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2010 in review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 4 times


In 2010, there were 37 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 217 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 245mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 27th with 107 views. The most popular post that day was 3.thePUPPEThomePROJECT .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for el lissitzky, el lissistsky, the puppet home project, framkie volpicella, and naum gabo.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


3.thePUPPEThomePROJECT September 2010


1.theMe September 2010


0.NUTSHELL August 2010


2. TheWCab September 2010


5. LOSTinTIMEtheSHOW November 2010


Lost in Time Video Production

December 16, 2010

Our final production of Lost in Time can be seen by watching it on the link below.


December 16, 2010

Check out this e-magazine which has linked us to their site

Lost In Time Production: Photos

December 4, 2010

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December 2, 2010

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Puppet Practice Video 3

December 2, 2010

A Work In Progress

December 2, 2010

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Puppet Practice Video 2

December 2, 2010

Puppet Practice Video 1

December 2, 2010

December 1, 2010

Puppet Show Rehearsal

November 25, 2010

official poster for the big puppet show

November 24, 2010

Puppet Show HALF

the process of creating a puppet show

November 22, 2010

November 16, 2010

November 9, 2010

Houston Museum of Natural Science

October 27, 2010

Nathan Amanda and Jose

The Rose Center

October 27, 2010

David Bomba- art director/production designer

October 25, 2010

The Three Marionette: Vancouver Museum Poster

October 25, 2010

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

October 25, 2010

Aweppets- Jerrod Yarbrough, Teil Massie, Kemble Smith

October 22, 2010

Stage Design Project

October 11, 2010

This exercise is about designing a stage for your chosen puppet where it can perform a range of activities. Your designed puppets are not isolated art-objects that are acting against a curtain wall or imprisoned within a framed booth, but must be considered within a surrounding space that is as important as your puppets. You will design the space in which your puppets breathe into and also inhale the qualities of the space. Therefore, after considering certain activities and movements for your puppets such as dancing, walking, flying, climbing, sitting, etc., you are supposed to design their place. Besides correlating the stage setting and your puppet, you should consider the audience as well as the puppeteers with the aim of merging them within a common space design. Your design should finally reflect a new spatial relationship between puppets, your viewers and the puppeteers.

In order to achieve a fresh perspective on the stage design, we will go through the following exercises:

1. Overlapping Surfaces

You will start with re-thinking about the wall or the stage backdrop in terms of planes and surfaces as the organizers of the space. Situating your puppet away from its traditional close relation to the homogenous background, you will experience a variety of other spatial possibilities through working with continuous overlapping surfaces and their reciprocal concealment. The overlapping surfaces with different colors and materials will merge the foreground, middle ground, and background, therefore, integrating the space of the viewer, the puppets and the puppeteers. This exercise begins with abstract drawings following spatial concepts of design that needs to be actualized in stage models with 1″=1′ scale.

2. Porosity

Framing booths and openings are part of puppet shows through which the puppets interact with the viewer and other puppets. The second exercise aims at the porous surfaces and their adjacent voids in-between surfaces that also need to be thought and designed. The process of seeing and being seen takes place within the region of porous screens that renders immateriality and continuity of the space. This exercise also initiates with abstract drawings embodying spatial concepts which are then transformed in to stage models in 1″=1′ scale.

October 5, 2010

Heath Bottoms puppet blog

September 27, 2010

Heath’s blog

Kemble’s Blog

September 27, 2010

kemble’s space

Kathleen’s blog

September 27, 2010

Kathleen’s Blog.

Nate’s Blog

September 27, 2010

Nate’s Blog

claire’s blog

September 27, 2010

claire’s blog

Travis Blue’s puppet blog

September 27, 2010

Travis’  blog

Jerrod’s Blog Space

September 27, 2010

Sarah’s Puppet Project

September 27, 2010

Sarah’s Puppet Project

Victoria Adams’s Blog

September 27, 2010


September 27, 2010

Teil’s puppet blog

September 27, 2010

Teil’s blog

Amanda Surman’s Puppet Blog

September 27, 2010

Amanda’s blog

my puppet blog

September 27, 2010

theMeproject backstage

September 19, 2010


September 3, 2010

All of you are familiar with Frank Braun’s Wizard of Oz, the famous American tale of a little girl named Dorothy who is swept away from her home in Kansas to the Land of Oz, and must find the ruler to get back home. Like so many childhood stories, from Collodi’s Pinocchio to Spielberg’s AI, role’s like Gepetto’s, the puppet master, are pivotal metaphors for sovereign rule and human freedom. But puppets, whether string or hand held are also creative anthropometric extensions of you. They can assume many personalities, or act as your personal handmade avatars.