Nakatsu Puppet-Costume

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Laura Whent

Ok, several months late, but here's my costuming project from Halloween 2003. Instead of doing a traditional costume, I decided to attempt a puppet-costume based on the concepts behind the Timon puppet from the stage version of The Lion King. I decided on an oriental dragon partly because the body type is particularly suited to the type of puppet I was attempting, and partly because I had just seen Spirited Away for the first time and it inspired me (the puppet's name, Nakatsu, was inspired by Spirited Away as well. Nakatsu is the name of a Japanese river). The end result is seen here, with the puppet done, and with me wearing part of the costume I was going to wear so I would be the 'shadow' of Nakatsu. Unfortunately, you can't see the five foot long tail here. The puppet was built of sheets of upholstry foam, polyester stuffing, dowling, rubber tubing, plastic canvas, fake fur and fabric. He stands close to six feet tall not counting the horns. A few repairs and adjustments have to be made, but overall I was quite pleased with the way my first puppetry attempt turned out.


Published More than a year ago

Category Fantasy



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