Linda May 3rd, 2007
All of my marionettes’ heads, hands and feet/boots are sculpted out of paper clay and are OOAK. For the most part their clothes are created from vintage materials. The guide sticks have been decoupaged with ephemera that would apply to their “lives” and have been journaled with their “inner” thoughts. They were originally inspired by the art work work of Scott Radke.
Vic Ramon (body 18 inches tall–2005) He is my first in this series of carnival marionettes. His scarf is vintage velvet and he is smoking a cigarette. He used to be a magician with the carnival but has since fallen on hard times so he is now the ticket taker/animal feeder. He misses the limelight.
Peg Ramon (body 18 inches tall–2005) She is Vic’s wife. She has a pipe made out of a hazelnut shell. Because she is a knife thrower (and sometimes Vic needs to be kept in line) she has 2 knives in her leather belt. She loves Vic but also knows he needs to have a “wifely” eye kept on him.
Cardinal (24 inches tall–2005) He an albino tall man. He has a red felt fez on (and a little poochy belly). He imagines that he is descended from royalty, but no one really believes him…they all just smile and nod.
Aldo (12 inches tall–2005) He is a “little person” and is holding a red velvet heart that is pichot stitched around. He sweater is made from a vintage sock. Aldo’s hair started to receed when he was young and he is sensitive about it (I think he looks a bit like “Riff Raff” in Rocky Horror Picture Show–he DID NOT find that amusing.) He is holding his heart in his hand, offering it to you.
Bella and Zaza (18 inches tall-2005) They are reverse twins. One has a blue eye and a brown eye and the othere twin’s eye colors are reversed. Their clothes are crafted from a vintage blouse and a lace table cloth. They were to be seperated (Zaza was planning to move to Calif.) but since then, her contract fell through and the girls are very relieved to be still together. They live to dance.
A picture of the tops of Bellas guide sticks showing the journaling and decoupaging that has been done. Both the top and bottom of all the marionetts’ sticks are done in this fashion.