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The Foam Book : An Easy Guide to Building Polyfoam Puppets Plastic Comb – February 17, 1997
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With expanded information and many helpful hits, this book is sure to be a great help to all who use foam in the construction of their puppets. --The Puppetry Journal
About the Author
Drew Allison is the founder and president of Grey Seal Puppets. He is involved in all phases of production including writing, building, designing and performing. <P>For over twenty years, Drew has performed regularly on television and stage including such venues as The Center for Puppetry Arts, The Smithsonian Institution, The Detroit Institute of Art and The Philadephia Museum of Art. <P>In 1994 Drew was awarded the President's Award by The Puppeteers of America for outstanding achievement in the art of puppetry. In 1998, his original production of BATHTUB PIRATES was awarded the prestigious UNIMA Citation of Excellence. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of The Puppeteers of America. <P>Donald Devet is a web producer and freelance writer, producer and performer in New York City.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book was recommended to me by my brother and sister-in-law who had used the book at the school they taught at to make puppets. I needed all the help I could get, so I ordered the book.
The foam book was a life saver. It gave easy, step-by-step instructions on how to create and build your own puppets. Although I occasionally wished that there were patterns to follow in the book, I think it became more fun just trying new designs than it would have been to copy some out of a book.
I also had a few problems finding supplies, as many of the dealers and supplies they used in the book were not available locally, or affordably. I did manage to improvise a little, and in the end, I ended up spending about $150 on puppets rather than the $2000 it would have cost to rent them.
This book literally saved my production and was so helpful. I recommend it to anyone who wants to make some neat puppets. Whether you're a professional puppeteer or a complete beginner, the book makes building an amazing puppet totally achievable.
My initial summary:
The Kindle version (on Mac Kindle reader at least, have not checked elsewhere) is terrible. Text and pictures are all randomly placed. Near impossible to read as you're busy constantly trying to find your place. A better option is to get Mary McClung's book "Foam Patterning and Construction Techniques: Turning 2D Designs into 3D Shapes"
They even thought of making it a plastic spiral bound binding like a recipe book: easy to lay flat on the table while you're creating! Smart!
An all-around excellent book that gives a fantastic basis for creating your own characters that have a polished, professional look.
The book is also filled with useful information and pictures about how to add eyes and the most brillant thing is that at the back of the book is a list of suppliers in the USA that can provide everything you ever needed to build these puppets.
I also bought the DVD edition (separately) of the Foam book and it is a video version of the book and it really helped clarify some points of building puppets made from foam.
The books binding is a little flimsy(its spiral bound) but it does help it lay flat when your working and looking at the diagrams.
Now if your one who wants measurements and dimensions, this might annoy you a bit, but I think it ended up forcing me to be more creative, I think numbers would have kicked my math side into high gear.