Geahk is creating Marionette Puppets
11

patrons

$152
per month

I make stuff, it’s what I do.

I’m an explorer of many mediums and I have trouble settling down with one art form. I started with illustration and comics and moved to model building and sculpture, then to doll making, and mechanical engineering. That experimentation eventually lead me to puppetry.

It is an art that encompasses all others, synthesizes all my various interests–drawing, painting, writing, sculpting, carving, film making, acting, engineering, lighting, set design, sound, sewing, fashion, general crafting and most of all, storytelling–all into one place. Puppet shows are a way for me to contain these interests and focus them. The result is a blend of aestheticism and technical pragmatism creating visuals purpose built to convey narrative.

Puppetry is a very broad art form. Essentially, any object manipulated by a person could be considered a puppet; but I've always been drawn to challenge, and Marionettes are considered by many to be the most challenging form of puppetry. For me that makes them the most rewarding. But another thing I like about the medium is collaboration with others. I like putting on complex shows with many moving parts requiring many people to work together, like clockwork.
I like writing with other writers. Composing settings and environments with teams of talented artists. The marionettes get passed from hand to hand during a show, every puppeteer silently communicating with each other even while speaking lines aloud for the audience.

Part of that collaboration is between me and the audience as well. We can't see one another during a performance, but I am listening. We use live dialog and sound effects in our shows. I am listening to how the audience reacts to each moment and I am tailoring the pace of the show for a particular audience. It's a different show every time.

I'm also a teacher.  I run marionette building workshops over periods of weeks with hand-on training for students but there are more students than I can teach. I want to give this art form to others.

I have produced patterns and templates for others to use, so they can skip some of the difficulty and frustration I had while learning this craft. Eventually I want to publish a book.

I also hope to use this platform to help me produce future plays and stories which I have been working on for years, but never had the resources to manifest. I have at least four, future, live theater performances I've been working on and a couple of YouTube shows I've wanted to make.




I want to thank you in advance for giving to my Patreon. It assures this art form, and my particular take on it, will continue.
Rewards
A buck in the violin case
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Even a buck helps. That's four packages of Ramen!
Access Dolls-of-wood
$2 or more per month 1 patron
• Access to the Patreon-Only feed

• My gratitude!

A Five in time
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
• Access to the Patreon-Only feed
• 'Thank You' in the credits at the end of my videos.
• Early access to videos and Extra Content
Oh Thank Seven!
$7 or more per month 0 patrons
$7 buys me a brush, or new scroll saw blades, or a technical pen, or a sharpening stone. Helps a lot!


• Access to the Patreon-Only feed
• A 'Thank You' in the credits at the end of my videos
• Early Access to videos and Extra Content

• Download link for large scale patterns & templates in an expanding library of useful materials

Ten Friend!
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Hey there Ten Friend, you just bought me a sammich, or a wood rasp, or a can of spray primer, or a pack of sandpaper.

• Access to the Patreon-Only feed

• Early Access to videos and Extra Content
• I'll put your name in bold yellow text in my video credits

• Download link to large patterns and templates

• I may randomly shout you out, personally, at the end of a vid (I choose a random Ten Friend for each video)
• If you are a Patron for a year or more at this tier, you will receive a copy of the puppet making book I'm working on.

The Dozens
$12 or more per month 2 of 50 patrons
Dozens get personal physical perks! You are helping me quite a bit and I appreciate it.


• All of the access of the lower tiers.
• You'll be listed in rosy bold font at the end of videos!
• You'll get diagrams and sketches by email. I'll send you lots of interesting bits of info that should help you on your own puppet making journey.


• If you are a Patron for a year or more at this tier, you will receive a copy of the puppet making book I'm working on.


• You will get stuff in the mail! Paper models, signed prints of artwork, puppet hands, or heads, or stickers! A random loot-box of things I'm currently working on! All limited to 50 units; super rare! ONLY available to this tier.

Apprentice
$15 or more per month 0 of 30 patrons
You're officially an Apprentice! 


• All of the access of the lower tiers. (Xcpt Dozens Loot-box)

• You'll receive credit as an 'Apprentice' in my videos.

• You'll receive diagrams, sketches and early looks at things I'm working on by email.

• You get a copy of the book (As long as you've been a Patron for a year or more) 


• You ALSO get personal email and Skype access to help you learn the art and craft of marionette making. (maximum 2-hours by Skype per month)

• I'll personally help you through the process of building a marionette with tips, tricks and advice. You'll get patterns sent to you along the way.

Trainee
$20 or more per month 5 of 15 patrons
You're a Trainee!

• All of the access of the lower tiers. (Xcpt Dozens Loot-box)

• You'll receive credit as an 'Trainee' in my videos.

• You'll receive diagrams, sketches and early looks at things I'm working on by email.

• You get a copy of the book (As long as you've been a Patron for a year or more)


• You ALSO get personal email and Skype access to help you learn the art and craft of marionette making. (maximum 3-hours by Skype per month)

• I'll personally help you through the process of building a marionette with tips, tricks and advice. You'll get patterns sent to you along the way.

• You get a marionette building kit shipped to you in stages, each month for the first year of your Patronage, you'll receive parts and information to build your own puppet! (Loot-box full of Pinocchio parts)

Backer
$30 or more per month 1 patron
This tier is for the kind of backer who just wants to see this art form continue. You're not interested in learning to make marionettes. Maybe you are already a maker, or maybe you're just a supporter of esoteric arts. You don't need my patterns or techniques. A book would only clutter up your space. This is for that rare person who just does this out of the kindness of their heart, their love of the art form and a desire to be helpful.

• You still get all of the access of the lower tiers.

(Xcpt Dozens/Pinocchio Loot-boxes)

• Your name in ivory in the credits of videos.

• A shout-out in a specific video made because of the resources you have provided (you can even choose a topic!)

• Personal Skype session.

Supporter
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
A tier for the Supporter of the arts who isn't looking to learn the craft but wants to see it continue. Out of the kindness of your heart and your love of the arts.

• You still get all of the access of the lower tiers.
(Xcpt Dozens/Pinocchio Loot-boxes)

• Your name in Red/Black in the credits of videos.

• You choose a video topic regarding a particular topic you want to see OR you get to be written into a show. This tier will expand as the 'Second Series' launches.


• Personal Skype session.

Patrôn
$100 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Ultimate tier.


• You still get all of the access of the lower tiers.
(Xcpt Dozens/Pinocchio Loot-boxes)
 

• Your name in Gold/Black in the credits of videos.
 

• If you stick with this tier for at least a year, I will build you a marionette. I will start working on it in your first month and work to have it completed by the end of your 12th month.

 

• Lots of personal Skype access and I'll take your input on various projects.

Goals
$152 of $200 per month
Longer and more complex videos

As my Patreon gains some steam, I'll be able to focus more on video creation. I won't necessarily be able to put out videos more frequently but you should see a change in quality and depth.
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I make stuff, it’s what I do.

I’m an explorer of many mediums and I have trouble settling down with one art form. I started with illustration and comics and moved to model building and sculpture, then to doll making, and mechanical engineering. That experimentation eventually lead me to puppetry.

It is an art that encompasses all others, synthesizes all my various interests–drawing, painting, writing, sculpting, carving, film making, acting, engineering, lighting, set design, sound, sewing, fashion, general crafting and most of all, storytelling–all into one place. Puppet shows are a way for me to contain these interests and focus them. The result is a blend of aestheticism and technical pragmatism creating visuals purpose built to convey narrative.

Puppetry is a very broad art form. Essentially, any object manipulated by a person could be considered a puppet; but I've always been drawn to challenge, and Marionettes are considered by many to be the most challenging form of puppetry. For me that makes them the most rewarding. But another thing I like about the medium is collaboration with others. I like putting on complex shows with many moving parts requiring many people to work together, like clockwork.
I like writing with other writers. Composing settings and environments with teams of talented artists. The marionettes get passed from hand to hand during a show, every puppeteer silently communicating with each other even while speaking lines aloud for the audience.

Part of that collaboration is between me and the audience as well. We can't see one another during a performance, but I am listening. We use live dialog and sound effects in our shows. I am listening to how the audience reacts to each moment and I am tailoring the pace of the show for a particular audience. It's a different show every time.

I'm also a teacher.  I run marionette building workshops over periods of weeks with hand-on training for students but there are more students than I can teach. I want to give this art form to others.

I have produced patterns and templates for others to use, so they can skip some of the difficulty and frustration I had while learning this craft. Eventually I want to publish a book.

I also hope to use this platform to help me produce future plays and stories which I have been working on for years, but never had the resources to manifest. I have at least four, future, live theater performances I've been working on and a couple of YouTube shows I've wanted to make.




I want to thank you in advance for giving to my Patreon. It assures this art form, and my particular take on it, will continue.

Recent posts by Geahk

Rewards
A buck in the violin case
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Even a buck helps. That's four packages of Ramen!
Access Dolls-of-wood
$2 or more per month 1 patron
• Access to the Patreon-Only feed

• My gratitude!

A Five in time
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
• Access to the Patreon-Only feed
• 'Thank You' in the credits at the end of my videos.
• Early access to videos and Extra Content
Oh Thank Seven!
$7 or more per month 0 patrons
$7 buys me a brush, or new scroll saw blades, or a technical pen, or a sharpening stone. Helps a lot!


• Access to the Patreon-Only feed
• A 'Thank You' in the credits at the end of my videos
• Early Access to videos and Extra Content

• Download link for large scale patterns & templates in an expanding library of useful materials

Ten Friend!
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Hey there Ten Friend, you just bought me a sammich, or a wood rasp, or a can of spray primer, or a pack of sandpaper.

• Access to the Patreon-Only feed

• Early Access to videos and Extra Content
• I'll put your name in bold yellow text in my video credits

• Download link to large patterns and templates

• I may randomly shout you out, personally, at the end of a vid (I choose a random Ten Friend for each video)
• If you are a Patron for a year or more at this tier, you will receive a copy of the puppet making book I'm working on.

The Dozens
$12 or more per month 2 of 50 patrons
Dozens get personal physical perks! You are helping me quite a bit and I appreciate it.


• All of the access of the lower tiers.
• You'll be listed in rosy bold font at the end of videos!
• You'll get diagrams and sketches by email. I'll send you lots of interesting bits of info that should help you on your own puppet making journey.


• If you are a Patron for a year or more at this tier, you will receive a copy of the puppet making book I'm working on.


• You will get stuff in the mail! Paper models, signed prints of artwork, puppet hands, or heads, or stickers! A random loot-box of things I'm currently working on! All limited to 50 units; super rare! ONLY available to this tier.

Apprentice
$15 or more per month 0 of 30 patrons
You're officially an Apprentice! 


• All of the access of the lower tiers. (Xcpt Dozens Loot-box)

• You'll receive credit as an 'Apprentice' in my videos.

• You'll receive diagrams, sketches and early looks at things I'm working on by email.

• You get a copy of the book (As long as you've been a Patron for a year or more) 


• You ALSO get personal email and Skype access to help you learn the art and craft of marionette making. (maximum 2-hours by Skype per month)

• I'll personally help you through the process of building a marionette with tips, tricks and advice. You'll get patterns sent to you along the way.

Trainee
$20 or more per month 5 of 15 patrons
You're a Trainee!

• All of the access of the lower tiers. (Xcpt Dozens Loot-box)

• You'll receive credit as an 'Trainee' in my videos.

• You'll receive diagrams, sketches and early looks at things I'm working on by email.

• You get a copy of the book (As long as you've been a Patron for a year or more)


• You ALSO get personal email and Skype access to help you learn the art and craft of marionette making. (maximum 3-hours by Skype per month)

• I'll personally help you through the process of building a marionette with tips, tricks and advice. You'll get patterns sent to you along the way.

• You get a marionette building kit shipped to you in stages, each month for the first year of your Patronage, you'll receive parts and information to build your own puppet! (Loot-box full of Pinocchio parts)

Backer
$30 or more per month 1 patron
This tier is for the kind of backer who just wants to see this art form continue. You're not interested in learning to make marionettes. Maybe you are already a maker, or maybe you're just a supporter of esoteric arts. You don't need my patterns or techniques. A book would only clutter up your space. This is for that rare person who just does this out of the kindness of their heart, their love of the art form and a desire to be helpful.

• You still get all of the access of the lower tiers.

(Xcpt Dozens/Pinocchio Loot-boxes)

• Your name in ivory in the credits of videos.

• A shout-out in a specific video made because of the resources you have provided (you can even choose a topic!)

• Personal Skype session.

Supporter
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
A tier for the Supporter of the arts who isn't looking to learn the craft but wants to see it continue. Out of the kindness of your heart and your love of the arts.

• You still get all of the access of the lower tiers.
(Xcpt Dozens/Pinocchio Loot-boxes)

• Your name in Red/Black in the credits of videos.

• You choose a video topic regarding a particular topic you want to see OR you get to be written into a show. This tier will expand as the 'Second Series' launches.


• Personal Skype session.

Patrôn
$100 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Ultimate tier.


• You still get all of the access of the lower tiers.
(Xcpt Dozens/Pinocchio Loot-boxes)
 

• Your name in Gold/Black in the credits of videos.
 

• If you stick with this tier for at least a year, I will build you a marionette. I will start working on it in your first month and work to have it completed by the end of your 12th month.

 

• Lots of personal Skype access and I'll take your input on various projects.