Building Baba Yaga’s House
I’m currently working towards a new project featuring my Baba Yaga glove puppets. As a part of the preparation for this I’ve set about making some props to accompany the puppets. By far the most intensive prop making project has been the construction of a house for Baba Yaga.
These little snapshots give you an indication of how the build of Baba yaga’s house has developed so far. I mocked up a cardboard skeleton which I’ve built on top of with wooden branches and wooden veneer panels. I’m a little way off completing the construction yet but I’m happy with the progress so far.
Baba Yaga is a Slavic folk tale about a wild woman or dark lady of magic. She is described as a ferocious looking woman who flies around in a mortar, wields a pestle and dwells deep in the forest in a hut surrounded by a fence constructed from human bones.
Baba Yaga may help or hinder those that encounter or seek her out. She sometimes plays a maternal role, and also has associations with forest wildlife but is often depicted as a villain.