Let There Be light!
Its important to mention first off that there were many people involved in this event, and credit must go out to Shanni Ong, who managed the Festival and made it happen at all.
Vicky and I worked alongside 'Clockwork' puppeteer Libby Quick to make the central figures for this years theme - the Chinese Autumn Full Moon Festival, or the story of Houyi and Chang'e.
We were given a lovely big (though a little chilly) warehouse and lots of willow to create the figures. Throughout the two or three weeks it took to make them, lots of people came in and out and made their own willow sculptures (a lantern festival needs many lanterns!).
We also assisted the community lantern workshops in Totnes, so that the town could light its own way up Totnes' distinctive High Street from Vire Island.
Charlie made the archer, Houyi. Libby made his wife, Chang'e, and Vicky made the one true sun, who would be born of the nine suns that Houyi would shoot from the sky. And yes, we had to make those nine suns too!
Other sculptures included a coy carp, a monkey, an enormous running rabbit and a Chinese dragon made for the main event.
Charlie directed a group of volunteers to tell the folk story of Houyi and Chang'e. It was an illuminated performance in the market square at the top of Totnes. We were lucky enough to convince another 'Clockwork' performer, our narrator Marisa Latimer, to tell the story to the crowds, in her distinctively wonderful style. The performers were brilliant and I can't thank them enough for the hard work and enthusiasm they put in at short notice.
Apologies to all those I haven't mentioned here - there are lots.
Enjoy the photos!