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Craft Design

Fun Paper Kirigami and Karakuri Puppets with Unexpected Behaviors by Haruki Nakamura

June 27, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Japanese designer Haruki Nakamura has a knack for creating all kinds of interesting paper objects from puzzles to kirigami toys. One of his best designs is this awesome squeezable paper puppet that reveals a sheep wearing wolf’s clothing. Also check out his penguin bomb, a type of automated paper puppet called a karakuri that has hidden inner mechanisms. Nakamura sells all of his designs in an online shop, but currently only ships within Japan. (via GIF87a, Grape)

 

 



Animation Dance

OSSA: The Unwilling Dance Performance of a Deconstructed Puppet

July 14, 2016

Christopher Jobson

OSSA is the latest stop motion short from director Dario Imbrogno who turns the bare essentials of an animation puppet into a striking dance performance. Much of the animation process itself including cameras, lighting, and even the hands of the animator are incorporated into the film, creating an unsettling vibe, as if the subject is being forced to perform against her will. If you haven’t seen Imbrogno’s film featuring creepy paper creatures, it’s also worth a watch.

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Amazing Design

Ingenious Hand Puppet Capable of Pointing, Grabbing, and Talking

May 27, 2016

Christopher Jobson

Puppet designer Barnaby Dixon spent the last 1.5 years developing this amazing little hand puppet that includes mechanisms traditionally found on a marionette. When operated using two hands the figure seems almost lifelike and is capable of pointing, grasping small objects, and even talking. In another video Dixon experiments with the puppet’s various dance moves. (via Neatorama)

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Amazing Art

Ricky & Doris: An Unconventional Friendship in New York City (with Puppets)

June 23, 2015

Christopher Jobson

Doris Diether is a former journalist and longtime activist in New York who is often seen strolling through Washington Square Park chatting with just about everyone. Ricky Syers is a musician and marionetteer who encountered Diether the first week he arrived in the park with his marionettes several years ago and was struck by her outgoing nature. He immediately created a puppet in her image and the two have since become staples of the neighborhood who frequently appear in photographs and interviews together.

Filmmaker David Friedman made this great documentary short for AARP detailing the roots of their friendship and how they first met.

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Pulling her own strings, 2013, Victor Shoup

 

 



Art

Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared: Commentary on the Dark Side of Creativity

July 30, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Make no mistake, this is all kinds of ridiculous, but it’s also kind of brilliant. Directed by Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling of This is It (previously).

 

 



Illustration

Claire Oswalt: Peril in Perfection

January 12, 2011

Christopher Jobson

The web browser dwarfs the actual scale of these mixed-media marionettes by Claire Oswalt. I initially mistook them for detailed illustrations on cut-out paper, but a closer look revealed they are actually enormous drawings on top of paper adhered to machined wood. Lots more great stuff in her portfolio. (via the fox is black)

 

 



Art Dance

Motorized wooden marionettes by Juan Pablo Cambariere

January 6, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Seven Basic Exercises is a collection of incredible marionettes by Buenos Aires based artist and designer Juan Pablo Cambariere from a show at Turbo Gallery. It’s astounding how humanistic their physical actions are, considering they’re comprised mostly of plain interlinked blocks. His web site also has a fantastic gallery of additional puppet photos, and don’t miss his typeface. (via the automata / automation blog)