Lady Pin

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See this lovely lady-pin in person and do some bowling this Thursday at Comet! A bunch of talented artists have customized bowling pins for their silent auction which will benefit local nonprofits. The Comet Pub & Lanes and Creature Comforts will host the Get Comforta-Bowl tournament on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The tournament will benefit local nonprofits, including Friends of Refugees, Our House and College AIM. Check out their page for details @thecometpubandlanes

Tonight is the Dark Crystal Ball!

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Last year I made two and a half life-size crystals with my talented friends at the Center for Puppetry Arts. I’m so lucky! Swipe for more photos and process.

I started with a 2D design by technical director Jeremy Villines. I converted it into a 3D pattern using cardboard. We used the template to make an acrylic mold and slush cast the tinted resin in layers. The acrylic molds for the full crystals were built from 82 individual pieces!

Thanks to @talithagabrielle for helping me cast these beasts. Beautiful foam carving and background painting by @brianna.bass.scenic.artist and @nubourne. Lighting by @gabbity.rabbit.The Dark Crystal exhibit is up through January. It’s a beautiful and unique experience. Check it out!

Throwback to last year when I made 200 crystal shards for the Dark Crystal Ball at the Center for Puppetry Arts

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I sculpted the original out of epoxy clay and made a silicone mold to cast in translucent resin. Swipe to see process shots. We’re so lucky to have the CPA in Atlanta. The largest organization dedicated to puppetry in the US, it’s a unique place that has been building community since 1978. If you missed the party last year, you can get tickets to the Gathering of Gelflings happening August 29th at Puppet.org.

The Dark Crystal exhibit will be on view till January 2020. Featuring restored puppets that haven’t been seen since the film, it’s a beautiful and rare exhibit, totally worth your time.

How are Gwilliams made?

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Mold making is an almost magical process. I mix chemicals, pour them on a thing, and then just like that, I have a 3D stamp that allows me to reproduce the thing in almost any material I want. It’s like photocopying in 3D, except that it has an added level of transformation that alters the original in all sorts of interesting ways. Casting a hollow form in silicone to make a creature mask is very different from making an edition 50 hard resin art toys, both in purpose and experience. My background is in printmaking and photography, so mold making has felt like a natural extension of my early work.

 

I always enjoy reading about other people’s process, so I thought I’d share some of my own. Here’s some information about what went into the creation of the Gwilliam Finger Puppets. You can buy them online for a limited time and have a creepy cutie of your own! The finger puppets and other prizes are helping to raise money to cover production costs for Brian Lonano’s upcoming short, Gwilliam–a gross love story between man and goblin, starring William Tokarsky of “Too Many Cooks”! It’s going to be weird and awesome–check it out and SUPPORT GOBLIN LOVE <3

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