The last build session saw the student makers putting their final touches on their puppets. Donovan generously offered to have everyone come to the Paperhand Puppet studio in Saxapahaw, NC. There students were allowed to rummage his fabric, hair, and accessories to put their final touches on their works.
Above is a montage of process shots. The grand reveal will be on Friday April 4th! If you want to see the final works on display please join us at Historic Playmakers on UNC’s campus, and have fun as we present each puppet, and share in some snacks and refreshments!! Everyone starts at 3:30pm and is free to the general public!!
The Spring 2017 Maker-in-Residence finale is almost here!! Please come celebrate with us at Historic Playmakers Theater on UNC’s campus. On Friday (April 7) at 3:30pm, this year’s Maker-in-Residence, Donovan Zimmerman will lead a presentation and performance that will show audiences of all ages the great creations our students have made during the past two months. It will be great for crowds of all ages!! Also there will be snacks!
Yesterday was the fourth build session of the Spring Maker in Residence program. This week Donovan discussed how the students can finalize their puppets with materials such as paint, fabrics, and other creative coverings.
Each student grabbed tubes of acrylic paint and starting adding color to their puppets and masks. Their creations are now not only coming to life, but are starting to have character and personalities.
There is only one more build session left. This will be the last chance for the students to wrap up their projects and get them ready for the main event!
On April 7th the students will join Donovan as he performs and then presents each of their pieces at Historic Playmakers Theater on UNC’s Campus. It starts at 3:30pm and is part of the festive Arts Everywhere Day that is UNC’s first annual campus-wide arts celebration. I hope we see you there!!!!
Papier Mache is being applied to this great mask from Caroline.
The Maker in Residence is half way done! The makers have been super productive, making some great puppets come to life.
Once the papier mache starts to dry it hardens and smoothes out, leaving a solid surface that will later be painted.
This weekend the students began the papier mache phase of the puppet making process. Maker in Residence Donovan Zimmerman started off the festivities by making a big batch of what he calls “Goop.” The goop is actually cornstarch mixed with boiling water. This makes a nice paste for applying the papier mache pieces to the puppets.
This head is really starting to come to life as it gets covered in a skin of paper mache.
Papier Mache is a French term that translates into “chewed paper,” due to the slimy nature of the pieces. Each student used the papier mache to cover their masks and give them a finished solid base that will be painted next session.
To start the papier mache process each maker starts by tearing paper into small pieces. The pieces will be covered in what Donovan affectionately calls “Goop,” and then applied over the puppet head.
This ambitious project takes a lot of papier mache-ing to get it covered.
Papier mache translates from French to English as “chewed paper.” Looking at the slimy pieces of paper being applied to each mask proves this is an apt description.
Livian is putting the final forming touches on her mask. She is preparing it for the next phase which will haver her covering it in Papier-mâché.
The second build session for the Spring Maker In Residence program was action packed. The participants worked hard to finish making the forms of their masks using three main materials: cardboard, newsprint, and masking tape (four materials if you count a ton of staples).
Donovan is guiding MIR participants in their build. The three are working as a group on an ambitious large puppet.
During the build session it is not uncommon to hit a snag. Luckily Donovan Zimmerman, our Maker In Residence offered his advice and guidance, based on his many years of experience making the very same types of forms.
A duo of Maker In Residence makers are collaborating on this mask. They have built it from scratch using cardboard, masking tape, and newspapers.
Thomas’ mask is coming together nicely. It will be a mask of grapes.
You can’t make a mask without trying it on!
It was great watching the participant’s ideas come to life! Everyone worked hard to get their projects ready for the next phase: covering the entire thing in Papier-mâché! It is very exciting to know that each person is getting closer to completing their mask or puppet they created themselves.
Maker In Residence Donovan Zimmerman passes around a puppet head he has crafted, showing the student participants cool examples to inspire them.
Donovan explain concepts of movement with a vulture puppet.
Sarah is sculpting and forming the base for a creature she has designed out of cardboard and masking tape.
The whole crew took to making things almost immediately after an inspirational and informative introduction from Donovan.
Here Livian is beginning to bring her creation to life.
Sunday was the first build session for the Maker In Residence, Spring 2017. Student participants got to meet and learn the basics of puppet making and forming techniques from Donovan Zimmerman (paperhand.org). Students from many different backgrounds are part of the program, but they all have a desire to make interesting and creative objects as a common goal. Donovan started by showing them examples of his work, and then he gave a hands-on tutorial of how to sculpt and make forms using simple materials such as cardboard and masking tape. It was a lot of fun, and all participants quickly took to the tools Donovan showed them to begin sketching, and bring their forms to life.
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We are extending the deadline for the Spring Maker in Residence until the end of the week. Make sure you get your application done by Friday January 27 at 11:59pm!