In this workshop students will learn how to make a basic mouth mechanism that is for a flat thing that can talk, and variations on it, such as eyes that open and close. This type of mechanism can be useful for animating scenery, props or backdrops. Students will be guided through each step to create a puppet with this springy style of mouth mechanism before having ‘general crafting’ time to finish their puppets and work together to create short puppet shows to be presented at the end of the class. The basic principles of a resistance mouth mechanism will be discussed and a selection of other styles of mouth mechanisms that are related will be introduced. The class will also include an inspirational slide show about kinetic art and puppetry. Everyone will leave with at least one puppet (more if they work hard) and the thrill and excitement of putting their new skills into action by working on short puppet shows together. Upon completion of the class everyone will receive an official ANTHROPOMORPHIZER badge. Please know how to thread a needle before attending. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own scissors, a box cutter or X-acto knife, and a hot glue gun.
Additional materials fee: $10
Miss Pussycat/Panacea Theriac is one half of the duo Quintron and Miss Pussycat, who travel the world performing live puppet shows and playing music in rock clubs, music festivals, and secret clubhouses. She also makes puppet movies & videos and is always happy to bring puppetry into the pantheon of contemporary art, as well as the subculture of underground music.
Last year Quintron and Miss Pussycat contributed two songs on the Dr. Demento tribute album, Dr. Demento Covered in Punk and made a video for their cover of the Roky Erikson song, Creature with the Atom Brain. The video featured a puppet of Dr. Demento and his voice as a newscaster.
Miss Pussycat has enjoyed doing large-scale installations and exhibits of her puppets and their worlds at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. In 2017/18 she was a featured artist for Prospect 4, the New Orleans art triennial curated by Trevor Schoonmaker.
When not on tour, she can usually be found hanging out with her Siamese cat Coco Puff, who likes to wear hats and capes.