Thursday, 19 July 2018

A first pass at a vinyl banner for Gemstar

In another parallel universe I am working on a theatre production.
Here is my latest - a mock up for a 2' x 5' vinyl banner for a scientific research group called Gemstar.
I learnt to use Photoshop with my son years ago  - and I'm still learning.

Probably this item needs to be supplied to the print-shop as an Illustrator file... so the learning curve continues.
Anyway here it is for perusal and comment only.
(For Discrete read Discreet... thanks Angela,)

Vectors by Vecteezy!

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

How Karin Makes Creatures.

Karin was fortunate to be asked to show her creatures at the Salt Spring Gallery from 13 July - 1 August.  Below is the didactic for the show.  It might make it clear how some of the the creatures for Evolution of Moral Progress have been created, though they do not all have their origins in inspiration from Nudibranchs.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Canada Council Grant - Happy Dance

Wendy and Karin formed an Ad Hoc Group and submitted a proposal for support by the Canada Council for the Arts.
We heard recently that we have been granted a whopping great grant to work further on the show.  We will still continue to fundraise since the grant wont cover everything.... but we are so grateful.
It was beginning to look as if the project was doomed!  Now, with summer approaching and Wendy being free from in-school residencies and shows, not to mention the Puppet Power: International Conference on Applied Puppetry that she organized.... and has just happened.  
We are now ready to power-up once more on this project.

Thank you again Canada Council for the Arts

Monday, 19 February 2018

Soundscapes Composed by AI

It might be worthwhile considering what Artificial Intelligence can bring to our show.  
Machines Creating Music
Image sourced from
Today AI is creating musical compositions in collaboration with human programming.
Check out the way such sounds are produced here., watch the video on that webpage to help understand the procedure.
And here is a composition "Genesis Symphonic Fantasy in A minor, Op 21, created by AIVA (Artificial Intelligence Virtual Artist), from Aiva Technologies.  Perhaps a scene in the latter part of show calls out for music that has been created by a human and an artificial intelligence...
See what you think.

Here is what one commenter on YouTube said...

I think people fail to realize, how much knowledge it took someone to have about musical theory & programming; this isn't an easy feat; it had to first be taught the process by a human, however it will be able to create endless scores like this now & maybe even improve them..

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Theatre Costumes

The costumes for this show have been sourced, created and donated.
Faux leather coat from Value Village - became a cope for The Priestess
A fabulous donation of a true leather, brown, gored skirt with bead detail from Wear Else, was destined to become a worn out leather apron for The Slavedriver.

And many and diverse materials were amalgamated to become steam punk, Victoriana, or futuristic elements for the show.

Here is part of a story board of Skirt to Apron for The Slavedriver.
With many thanks to Elaine Senkpiel on Saltspring Island who made the donation of leather for this item.

John Shepherd,  shoe maker and leather-craftsman on Saltspring, has all the great machinery and tools that I wish I had ... but he isn't averse to helping out a fellow stitcher.
Thank you to  Shepherd Shoes
And so he riveted (did I just make a verb out of a noun, Oh horror! Or had someone already done that?) and the apron was finished and handed over to Wendy, for her to distress - possibly from the back of her car on the way back to Calgary from Duncan.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Shadow Puppet Eye Candy

It's timeless and ageless:
We can hardly stop ourselves from making shadow puppets with our hands if we find ourselves placed between a light source and a blank wall... think cuddly bunny made from ones fingers.
Shown below is a species of Genus 394Wz - in shadow puppet form.
Audience participation is a prominent part of the show.  It is requested and generally given freely.  The messages presented are thereby far more deeply considered by the participants than if they were sitting, sleepily, in comfy chairs allowing the drama unfold around them rather than engaging fully with the show's plot.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Musical Gifts

It is one thing to be able to create wonderful music and yet another to gift it to someone you don't even know.  There are - for I have found them - many fantastic people in the world today, quite contrary to the general mood around us.

Thank you Georgi Dimitrov "Chubry"has allowed us use of his music  Georgi plays the Qanun - go  here to listen and download.
Our Arabian Scholar, Abu bin Saiid, will never have felt more at home !

As if that were not enough - Hugh Conings a jazz drummer from B.C. has agreed to create a drum with flute piece for us.  And Edmond Van Putte who spreads the word about The Netherlands has given us a soundscape for the Work Horse animatronics.  Thanks Hugh and Edmond.

And there is more... Our own Saltspring Island gal, Nikki Menard - will play the Hang drum to evoke a calm, spiritual well-being in the Priestess' Temple.  It is going to be great Nikki, Thank you.