DMPCreative

Handmade, hand dyed, hand crafted custom puppets.

Announcement    Hi everyone and welcome to my shop! I'm Dave, and I'm a professional puppeteer and puppet builder with over 35 years experience. You may be wondering what the story is behind these characters, and why they're a bit pricier than many puppets you see.

First of all, these are not toys, but 100% handmade and handcrafted characters intended for performance. All the fabric parts are hand-dyed, the eyes and pupils custom formed, and the costumes and detailing custom crafted and applied by me, the designer. The characters range in size from 13"(33 cm) - 15" (38 cm) typically. They are large enough for SM-MED adult hands, and fine for children 7 and above.

I custom make each one to order, so there's no need to worry about the listed quantities.

THE BACKSTORY:
In the early 2000's I was contacted by a producer friend in Denver to upgrade some puppets for a well-known infant video series. I designed and built 5 initial puppets, and the videos were such a success that I wound up making and puppeteering characters for many more of the series titles. Sweet! (As a puppeteer, nothing beats a steady gig)

Eventually they stopped producing the videos so I thought, "Well... that's the end of that."

Fast forward almost a decade to a few years ago when I started receiving messages from a devoted group of fans of the videos. A number of really cool young people with autism loved the characters, and asked if I could make more puppets the same quality as the ones in the videos.

Contractually, I couldn't make exact copies, but I could do something similar, so voila! Here are the "Little Geniuses."

The coolest part of this is that my clients (these awesome young people) make viral videos with the characters, which is wonderful. As a puppeteer, I love helping others use the power of puppetry to share and communicate, especially for those who may experience more challenges interacting socially.

So thats the story. If you (or someone you know) would benefit from using puppets like this, please order and support the shop. Your orders make it possible to provide more.

I 'm happy to do these characters in other colors and combinations (and I can create custom characters, if you're able to pay the design fee).

Thanks,

Dave

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Last updated on Jul 24, 2021

Hi everyone and welcome to my shop! I'm Dave, and I'm a professional puppeteer and puppet builder with over 35 years experience. You may be wondering what the story is behind these characters, and why they're a bit pricier than many puppets you see.

First of all, these are not toys, but 100% handmade and handcrafted characters intended for performance. All the fabric parts are hand-dyed, the eyes and pupils custom formed, and the costumes and detailing custom crafted and applied by me, the designer. The characters range in size from 13"(33 cm) - 15" (38 cm) typically. They are large enough for SM-MED adult hands, and fine for children 7 and above.

I custom make each one to order, so there's no need to worry about the listed quantities.

THE BACKSTORY:
In the early 2000's I was contacted by a producer friend in Denver to upgrade some puppets for a well-known infant video series. I designed and built 5 initial puppets, and the videos were such a success that I wound up making and puppeteering characters for many more of the series titles. Sweet! (As a puppeteer, nothing beats a steady gig)

Eventually they stopped producing the videos so I thought, "Well... that's the end of that."

Fast forward almost a decade to a few years ago when I started receiving messages from a devoted group of fans of the videos. A number of really cool young people with autism loved the characters, and asked if I could make more puppets the same quality as the ones in the videos.

Contractually, I couldn't make exact copies, but I could do something similar, so voila! Here are the "Little Geniuses."

The coolest part of this is that my clients (these awesome young people) make viral videos with the characters, which is wonderful. As a puppeteer, I love helping others use the power of puppetry to share and communicate, especially for those who may experience more challenges interacting socially.

So thats the story. If you (or someone you know) would benefit from using puppets like this, please order and support the shop. Your orders make it possible to provide more.

I 'm happy to do these characters in other colors and combinations (and I can create custom characters, if you're able to pay the design fee).

Thanks,

Dave

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    Owner, Designer, Maker

    A professional puppeteer since the 80’s, Dave was a founding partner of Animax Designs, where he designed and built for major theme parks, and won two regional Emmys. Dave was the master puppeteer and designer for many of the Baby Einstein videos.

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