Dolls, effigies, totems, and puppets have been integral to human life throughout the centuries – as referents, symbols, charms, stand-ins, protectors, scapegoats, agitators, entertainers, and companions. Everyday life would be empty without these performing objects and the kinds of vocabularies they create! Our puppet-building workshops teach luddite puppet building techniques, with an emphasis on using simple materials, organic substances, garbage and found objects. From the gigantic to the miniature, we empower communities to make puppets of all kinds and sizes, and then explore their uses through movement, experiment and play. Use the Contact Us link above if you’d like more info.
a giant puppet in process – workshop at the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina