I have been working in the field of Carnival Arts and Puppetry for 20 years. I discovered this lifelong passion after finishing my Art Degree at Winchester School of Art, when I started making and busking with puppets. This led to meeting of Dee Moxon in 2000 who introduced me into the world of Giant Puppetry and Carnival Arts. Fuelled by our common interests we formed Gynormous Rawkus (2001-2011) working with groups both nationally and internationally to form carnival teams, puppets or costumes and walkabout performance both within a community and corporate context, including major sporting events, carnivals, national and local festivals, commemorative events, and community and school workshops. Dee and I still work together making puppets for corporate clients and community engagement work with Arts Enlarge and The Lamplighters.
Since Gynormous Rawkus I have continued to work as a socially engaged freelance artist, teaching puppet-making,(large and small) lantern- making and designing bespoke items for various parades, carnivals and events.I enjoy making big spectacle art pieces with an high impact. I thrive on the challenges that arise when working to a large scale.
Using my wealth of experience as a puppet builder and performer, I have created two interactive, high-end walkabout theatre shows, The Giant Reindeer and Cheeky Mice. My team of professional puppeteers perform these characters across the country at a variety of events. Our clients include. Bedlam Fair, Shambala Festival, Scarlet Entertainment, Contraband Events and FlamingFun.
Along side this I am maker/installer of the kinetic light installation,The Parasol Carousel, often seen at Festivals. They are a series of colourful sculptures made from umbrellas, that spin when the wind blows them and light up at night using their own 12 volt solar powered supply. Client include, Glastonbury Festival, Lattitude Festivel and BBC Proms in the Park.
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