2019/06/26

Hello Internet;

While it pours of rain outside, I have been inside painting and staining the puppet theater. I’ve stretched fabric over canvas frames in preparation for the shadow puppets and I'm trying to find a trailer to bring it downtown. The end is in sight as I get ready to load in the unit for July 2nd.

Vardi Puppet House. Laura-Beth Bird. 2019

Vardi Puppet House. Laura-Beth Bird. 2019

I am excited to have some time to just develop work with the performers of solo chicken productions. I’ve spent so much time painting and building that I haven’t taken time to play. This is the ultimate glory of residencies and thank God they exist.

Vardi Puppet House. Laura-Beth Bird. 2019

Vardi Puppet House. Laura-Beth Bird. 2019

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/06/24

Hello Internet;

The last couple of days have been spent on the QOTA set, building one of the more involved sets… a space ship.

QOTA. Laura-Beth Bird. 2019

QOTA. Laura-Beth Bird. 2019

I should reaffirm that point that I am Tracy Lavigne's assistant on this shoot, and this her plan. I show up and do what I'm told, like spray painting metal and drilling guide holes every 16 inches.

The spaceship is actually a very tight frame, so we can get away with focusing detail in a small area. Instead of creating a full room with panels and buttons and all the other jargon associated with a space station we can just build a seat, walls, and windows.

QOTA. Laura-Beth Bird.2019

QOTA. Laura-Beth Bird.2019

So remember folks, when you see this beautiful shot, its a 4X8 box in Tracy’s living room, leveled with a lot of shims because its an old house.

-Laura-Beth Bird



2019/06/19

Hello Internet;

I will admit, I fall in and out of my creative drive. So, finishing the dragon puppet today was a sigh of relief. Especially when I have more than one puppet on the go.

I wanted this puppet to be brighter and just his head. I want to build wings and a tail for him later. That way he can live on the outside of the puppet theater. He will feel bigger than the small acting space.

Meet Fafnir the Dragon

Fafnir the Dragon. Vardi Puppet House. Laura-Beth Bird. 2019

Fafnir the Dragon. Vardi Puppet House. Laura-Beth Bird. 2019

-Laura-Beth Bird



2019/06/17

Hello Internet;

I have had a fantastically productive day. It's 11 pm and I’ve just put down my paintbrush.

The Vardi Puppet House has even more flowers now, and I have 8 puppet heads built with a cheesecloth layer done. It may not sound like a lot written down, but it took all day.

Vardi Puppet House. Laura-Beth Bird. 2019

Vardi Puppet House. Laura-Beth Bird. 2019

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/06/10

Hello Internet;

This weekend, I spent some time at the workshop in Memorial Hall to do an 8X8 mural of the Egyptian pyramids. This painting will be used in this season's production of A Midsummers Night Dream produced by Bard in the Barracks. Here’s a sneak peek at the almost finished work.

Egypt. Latex on Canvas. Laura-Beth Bird. A Midsummer Nights Dream. Bard in the Barracks. 2019

Egypt. Latex on Canvas. Laura-Beth Bird. A Midsummer Nights Dream. Bard in the Barracks. 2019

Make sure you catch this show going up in Odell park.

-Laura-Beth Bird


2019/05/15

Hello Internet;

Today was the second day on the feature film set that’s rolling through town. I haven’t asked about the media regulations surrounding the shoot so I won't give to much away.

I’m working in the Art Department. So, I've spent much of my time painting rooms for shoots, sourcing materials for scenes and moving furniture from location to location.

Laura-Beth Bird

Laura-Beth Bird

-Laura-Beth Bird