Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Crankie Sisterhood

Excited to receive the April issue of fROOTS magazine in the mail yesterday morning! If you like crankies or moving panoramas, you will love Pamela Wynn Anderson's article on "the scrolling picture Sisterhood."

What a thrill to read this lovely piece about these wonderful women artists whom I adore and inspire me so much. (Anna Roberts Gevalt, Sue Truman, Elizabeth Laprelle, Dejah Leger, Clare Dolan, and Pamela Wyn Shannon).

Pamela speaks about creativity, imagination, and inspiration reminding me that, as creative people, we are some of the lucky ones. Excited to see where we all go from here.

Photos posted with consent of Ian Anderson (editor of fROOTS magazine) 

Friday, April 3, 2015


I spent much of this winter designing the puppets for a shadow puppet play by Cecilia Cackley of Wit's End Puppets in Washington D.C. Saudade is about living as an american immigrant and longing for home. 

The screen for Saudade is crankie or moving panorama surrounded by 3 screens.
Puppet design

Image for paper cut on the crankie

I designed 60 shadow puppets for this piece.

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Yo no soy mexicano. Yo no soy gringo. Yo no soy chicano. No soy gringo en USA y mexicano en Mexico. Soy chicano en todas partes. No tengo que asimilarme a nada. Tengo mi propia historia.”
― Carlos Fuentes
— at Atlas Performing Arts Center.

More puppets


Shadow puppets

Clearwater Crankie

Had a great time performing "I Don't Feel Dead Yet" with Burke Sampson and Paul Richardson at Andrea Clearwater's music salon in Philadelphia this past weekend.

Katherine Fahey @ Andrea Clearfield March Salon 3-29-15
Photos by John Hayes