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Making a Scrudlum!
Scrudlums are one of my favorite plush creations! Furry, grumpy, Muppet-y, they are truly my spirit animal (monster). Here's a look at how they are made! First, I create a textured fur by boiling it (see my previous blog post for that tutorial!) Once the fu...

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Tutorial: How To Boil Fur!
In this tutorial, you'll see my method for boiling fake fur which gives it a really nappy and crinkled texture. The fur I'll be using is a medium pile which some fabric stores label as "Punky Muppet." I should note that I have found this technique most effe...

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On With the Show!

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I received some wonderful news from The Jim Henson Foundation over the weekend: " The Pied Picker " has been accepted for a full grant submission. This means, the project has made it through the first round and now I must create and submit a full proposal. ...

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Remembering Allelu Kurten
friend and fellow musician, Mark Rubin posted a Facebook status
update this past week which has hit very close to home. It read:
Upset? Maybe start talking to old people more often. You'd be
surprised what you'll learn and how much better you'...

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From the Archives! Building Puppets for Aqua Teen Hunger Force!
While digging through some old photo files, I came across these and thought I'd post them. I got hired by the good folks at Cartoon Network to construct two puppets for Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The two characters, Zuccotti Manicotti and his Minion, were both...

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"The Pied Picker" Process: Creating a New Show. Part 1. STORY
Initial artwork for "The Pied Picker." It all begins with a story. Since I began creating puppet shows as
a teenager, I have always enjoyed tinkering with classic fairy tales
in much the same way that Rocky and Bullwinkle and the Muppets
treated these time-...

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This past week, I had the privilege of attending and performing at Puppet (r)Evolution, the 2012 National Festival of the Puppeteers of America. Puppeteers from across the country came to the Swarthmore College campus in Pennsylvania for a week of shows, pe...

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