This past week has both flown by, and moved so slow that it could have been a month.

It has brought me new friends, and reconnected me with old ones.

I have been introduced to new techniques, possibilities, and ideas.  Thus allowing me to review my own creativity with a fresh perspective.  Growth is good.

(r)evolution.  evolution.  Terrence Burke at 2013 National Puppetry Festival, Swarthmore Pennsylvania

Not the ending.  A new beginning.

Having been awarded a scholarship to attend this festival was certainly a honor, yet that was quickly passed by making connections with so many unique, beautiful, creative people.  I started the week knowing but a handful of those attending, and left knowing so many more people.  It was amazing.

Can I pick one event as a favorite, no.  I can share several though.

The human connection through puppetry would have to be what I consider the most important experience of the week.  We channel our souls and imaginations through objects, material, pictures, and words.  Some of us share more than others, and that is the choice of the artist.  To bare their souls, their hopes, their nightmares and dreams to an audience is something that I consider a very brave act.  Not all succeed, yet the attempt is something to be admired.  I applaud everyone who took to a stage, large or small and shared part of themselves with over 500 puppeteers.  You are all amazing human beings.

Meeting artists who’s work has inspired me as a puppeteer was all very thrilling.  To share a chuckle, a handshake or a hug, a chance to meet the person and learn more about them has already begun to change the way I look at my art. Terrence Burke with Wayne White

 

 

Wayne White  has left a mark on my way of creating puppets.  His rock n’ roll attitude, and language, may turn some people away.  NOT ME.  I love that he creates for himself, if others like it great.  If they don’t, BLEEP!

If you have not watched the film “Beauty is Embarrassing”, drop what ever you are doing right now.  Sit down.  Watch it. Now!  WARNING:  Wayne uses quite a few expletives.

Beauty is Embarrassing

 

Another of the magical moments was being invited to the studio of Chinese artist/rod puppeteer Hua Hua Zhang.  I truly believe that things happen for reasons.   Terrence Burke with Hua Hua ZhangFilmmaker/puppeteer/blogger Andrew Young, of PuppetVision blog, asked if I could drive him and his film gear to Hua Hua’s studio after some complications restricted his previous ride to take him there.  I quickly said yes.  The word is one that opens many doors.  For if I had said no, I probably would have never encountered her artwork, or spend part of my Saturday afternoon in her studio.  Thank you Hua Hua, you are a very kind and sharing person.  I look forward to meeting again.

Such a week may be a once in a lifetime adventure.  I have so many happy memories that this edition of my blog will have to be continued.  Here are a couple of photos of my dear friends, old and new, who make living the puppet life the best!  Thank you all, I cherish our friendships and time spent together.

Old friends from the Cincinnati puppetry community:

My new Puppet Pals from the East Coast:

 

Now it’s time to go to bed before 2 AM!  Keep rocking puppeteers!