My first large exhibition! About a year ago, I was approached to make an exhibit of my work... and it's happening! Spanning the last 19 years of making masks, the exhibit Reveal / Conceal: The Transformative Masks of Tony Fuemmeler runs November 5 2019–January 3, 2020 at the Parrish Gallery, Chehalem Cultural Center. Stay tuned … Continue reading Exhibits and puppets and spring—oh my!
For two Saturdays in March, I traveled to the Lelooska Foundation in Ariel, WA, to learn more about the art of mask carving in the Pacific NW. The Lelooska Foundation is home to one of the chieftainships of the Kwakwaka'wakw tribe. Many tribes in the NW have amazing mask traditions as a part of their … Continue reading NW Coast Masks and the Lelooska Foundation
I've often found that people aren't quite sure what I mean when I say I'm a mask maker. Chris Hatcher of Field Guide Films gives a terrific peek behind the curtains in this video. The Mask Maker from Chris Hatcher on Vimeo. The masks I'm making here are for the production of The Spider Queen by … Continue reading The Mask Maker
Hi! It's been awhile. But for great reasons! I've been working on lots of projects in the last few months. Here's a little about one of them. The Project Canby High has a team of about 25 dancers who participate in large dance competitions around the region. The dances are performed on a large gymnasium … Continue reading Collaboration: Canby HS Dance Team
Welcome to my first blog from Italia. In short, it's amazing! The study is engrossing, the people wonderful, a wine costs just a couple euro.Because of difficultly in previous years of the workshop, we aren't allowed to take many pictures during the workshop, so instead of lots of mask process photos, you'll enjoy shots of … Continue reading Tutti piani
Behind the Scenes: The King Stag This show was produced at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR, and designed by Professor Michael Olich. I worked as the movement consultant for the actors and as an assistant designer/ builder of various mask and puppet items. Seven months before the show would open, we met to share broad concepts, … Continue reading Hunting for solutions
I had an amazing summer of work, which has lead right into some great projects this fall. I have been so occupied with doing, I haven't had much time to share.. so here are just a few quick highlights! The Creation Story: Lincoln Center Education & Carmen DeLavallade After taking part in a second summer … Continue reading A summer of puppetry & dance
This summer I was hired by a production company in New York City to make five large fish puppets. This is their story. Prototype The puppets needed were to be operated outdoors by a single person over the course of a few days. I needed to find a lightweight solution that could respond to wind and other variations … Continue reading Fish Puppets
Owl Over the Moon Opera-matic, a collaborative arts group in Chicago, contacted me this last spring to make a mask for The Moon on the Lagoon, The community performance featured lullabies and the faces people find in the moon. What a cool idea! Part of designing the mask is figuring how it will align with and/or … Continue reading Birds and Bugs
The Epic Project Inspired by the study of mythology by Joseph Campbell (a favorite of mine too!), as well as theatre creators Ariane Mnouchkine, Jacques Lecoq, Peter Brook, and Complicite, Professor Stephanie Roberts is leading an exciting collaboration between UMKC Theatre and the UMKC Conservatory IMP Ensemble. The working title is The Epic Project. It is a three … Continue reading So. Epic.