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FEBRUARY - 2011

IN THIS MONTH'S NEWSLETTER

• Retail Store: Reduced Hours for February
• 2011 WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED
• Basement Studio Available for Rent

• Bricoteer Valentaine Kid's Workshop
• Alexander Mergold: Papier Mache Mold Making
• Mike Harding: Foam & Fur Workshop
• Mike Harding: March Break Performances in the GTA
• As You Puppet: Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People

Miroslav Trejtnar's wonderful toy/sculptures
• More

•Rufus the Dog
• Mockingbird Puppets

• June Harlowe foods
• Zocalo

PLEASE NOTE:
During the period February 23-March 15, 2011 our retail store will be OPEN on SATURDAYS ONLY as follows:
Saturday February 26, 10am-6pm
Saturday, March 5, 10am-6pm
Saturday, March 12, 10am-6pm
We apologize for any inconvenience.
If you have inquiries regarding our portable theatres or any other questions you may contact us by email.

IN THE WINDOW AT OPEN DOOR DESIGNS UNTIL THE END OF FEBRUARY

 

NEW MARIONETTES
BY
LUDEK BOGNER

HAND CARVED & PAINTED WOOD

THE 2011 WORKSHOPS ARE NOW SCHEDULED
PLEASE CHECK THE WORKSHOP PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION

The Bricoteers Children's Workshop
Sunday, February 13th, 2011

The Heartless Monster

Where does a giant monster find a heart big enough?


A Children’s Valentine’s Day Puppetry Party
Interactive! Crafts! Storytelling!


Create the Heartless Monster and his friends, and together, we’ll help them come to life! Reclaimed materials inspire resourcefulness, innovation, and imaginations, as well as ecological creativity! Bring home Valentine’s Day Puppets and Valentines.
Welcoming space for parents and children. Healthy snacks and inspiring wordless music provided. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

DATE & TIME:

Sunday, February 13th, 2011
1:00 - 5:00pm

AGE GROUP 8 and up

LOCATION:

Open Door Designs, 1597 Dupont Street, Toronto  

COST:

$40 (this includes all materials)

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. If you would like to pay online through Paypal, please click the button below

 

ALEXANDER MERGOLD'S
Papier Mâché Mold Making Workshop
Sunday, February 20,2011

Papier Mâché Mold Making Workshop
DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 20,2011
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
LOCATION: Open Door Designs
1597 Dupont Street
Toronto ON M6P 3S8
AGE GROUP: Adults
COST: $180 (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

Build a Foam and Fur Puppet
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2011
Puppetry for Educators: Build a Foam and Fur Puppet
Mike Harding of Applefun Puppetry, with over 20 years of puppet crafting skill, will help you to create a fantastic Muppet-style puppet. Uncover the secrets behind the "Henson stitch"! Beguile at as you master fur cutting! Amaze you friends with your foam gluing techniques! At the end of the day you will go home with a brand new puppet of you very own!
Basic puppet manipulation will be covered.
No prior experience is necessary.

DATE & TIME:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2011
10am - 4pm

LOCATION:

Open Door Designs, 1597 Dupont Street, Toronto  

COST:

$180.00 (this includes all materials)

Download Workshop Description coming soon

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. If you would like to pay online through Paypal, please click the button below

PUPPET SHOWS AT OPEN DOOR DESIGNS!

We are still in the process of scheduling monthly puppet shows in our new basement space. Stay tuned for the March newsletter for more information.

BASEMENT STUDIO
NOW 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


Would you like to see a puppet show during March Break?

Check out Mike Harding's scheduled shows around the GTA
by clicking here.

ADAPTED AND PERFORMED
BY JANE MCCLELLAND & MIKE PETERSEN
PRODUCED BY HANK’S TOY BOX THEATRE

RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 1-6

STUDIO APRIL 10–21, 2011
RUNNING TIME: APPROX. 55 MINUTES
TICKETS: $15-$20

SCHOOL GROUPS CALL: 416-862-2222

 

London. J. J. Stockdale. 1812.
Engraving, handcolored, sheet size 6 3/4 x 4 1/8 inches
A plate from an edition of Breton de la Martiniere "China: Its Costume, Arts, Manufactures, &c." Engraved by A. Freschi, and attractively handcolored. Framed: $95.00
Open Door Designs is pleased to have a few of Miroslav Trejtnar's wonderful toy/sculptures in stock.
We have several cars, planes, one horse and two bicycles.
Clown Car
8" x 6", painted wood
$22.00
Clown Plane
8" x 6", painted wood
$22.00
Rocking Horse
14" x 10", painted wood
$55.00

Bicycle
14" x 10"
painted wood
$65.00

Miroslav Trejtnar graduated with high honours from the puppet design department of the Prague Academy of Performing Arts. He has trained with Institut UNIMA in Charleville - Mezieres in France. In 1989 he started the KID Company, designing and producing wooden puppets, toys and sculpture.
Mirek's art has been exhibited around the world, including at several UNIMA festivals. He has designed puppets for numerous productions, including "The Baroque Opera" by the Forman Brothers. He has also produced puppets for the Jiri Trnka animated film studio in Prague.
Mirek has taught hundreds of students at Puppets in Prague workshops. He has also taught for the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, St. Martin’s College of Design in London, New York University in Prague, Chapito Circus Academy in Lisbon, Portugal, and in Macao and Hong Kong.
Miroslav Trejtnar
website

I am also pleased to say that we now have some provenance on these wonderful Czech puppets were brought into the store. They are in mint condition and we now know that they were made after 1948. They were purchased "as old" in the early 1950's.

Radek Licek from the Puppet Museum in Chrudim in the Czech Republic wrote this about these puppets:

"The puppets displayed in your slideshow are small marionettes from a serial production for family theatres. They were manufactured by Mr. Lubor Svorcik (*1911 - ?) from Pardubice, Czechoslovakia.
He obtained a licence for "a production of art puppets" in 1948. He designed and produced the puppets himself, only with a help of his wife until the early 1980´s."

The 26 puppets are about 10" tall and with the controller 24" tall. The owners would like to sell them. They are available individually @ $35 ea or the set of 26 for $780. If you would like to purchase them, please contact us at info@opendoordesigns.ca or call (416) 531-1290.

 

Tim Gosley gave me the heads up on this: charming!

Ruffus The Dog is an award winning video series featuring a wise-cracking canine who lives in a bookstore. Ruffus loves to read stories and becomes the hero of the tale.
With a wacky cast of characters in a storybook world, filled with jokes, adventure and original songs – Ruffus The Dog brings the world of reading to life.
All of the original shows are being posted online where they can be enjoyed by everyone. Videos, songs and storybooks – old and new – can be found here on the official Ruffus The Dog web site.

Rob's sister dropped into the store recenlty and told me about Mockingbird Puppets. Check out his site and see some beautifully made puppets.

 

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June Harlowe Foods
1627 Dupont Street
(Between Dundas & Symington, south side)
Toronto, Ontario
M6P 3S8
416.848.1984

Website

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.

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