The Herbert house is frantically preparing for the Big Design Market this weekend! We'll be fully stocked with critters of all shapes, tea towels, cushions, brooches, plates and cards. Come and say hi if you're in Melbourne!
Here are the critters packing themselves into a suitcase, they're pretty excellent at it!
If you're a Sydney-sider unfortunately I won't be at the Finders Keepers this weekend but everything is available online and in Monster Threads shops!
Etsy is having a Christmas pop-up shop in Sydney and we're super excited to be part of it! The shop opens today! Head on down to check out all the amazing things local Etsy sellers have on offer.
Etsy Christmas Pop-up
74 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
November 28 – December 12
Monday – Friday / 8am - 9pm
Saturday / 9am – 5pm
Sunday / 11am – 5pm
Some of you may be wondering what happened to the Theatrical Performance of the Year, this is what happened...
Gina the director came down with the most awful flu! Xavier the assistant director/producer was transformed into diligent nurse and has prescribed lots of bed rest, a positive attitude and raspberry jelly. Xavier has identified the cause of the flu to be stress, too much excitement and germs. Gina is planning a big come back after her flu from hell but has decided with Christmas coming up and Christmas parties to plan, the play will open in early January.
In the meantime, other critters are preparing for markets! Eveleigh Artisans' market next weekend will be the last Sydney market before Christmas! The following weekend the critters will be heading down to Melbourne for the Big Design Market, the last Melbourne market before Christmas. Here are the details of the upcoming markets:
Eveleigh Artisans' Market
243 Wilson Street (outside CarriageWorks)
Sun 1st Dec 10am - 3pm
The Big Design Market
The Royal Exhibition Building
9 Nicholson Street, Carlton
Fri 6th Dec 10am - 9pm
Sat 7th Dec 10am - 5pm
Sun 8th Dec 10am - 5pm
My friend and very talented film maker, Rose Kang, made this awesome short film about Herbert & Friends. Take a look behind the scenes of critter-making!
Henry sent more travel snaps this week! He's once again in San Francisco (clearly one of his favourite destinations).
For the first time, the critters decided to go trick-or-treating!
Patrick the mummy, Janey the witch and Gina the vampire spent a week working on their costumes, and took an hour to get dressed with Janey and Gina helping Patrick the mummy get all wound up. Then they headed out, bags in hand to see what delicious treats they could come by.
As they wondered down the street looking for trick-or-treat friendly houses they discussed what the ideal treat would be. Janey thought baclava would be pretty great but they came to the conclusion it wasn't very likely they'd get any baclava because of its intense stickiness. Second on the list was anything chocolaty, they were pretty confident they'd get something chocolaty.
After an hour of dedicated trick-or-treating the critters returned home with their bags bursting at the seams. They'd also received many compliments on their outfits so they were feeling very pleased indeed.
They poured out the contents of their bags into a big pile and were amazed at the amount of sugary goodness they'd collected. They were going to have some seriously tasty days ahead!
Over the weekend Esmeralda and Ruben continued their work on the set design for the production of Little Red Riding Hood. The forest setting was deemed the most important so that was the focus of their day.
They begun by painting the sky of their forest backdrop.
This took quite some time, partly because their paint brushes were rather small and partly because they were very fastidious, making sure this would be an exceptional backdrop!
Then they painted the tree props.
And when the sky of their forest backdrop was dry they painted on the trees.
Then they were finished! Esmeralda and Ruben stepped back to admire their work. It was indeed quite excellent!
It was finally time for auditions!
Director Gina and co-director Xavier had a quick chat to the aspiring actors before the auditions begun. They gave a brief description of how they saw each character and explained that each actor would get the chance to read all the parts.
Janey the yeti and Willis the turtle were up first. They read with the script.
Next were Olive the Alpaca and Patrick the Yak.
Patrick was quite astounded by the performance he gave, he knew he could act but hadn't quite realise the extent of his talent! As he got to the heart of each character he saw his dazzling future acting career unfold in front of him.
Last but by no means least was Edgar the wolf and since there were five of them, Olive was asked to stay and read with Edgar as well.
Gina and Xavier were blown away by all the amazing performances! They went off to deliberate and have a private discussion of the merits of each actor. After an agonising nine minutes they had come to a decision...
They gathered their team of actors and announced the parts. Janey the yeti was to play the woodcutter, Patrick the yak - the grandmother, Edgar the wolf - Little Red Riding Hood's mother, Willis the turtle - the big bad wolf and Olive as Little Red Riding Hood! Everyone was pleased as punch! Edgar was particularly pleased that he wasn't cast as the wolf because he's sick of being typecast as the mean wolf.
Gina and Xavier thanked everyone for their interest in the play and said they were thoroughly looking forward to working together! Then the actors filed off stage ready to start learning their lines.
After a couple of very busy weeks for the critters, it was finally time for the auditions of the best production of Little Red Riding Hood the world has ever seen to begin! But first they needed a stage...
Esmeralda the unicorn and Ruben the fox decided they weren't interested in performing in the play, concluding that they were already famous enough, but they were intrigued by the idea of designing the stage. This worked out perfectly because director Gina and co-director Xavier hadn't given the set design much thought as yet. Esmeralda and Ruben started with some sketches.
Then collected together some materials. They were beginning to feel a little overwhelmed by the enormity of their undertaking, but they reassured each other that getting started is always the hardest part and it'd be easier than it first appeared.
They found a nicely shaped box which would make an excellent stage.
Then they cut, sticky taped and sawed.
Now they had pillars and a curtain rod.
They put in the blank backdrop and started to see the set take shape!
As luck would have have it they found some trees in their bits'n'bobs cupboard that were exceptionally perfect for the set.
And voilà! The stage was audition ready! Esmeralda and Ruben still had plenty of work to do with painting the set, putting in curtains and making the grandma's bed, but they knew how eager everyone was for the auditions to begin so they went off to plan the next set and discuss costume design.
The super awesome design blog Kaleidoscope is having a giveaway where you can win a set of Herbert & Friends tea towels! Click here to head over to their website and find out how to win!