Welcome to “It’s Electric!” A class where students will be able to learn to use a wide variety of materials for integrating circuits into their puppets. Supplies available to participants will include conductive thread, conductive fabric, conductive paint, and conductive tape. When these materials are combined with LED’s, batteries and switches, all kinds of fun are in store.
Participants will learn how make a proper circuit and the fundamentals of how they work. Then participants will be able to make a puppet using these materials that will utilize electricity.
We will have a selection of all necessary tools but not a full set for each participant. So anyone able to bring their own tools will not have to wait for sharing. Suggested items to bring are: Scissors, Exacto/blade, needle nose pliers/wire cutters, cutting mat, and ruler.
This class sits between beginner and intermediate and is fairly fast paced. It does not have any specific prerequisites but participant should confortable with basic crafting skills. We will cover a lot of material in a short amount of time. So if you are someone who needs more time to absorb technical concepts or loves to obsess over building come prepared to get as far as you can. You are welcome to take whatever you need and can always finish your puppet at home.
Kat Pleviak is the founder and Artistic Director of Sea Beast Puppet Company in Chicago, IL and holds an MFA In Youth Theatre and Puppetry from the University of Hawaii Manoa (2009).
Under Kat’s direction, Sea Beast has initiated a number of exciting puppetry projects including a series of original works including Little Red Rosie and the Dragon of Dümm, Liquid Ladies, The Shadow Puppet Conspiracy, The History of Light, and Méfiez-Vous de la Vache-Garou, which won best in show at the Chicago Fringe 2013.
She curates the Puppet Meltdown Puppet Slam and her work has been seen at regional, national, and international festivals including the Motor City Puppet Blast (2014), the Chicago Humanities Festival (2014), The Chicago Improv Festival (2013-2014), The National Puppetry Festival (2013), Potlatch Puppetry Festival (2009, 2011), Port City Puppet Festival (2010), UNIMA Congress (Perth 2008), and the Illinois Story Telling Festival (2009, 2010).
Kat has been published multiple times in the Puppetry Journal and writes a regular column for the publication titled Time Machine. Her work has been showcased many times in print including being a featured artist in Puppetry International’s issue of “40 under 40.”