Skill Swopping!

Having tackled a number of large puppet building theatrical projects in recent in recent years, for Ramshackle Theatre, Off Book Theatre and Bitesize Theatre, I’m currently working on some smaller projects.

One of the problems with working in the arts is that you appreciate the work of other artists, but don’t have much money available to purchase their pieces.  Last year I found a fantastic way round this….by skill swapping!

I loved the work of a local artist, and he liked mine, so we arranged for me to build a puppet of his choice, in exchange for a limited edition print. He chose a Crow as his puppet….not an easy one for me to build, as he liked the sinister aspect of the bird, it’s finger-like wing feathers. The bird took a while to build, but he liked it so much he insisted on giving  me two prints. Who needs cash?

Now I’m working on another exchange project, with someone else who’s work I admire…..so I’m currently wrestling with a very quirky dinosaur. Unlike the ones I made last summer, which needed to be as realistic as possible for The Great Victorian Dinosaur Hunt, this is part realistic and part fantastical….a lovey combination to work on……