Just before the workshop Jennifer will give a short family performance for children and their parents. The performance is free, courtesy of the Mother Lode Storytelling Guild.
Jennifer Aguirre has been telling stories on the Mother Lode for nearly 20 years. When her own children were small, she discovered Waldorf education and its long traditions in puppetry. Bringing nursery songs and rhymes to very young children became a direction for her work that has grown over the years.
A part of that tradition includes the art of felt-making, which involves a complicated process of sculpting with naturally dyed wool fibers. The results create beautiful forms that embody a natural quality. Jennifer not only makes her puppets using felt-making techniques, she has also sculpted a series of exquisite aprons that she uses in her programs.
Jennifer keeps a busy performance schedule as one of the artists in Central Sierra Arts Council’s ARTS-Reach to Schools program. And the children of Sierra Waldorf School are very lucky to have her as an integral part of the school’s faculty where she teaches both puppet making and puppet play production. A 2005 article in our local paper, The Union Democrat, told the tale of Jennifer and her SWS protégés.
This Saturday’s workshop will begin with one of Jennifer’s family performances, which is offered for free to families, courtesy of our Mother Lode Storytelling Guild. And of course, we send special thanks to The Angels Camp Mercantile for giving our guild such a wonderful space to meet!
I’ve had the pleasure of sitting in on Jennifer’s performances during the Strawberry Music Festivals. It’s such a delight to observe her holding an entire audience of 60 people with her soft delicate voice and no sound system. She truly is magical! — bz