In December 2011 the Dede puppets were born. Originally conceived as "No bodies", as heads only, they quickly developed a life of their own. (Thanks to the generous donation of some bodies by my friend Rae). For me they are the ultimate vehicle for social comments.
They first story appeared as a hard cover book Hermit's Web or the few friends I need, I hand-craft myself. Their story continued on the blog dedepuppets.com and Instagram. Their adventures were usually impromptu reactions to reader feedback or what happens in my environment.
Over the years the Dedes had solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions. They are also used in workshops to create stop motion animation films (Flash Dramas).
In the picture Cash Cow, who has my eyes, is holding a picture of my mum. Do you see the similarity?
I am frequently asked how the Dede puppets came about. Ah well, it is rather a long story, but I will give you the short version.
When I was a little kid my mother often spoke about a beautiful devil hand puppet she once made but lost. When – some gazillion years later – I had to get rid of a large pile of newspapers I all of a sudden felt the strong desire to have a go at a devil hand puppet. He turned out beautifully, even if I say so myself.
When I started, my mum was still alive and she saw the first puppets and how well they were received. Sadly she passed away a few months later. The puppets are her legacy to me and not a single day passes without me thinking of my mother.