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Kintsugi through the back door …

February 14, 2023

I don’t call myself a ‘puppeteer’ as it seems rather a lofty assumption.  Having said that neither do I easily assume the title ‘animator’.  My dolls rather than puppets come from a place of necessity and animation followed quickly after.  During my studies and since I have researched both extensively and discovered they are masterful arts far beyond my humble attempts to make and perform.  However, I do want to learn more and be part of the scene and community, if possible, in the time I have left in this world.

Which seems rather alarming, but it is super empowering.  As it seems that the average age expectancy in UK is, give or take is 85 years, having reached my 73rd year just last week I have decided to spend these relatively few years I have left achieving something good, and not wasting valuable time on shame or regret. While I have not yet made many plans to this end thus far, I did attend a puppet making workshop this past weekend and made this crazy creature. It is a puppet that will be animated soon, and is made with rope and parcel string,  the many knots in the recycled string I have strengthened with gold sealing wax.  Which makes me think of Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken crockery where the glue used to join the pieces is mixed with powdered gold, thus enhancing the damage rather than disguising it.  Comparing my string creature with such an art is also rather presumptuous I suppose … but my dreams are lofty!!

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