Meet Ramona Jan, creator of Some Strings Attached!

Wednesday, April 09 2014 @ 01:12 PM

Meet Ramona Jan, creator of Some Strings Attached!

Ramona Jan is the creator of Some Strings Attached, a marionette series. And this week, she’s the subject of our batteryPOP creator interview!

 

BatteryPOP: How did you first decide you wanted to do performances with puppets? Did you ever perform without puppets? 

 

RAMONA JAN: I decided to do puppets after making all kinds of sculptures that didn't move.  I wanted the things I made to move around and be somebody.  I performed without puppets when I sang and played electric guitar in rock bands.

 

bPOP: Where do you get inspiration for what puppets to make or what to do puppet shows about? 

 

RJ: I get my inspiration from music and the things around me.  Sometimes I just get an idea for a story and I need a puppet to tell it.

 

bPOP: Who was the first puppet you made?

 

RJ: The first puppet I made was Lucinda.

 

bPOP: What do you make the puppets out of? 

 

RJ: Some of my puppets are made of wood and wire.  Others are made from fabric, sand and yarn.  I just made a dog, Lacy, from an old pair of boots and a pocket book.

 

bPOP: How do you decide what show to make next? 

 

RJ: I never really think about what show to do next.  I just think about what puppet I want to make and then the story comes alive as I make the character.

 

bPOP: Did you make puppets or put on plays as a kid? What were they about? 

 

RJ: I put on lots of plays when I was a kid because I have three brothers and a sister for cast members.  Most of my plays were about nature.

 

bPOP: Do you have any puppeteer role models? 

 

RJ: Most of my puppets are marionettes so there are not too many role models.  It's a complicated and much forgotten form of puppetry.  It's not at all like the muppets!

 

bPOP: Who were your favorite puppet characters growing up? 

 

RJ: Growing up I was not that interested in puppets, or dolls for that matter.  I was a tom-boy.  I liked climbing trees, biking, and swimming.

 

bPOP: How is a marionette different from other kinds of puppets? 

 

RJ: Marionettes are puppets on strings.  They take a lot of practice just like a musical instrument and each one is very different to operate than the other.

 

 

bPOP: When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew? 

 

RJ: When I was ten, I wanted to live in nature around trees and flowers.  I wanted to run, jump and play.  I never thought about growing up. 

 

Thanks so much to Ramona for answering our questions, and check out SOME STRINGS ATTACHED HERE on batteryPOP! 

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