No lie. It was a LOT of work. But it was SO worth it.
The Naked Puppet Exhibit happened. At the National Puppetry Festival, we filled a room with puppets in varying states of doneness. The magic of the room was that you could touch everything. EVERYTHING.
This was my fantasy. And it really happened.
Lots of people called it the “puppet playroom,” and in a big way it was. Home to many conversations, perusing through Fettig’s books AND Ellen Rixford’s new book, “Figures in the Fourth Dimension.” (It’s an amazingly beautiful book by the way!)
The real heroes of this exhibit were the individual builders who actually donated or loaned a puppet to be part of the exhibit. Their generosity was humbling for me, and I am ever thankful! We will be featuring updates and focusing on many of their works in the coming months.
In setting up the exhibit, we used paper marked with one-inch squares for all the display tables to allow everyone to take photos that would accurately reflect the scale. (This was Bart Roccoberton’s idea, by the way. Brilliant idea!) We were also able to write notes on the paper about each piece including the source of the design and the maker who constructed it.
This project has been a labor of love, it’s true, but I will be doing my best to update it once a month, to grow the gallery incrementally, prepare for our next exhibit, and keep in touch with e-newsletters. If you are really moved by what you see, you can contact me (Heidi Rugg) and maybe we can figure out a way to share the work load.
Stay in touch!