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Locally Made: Juliann Wilding, Unconventional Puppetmaker

The multi-disciplinary artist bridges fashion, art, and puppetry to build works all her own.


Juliann Wilding wears many hats. She regularly works as an art director, a designer, an artist, and a model, in addition to her day job at a gallery. But she’s become increasingly renowned for her large-scale kinetic sculptures—essentially, puppets—that can be found displayed on their own and as set and wardrobe pieces in performance productions.

“People who know my work and who want me to work with them know that I do a lot of large pieces,” she says.

Wilding’s background is in fashion, though it’s been an ongoing evolution. “I don’t have any formal training. I started making my own clothes when I was like 12, because I come from a big family and we didn’t have any cool clothes, ever. Then people started noticing and asking me to do costumes for plays and stuff. But it was never something that I set out to do.”
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Moosehead Journey: Moosehead Breweries

The first stop on the journey was Moosehead Breweries in Saint John, New Brunswick. Moosehead has been brewing delicious, quality beer for 145 years so it made sense to kick things off with Darrell Little, Moosehead’s own brewmaster.


Moosehead Journey: Introduction

This summer Moosehead Breweries, Canada’s oldest and largest independent brewery, is embarking on a cross-country tour to raise a beer to all things made well. The tour will connect a documentary film crew with North Americans who share the Moosehead passion and ethos for creating quality, well-made products. By sitting down over a beer and talking with these craftspeople, Moosehead will showcase why they create and produce the best of the best, no matter what they choose to do – from food to sports to fashion to outdoor life to music.

The Moosehead journey is being documented live at http://www.facebook.com/moosehead while a series of mini-documentaries will be released over the course of the summer. There is also going to be a contest where people can win some of the goods they see being made.

“Canadians love their beer, but they also have a strong appreciation for locally made products,” says Katie Kennedy, Director of Marketing for Moosehead Breweries. “This journey is Moosehead’s way to hit the road and celebrate the people who share our passion, our independent drive and our appreciation for all things made well.”