Going over some old photos, I realised that there is so much I have never used/posted on this blog. Thought I’d share, or re-share (sorry if it’s old news to some of you) some of the more interesting stories and images of things from the past. Is “Sometime Saturdays” too corny? It’s a tongue in cheek reference to all the “flashback Fridays” tags going around. Heh.
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Starting with these handmade marionettes by my brother B. Each marionette is about a foot-and-a-half (45cm) tall. B did all the designing of the wooden heads, hands, and feet, as well as the stuffed cotton bodies, the carved handles, and the stringing up! He also had all the fabrics ready, and the ideas about the marionettes’ personalities and how the clothes should reflect them.
He even designed magical cross bars for the puppets, with faces of their own!
I was visiting the Philippines from Australia, and spent nearly two weeks at his place. The time we spent together—drinking coffee, inspiring each other, listening to New Wave, or working in separate corners of his attic studio—as we dressed and styled these wonderful characters was typical of the way we’ve always bonded…by bouncing ideas off each other, and by spurring each other on with endless “What Ifs”.
I gave him a hand making the clothes, and drawing gold ‘tattoos’ on the hands, feet and faces. I loved dressing these little people!
Do you think I’m dressed funnily for the Philippines? In Sagada it was so cold that our breaths would condense as puffs of white fog in the air. And the house wasn’t heated, except for a large fireplace downstairs. We worked in the attic, and if I didn’t have to use my fingers for fine work, I’d be wearing gloves in this picture!
This is Sarosh. He is the messenger of the gods…he has two mouths, and four arms. The marionettes’ characters were based on the angels of Zoroastrianism.