Alice Wallace

Mixed Media / Youngsville, LA

Artist Statement

Wood: handcarved puppets and toys, theaters, and occasional carved decorative pieces

Glass:Handmade glass beads and occasional stained glass pieces

Fabrics: silk dyeing and painting, costuming, and quilting

Paper/Paint: Paper marbling


I was raised in Lafayette, LA, by parents who made things, and were creative in all sorts of ways. I went to Lafayette High, the University of Arkansas, and the University of New Orleans, completing degrees with majors in Music, English Literature, and German. I taught in the public schools for 38 years.

As for formal artistic training, I have very little. Rosanna Czarnecki taught me silk dyeing, and Angie Riehl taught me glass bead making. I learned paper marbling from YouTube videos, and taught myself to carve, always preferring exotic and extreme hardwoods. Personal favorites are ebony, lemonwood, satinwood, osage orange, and pink ivory.

As a public school teacher of English and German up until spring of 2012, I taught the kids puppetry, carving, beadmaking, paper marbling, and silk dyeing, much to the dismay of the principal, who only wanted to see the kids raising their English test scores to the exclusion of everything else. We snuck it in, anyway.

Professional Organization: Puppeteers of America

Award: UNIMA Citation of Excellence for 'Dance of Death'

Regular performer at Jazzfest, Festival International, and Louisiana Renaissance Festival; occasional performer/exhibitor at Puppeteers of America Conventions around the US.