Friday, 24 April 2009

Small puppets, big hands

Having set up a challenge to make Punch and Judy smaller than they should be, it now falls to me to make them work.

However, I can't use my hand to control a glove puppet in the same way if it is too small to get one's hand in. Normally, a glove puppet is controlled directly by the forefinger (inside the head), and the thumb and middle finger (one inside each arm) . This gives an immediate and very subtle level of control, and instant reaction and expression.

The question is how to keep the expressive nature of a glove puppet when you can't get you hand in it? Stealing from hinged shadow puppets, it would seem some sort of jointed skeleton is required...

Here is an initial drawing of how this might work

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