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Dax Tran-Caffee with Ogre Puppet

Bay Area artist Dax Tran-Caffee has always been drawn to storytelling. He began his career as a painter, but the static format feel short of his desires and he progressed to moving images and then moving sculptural images in the form of puppets large and small. He founded The Museum Proper, and their amazing debut street performance was at the SubZero Festival in San Jose two years ago. (Check out this video of the performance to see the puppets in motion.) It’s fascinating to see the puppets go from concept to creation, and to take a peek at the harnesses used to wear or control each puppet. Some of them seem like wearable automata.

Dax Tran Caffee Puppet Illustration

Dax Tran-Caffee Puppet

Here’s a short video profile of Dax made at last year’s Maker Faire:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2E3DZ9PvIo

Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.


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