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TEDxCincy - Jesse Mooney- Bullock - Crafting Essence: A Puppet-Maker's Challenge

Jesse Mooney-Bullock makes puppets. But not the kind that you might first thinkof when you hear that word. They are not usually very soft or bright. They definitelydo not have googly eyes. They are figures carved out of wood, complete withjoints that operate via levers and triggers. He is fascinated by the way living thingsmove and how they are "built", and he strives to emulate natural form and functionin his artwork.He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where hecollaborated with fellow students to create puppet-infused art that they performedaround the Windy City. Then his schooling extended into the studio of puppeteerBlair Thomas, who taught him much about building puppets and their stages.While still in Chicago, Jesse created near life-sized wooden puppets for aRedmoon Theater production which earned him a Jeff Award. He continues todesign and build for these two companies from his home-studio in Northside. Hehas been a recipient of the City of Cincinnati Artist Grant and every now and thengets to perform his own work here in town.In addition to being an artist, Jesse is a full-time father. He and his wife havetwo young boys, and Dad stays home. For Mooney-Bullock and Sons, buildingand art-making are everyday activities, and each puppet that comes out of theworkshop undergoes complete testing by the junior members of the family.--In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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