Published: 20th November 2018
This workshop by Raghavendra Rathore's design school reimagined Stan Lee's Marvel heroes as puppets
The workshop was held in the Gurukul School of Design and was attended by 29 design students and was facilitated by Manoj Bhat, whose family is into puppetry for generations
Many Marvel buffs who might have managed to hold back their tears in the Infinity War climax broke down when Stan Lee died a week ago. To pay tribute to the man who constructed the entire Marvel universe, Gurukul School of Design, Jaipur organised a design workshop that taught students how to make puppets of their favourite Marvel superheroes.
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The workshop that was attended by 29 design students from Pune was facilitated by Manoj Bhat, whose family has been engaged in puppetry for generations. "With the new age design enthusiasts, spending quality time with fiction, it was interesting to celebrate Stan Lee and allow the young students to take something traditional and look at it with an edgy twist, recreating it with their own interpretation," says lifestyle designer Raghavendra Rathore, the design school's founder.
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So, what did the students feel about their own superhero puppets? Turns out they loved them. "The students not only loved what they created but were already thinking of how the beautiful puppets will adorn their homes. They could understand how, through just the right inspiration and guidance, they could think out of the box and find inspiration from things that would otherwise appear mundane to a regular mind," he says.
Rathore thinks that the mind of a designer is like a sponge that keeps absorbing constantly. "Any cues on aesthetics that are unique and selective, trigger imaginative storms in the mind. The same happened with these students and we saw them singing, almost meditatively while they were re-imagining these characters," Rathore signs off.