Our new show features a Great Horned Owl as one of the major characters. I've looked at bazillions of images -- they are pretty amazing birds. They have great expression and loads of texture and color. I feel lucky that they were the best choice for the show as an owl local to the region in which the show is set.
The wings are a key feature in this puppet, of course. They need to be expressive (like the hands of an Italian!). To begin our process, we looked at wing structure and made a mini-wing out of paper.
|Rey drew this. Didn't she do a great job?|
I am making this puppet using wool and wet-felting it. This is the primary wool roving that will be featured in our creature:
|Jacob roving dyed with natural dyes. Purchased last year with this owl in mind at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Fest!|
Then I began laying out the fibers...Pandora was playing an '80's station...
|See -- there Iam!|
|These will be big wings -- but the fibers will shrink a bit, so not quite this big.|
|Melanie is working on some raccoon parts in the background. Pool noodles are awesome. It's great that they are a TOOL.|
|We scaled up a bit to compensate for the fiber shrinkage...let's hope our guesstimates are accurate!|
|Ready for the next step...tomorrow!|