Krampus dancing paper puppet

Here is a sneak peak at the paper puppet I designed / made for the KRAMPUSNACHT 2010 TORONTO show at the Resistor Gallery space in Toronto, Canada.

My Sir Krampus is a gentleman, an delicate oaf of a fellow who prefers making noise and joining in on lively intellectual conversation. If you piss him off though - he'll still whack you around with his golden birch rod. He lost one of his horns while slipping on an inconsiderate child's wooden toy left behind on a steep flight of Victorian stairs. That child was sought out and slaughtered before Santa's arrival.

When you pull this paper puppet's string / toggle up and down - he dances and makes noise with his rusty chains and bells.

The show opens December 2nd with a nifty party - rsvp the gallery overlords to attend for free at! Otherwise the Resistor Gallery is open Monday-Friday 10am - 5pm until January 10, 2011.

More details about the show below!

What is Krampus?
(from Wikipedia)
"Krampus is a mythical creature. In various regions of the world – especially Austria and Hungary – it is believed that Krampus accompanies St.Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children. Due to German and Austrian influence, the myth of Krampus is also prevalent in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and northern Italy.
The word Krampus originates from the Old High German word for claw (Krampen). In the Alpine regions, Krampus is represented by an incubus-like creature. Traditionally, young men dress up as the Krampus in the first two weeks of December, particularly on the evening of 5th, and roam the streets frightening children and women with rusty chains and bells. In some rural areas the tradition also includes birching – corporal punishment with a birch rod – by Krampus, especially of young girls. Images of Krampus usually show him with a basket on his back used to carry away bad children and dump them into the pits of Hell."

• KRAMPUSNACHT 2010 OPENING PARTY - THURSDAY DEC 2nd • • Show runs Monday-Friday 10am - 5pm until January 10, 2011, Resistor Gallery •
RSVP required to attend - email
Resistor Gallery -
Location - 284 College Street 2nd Floor, Toronto Canada (Map)

• Andrew Heffron • Aaron Costain • Aaron Leighton • Attila Szanyi • Brandon Steen
• Clayton Hanmer • Crankbunny • Craig Marshall • Chris Stone • Carey Sookocheff
• Drazen Kozjan • Dan Turner • Diego Bergia • Diana McNally • Faez Alidousti
• Hyein Lee • Jessica Fortner • Jesse Jacobs • Jeremy Kai • Janice Kun • Jason Bone
• Julia Breckenreid • Karen Justl • Katy Dockrill • Luke Ramsey • Mike McDougall
• Marek Colek • Matthew Forsythe • Maylynn Quan • Michael Comeau
• Michael Wandelmaier • Pat Shewchuk • Prashant Miranda • Hayley Morris
• Ryan Feely • Randy Knott • Ro Rao • Steve Manale• Steve Wilson
• Sarah Lazarovic • Tomori Nagamoto •

Contact :
KRAMPUS 2010 Committee