The Squeaking Tribe

Mikah, the Metal Dragon – Elemental Dragon Marionette


Mikah, the Metal Dragon, has been magnetically fashioned from fragments of the Earth's special ores. Copper and Iron and Silver and Magnesium have all been amassed and employed to lend strength and structure to his manifest powers, fashioning an armour which can never be breached. He understands the Gifts of the Earth and does not squander what has always been a finite source, so he holds a poor opinion of the little men whose short-sightedness and selfishness would abuse it for their own wicked deeds. He is not shy to turn a deadly eye to those tear the world to pieces and has developed a healthy appetite for the oil-burning mining machines which putter around like Lego boy-toys, waiting to be eaten. For Mikah, these mining camps are nothing but a sushi train and, ironically, he has fast developed a taste for their destruction.
Elemental Dragons
Everyone everywhere is familiar with the concept of dragons, the mighty flying reptiles breathing fire and wreaking havoc in tales of legend and fantasy all over the world. Throughout history, human cultures have developed stories of their awesome strength and abilities and these in turn have been depicted visually by more artists and imagineers than anyone could count.
My early forays into developing dragons in marionette form were long and complicated and required an attention to detail that challenged my humbler talents back then. Time and experience, of course, are our greatest educators and it doesn't hurt to have an innovative partner to help break through old limitations. Sara developed her own range of smaller beasties which are beautiful and accessible to all but the Elemental Dragons represent a return to the larger, articulated experiments of my early designs and represent our shared talents in a way which is truly inspiring.
The process of creation is still laborious but entails so many varying ideas and components, the journey remains a wholly exciting and satisfying experience. From pattern-making to soft sculpture, texturing, air-brushing, hand painting and skeletal design before ultimate assembly and costuming, there are many opportunities to deviate our ideas into new solutions. In embracing this, we have chosen a loose concept of naturally-occurring elements to steer our minds and guide our brushes, and the results speak for themselves.
Working from appropriate colour palettes, the nature of the elements are explored through the physical and spiritual manifestations as they have occurred and been understood by world cultures – be they Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Wood or Metal. And interestingly, all these elements are represented in everything we do relating to puppet-making, whether its working with clay (earth and water), kiln-firing the clay (fire), sculpting body forms (wood and metal) or breathing the final Breath of Life into each of them (air, of course).
 It is these little synchronicities which have kept us making marionettes for over a quarter of a century. And sharing them with you, of course.


Measurements for our Dragons are approximations only. Dimensions are taken when dragon is sitting upright in a resting position.
Overall height is 83cm from foot to crosspiece. Dragon body is 35cm tall, 20cm wide and 50cm long. Nose to tail measures up to 90cm.


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