We have had a very busy couple of weeks, not only have we been preparing the wardrobe for exhibition in a show of MA work to welcome new and returning students back to NWSAD but we also have been preparing for our first major public event. Over this weekend we'll be taking part in the Apple Days at Erddig in North Wales, with the wardrobe and its contents illustrating the tales spun by our storyteller, Miranda West.
So in preparation for this we have been working on making some props and puppets to bring to life key points in the stories, which as well as being used by ourselves and Miranda, can also be passed around the audience. These include some apple rattles, which we've made out of papier mache, using lovely large bramley apples as moulds, and which we have filled with lentils, so they make interesting noises when shaken.
We also scaled up our previous puppet attempts to create the 3 goddesses for one of our stories, and Jess created them using gum strip over bunched up newspaper with cardboard used to build up the features of the faces in between the layers of gum strip, and then twisted long lengths of the gum strip to create hair styles. We decided to just create the heads and to leave them plain, with just a coat of gold paint rather than painting on faces like we did with the smaller puppets, so that they would be more iconic and other worldly. We attached the heads to long sticks of wood, so that they can be lifted quite high, and be quite imposing and eye catching, also the gold paint looks rather spectacular when it catches the light.
We have also made lanterns, decorated fabric to appear like the night sky, made some star mobiles and an 'apple baby' to be used as props. We have also sorted out a costume for Miranda which has layers which can be added and removed depending on the story she is telling and the character she is being, so as well as being the storyteller at times she will also be as a prop from the wardrobe, and have a magical persona. As we came up with Miranda's costume we also sorted out plenty of other costume bits and pieces to fill the wardrobe with, so that there is the possibility for children to dress up as characters from the stories too.
Here are some pictures of the wardrobe as we exhibited it over the last few days alongside some work by fellow MA students.