Grand Puppet Reunion in the Mushroom Forest

gnomes hide under mushrooms
Tiny gnomes hide right under our noses!

I tried to build a “magical world” for my needle felted gnome puppet to hide in the other day so I could take his picture. I set up my photo like I usually do, on a white piece of cardboard on my front porch. I set up my small mushrooms, positioned my gnome puppet behind the big orange needle felted mushroom and started to shoot. Something was missing. It’s hard to shoot  magical, mystical worlds when you live in the middle of a city, another reason to be more creative I guess. I stood back and looked at my set up and I noticed the vines clinging to the side of my house, creeping along and nearly covering the facade. I pulled some of the vines into my shot and positioned them so the green leaves filled in the empty spaces, I think that did it!

Little gnome says "hi"
Peek-a-boo

My needle felted puppets usually end up acting out scenes and telling stories (like my Little Red Riding Hood post: http://www.lauraleeburch.com/blog/2010/04/the-adventures-of-little-red-riding-hood/). The mushroom forest set up inspired me to finish two other needle felted puppets I’d been working on and set aside for several months. I set out to finish the Rose Princess puppet and the Little Red Mushroom puppet because I was sure that the Little Gnome puppet would  be delighted to run into them in the mushroom forest.

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The Little Gnome puppet, the Rose Princess puppet and the Mushroom puppet meet in the Mushroom forest.

I was right, it was a grand reunion of old friends.

Big Hairy Spider

Big hairy spider, with big teeth! Needle felted tarantula

  My youngest daughter Emili is very expressive and a bit of a ham, so I use her to model my projects a lot. With my needle felted Big Hairy Spider, Emili and I have recreated a replica of the horror film genre of by-gone days, using black and white, grainy photography.     

When Big Hairy Spiders Attack!!!!

  There’s nothing scarier than a black and white horror film, The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock being one of my favorites. There’s a subtle build up of anticipation before those evil birds start to attack, I just don’t think it would be the same in color. Remember the old Bela Lugosi vampire movies in black and white, creeeeeepy!    

Attack!

  I watched a horror movie several years ago, Cloverfield that was freakin’ scary. The movie was shot Blair Witch Project style, with one of the main characters filming the events on a hand held video camera, the shakiness and grainy look of the film added to the suspense. The movie was about aliens taking over New York/the world; for some morbid reason I love movies where outerspace aliens try to take over the world.    

This is no Little Miss Muffet scene

  Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet, eating her curds and whey, along came a spider and sat down beside her and frightened Miss. Muffet away.     

I imagine a fairy tale book illustration when I hear the Little Miss. Muffet nursery rhyme, neatly and classicly drawn, in pastel colors. But here, the black and white photography makes you use your imagination more, forcing you to fill in the blanks, making the imagination paint a picture that you didn’t even know was there. (organ music sound effect). I think the spider has just spoken to Emili, whispering something sinister to her, which adds to her bewilderment.     

Run Emili, for the love of Pete, Run!!

  Run Emili, for the love of Pete, run! But alas the victim has accepted her fate. (wheee-wheee-wheee -think Psycho sound effect).   

Needle felted tarantula