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Coming Soon… The Erl King

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
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The Erl King by Layla Holzer & Angela Carter

Coming Soon… The Erl King

Layla has recently been hard at work on a new project called ‘The Erl King’. Based on a short story of the same name by Angela Carter, Layla has set out to make a short film adaptation using puppets and costumed characters.

It’s an ambitious project and so Layla roped in both Spike and Marie from the Pack of Wolves to assist with various aspects of the production. Marie was drafted in to play the girl at the centre of the story and assist with puppeteering whilst Spike has been helping out behind the camera.

The film will be available to view online for a limited period upon its completion so keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages for sneak previews and details of whereabouts you will be able to view the film.

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Mask Making Workshop Preparatory Sketches

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
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Rosie Bowery Wolf Mask Painting

Rosie Bowery Wolf Mask Painting
Here are a couple more preparatory sketches by the undergraduate illustration students from Cardiff School of Art & Design who will be delivering our mask making workshops at Cardiff Design Festival this weekend.

There are still a couple of places left at both the morning and afternoon workshops… and they’re completely free! Book yourself a place via our Event Brite page here.

Images provided by Rosie Bowery

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Mask Workshop Preparation for Cardiff Design Festival

Monday, September 30th, 2013
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Mask Workshop Preparation for Cardiff Design Festival

These are some preparatory Sketches from our young ‘wolf cubs’ – undergraduate Illustration students from Cardiff School of Art & Design. They have been devising mask making workshops for our Running with Wolves project as a part of Cardiff Design Festival this coming Saturday 5 October.

These sketches are the result of some collaborative work between Rosie Benn and Stephen Madoc-Pierce.

There are still a few places at these workshops available. They’re FREE to attend and open to all ages. You can book a place via our Event Brite page here.

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Faye’s Terrifying Wolf Mask

Saturday, August 24th, 2013
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Stockholm Fringe Festival

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Stockholm Fringe Festival Masks

Monday, August 12th, 2013
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Layla Holzer - Stockholm Fringe Festival

Stockholm Fringe Festival Masks

As we prepare for our Running with Wolves project at Stockholm Fringe Festival we thought it would be a good idea to produce some wolf masks from our own templates to show you how they might look. The templates can be downloaded for free as PDF documents from our project page here.

Layla made two masks; for one (pictured above) she used one of the mask templates as a basis from which she built up a more solid three dimensional mask using masking tape. This has then been painted with gouache and embellished with ribbons. Layla’s second mask (below) was a more simple affair that she decorated with red felt tip pen.

Spike printed a mask onto card (bottom) and then stuck a piece of black linen fabric to the back – the card acts a support ensuring that the mask retains it’s shape. He then cut this out and decorated it with stitches using a variety of cotton threads. If you attempt a similar mask to this then do make sure that you have a good strong needle to pierce the card support at the back of the fabric.

Layla Holzer - Stockholm Fringe Festival

Running with Wolves - Stockholm Fringe Festival 2013

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Exquisite Corpses

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
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Exquisite Corpse - Layla Holzer illustrator

Exquisite Corpses

Whilst at Winns Gallery last weekend with Layla and Marie we took the opportunity to collaborate and produce some new drawings. We followed the exquisite corpse method of taking it in turns to draw a part on the paper before folding it to conceal that part of the drawing, and then passing it to the next person for a further contribution. We retained the same media for each drawing to allow an element of consistency; one drawing was produced with indian ink, one with gouache and one with fine liner pens.

The exquisite corpse technique was invented by Surrealists and is similar to an old parlour game called Consequences in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution. The name is derived from a phrase that resulted when Surrealists first played the game; “Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau.” (“The exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine.”).

Exquisite Corpse - Marie-Louise Plum illustrator

It was great fun to produce these drawings and it was fascinating to note similarities in some of the imagery we produced despite not being able to see one another’s work. For example, Layla and I both drew mid-sections showing wolves in the womb whilst Marie and Layla both drew faces with beak-like masks reminiscent of those worn by the plague doctors in the middle ages. It was great to see that the themes and ideas that underpin much of our work criss-cross in this way.

We’re hoping to produce more drawings like this in future with a view to it leading to further direct collaborations between not just the three of us but other Wolves too.

Exquisite Corpse - Spike Dennis

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Puppet Show Spoilers

Friday, March 1st, 2013
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Puppet Show Spoilers

These sound bites are just a couple of clips from our Punch & Judy puppet show. We will be performing this show at Milkwood Gallery in Cardiff on Saturday 2 March 2013 as a part of our Once Upon Again exhibition which is currently showing in the gallery.

The voices for the show were kindly performed by Amelia Johnstone and Peter Hathaway. Peter provided the voice for Punch whilst Amelia created voices for other characters in the show including Judy, Joey the Clown, the policeman and the Hangman.

The show is sure to have the audience in fits of laughter as a result of Punch’s anarchic clowning around so don’t miss out.

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Puppet Theatre Building

Friday, February 22nd, 2013
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Puppet Theatre Sketches

Puppet Theatre Building

Our Layla Holzer is busy at work building a theatre for our puppet show performances on Saturday 2 March at Milkwood Gallery. We will be performing a classic Punch & Judy show along with a shadow puppet version of the Jabberwocky.

As a result Layla has developed a theatre design that will allow for both a shadow play performance and a ‘glove puppet’ type performance as well.

The theatre is looking rather magical already. If you’d like to see a sneak peek I suggest you head over to Layla’s Instagram page to track down some pictures of the build in progress.

I hope we’ll see you at Milkwood Gallery though on Saturday 2 March for an evening of puppetry and fairy tales.

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Snow White

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
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Posted by Layla Holzer

Last week, myself and Glo collaborated on some photographs for the Once upon Again exhibition, with myself modelling and Glo photographing and editing. Two separate set of photographs/themes were done, this is a cheeky preview of a Snow White themed photograph that’ll be hung in the show.

Snow White Queen

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Once upon Again progress!

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
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Posted by Layla Holzer

A few ‘in progress’ photos from my exhibition pieces for Once upon Again. I’m focusing on the The Swan Maiden, Briar Rose, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel, and their transformation from child to woman.

All these pieces have been firstly painted with gouache and then cut out. They will be assembled into larger 3D layered pieces.
The Swan Maiden

Rapunzel Briar Rose Little Red Riding Hood

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