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A video showing King Leer: a Tragedy in Five Puppets in action is now on YouTube. King Leer video
Five puppets in a boxed set, four of the puppets have quotations from our 45th and current president. The 2016 election results turned my thoughts to the character of King Lear and from there they descended to King Leer. If Hillary Clinton had been elected maybe I would have gravitated to MacBeth. This project started with the spontaneous making of the beanbag puppet as a tension reliever in the winter of 2016. Sarah Bryant and Anna Embree introduced me to the robot puppet via Facebook in the spring of 2017. Those grasping hands set me off again. At that time, I decided to use the President’s own words against him. Each puppet has been made with the materials appropriate to their nature. Three of the puppets are paper with movable components: the flapping mouth, the jump-up, and the walking robot. The remaining two puppets are cloth and a sock with animated paper hair. The font used throughout is Arial Black with Apple Chancery for the opposite side of the jump up tab. All the paper is Chancery paper, a hemp and cotton blend, made by Tim Barrett and his team of student papermakers at the University of Iowa Center for the Book.