As an Artist focused on ecological sustainability, I take the source of my building materials very seriously. Networking with local Farmers and Artisans from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin has allowed me to meet the folks who shear the sheep and hand dye the wool roving I use to needle felt my puppets into existence. Buying in bulk at conventions removes the need for one-time-use packaging and cuts down on the amount of fuel used when transporting typical goods from farm to factory to warehouse to store to home. Shoe boxes, styrofoam egg crates, loofas, gloves who have lost their partners, cardboard packaging and thrift store finds often contribute to my structures. Not only do these practices make construction more affordable, but it forces me to create a pool of resources from items that are often thrown away with little regard for their carbon footprint.
I Got Hot Sauce In My Veins by Allyson Gonzalez
L to R: Emily Schubert, Allyson Gonzalez, Michael Lamason, Myra Su, Mitch Salm, Devin Martin, Jessie Delaplaine & Sam Grossman at Black Cherry Puppet Theater in Baltimore, MD for the Chi-More Puppet Exchange