|Lady M on the Salkeld Screen in Carlisle Cathedral|
Following on from my last post about Prism Arts Summer School I thought you might like to see how we got from a pram, a pile of sticks and some fabric to the finished puppet of Lady Margaret Balfour.
|The bodice under construction|
The costume is made in a similar way to a 'normal' costume but the scale is greatly increased. One also has to remember that a willow framed puppet does not move and bend in the same way as a human so allowances have to be made for this.
|Block printing a pattern for the skirt front|
|Hand printed fabric|
Lady M's costume consisted of an under-shirt, petticoat with hand printed front panel, over-skirt and bodice. The bodice is laced at the front which makes it easier to dress the puppet and if repair works are necessary it is removable. To give plently of body and movement both the under skirt and over skirt were gathered. Again, this also made it easier to dress the puppet.
|First the under-shirt|
|Then the petticoat|
|Nest on is the over-skirt|
|Then the bodice which needs to be laced|
|And she is dressed!|
|Attach the head and hands|
|And she's ready to parade|
Overall the puppet worked pretty well, there were a few hitches but we know how to solve them for next year...