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Old Woman puppet by theatreFigüren

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This OOAK bunraku style puppet was designed and built by myself for a theatreFigüren production of mine entitled "Star Mother's Youngest Child". The play was my interpretation of a short story by Louise Moeri.
This woman puppet was the main character of the play. She lived alone in a hut in the forest - no family - no one. As such, she became an angry old woman--humorless, callous and . . . sad.
Then, one Christmas Eve, a strange child arrives. And, two unsuspecting characters share a day together. The unveiling of secrets and dreams lead to transformation for both the woman and the child. A wonderful day is shared between them and both discover that the most precious thing to give or receive is Love.
This woman puppet's head was sculpted with "cell-u-clay", an instant papier mache. The clay was sculpted over a styrofoam carving for the head. She has a plastic armature to create her body, yet keep it hollow and light weight. Her head "floats" in a collar piece making her head capable of turning and tilting very realistically by grasping the wooden handle that is accessed through the opening in her back (see photo 4). Her hands are fabric covered, shaped flat plastic. One arm has a rod for manipulating and the other was moved by simply grasping her wrist. This was done so that the puppeteer could have her pick up items by picking them up with the puppeteer's fingers.
Legs are stuffed fabric that hinges at the hips and knees. Her costume is all handmade from various fabrics with vintage buttons added. Her boots are leather with fur trim.
She measures 29 inches tall when standing.

Old Woman puppet by theatreFigüren


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: papier mache, wood, paint, fabric
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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