The Mari that HENRY LUTMAN made
This is the Mari that Henry made – see step by step how he worked to create this fabulous critter – the Mari that will welcome the New Year into Caerleon on Saturday 12th January 2019
The Building of the Caerleon Festival’s Mari Lwyd.
Henry Lutman has spent half his life in a career building many things including animals, but only in virtual space on a computer. To him the thought of building something in real space for a change was very appealing.
The practicalities of fabricating something out of waste materials also had its appeal and so a cardboard frame was chosen, reinforced with layers of papier-mâché to give strength.
A 3D version of the skull was built on a computer and flattened out by unfolding within the computer. This technique is ideal for planning the building of a cardboard frame. If an alternative, like chicken wire had been used, then the 3D computer technique would not have been so adaptable.
With a fabricated horse’s skull, Henry, with his wife Loraine, was eager to build something with added value that would incorporate a surprise element, something that would keep small children awake for a couple of nights was considered ideal!! These tricks have not been discussed here because the element of surprise would be spoilt. A real showman or show lady never reveal the secrets of their art, suffice to say that lolly pop sticks, elastic bands, garden wire and strimmer-line have all been employed as internal workings.