Danny Miller is a Melbourne- based puppeteer and Maker. He sometimes makes puppets from old fence posts. He is also a vintage toy aficionado. When I talked with Danny he was back from touring with the hugely popular show, Walking with Dinosaurs. He has operated puppets on stage using both voodoo controls and hands on techniques. In this ThingMaking podcast he talks about what it is like to grow up in a creative family and his process of using materials to make marionettes like Nigel (seen above).
Scott Wright-Artistic Director of Erth Visual and Physical Inc. talks about how the company got started in 1990, how they are still experimenting with new materials and new collaborations. Scott talks here about his passion for the genius of Nick Cave, his curiosity with the creativity of children and knowledge of things prehistoric. Listen to how Erth developed their thing making process from using Tyvec to Kevlar- a super strong synthetic material.
This audio podcast is with puppeteer Jhess Knight. Jhess is a Melbourne-based puppeteer and puppet maker or “puppet-smith”. Trained at the London School of Puppetry, Jhess has a wide skill base, making and operating various styles such as marionettes, shadow, glove, rod… and even giant festival puppets. I ask Jhess about her puppet making process and she talks about how coffee and tea come in handy… listen to find out how.
You can find out more about Jhess and her Trash Puppets at: