Thursday, December 2, 2010

Finger Politics

I ran into Gabe at the Glebe Craft and Artisan Fair.  I am sometimes terrible with faces, and it turns out we've exchanged business cards at least twice before... anyways, Gabe is the mind and hands behind Fish on Fridays.

Besides some amazingly soft furry beasts, she also is a mad producer of amazing political finger puppets. Ripped from the headlines, and made to just scale right for your hands, are the likes of past Prime Ministers, Brian Mulrooney, Pierre Trudeau and John A. MacDonald and MPs Chuck Strahl, Megan Leslie, Ujjal Dosanjh and speaker of the house Peter Milliken. Totally worth checking this stuff out. 

Gabe's currently doing One of  a Kind in Toronto. I'm jealous, but  only theoretically jealous. I'm not actually anywhere prepared  or conceptually ready to do that kind of show... still the idea is germinating! It also rekindled my ideas of collectives and doing massive Ottawa events like Bluesfest. Sharing costs for an event with the potential for so much exposure intrigues me, not just as a mildly ambitious maker, but also as a sort Canadian expression of grass roots community driven capitalism... or something. 

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