Paperhand Puppets Intervention puts on some seriously impressive performances with their large scale puppets and sculptures. Based in North Carolina, they’ve been putting on a summer show for the last fourteen years. This summer, it’s called “Invisible Earth” and these are photos of the performance, taken by Lee Capps Photography. Looks incredible!
Here’s Paperhand’s intriguing description of this summer’s production:
A paradoxical pageant of hope, impending doom and planetary possibilities. The Monkeys of the Modern World, explore the workings of the world and ask; What is our nature? Are we creators or buffoons? Are we evolving? The great unfolding mystery of the Invisible Earth is upon us! Featuring the Dance of Domestication and a cast of goats, chickens, pigs and trilobites. New this year, music created by critically acclaimed composer Ari Picker of Lost in the Trees and an all new Paperhand band. Join us for an evening of exploration, enchantment, and ancient creatures!
Using giant puppets, masks, stilts, painted flats, junk, and paper-cut shadows, Paperhand tells stories that reflect our humanity (or lack there of) back to us, hoping to inspire people of all ages toward a better world.
Waterlife is a silk-screen book, printed by hand on handmade paper with natural dyes in Chennai, India. It is published by Tara Books. There are 3,000 hand-numbered copies available. Author and illustrator Rambharos Jha uses a traditional style of folk painting known as Mithila. Remarkable. You can also find it on Amazon.
I spent a great day with the folks of (no subject) at one of their Create + Cultivate workshops, in Portland this past weekend. It is a way to meet other creative-type business folks, learn some new things and hear about other business owners and their work.
I particularly enjoyed a workshop led by Betsy of Betsy + Iwa, a great jewelry biz; a talk by Emma Mcilroy, CEO of Wildfang, the online (and soon retail) shop for all things tomboy (check it out, it’s a great business concept); cocktail-making with Art in the Age spirits; plus a delicious dinner catered by Yakuza.
Great to meet some interesting folks and to enjoy a day of making and treats. They’ve got an upcoming workshop scheduled for Brooklyn soon — more info here.
Eliza Kenan and Claire Oswalt are the designers and makers behind Hopewell, a Los Angeles-based quilt shop that launched online in June. Great color studies, 100% cotton and even some machine washable options. Prices range from $150-$395.
Grain is now offering these beautiful handwoven pillows and bath towels, made in collaboration with artists in Guatemala. The colors are produced through a natural dye process using leaves, flowers, seeds, barks, and roots of indigenous plants of the Guatemalan Highlands. Prices range from $18-145.
Designer/artist Job Wouters and his son, Gradus tackle the alphabet in this fun video piece, “abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz“. Gotta say, I am INTO that kid’s writing style. So much more fun to watch than his pop. It’s worth hanging on for the w.
Film by Roel Wouters. Thanks to Elizabeth for the heads up about this!