that cast little shadows behind them (more of these later – the principle is sound but the execution needs more work!), and one of these became a sort of dryad.   I thought something was missing, so added some birds, and voila…a new character, The Birdkeeper.

She’s actually lined up to become something different in a story I’m working on and will have more to do with the bringing of seasons rather than a guardian of birds, but I kind of like the image as it is for now.

I’ve also been using a new light, a Joby Gorillatorch Flare, and so far I’ve been really pleased with the shadows it’s created.  They look much darker and more dense, with a strong outline, and I’m finding it a lot easier to capture them in photos.