Visit this site when you have some time on your hands. Handmade Puppet Dreams is a collection of short films made by young, independent artists and featuring real-time puppetry with a focus on character. My favorite one is Harker, in Volume II, but be prepared to spend fifteen minutes or so doing nothing [...]
Anna Abigail Brahms came to dollmaking from puppet theater, so it’s no surprise that her portfolio stil includes some puppets. Her dreamy sculpts are reminiscent of Renaissance paintings; they are true examples of dolls as fine art. Her work is exhibited in galleries all over Europe, including Brigitte Hess Gallery, and has also [...]
Uwe Sorensen makes only 35 or so puppets a year in his studio in Hamburg, Germany — but then, it takes time to develop so much personality! These puppets have complicated, realistic costumes, and their faces just make me laugh. Sorensen’s sculpting style reminds me of the traditional cartoons you see in the [...]
I love seeing an ancient tradition, like marionettes, translated into modern culture like this. Poland-based Beatissima’s puppets are highly realistic art dolls with strings. They have funky, modern costumes and recognizable portrait faces. The thing that really surprised me was to realize how small they are. Most marionettes are around 35 inches tall, [...]
And now for something completely different — To make up for the irregularity of my posting lately, I’m going to post a different marionette maker every day this week (can you tell I’ve just figured out how to schedule my posts?).
Tradition seems like a good place to start, so check out Czech Marionettes, [...]