Wednesday, February 6, 2013

a little Taiwanese shop near 99 Ranch Market

Taiwanese Puppets
I did the ink drawing standing in front of their window, and painted it later using a photo for color reference. These particular puppets are handmade, hand-stitched, hand-formed clay head and hands. They are all characters from stories. 

My Taiwanese friend said until fairly recently, there were small traveling companies of puppeteers who would tell the stories in serial, presenting sequential parts in one small town after another in Taiwan. His father's generation used to sneak out to the towns before and after them in the circuit so they could see more of the story! Now they are on tv 24/7.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Micaela,

    Your Taiwanese puppets look very much alive. From their gestures and facial expression, I can imagine some sorts of stories go among them. The typical Chinese colors of red, yellow, and green, deliver the New Year's atmosphere right to the point. Thank you for sharing the great work.



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