The Kindred of Kibbo Kift

Brilliant lecture from Researcher, curator and Author, Annebella Pollen.

What I found most interesting was Annebella’s love of research and detective work involved in her work. The passion and motivation to make all these connections and discoveries was inspiring. The lecture made me realise that it is really important to find out how, what , what, why objects are made and to look deeper into the life story of an object.

From the perspective of my project I found the subject matter really interesting as I have been looking at folklore  and theatre and this group were creating their own mythology and civilization. The fact that they drew inspiration from the Mummer plays and valued puppetry and costume making skills within their small community is interesting. They wrote plays and storytelling was a valued  past time.

Tutorials and lecture

After our tutorials today I feel confident that I am moving in the right direction and I am feeling happier about where I seem to be heading.

I have decided that making, creating and crafting scenes, puppets and props is where I will be heading. Costume and masks and placement in scenarios, character studies and imaginary worlds are all featuring. Music and lighting will be important too.

Animated , photographed or filmed is a way I could go to document it all. Looking at Madame Yvonde, Pagan costumes, Paul Klee puppets, Folklore and Aesops fables.

Graham pointed me towards Bread and Puppet company who offer a very tantalising residency program.  I am reading books on performance and the art of slowing down. I visited Brighton’s toy museum which was really interesting. I am planning a trip to V&A Museum of childhood, Pollocks Toy Museum in London.




Slowing down and creativity.

I am intrigued by the level of connections and humanness the Slow TV documentary inspired and found it very moving to see the community together in this journey. It would be interesting to see the science behind audiences, collective emotional responses etc. I am always moved to tears when I hear an audience clapping because of the act of collective emotion.


Podcast Pick: Can Slowing Down Make You More Creative?

Collective Emotions



Folklore and demons

Pictures of demons c 1775 Watercolour.

The  images originate from a book titled “Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros” dated at 1775. The book is a collection of 31 watercolor paintings depicting various demons and dark magic rituals.   Wellcome Images digital library



Pagan costume of Europe- Charles Freger ‘Beastly costumes of Europe’



Reading and Refining



Thinking more about refining my ideas and pulling together all of my research so far so I can simplify the questions I want to ask. I feel my visual language is shifting. I have been looking more at slow processes, crafts and skills and their place in our cultural heritage. Also, asking what role storytelling plays in our current climate. Struggling to pull it all together and make sense of it but hoping that my plans for finishing some 3D work in studio tomorrow will help.



Researching puppets and puppetry around the world and the power of communicating to the masses through visual non verbal means. Also drawing hideous pictures of puppets which I hate but trying to get myself started in sketch book to get back into the habit.


Looking at puppets such as Vietnamese water puppets, dolls, Paul Klee’s puppets he made for his son and dolls from Laos and Africa.



Reading about impact of advancing technologies has change our storytelling habits and methods of communicating.

The Work of Art  in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

“Our fine arts were developed, their types and uses were established, in times very different from the present, by men whose power of action upon things was insignificant in comparison with ours. But the amazing growth of our techniques, the adaptability and precision they have attained, the ideas and habits they are creating, make it a certainty that profound changes are impending in the ancient craft of the Beautiful. In all the arts there is a physical component which can no longer be considered or treated as it used to be, which cannot remain unaffected by our modern knowledge and power. For the last twenty years neither matter nor space nor time has been what it was from time immemorial. We must expect great innovations to transform the entire technique of the arts, thereby affecting artistic invention itself and perhaps even bringing about an amazing change in our very notion of art.”*

Paul Valéry, PIÈCES SUR L’ART “Le Conquete de l’ubiquité,” Paris.

Full text here:

John Logie Baird

Have walked past this sign a million times and never read it before. I particular like this line about the materials he used to make in his experiments with tele-vision. It would be interesting to take those materials and make something new. Hat box, scissors, bicycle lights, sealing wax. There was also a newspaper account of his nearly  being blown up during one of his experiments.