South Africa Inspiration – Cradle of Creativity

Recently I was funded by the Department of Culture and Arts, Western Australia to attend the 19th Assitej World Congress on creating theatre for children and young people in Capetown May 2017. I attended many workshops, developed international contacts and delivered a research paper on puppetry as a form of communication with early years and special needs children. There were many inspiring and uplifting moments, I learnt much about South African culture and history, and was very excited to be part of an amazing festival and event, this is a kind of visual mood board of my experience –

 

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Yardworks art exhibition & workshops

new hanging commission – ‘It is what it is’ 2016 – upcycled Balga tree wood ring, wire, natural material, found decorations

yardworks art has been very busy developing business with new art work on exhibition and a workshop programme developing at the new Creative Collective space at Gypsy Tapas House in Fremantle , Western Australia. Exhibition until end of September.

The new space is available to hire for creative events contact Gypsy Tapas House

Rachel Riggs – yardworks art creative director, is now running regular workshops in vintage collage, upcycling everyday objects into something extraordinary. Last weeks participants made  beautiful artworks in a relaxed evening with live music, good food and creativity!

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Check out yardworks art facebook page for updates on workshop dates and times

Geoffrey Farmer – The Surgeon & the Photographer

g farmerIf youre in London and you havent seen this yet, its well worth a visit to the Curve Gallery at the Barbican or even a repeat visit!

While not strictly puppets, in the sense they are not animated in performance. Farmer has given a magical life to hundreds of cut outs and clippings, taken from bargain used books depositories, and formed into puppets in a 90 metre parade with sounscape and video projection.

Every day for a year he crafted a character, Farmer made his scissor cuts ‘considering the relationship of his hand to the scale of the images the books contained’ , which is can be seen as akin to the relationship of the puppet to puppeteer.

From the gallery guide ‘The sculptural forms he creates have a strong animist sensibility due to the influence on his work of Pacific northwest cultures. Deities, shamans, tricksters and shape-shifting creatures with masks, wands, staffs and other magical accessories abound among his puppets.

Geoffrey Farmer – The Surgeon & the Photographer is on until July 28th 2013 at the Curve, Barbican, London

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2013/apr/07/geoffrey-farmer-marcel-dzama-review

Change of Heart – theatre from research into cellular memory in heart transplantee’s testimonials & quotes from the heart

Ive been performing my one woman controversial show again – ‘good ideas’ and ‘bizarre contemporary theatre’ said a theatre critic in Perth ,Western Australia, for the full story see –http://dnapuppetry.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/change-of-heart-fringe-world-perth-westen-australia/

heartsuitcase fringeworld DL flyerFor more info & video see – http://www.dynamicnewanimation.co.uk/Art_of_heart.htm

Famous Heart Quotes used in the Show

“The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains.” Josephine Baker

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu Chapter One

‘The Dao (Tao) that can be told of is not the absolute Dao,
The names that can be given are not absolute names
The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth,
The named is the Mother of all things.
Therefore:
Often times, one strips oneself of passion in order to see the secrets of life; often times, one regards life with passion, in order to see its manifest results.
These two (the secret and its manifestations) are (in their nature) the same; they are given different names when they become manifest.
They may both be called Cosmic Mystery and this is the gate[way] to the secret of all life.’
John Lennon said ‘When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind’

Ancient Chinese proverb
‘If I keep a tree in my heart, then the singing bird will come.’

Kahlil Gibran
‘To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.’

Carl Jung
‘Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart … Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.’

Lord Byron
‘There is no instinct like that of the heart.’
Confucius

‘Wheresoever  you go, go with all your heart.’

China Dreams

From my trip to Chengdu, China – a collage of found scraps and memories from the experiences of things sensed, sometimes obvious and othertimes hidden.

Meanwhile busy working on my ‘Change of Heart’ solo show, see origins page here https://yardworks.wordpress.com/art-of-heart/

Soon to be internationally touring to the World Puppet Festival ,Kazakhstan and Fremantle Festival, Western Australia.

Creative process blogged here next!

Cobwebs

From last winter, cobwebs adorn statues in my mothers garden at Hope Villa, looking forward to connecting with my UK family again this Christmas.