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During the past 3 years at Central, I have been working for different theatre productions and community arts commissions, creating a variety of props and puppets.
I had a chance to master my prop making skills, that include sculpting, painting, mold making, working with resins, foams and plastics, upcycling, polycarving, carpentry and welding, and many more.
My experience prompted me to reflect in-depth on the material choices I make, not only fabricating valuable high-quality pieces of work but being conscious about its journey from the source to its end.
I apply sustainable techniques to my practice to minimize my impact as a maker.
UPCYCLED SEA ANEMONES
In my last project at Central, I have experimented with plastic waste to create a completely upcycled jellyfish and two sea anemones.
For this make, I challenged myself to strictly avoid the use of any component that isn’t scrapped or waste, and avoid using glue, tape and paint, to make sure I would not compromise the aim and the recyclability of the sculpture.
I wanted to specifically tackle the creative industry, raising awareness about the amount of waste that we consume and produce, and to demonstrate that is possible modify our practice for good, making a few responsible adjustments.
LUNAR NEW YEAR LION
I have designed and handcrafted this Prop Costume for the annual Lunar New Year’s Lion Dance at My Neighbours the Dumplings Restaurant.
It was built following the traditional techniques: curly cane armature and Papier-maché. The body is created simply by the fabrication of a decorated drape and two trousers to be worn by the dancers.
My fellow student Alex Watson and I have collaborated on making these Bunraku Style puppets. He has been focusing on the structure of the toddler and the baby puppet, I have sculpted in clay the faces, made the plaster molds, latex and foam casts, and paint finishes.
In this devised play the hands and feet of the puppet were animated by the actors’, and the puppets were required to have a plain look that conveys the humbleness of their character, with asymmetric features which would reveal diverse emotions under different lights.
I have collaborated with my fellow students Eleanor Deacon and Katie Ann Meeson for the make of this Edwardian fireplace, I was in charge of the carpentry. The prop has been built in timber structure with MDF cladding, recycled vac-formed inserts, and details in foam. We have created the faux combustion effect using an orange and yellow led light on the expanding foam logs, connected to a smoke machine.
Lastly, we have added vermiculite and sand mixed with paint to attain a dusty and worn out finish.