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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Gumball Grenade's First Movable Art!

I'm so excited to share this. It's a cute little puppet theater that I made! The first of it's kind for me and definitely not the last! It's made of wood, paper, digital artwork, plastic, string, and lots and lots of labor! The little tag has the faded word "Bloom" on it and even sweet little Bethezda the cat makes a brief showing now and again. I've absolutely fallen in love with automata and puppetry. What got me thinking about this was a series of things which just built on each other. The first was my love of papercutting, then I started exploring animation and watching some of the old silhouette animated movies. Then I was further intrigued when an episode of Make featured an artist's collective named the Lotus Girls. They had a demonstration of some of their pieces which were these huge fire emitting metal sculptures. It wasn't just the mechanics of it all that left me awe struck, but also the idea that viewer manipulation of the piece was an essential part of their art. There is definitely something striking in that. At the same time I did some research and discovered some wonderful books that explored the world of automata and there you have it. I've made it available in my Gumball Grenade Shop!

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Lauren Alexander said...

That is beautiful! I love your work - I'll be back :-D

Maureen L White said...

I loved seeing your blog and art work.
Both are awesome. I forgot you lived in Utah. Where?
I'll be back soon.

Anonymous said...

It's so beautiful!!! Really so nice :-)