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Cattywampus Puppet Council

Puppetry in Knoxville

Play in Public Spaces


The Cattywampus Puppet Council, which is a Knoxville based nonprofit seeking to build community and promote play for all ages through the puppetry arts. This spring, Cattywampus will organize and facilitate the Appalachian Puppet Pageant, Knoxville’s first community puppet parade. This project will invite members of the community of all ages and backgrounds to come together and create puppets, masks, and costumes rooted in local ecology and stories of “place.” As an act of public play and storytelling, this parade will celebrate the culture of love, creativity, and mutual dependence we wish to create in Southern Appalachia.  

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Street for Art

@ VOL 3 ON NOV 02, 2012

David Kašpar and Jiří Služenko talk about local culture as the theme of a festival, about becoming connected to the place where we live. Architectural intervention in the public space is the main feature of the festival "Street for Art," and it acts as the framework for other activities. (in Czech)

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Professional Puppets

@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

Toshifumi Matsumiya lived in Berlin for two years, where he attended several puppet shows. When he moved back to Japan he began working in puppetry, and joined the Foundation Modern Puppet Center, which promotes both traditional puppetry and modern puppet performances. Toshifumi showcases several unique puppet exhibits produced by the center, and shares the stories behind them. 

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The making puppets backstage

@ VOL 8 ON JUL 04, 2014

Based in France, Anna Deschamps graduated in 2006 from the national college of Art and Design (ENSAD "les arts-déco", Paris) as a set-designer. But since then, I have been involved into stop-motion movies and street theatre making mainly puppets.
From Paris to Bamako through Melbourne and London, follow me in the backstage of various films productions, I will show you the process of making puppets. {in French}

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Civic Play: Skeletons, Gnomes, & The Atlanta Beltline Latern Parade

@ VOL 25 ON AUG 09, 2015

Chantelle Rytter came back to ATL from New Orleans and found she saw a need for something here in ATL... Civic play! So she up and started and "krewe" and fabricated a few silly but large puppets and the first Latern Parade was begun. Listen as Rytter talks us through the start of this new annual staple of fun here in the ATL!

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The Rabbit Hole of Puppet Making

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 27, 2016

"I'll talk about the surprisingly deep rabbit hole that is puppet making, and my creative tumble down it."

A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, Clay Achee has studied and worked in the film and television industry for over 10 years. His other hobby? Cooking? Golf? Nah, he makes puppets.

We thoroughly enjoyed his presentation The Rabbit Hole of Puppet Making at PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge Vol. I.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, September 8th, 2016. 

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Public Spaces for Everybody?

@ VOL 8 ON SEP 01, 2015

The British artist Sandra Hall is wondering about the concept of public space, and who are allowed to use them.

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Making Space

@ VOL 29 ON OCT 24, 2016

Molly Van Hart wears many hats- from after school programme coordinator, to sex ed teacher to yoga instructor and now a project activator with Life in Vacant Spaces, an NGO that brokers public space for creative porjects. Molly explains how all her experiences are about making space for people to be creative, in all sense of the word.

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Puppetry in Paradise

@ VOL 20 ON APR 19, 2017

"All creative journies start somewhere. Mine began in a paper cutting workshop..." 

In "Puppetry in Paradise" from PechaKucha Night Cairns Vol. 20,  Danielle Henderson is trained in theatre, performance and media arts. She is a passionate entertainer, writer/ storyteller and occasional singer living in Cairns, Far North Queensland.  Since becoming a mother her attention has turned to visual art forms, specifically Scherenschnitte, or silhouette paper cutting. Her work is exceptionally detailed and has a pure uncomplicated visual appeal which lends itself poetically to shadow play. In 2013 Danielle wrote and performed I Live Here - a shadow puppet theatre experience for children.
Seeking more colourful and less solitary creative engagements she has more recently facilitated a community arts project for children and families. Her latest work is pushing her interest in puppet making into 3 dimensions.

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Drawing space

@ VOL 11 ON SEP 06, 2018

Grieg Burgoyne suggests that we are all 'a bundle of rhythms' and, through his exploratory, playful and site-specific drawing practice invites us to reunite with lost spaces, the periphery, the other, the elsewhere.