The Puppet Pot Project – Thanksgiving Stories

The Puppet Pot Project – Thanksgiving Stories

Inspired by Laura Simm's 'Story Bowl Project' a gathering of storytellers to raise money to feed the world....I thought the 'Puppet Pot Project' would be a good spin-off for us puppeteers. I thought right away of Stone Soup, and how a community was led to make a good soup for all to share, and of the magic cooking pot....Grimm's 'Sweet Porridge', and the many international versions of a cooking pot that keeps on cooking....I have enjoyed doing many of these in puppetry over the years. One favorite celebration was presenting a puppet show of Stone Soup at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving Day.

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on October 29th, 2009

The Power of Language

The Power of Language

My course in Milwaukee was wonderful, such a fabulous group of teachers! They had in-depth thoughts and questions, and observations which made the time all the richer. It simply amazes me how important the Mother is in the child development equation. 3/4 of the human brain is developed in the first year. When we add imagination and warmth to our storytelling voices, we literally help build stronger pathways to the speech centers of the brain....home to 'understanding' and certainly future powers of creative thought. Support the pregnant mothers you know... get them excited about nursery rhymes, lullabyes, and sweet melodic verse and song. The beings behind language are waiting for us to celebrate!

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on October 29th, 2009

Speech Development in Children and Story Arts

Speech Development in Children and Story Arts

I leave Wed. Oct. 21st for Milwaukee to teach a course in the Lifeways Early Childhood Training there. My part is open to all. The way speech and language arise in the child from the womb on is simply amazing and fascinating. We will look at the forming of the consonant and the vowel, and where the spiritual sources for these are. How do we support the most awesome process of acquiring language? One way is through the use of nursery rhymes and stories where the consonant is supreme. Our own story language quality, the alliteration, the clarity, the wonder, the repetition, and the intention all play a part in the support of the child's speech forming. What ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on October 19th, 2009

Kids Saving the Rainforest

Kids Saving the Rainforest

Today is the annual Blog Action Day '09 focusing this year on Climate Change. In keeping with my interest in the world and Puppets for World Change work, I found a really amazing non-profit group called Kids Saving the Rain Forest, initiated by a teenager and her mom. It sparked an idea for a children's story as I read about it....all about how simple it is to love the earth and help the dear Mother Earth to keep it healthy. I have been working on a book on Mother Earth Puppet Tales....the Greening of Story......I will add this story to that. check out the links!!! http://www.kidssavingtherainforest.org/news.html http://www.blogactionday.org/about/en

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on October 15th, 2009

Puppets for World Change

Puppets for World Change

I have been interested in the use of puppets for social change for 20 years. I had an Aha moment when I experienced Puppets Against Aids, an Oxfam sponsored puppet initiative on tour in Canada. Since then I started different projects....Puppets for World Change, Kids and Puppets Against Hunger, Puppets for Peace, PuppetAid.... urging others to lift their thinking about puppetry to include, not just the joy and healing of puppet arts, but of how to use the work to do good in the world. Here is the information about a visionary puppeteer who started Puppets Against Aids and many other social puppet works. http://www.africanpuppet.com/educmenu1.html

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on October 13th, 2009

Puppets and Opera

Puppets and Opera

I have had the joy of training a few opera singers to use puppetry in their work. I have seen a puppet opera at the Goetheanum on the big stage in Dornach Switzerland...that was Baba Yaga, with full orchestra and soloists...amazing stuff. Now my friend Dolores Dauenhauer in Seattle is working on another puppet opera. I wish I could go experience it even if it is a 'work in progress' as she points out on her flyer...I always feel I am a work in progress too. If any of you get a chance to see it drop me a note and tell me about it. I am hoping for a photo dolores!!!! Song is a valuable friend of puppetry, as it is a kind of elevated speech...lofty and connects us to the spiritual more directly....Powerful when it is an opera trained voice....not for young children ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on October 10th, 2009

Giant Puppets Celebrating Unity in Germany

Giant Puppets Celebrating Unity in Germany

I found this interesting news about the celebration of the unification of germany....and the Wall going down.....using these enormous and very articulated puppets...the one in front told a story and was sleeping and waking up....From a country that oozes fairy tales and has a huge old puppet tradition, I found this quite cool....lots of $$ supporting puppetry in that town.

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on October 3rd, 2009

International Celebration of Natural Fibers

International Celebration of Natural Fibers

http://www.naturalfibres2009.org/en/index.htmlMy friend Dominique let me know about this site....awesome...international awareness to the natural fiber world, which we, as puppet enthusiasts love, LOVE!!! I recommend you just drool over it...especially the events page, which just got me excited....even if I cannot attend anything...just to know the whole world is supporting these fibers!Did you know ebay has great buys on wool roving? You do need to know what kind of wool you want....i.e. border leicester and romney, or corriedale for needle felting...merino for nuno felting yardage and scarves, and fine wet felting projects.... but check out their offerings.... it is all so yummy.

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on October 3rd, 2009

Puppets for Peace Day

Puppets for Peace Day

Puppets for World Change Section Puppets for World Change Institute is a training and research initiative developing how puppetry can bring healthy change to the world Projects under this umbrella are: 1. International Puppets for Peace Day Sept. 29 September 29 is the annual International Puppets for Peace Day founded by Juniper Tree Puppets - a day when we can all join forces and offer generous-hearted puppet shows around the world. The idea was inspired by the "butterfly effect" - the scientific fact that when a butterfly flaps his wings in San Francisco, it changes the weather pattern in Singapore. Imagine hundreds and thousands of puppet shows occurring on the same day around the world. All this creative and healing intention will help change the world energy toward peaceful existence. The shows can be simple or complex, public events or at home and school. They can be presented for children or with ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on September 29th, 2009

Silk Staging Tip

Silk Staging Tip

I found this gorgeous silk painting online...the artist offers workshops in Hawaii....here is the email address for your pleasure....especially if you live in Hawaii...marionette@kauai-artist.netI imagine it as a beautiful background for an underwater story with silk marionettes....maybe add lighting behind it....ooooh...nice.always looking for inspiration...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on September 22nd, 2009

Continue Reading