The closer I get to making my puppet, the more hesitant I become.
What if I can’t do it? What if what I have in my head can’t translate to felt and foam? What if the kids will laugh at how horrible my puppets looks? What if I’m not good enough? What if I’m actually not creative?
It’s not a surprise that I’m feeling this way. I’m getting closer to puppet creation time and it’s scary. It’s no longer an idea in my head to experiment with. It’s real. There is risk involved. Risk of failure, risk of shame, and risk of judgement.
So what can I do? Lean into my vulnerability.
I’m going to offer my humble self to the world. I may not be the best at making puppets, the kids may laugh, I may fail, but I am going to try. Because with risk, comes reward and I’m tired of living in a world of safe ideas.
So here I am, sharing with you, the next humble step in my puppet making process.
I’m not ready to cut out patterns and start sewing. That seems too daunting. I need to take it slow. I am going to start with clay! It’s moldable, changeable, and you can’t mess it up.
I found an old pack of clay in my closet and got to work. I first rolled out different head shapes, then noses, ears, and hair, and then put them all together in different ways! If I didn’t like it, I could mix and match it up or mash it into a ball and start again. True to our mission, I went back to play to help me through my doubts, and you know what, it worked. James even joined in on the fun!
After work on Monday, I stopped by my local thrift store. Not knowing what I was looking for, I walked around the store hoping for something to catch my eye.
I started in the toy section. The night before I read a tip that you can use an old stuffed animal as a pattern for a puppet. With this in mind, I searched for a stuffed animal that was roughly the size I was looking for. This is when I came across our dear old friend, Curious George. His body shape would work! I quickly grabbed him along with a second Curious George in case I mess up the first pattern! My son is hoping that I don’t need both.
What would the puppet wear? I searched through the infant clothing rack. I wanted to find an outfit that would work for any gender of puppet and had no descriptive features. I found a dark green/yellow green stripped onesie. I figured I could cut off the bottom and make it into a top. It would look perfect with an Earth Protector emblem on it.
Right before I went to check out, I stopped over at the scarf area. Initially, I was thinking of creating a cape, but a tiny child’s backpack caught my eye. I loved the size and the primary colors! There was no logo, and it was in good condition. An Earth Protector must have a backpack to keep all of their Earth-protecting supplies in!
You never know what you may find when you go exploring!
I am lucky to know so many creative people. Look at all the wonderful and imaginative puppet names you suggested!
Collaboration truly makes the world a more playful place!
Mood boards, story boards, photo boards, whatever you call them, they can help you visualize your creation!
This weekend I created an idea and inspiration board to think about who the Earth Protector will be and what they might look like. I searched for images online, printed them out, and posted them on a board-easy as blueberry pie!
Depending on your project, you can use sketches, word bubbles, fabric swatches, paint colors, etc. to get the visual process started.
We have compiled the results and based on your feedback, we are delighted to reveal who the first puppet of the Kids of Solutionary Street Workshop will be...
...an Earth Protector!
Over the next few weeks we will begin gathering materials and constructing the Earth Protector. We welcome all words of encouragement and support!