Josh and I’s book Formosa Moon was officially released October 1st, 2018. We had a great book release party at Taipei’s Red Room. (We actually had our party last October. I’ve just been too busy with grad school to blog.)
Our friend Carrie came out and we were delighted to see her. She has been incredibly supportive of this project and of us. Her site My Several Worlds chronicles her extensive travels and living with chronic illness. Her writing is powerful-do check out her site.
Roger from Goodoo Puppet Troupe came up from Tainan. Goodoo is our favorite puppet troupe in Taiwan and is featured in two chapters in our book. If you visit Taiwan, see one of their live puppet shows. They are phenomenal.
Since Josh and I were dressing up for the party I thought it appropriate that Floyd and Hazel did as well. Hazel’s outfit is repurposed clothes from a local clothing swap. Floyd’s new vest was made with leftover fabric from my sewing machine cover.
We read several chapters from the book. It was fun to get live reactions to our stories. Floyd and Hazel got an encore as did we!
Thank you to all our friends who came out to support us! Special thanks to our friend Tobie who helped keep as grounded as we set up and to Red Room for letting us use their beautiful and welcoming space. We had a great turnout and a wonderful night!
Didn’t make our book release party but still want to read our book? Buy a copy on Amazon here. Alternative booksellers are listed here.
Back in July I wrote an article about glove puppetry in Taiwan for Topics Magazine. I’m late posting it here but luckily you can still read it online. Local puppet troupes and my fave puppet museum are featured.
Taiwanese Puppetry – Continuing a Rich Tradition
Now that our book Formosa Moon has been released, Josh and I are starting to do more promotion. Our latest was for a tv show and we got the full treatment. You can buy our book here.
Despite my side eye to the mascara, the experience was fun. The hair and make up person curled my hair and I swear I could feel it straightening back out during the interview.
Even Hazel and Floyd got spruced up!
More details soon!
Grad school is great but demands most of my time these days. Josh and I recently went to Maokong, one of our favorite spots to get out of the city and into nature.
This decoration is from a tea restaurant and takes me back to my favorite PSU class-History of the Dress.
My lotus project is slowly progressing. I laid all the petals out to inspire me to keep working. After this next skein is worked out I’ll make larger petals and one day get to switch to green yarn.
I squeezed some time and made it back to the Taiyuan Puppet Museum.
It’s so nice hanging with Kim and the puppets again! I’m helping her on making a new costume for demo purposes.
It was wonderful to take a day to focus on costume problems instead of international ones. A much needed break!
Maokong was beautiful as always and this time Josh and I joined our friend Olivia for a hike to a waterfall.
So beautiful and peaceful and only a short ride from Taipei.
On an unrelated note, I always take free tissues from people handing them out. Spare tissue is practical to carry but sometimes I get delightful surprises like this package:
These ladies feel my current mood under all this homework. Three more weeks of fall semester left!
I’m really happy to be drawing again. After drawing female figures I’m now working on the male form. The above is Thor from the Avengers movie and below is Captain America.
Last month Josh and I got to hang with fashion blogger Jonathan Waiching Ho while he’s here Living Like A Local. We went to the Bamboo Curtain Studio and got to experience this beautiful art installation:
This is the My Womb My Mother Earth Art Project by artist Lin Xiuping. Volunteers helped her create knitted, crocheted and woven pieces for the installation. I wish I would have known as I would have jumped at the chance to contribute. Next time! These fiber art bird was such an inspiration.
Our friend Shraddha Borawake had invited us to the studio and showed us her work as an artist in residence.
Our new friend Ivan not only showed us Taiwanese musical instruments used during puppet shows but gave us a demonstration.
It was a delight to spend an afternoon with fellow artists. Looking forward to my next visit to this wonderful studio.
I finally got a sewing machine! After two failed attempts with second hand machines I decided to buy a new one. Costco not only had my trusty Singer brand but one with flowers.
Dihua neighborhood has fabric galore and after a shopping visit I set about making a cover for my new machine. It’s so wonderful to be working with fabric again!
This is my first sewing project since leaving Portland. Not only does it fit great, the fabric is a cheerful print.
I finished it off with a blind hem stitch for practice and it turned out great.
Speaking of new additions
Hazel is welcoming the puppets’ newest roommate to Casa Twosh.
And speaking of puppets, I managed a couple more visits to the Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum before school started. I got to hang out with my friend Rosie before she leaves Taiwan and work on more pillow supports for puppet costumes. This internship has taught me so much!
One of our puppets recently had an injury-the puppet landlord’s body separated from his head in a loud clunk. It was dramatic but thankfully there was no permanent damage. The rubber bands that held the body core to the neck had dried out and split. It didn’t take long to repair but Chad moved fast and tried to claim the puppet throne for himself.
Head surgery a success, the puppet landlord took back his place in the puppet hierarchy.
Our puppet drama is heavily influenced by Game of Thrones. (Floyd talks smack like Little Finger and Hazel is in charge of finances.)
My internship at the Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum just passed the three month mark so Kim gave me this lovely pin cushion, which I’ll need for my current work. Rosie and I are making customized puppet costume pillows.
The pillows give the costumes a dimension which really brings them alive. And they help to open up creases without damaging the material. My top stitches are so small I need a magnifier.
Josh and I went to Wulai to hang out with our friend Tobie to discuss our latest developments on Formosa Moon. We stopped at my favorite restaurant and had some small fried shrimp. They crunch just like popcorn!
My flower petals are coming along. This is a long term art piece that will take months to complete. I hope to have it finished by the end of the year.
My internship at the Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theater Museum is enjoyable. I’m currently making pillows to protect the puppet heads.
This marionette puppet now has a protective cushion in case of an earthquake. As I put the pillows in place I get to see the gorgeous collection up close which is a real treat.
Speaking of treats, there’s an abundance of delicious food in Taiwan but there’s one thing I’ve been missing-pizza. I’ve only had gluten free pizza here once, back when we were visiting Taitung. I haven’t found a place in Taipei selling it so Josh and I experimented in the kitchen. Behold the gluten free goodness!
The crust was a mixture of white rice, potato starch and corn starch. We added enough wet ingredients until the dough was actually stretchy. It was scrumptious and completely satisfied my pizza cravings.
I worked on this puppet bag for the Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum with another volunteer.
When the museum needs to transport puppets they can now use this custom bag to move them safely.
I got to work on this lovely pink Singer machine. And I had a puppet audience.