Monday, October 31, 2005

Folkmanis Puppets


For people just starting out, making puppets can be a tall order. I firmly believe that making your own puppets, or having them custom made is best - if you are getting paid to perform, and the shows are public, it's a must. But for new puppeteers looking to get their hands on some great puppets, I recommend Folkmanis Puppets. These are the best store-bought puppets you will every find. They have so many designs to choose: bugs, dogs, dragons, dinosaurs, kittens, and more.

The above photo was taken outside of their main office, which happens to be right across the street from Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, CA.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

About Puppet 101

Like so many puppeteers, I got into puppetry at an early age - and like so many puppeteers, I was lost until I made contact with my local guild - The San Francisco Bay Area Puppeteers Guild. Once in the guild I learned so much from the members, who were all so willing to share their knowledge with others.

Puppetry is one of those art forms where the skills are passed on from one generation to the next, and that is what I hope to do with Puppet101. I will use this forum to share with others the skills and techniques I have learned over the years. In addition I will also post things that are of interest to aspiring and working puppeteers, so please check back soon.