Joe Blanck

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Joe Blanck aka. A Blanck Canvas

With 15 years of scenic art, building and creature painting experience under his belt, Joe Blanck is a passionate and accomplished painter and maker. Joe is now running his own studio ‘A Blanck Canvas’ in Coburg North with a team of amazing makers. And now in 2016 A Blanck Canvas is creating large scale installations and puppets for events such as Cirque Du Soleil, ICC Cricket World Cup, Summersalt Festival, Future Music and the Jurassic World Exhibition.

In this episode of Thingmaking, Joe talks about his love of gooey materials. Silicon, latex, and paint are used to design, sculpt and create props and puppets large and small. Joe generously shares his process of working with materials with us on thing making and also on his Instagram page ablanckcanvas.

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Felipe Reynolds

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Airena- Climbing robot with fire torch

Felipe Reynolds has worked internationally as a Set and Costume designer for Opera, Theatre, Dance and Television. He has designed and fabricated the current touring show for Circus Oz” But wait there’s more” and recently designed a Giant Inflatable Stage for the Opening Ceremony for the Asian Cup and a Giant Inflatable Puppet for the Cricket World Cup. For 7 years he worked as the designer of inflatable components for large scale animatronic creatures for Creature Technology Co. and Global Creatures. Developing and making puppets for such world acclaimed productions as Walking with Dinosaurs Live, How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular and the World Premier of King Kong the musical. Most recently he designed and made an articulated inflatable body for the Bear mascot for the Sochi Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Radio City Music Hall, Lady Liberty Puppet for the Heart and Lights show to open 2015.

In this episode of he talks about how he uses the latest interactive technology to make his work immersive, tactile and graphic.


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