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MAY - 2013

IN THIS MONTH'S NEWSLETTER

• New Doc by York Students: Open Door Designs & Puppet Mongers
• SINKING SHIP visits Open Door Designs
• PPT-Booth bound for Micronesia
• Puppet Allsorts - NEWS: venue changes; call for artists; more

Next workshop: TABLETOP PUPPET WORKSHOP - 2 SPACES LEFT
• New Marionette and Foam & Fur Workshops Scheduled.

• PUPPET ALLSORTS: PUPPETS ARE FOR ADULTS TOO!
Fresh Ideas in Puppetry Day
• Humber College: Puppetry Intensive
WAYANG-WORLD PUPPET CARNIVAL

• Fresh crop of sock puppets from ADORABLY SURLY
• New: Single Finger Puppets from THREE BAGS FULL
• Vintage

Guinol Hats
• Kasperle

• JUNCTION TRIANGLE TRAFFIC PLAN
• NEW NEIGHBOUR! 4CATS - ART STUDIO
• CAFE CON LECHE
• Basement Studio Available for Rent
• Image Foundry

• Zocalo

Still in the Window
(new one coming soon)

The first Foam & Fur workshop of 2013 wrapped up on Sunday. Here are some pics of process and results. If you are interested in this workshop the next one is scheduled to start on June 2nd. See Upcoming Workshops below for more information on Tabletop Building and Marionette Building workshops.

STRINGS - THE DOCUMENTARY
with Open Door Designs & Puppet Mongers

Nora, Sierra and Mong visited in January and now it's done. Great job, thanks.

Director: Nora Marku
Cinematography/ Editing: Sierra Chaykowski
Sound: Mong Tho Mach

We were visited recently by Sinking Ship Productions.
They were shooting the last episode of
This is Scarlett and Isaiah for release in 2014

 

This custom PPT-Booth features an enlarged proscenium (28"h x 30"w)with the playboard resting at 48"h. We also designed a magnetic script holder that Velcros to the back of the playboard.

It is being used this summer on tour in the US and then travelling to Pohnpei an island of the Senyavin Islands which are part of the larger Caroline Islands group. It belongs to Pohnpei State, one of the four states in the Federated States of Micronesia. Our theatres really all around the world!

THE LAST ALL-AGES PERFORMANCES OF THE SEASON

Marie Franek, Helena Adamcyk and Kerry Corrigan of STUDIO BABETTE breezed into town this past Sunday from Hamilton and entertained us with the story of Carlos and His Five Reasons. The tiered set and beautiful felted puppets had all enraptured. Thank you Studio Babette. We experimented this time by adding a second show and had two very respectable houses.

This was the last show in Zuke Studio this season. The two ADULT-ONLY shows capping the 2012-13 season will be at Bar3030 in the Junction. For more details visit the website: puppetallsorts.com

-NEWS
Two Shows for the Price of One!

MY BIG FAT GERMAN PUPPET SHOW
by FRANK MESCHKULEIT

Frank Meschkuleit & Friend


with Opening act, ROOSTER KANE'S CURIO EMPORIUM
performed by MARTY STELNICK


Marty Stelnick & Rooster Kane

DATE & TIME:
Monday, May 27, 2013. Show starts at 8:00 pm. DOORS OPEN: 7:30 pm
LOCATION: Bar3030 - 3030 Dundas St. W., Toronto
RUNTIME: Approximately 1 hour
PRICE: $15 advance; $20 at the door(cash only); online puppetallsorts.com or Open Door Designs, 1597 Dupont Street, Toronto. Cash Only.

CALL FOR SLAM PERFORMERS:
Interested in performing in the Puppet Slam on June 17th, 2013? The venue is Bar3030 at 3030 Dundas St. W. in the Junction. We are interested in ANYTHING that involves puppets, finished or incomplete, works in progress - all is welcome. This show is designed to push boundaries and introduce performers of all kinds to each other…who knows what will germinate!

The SLAM is also a fundraiser for PUPPET ALLSORTS to ensure we have a second season. We will be splitting the house after costs with each act. Hopefully, it will be enough to buy a beer! more info here

Contact Joanne Bigham for more information and send details about your show! At this point, we are looking at 10-15 minutes per piece.

TWO SPACES LEFT
Tabletop Workshop Description

In this workshop participants, over four days, will construct a tabletop puppet using polymer and air-dry clays. As in the marionette workshop, concepts of three-dimensional sculptural form and the fundamentals of painting will be taught in order to bring each character to life. Puppet dressing and basic manipulation will also be covered.

Tabletop Puppet Building Workshop
DATE & TIME:

4 classes, Sundays
May 5, 12, 19, 26, 2013
(If you have a group of 4-8 people we can organize workshops to suit your schedule.)

LOCATION: Open Door Designs
1597 Dupont Street
Toronto ON M6P 3S8
AGE GROUP: People 12 and older
COST: $300 + HST(this includes all materials)

Click Here To Download the Workshop Description
Click Here to Download Registration Form click here

email or call (416) 531-1290

Once you have completed the registration form email, mail, or drop off at Open Door Designs. Feel free to call to confirm (416) 531-1290.

You may pay by credit card, Debit or cheque by dropping by the store. If you would like to pay online through Paypal, please click the button below

 

WORKSHOP
TECHNIQUES OF FOAM & FUR PUPPET BUILDING

In this workshop participants, over four days, will construct a "muppet" style hand puppet of their own design using techniques of foam carving and covering with fabric such as fur or fleece. Concepts of three-dimensional sculptural form will be taught in creating the form; stitching techniques for hiding seams in a variety of coverings; modelling and painting features such as noses, eyes, etc.


foamandfurslideshow

Techniques of Foam & Fur Workshop
DATE & TIME:

4 classes, Sundays
June 2, 9, 16, 23,2013
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

LOCATION:

Open Door Designs
1597 Dupont Street
Toronto ON M6P 3S8

AGE GROUP: People over the age of 12
COST: $300 + HST(this includes all materials)

To Download the Workshop Description
Click Here
to Download Registration Form click here
email or call (416) 531-1290

Once you have completed the registration form email, mail, or drop off at Open Door Designs. Feel free to call to confirm (416) 531-1290.

You may pay by credit card, Debit or cheque by dropping by the store. If you would like to pay online through Paypal, please click the button below

Marionette Workshop Description

In this workshop participants, over four days, will construct their own marionette using polymer and air-dry clays. Concepts of three-dimensional sculptural form will be taught in making of the head and hands and feet and fundamental principles of painting will be introduced in order to bring each character to life. Each participant will also learn how to string and dress their puppet and basic marionette manipulation will also be covered.


Marionette Building Workshop
DATE & TIME:

4 classes, Sundays
July 7,14,21,28, 2013

(If you have a group of 4-8 people we can organize workshops to suit your schedule.
)

LOCATION:

Open Door Designs
1597 Dupont Street
Toronto ON M6P 3S8

AGE GROUP: People 12 and older
COST: $300 + HST(this includes all materials)

To Download the Workshop Description
Click Here
to Download Registration Form click here
email or call (416) 531-1290

Once you have completed the registration form email, mail, or drop off at Open Door Designs. Feel free to call to confirm (416) 531-1290.

You may pay by credit card, Debit or cheque by dropping by the store. If you would like to pay online through Paypal, please click the button below

Puppets and You
Puppet Workshops in Almonte, Ontario


 

click here for more information

Puppets, Professionals and YOU!
11 Specialized Classes, taught by 10 professional artists, for anyone who loves PUPPETS!
There are workshops for:
Adults (18+)
Parent and Child Pairs (6 to 99)
Children (6+)
Learn from an outstanding, talented group of artists that have come together to offer these special programs.
Small intimate classes
Beginner to novice level
Take home something tangible from every class
ALL materials are included
Enjoy the art of puppet making
10% of proceeds go to Puppets Up!
Be a part of the puppet family

Fresh Ideas in Puppetry Day

Sunday 26th May, 2013 at the Robert Gill Theatre, University of Toronto
An annual day-long mini-conference and festival, that showcases artists taking new and ground-breaking directions in puppetry.Puppet ideas fresh from the oven
It is a day of presentations and demonstrations, discussions and hands-on workshops, culminating in an evening cabaret of fresh new performances; it is a day of exciting innovations and explorations in puppetry, a stimulating event for everyone interested in current developments in the art form. Fresh Ideas in Puppetry is an event officially accredited by UNIMA Canada.

Sunday may 26th, 2013 (date TBA) at the Robert Gill Theatre in the University of Toronto.
We welcome submissions and proposals at info@puppetmongers.com or call 416-469-3555
.

The Humber College Puppetry Intensive is an exciting, rigorous, hands-on, 12 day training program in the art of puppet theatre, taught by some of the best professional puppet artists in North America.
Participants will survey the many modes of puppetry through the study of breath, impulse, movement and voice as they relate to object animation and puppet manipulation. The principals and techniques of puppet design, construction, mechanisms of movement, and performance creation will be explored in a puppet lab setting. All classes will take place in the recently renovated, state-of-the-art facilities of Humber College’s Arts and Media Studios. MORE INFO

WAYANG-WORLD PUPPET CARNIVAL
in JAKARTA and BALI, INDONESIA
1 - 8 September 2013

"Dear Puppeteers:
World Puppet Carnival with the Indonesian Puppeteers Association PEPADI and the Government of Indonesia invite you to participate in the spectacular Wayang - World Puppet Carnival in Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia from 1 to 8 September 2013. Share your talents and see the world of Wayang Puppets. Over 60 productions from around the world will be selected to perform in beautiful, exotic Indonesia, birthplace of famous Wayang Puppetry, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site."

more info

One of my favourite vintage puppets left the store recently with a photographer - he needed a couple of hats to Guinolize him, complete with the trademark pigtail.
Tripped over this online...lovely german Kasparle puppet, probably the Woodsman.
NEW SELECTION OF ADORABLY SURLY PUPPETS
$30ea
NEW: 3 Bags Full - SINGLES
$5ea
Indonesian Shadow Puppet, Wayang Kulit
Contemporary/New $85
Indonesian Shadow Puppet, Wayang Kulit.
Carved of leather and mounted on a stick. Shows signs of wear, small repairs. $85

Indonesian Shadow Puppet, Wayang Kulit. Elephant,
Shows signs of wear, small repairs.
Size: 27 inches wide x 16.5 inches high. The stick adds 9 inches overall -
$125.00

Indonesian Shadow Puppet, Wayang Kulit. The figure is a Carriage, as well
as an attendant Garuda! Nagas ride on top - 25" x 30"
$125.00

PELHAM THUNDERBIRD CHARACTERS
Virgil Tracy -1991-92, $110.00
Alan Tracy - 1991-92, $110.00
Parker - 1991, $120
Pelham Horse w box $85
Pelham Professor - Talker - $110

"Stories about the Devil are always amusing"
Vintage Belgian Postcard - $22

Our neighbourhood now has a traffic plan and the city is asking for input. Please take a look at the proposal and respond with any of your concerns.

 

More info

4Cats Arts Studio
1615 Dupont St.
Toronto ON
M6P 3S8

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD HAS A NEW CAFE!

1571 Dupont st (in the old Laundrama)
Visit Soon! Thanks

Carlos and Sandra Flores

BASEMENT STUDIO
AVAILABLE
FOR RENT

The basement studio is now finished and available for rent
for small meetings and events. A beautiful clean new space, there is approximately 350 sq ft of floor space. 2 tables, 12 chairs, microwave, kettle, coffeemaker, fridge and bathroom.

Rates:
$15/hr - 8 hour minimum
$20/hr by the hour.

more info: info@opendoordesigns.ca , (416) 531-1290

Perth Dupont Community Garden
Started just as a garden with individual plots in 2005 by the City Councillor Adam Giambrone, it has been transformed into a thriving Community Garden, and is now a center for Urban Agriculture. With ethnic and lifestyle diversity, our garden is a place to grow food, flowers, friendships, and personal social and leadership skills. READ MORE
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Material Donations Needed
RED WAGON COLLECTIVE
AT EVANGELINE


Donations may be dropped off at Open Door Designs or email Nancy Davis Halifax for more information.


RED WAGON COLLECTIVE: DONATIONS NEEDED:
fabric, wool, embroidery floss, needles, crochet hooks, old sweaters

RED WAGON COLLECTIVE was formed in 2006 in response to our desire to deepen our artistic, collaborative, and community-engaged practices through residency projects that would enable us to develop both intensive and extensive relationships in the Junction - a rapidly changing neighbourhood in Toronto's west end. We share a desire to work collaboratively with artists and non-artists to create work that inspires new conversations; softens boundaries between groups separated by age, culture, ability, and economic status; promotes the presence of art in everyday life and contributes to increasing public engagement in community development. The work we create with communities is used in producing exhibitions, public installations, and celebratory performance events.We are currently working within the walls of the Evangeline Shelter.

Image Foundry specializes in edition printing, custom art reproduction projects, and high-end photo-retouching work.

1581 Dupont Street,
Toronto, Ontario
M6P 3S5

Contact:
www.imagefoundry.ca
phone: 416-477-5652

A little further afield but worth the walk!
Beautiful, unique food in a cozy setting.


ZOCAL0
1426 Bloor Street West
(at the corner of Symington Avenue)
Toronto, ON M6P

(647) 342-1567

   

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