Day 22 #marchmeetthemaker - Proud of . Ive just finished off upholstering a new seat pad for the foot stool that goes with my dads recliner. Ive snaffled it for the workshop. Even with his amazing abilities to make stuff my dad also had a habit of destro
Day 22 #marchmeetthemaker - Proud of . I’ve just finished off upholstering a new seat pad for the foot stool that goes with my dad’s recliner. I’ve snaffled it for the workshop. Even with his amazing abilities to make stuff, my dad also had a habit of destroying things in an attempt make other things work better. I’m sure I haven’t inherited that particular trait...ahem...carry on... He took off the original seat pad to attach it to an exercise rowing machine or something but it was too slidey and we now don’t know where it is. Could be in bits or attached to something else for all we know. The legs however survived and so with a bit of MDF, some scrap material and foam, my trusty staple gun and a beginner’s upholstery book from 1983, I put together this rather lush pad. Far from perfect but not bad for a first go at upholstery, does the job. My mum is going to get me to recover her dining chairs so a good practice run. . What I’m proud is myself. A little self-congratulatory perhaps but if I’m not proud of what I’ve achieved in my life, who the hell else is going too? Though I know that both my mum and dad would always have said they were proud of me and that means the world. I’m a very lucky girl. . I’m proud that I have done so many interesting things, met so many wonderful people and been to so many fantastic places. Not that it’s going to stop. I feel I can turn my hand to making most things, usually always new things where I don’t really know what I’m doing but I’ll always have a blooming good try. So impressed was my friend Chris of my non-plumbed water dispensing system that he said he would definitely team up with me for the impending zombie apocalypse. I’m not sure how good I would be trying to fight off the zombie hoardes with a severed limb, never having done it before but as I said, I’d give it a jolly good go. . . . . . #marchmeetthemaker2019 #proudof #proud #upholstery #making #mending #makingoldnew #footstool #zombieapocalypse #tryingnewthings #givingitago #pigsticks #pigsticksproductions #pigsticksp #jenkilgour
March 22, 2019 at 02:30PM
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There’s a tiny, tiny pond in the courtyard of the building where my workshop is. It looked a bit sad over the winter months but this week some visitors came to stay. Three men and a little lady. Apparently, they come and stay every year. So does that mean it’s officially springtime? It’s the little things that make life a little brighter.
#ducks #springtime #spring #officewildlife#threemenandalittlelady #pondlife#cadogan #glasgow #glasgowwildlife#littlethings #brighterbetter
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It seems appropriate being a Thursday to swing in a throwback. For today here is my first puppet I ever made. He’s a hippy character complete with spliff. A rod puppet I made in my 6th year at high school. I never had any instruction or reference on how to go about it and since that was back in the dark ages (1992), there was no internet and You Tube was just a twinkle in an eye. Made of string and rolled up paper I think he turned out pretty good in the end and the fact he’s still in one piece 25 years later says something.
#marchmeetthemaker2019 #throwback #tbt#throwbackthursday #puppet#puppetmaker #hippy #character#banthebomb #puppetmaking #making
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Designs always start with talking, thinking and writing. Mostly lists for me. Then drawings are when it starts to look like something. Then more talking, re-thinking and re-writing and then more drawing. Depending on what it is, it then needs to have some practical happenings, prototypes potentially, and then more talking, thinking and drawing. .
However, sometimes things just get made and have no time go through a process. Hopefully, it’s been done before (or something similar) and can be replicated easily.? .
It’s what works, the best situation is when you have plenty of time to think it all through, however my reaction to distant deadlines is quite goldfish-like; I expand to size of the space. Not literally of course but rather always think there is plenty of time and end up doing everything last minute. Ask my mum, she always laments my school days exclamations of having homework due the next day, having had it for weeks. Apparently. I’m not so sure if I was that bad but to be honest knowing myself...it probably was true. A close deadline is your friend! Makes you DO IT!!
#marchmeetthemaker2019 #deadlines#designprocess #design #making #drawing#talking #writing
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Taking it from the point of view that I could choose anyone living or dead, my dream collaboration would be with the late, great Jim Henson. Of course.
I loved the Muppets as a kid and I was devastated when they announced on Blue Peter that he had died. He was like the cool uncle who made toys that came alive. Who wouldn’t be intrigued by that? As technologies advance and times and fashions change, the basic Muppet is still in demand. He was so innovative, knowledgable and always kept a sense of fun. To work at the Creature Workshop must be an amazing experience and the Henson Company, before and after Jim left this realm, has created such a legacy and inspiration. I know I’ll never run out of things to learn but to have had even day in this man’s world would have been spectacular.
#marchmeetthemaker2019 #jimhenson #henson #muppets #themuppets#puppetmaking #making #inspiration#mentor #fun #dreamcollaboration#knowledge #learning #creatureworkshop
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I seem to make mistakes all the time but hopefully the more I do things the less mistakes I’ll make. That’s the theory. I just have to start making the same things instead of always trying new materials and techniques...every...heckin’...time. All transferable skills!?
My most expensive mistake was not using silicone thickener in my first Baby head attempt. The second one went much easier. Lesson learnt!
#marchmeetthemaker2019 #thickener#silicone #puppet #puppetmaking#mouldmaking #mistakes #lessons #learnt#learning #propmaking #modelmaking#jenkilgour #pigsticks#pigsticksproductions #pigsticksp
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The Insta auto post kinda worked but I've still had to do some editing. Will work on that...anyway, here it is (halfway through), my Insta Challenge March Meet the Maker 2019...enjoy. :-D
I must get more organised for weekend photo prompts. I have decided that my working life (that which is dictated by me) should be during the week only. Unless I have errands to do and such like. My friend and artist Jenny once said when she started out, she felt guilty if she wasn't in the studio everyday. She then realised you have to have other life...in your life. So she decided that weekends needed to be down time, otherwise when do you stop? All work and no play makes Jack a nervous wreck with nothing else to talk about and no life experience.
Obviously sometimes the life/work balance doesn't always allow for such luxuries but I think while you can, you should. And at the moment I can, so I am. It's Sunday and I'm still in my pjs watching another marathon session of The Mentalist on Amazon Prime (other streaming providers are available) and drinking copious amounts of tea. Jenny got me that teacup for a birthday and I love it. So delicate, makes me feel like a lady. Pinkies out! I didn't watch The Mentalist when it was out on tv but I'm truly addicted. Sometimes I guess the killer correctly but sometimes I get a curve ball.
Anyway, I digress once again. Today, the making project I am working on at the moment is having a relaxed Sunday, drinking all of the tea. Hydration is very important. I might put up a shelf later. This evening's plans are to go see the fantastic Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind at Tuts with my pal Chris. It's going to be awesome.
Tomorrow however, it will be back to the grind stone. I'm going to be designing a puppet, mucking about with expanding foam and thinking about a film project proposal. So drawing and thinking and writing. But more drawing and thinking. Not a great fan of writing, it takes so long and is quite tiring. To be fair though, I quite like rambling on here, however, the sort of nonsense that comes out my stream of consciousness probably wouldn't go down so well with Creative Scotland.
#marchmeetthemaker2019 #whatimworkingon #puppet #puppetmaking #designing #tea #theimportanceofhydration #sundayslouch @kingtutsofficial @jjandtherm @jandersonyart
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The first few months of 2019 have seen a few changes happening. After the bizz of last year, I found myself lacking in the work department and wondering how to remedy it. Doing all the networking and contacting and harassing folk until they give in, I've still a way to go but after a few fortuitous meetings, I feel I've made some headway. In the meantime, I have a new workshop!
After taking over my mum's garage and house to make the Touring Network Box, I felt it was time to get a better/bigger space than my tiny spare room. My mum thought it wise too as I don't think she would happily let me make such a mess again! So after a bit of thinking, I asked the good folks at Surge if they would let me use some of their cavernous space at the new HQ in Cadogan Street. Fortunately, they said yes and we struck a deal. I've spent the last month or so moving things in bit by bit, buying new tools and thinking of new projects. I've got some new puppet making on the horizon with Mother's Ruin performer Jessica Innes, so fun times ahead.
I'm a big fan of Instagram and have documented how I've been getting on in my Insta @PigsticksP. I've also joined in this year's March Meet the Maker Instagram challenge. Set up by artist Joanne Hawker, she invites makers of every discipline all around the world to post an image or video a day with prompts that she's given in a list for the whole month of March. It's been really interesting and inspiring seeing people's work, methods and spaces. I do love a monthly challenge as it really gets you focused.
To make this blog a bit more interesting (hopefully!) I'm now going to post my Instagram ramble posts here. There's supposed to be an app that can do it automatically but I'm not convinced. Anyway, will see if it works! If you'd like to see what I've posted for the first half of the month, go to my @PigsticksP Instagram account here and if you're already on Insta, give me a follow to continue reading my very interesting ramblings.
This year has gone so fast and a helluva lot has happened. A mixture of good and bad but got through it mostly in one piece. Kinda glad it is nearly over and looking forward to a new year and new opportunities.
After the madness of Mother's Ruin and making giant cardboard constructions in Glasgow Green on one of my other jobs with UZ Arts, I got commissioned to build a box. Not just any old box but a travelling exhibition box that would celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Touring Network, Highlands and Islands. The brief was to create a durable, interactive box or case that would illustrate stories collected over the previous months. Two film makers, Beth Chalmers and Jassy Earl, filmed folk sharing their own memories of shows, exhibitions and live events across the Highlands and Islands. After a bit of contemplation and inspiration from illustrations from the birthday card by Rosie Cunningham, I came up with this...
A big black and blue and wallpapered box with story doors, magnetic map and chess pieces. The films Beth and Jassy made are showing in the iPad mounted in the white case. The reviews so far have come in favourably and it's started its first gig of the tour circling Skye. Not sure where else it's going but it will be touring over the coming months.
Otherwise I've just returned from 2 weeks in Abu Dhabi doing more LED props. A great experience and met some brilliant people. Here's the video of the show, our stuff is about 17 mins in.
Been back all of half a day and I knew I would get bored so I had booked myself some blacksmithing lessons. Always one to take a notion to do something random but practical, I googled "Blacksmithing Glasgow" and up popped The Vanguard Centre. Right in the centre of town, nestled in amongst the railway arches in Tradeston, they are a club where they do medieval sword fighting; HEMA, to give it its official abbreviation...and blacksmithing. With their little forge and workshop space they do an intro course as well as pendant classes and leather working amongst other things. Check them out if you have an interest in messing about with metal and the lovely Sam will sort you out. The excellent teaching of Paul has seen me making a coat hook, toasting fork and a bottle opener so far. Got one more session next Monday where I'll be making a letter opener. I've got coats, I have bottles, I get letters (occasionally), just need to get an open fire or a BBQ (and a garden to put it in) to use my toasting fork!
And so onward to the next exciting adventures. 2018 has been varied; devastating, exasperating, fantastic, educational and utterly exhausting but I'm looking forward to a new life in 2019 where hopefully doors will be opened, opportunities taken and things will be made!
Best of the season to every one of you and best of luck for the coming new year.
Ah no! Not really. Mother's Ruin has been robust and worked exceptionally well. There is a small part of me that is a little surprised but of course delighted at the same time. I must be getting good at this malarkey. I can hear my mum's voice saying, "Stop underestimating what you can do. There's not folk walking down the street who can do what you can do!...etc etc..." Always the voice of reason and never-ending support. Being fairly new to professional making and street theatre production and its nuances, my main concern was making everything work first of all and secondly, not fall apart through the rigours of the hustle and bustle of street life - namely the general public pinching, pulling, kicking and punching. Not that any abuse has been particularly heavy fortunately but it has to be remembered when dealing with an unsuspecting audience of the general public, anything can happen. Anyway, Mother and Baby have survived and enjoyed their first 3 outings as Mother's Ruin.
For those of you reading who don't know, Mother's Ruin is the title of my giant mother and baby puppet walkabout performance I designed and made for my final project on my college course. I then got it performed this summer through the fantastic Surge Street Theatre Bursary Programme at Solas Festival in Perthshire, Dundee Summer Streets and Surge Festival in Glasgow. I would say it has been an all out success and huge learning curve for me, from the making to the performing. Small children cried, adults were terrified and dogs barked...in amongst raucous laughter of course. Though it wasn't me doing the actual preforming, I left that to the professionals, namely Jessica Innes, who did an amazing job of bring Baby to life. I have to admit that I do fancy having a go though. I have dabbled in a little puppet workshopery but know very little...watch this space though.
So without further ado...please welcome.....the ever......cheeky.......Mother's Ruin....
Take it away Baby...
Jennifer Kilgour is an artist and maker specialising in model making, sculpture, painting and drawing.
She also loves making other things like wee animations (trained in that and everything), small coffee tables (singular) and walking the family dog in the woods.