Saturday, 9 July 2011

Colin Banana

Hippo Snack Seller

Walrus Ringmaster

Tiger Cannonball

Flamingo Tightrope Walker

Gorilla Strongman

Elephant Clown

I recently visited the New Blood, D&AD exhibition at Trumans Brewery. My favourite piece of work was from the artist Amy Sarah Collins. She is a graduate of visual communication at Loughborough univeristy. Her work on show, was a range of puppets in a glass case. The puppets were a series called Colin Banana. Amy is a 3D model maker with a thirst for puppet fabrication, character design and animation. She uses a wide range of materials and fabrics in her work and prides herself on her attention to detail and quality of craftsmanship.

Her puppets are completely handmade and have been created solely from recycled fabrics and materials. Her final project was development of a title sequence for new TV show the Colin Banana Circus - the story of a travelling circus run by a group of eclectic animal friends - for children aged 4-6 years.

Her puppets were beautifully made, and I could see the characters had been well thought out. On her website, it is great to see photographs of the making process of the characters. I wish her luck, in her future animation career.

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