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My puppets 1982-1987

 

I lived in Turku, Finland those days.

I was young. 1985

Puppet studio at a corner of the living room 1985

Guess who they are? 1985

 

1987

I made puppets mainly for teaching materials in this year. I felt I had made all what I needed to make.

Old Student
Type: Stick puppet
Clothes not mine

Portrait puppet
Type: Stick puppet
Clothes not mine

Portrait puppet
Two faces are maken by mould.
Clothes not mine

Boy
Type: Sicilian puppet

Girl
Not theater puppet
Clothes not mine

Mervi puppet
Portrait puppet
Clothes not mine

Pekko puppet
Not theater puppet

Infant boy
Type: Hand puppet

Little girl
Not theater puppet
Clothes not mine

Anita puppet
Not theater puppet
Clothes not mine

 

 

 

 

Almost all heads, hands and shoes are made of paper mache and styrofoam and painted with acrylic color. Hairs are made of yarn.

The bodies are made of foam and jointed with pieces of leather. Some of them has mechanism for puppet theater.

 

1986

I made these theater puppets of different types, different mechanisms mainly for teaching materials.

Old Witch
Type: Bunraku like

 

Finnish Girl
Type: Easy Bunraku like
Clothes not mine

 

Elf
Type: Easy Bunraku or muppet like

 

Girl
Type: Dance puppet
Clothes not mine

 

Young man
Not for theater
Clothes not mine

 

King and Queen
Type: Rod puppet

 

Male Ape
Type: Stick puppet

 

Female Ape
Type: Stick puppet

 

Demon
Type: Rod puppet

Old Man
Type: Hand puppet

Baker
Type: Hand puppet

Anna
Portrait puppet

 

Wolf
Type: Muppet like

Opera Singer
Type: Muppet like

Almost all heads, hands and shoes are made of paper mache and styrofoam and painted with acrylic color. Hairs are made of yarn.

Bodies are made of foam and jointed with pieces of leather, if they have bodies. Last two puppet are made of foam inside.

Almost all of them has mechanism for puppet theater.

 

For a Japanese puppet theater 1986

I made many puppet for a Japanese puppet theater in Tokyo when I visited in Japan in the spring.

Story of Fox Gon

My mission was to make puppet without clothes.

Fox Gon
Type: Stick puppet

Rabbit
Type: Stick puppet

Raccoon
Type: Stick puppet

Crow
Type: Stick puppet

Eel
Type: Stick puppet

People of the Village 1
Type: Stick puppet

People of the Village 2
Type: Stick puppet

People of the Village 3
Type: Stick puppet

The heads, hands and feet are made of styrofoam harden by gauze and glue. The bodies are of foam.

 

Three Lucky Cards

My wife is behind them in the theater I worked. We are just married then.

Character 1 and 2
Type: Hand puppet

Charactert 3 and 4
Type: Hand puppet

Character 5 and 6
Type: Hand puppet

The heads, hands and feet are made of styrofoam and paper mache. The bodies are of foam. The brown pieces are of leather for joints.

 

Invisible Lucky Boy

Character 1 Lucky Boy
Type: Easy Bunraku

Character 2
Type. Easy Bunraku

Character 3
Type: Easy Bunraku

Character 4
Type: Easy Bunraku

Character 5 Horse
Type: Stick puppet

Character 6-8 Raccoon, Rabit and Fox
Type: Hand puppet
The heads, hands and feet are made of sytrofoam and paper mache. The bodies are of only styrofoam harden by glued clothes. The brown pieces are of leather. The last hand puppets have foam bodies.

 

1985

I made a few puppets for me, a few for my friends and a lot for Turku city.

Goro and Stella
Type: Easy Bunraku

Goro and Stella 2nd
Not for theater

Aliisa puppet
Not for theater

Nana puppet, portrait
Type Stick puppet
Clothes not mine

Grandpa and Grandma
Type: Stick puppet

Disciple 1
Type: Stick puppet

Disciple 1
Type: Stick puppet

Couple
Type: Stick puppet

Girl
Type: Stick puppet

 

Tale of Eskimo 1985

I made five Eskomo puppets for a theater groupe of Turku city.

Group of this show

Character 1
Type: Easy Bunraku or muppet like

Character 2
Type: Easy Bunraku or muppet like

Character 3-5
Type: Easy Bunraku or muppet like

These heads are made of paper mache, they are empty. Bodies are made of cardboard harden with glued clothes.

 

Little Red Riding Hood

They are for a theater group of Turku city.

All characters
Type: Hand puppet

Character 1 and 2
Type: Hand puppet

Character 3 and 4
Type: Hand puppet

Their heads and hands are of paper mache.

 

Puppets of world people

They are also for Turku city

All puppets

People of western world
Type: Easy Bunraku

People of India
Type: Easy Bunraku

People of far east
Type: Easy Bunraku

People of Africa
Type: Easy Bunraku

People of South America
Type: Easy Bunraku

 

Family puppets for speach therapy

They are also for Turku city

All puppets
Type: Easy bunraku

Character 1
Type: Easy bunraku

Character 2
Type: Easy bunraku

Character 3
Type: Easy bunraku

Character 4
Type: Easy bunraku

Character 5
Type: Easy bunraku

Character 6
Type: Easy bunraku

Character 7
Type: Easy bunraku

 

Common puppets for children´s play

They are also for Turku city

Character 1 and 2
Type: Hand puppet

Character 3 and 4
Type: Hand puppet

Character 5 and 6
Type: Hand puppet

Character 7 and 8
Type: Hand puppet

Character 9 and 10
Type: Hand puppet

Character 11 and 12
Type: Hand puppet

Character 13 and 14
Type: Hand puppet

Character 15 and 16
Type: Hand puppet

Character 17
Type: Hand puppet

 

1983-84

I made first puppets when I was traveling aroun Finland.

Last two puppets were made a little later, when I wanted to know how theater puppets works for real.

Sisters
Type: Easy marionette

 

Girl 1
Type: Easy marionette

 

Girl 2
Type: Easy marionette

 

Girl 3
Type: Easy marionette

 

Fantacy creatures 1
Type: Easy marionette

Fantacy creatures 2
Type: Easy marionette

Fantacy creatures 3
Type: Easy marionette

Fantacy creatures 4
Type: Easy marionette

Lady
Type: Marionette

Boy
Type: Marionette

Last two puppets were made of paper mache. It wsa my first time to use paper mache.

 

Insides of puppets, how to make and how to use

I show you how puppets are made and how to use them.

Bunraku is a new word for many. It is a traditional Japanese puppet theater. Actors use puppet behind them.

This way spread to puppet theaters world widely in modern ppuppet theater.

One finger hand puppet

 

Two fingers hand puppet

 

Rod hand puppets

 

Bigger hand puppet

 

Easy Bunraku
Stick is behind the head. You don´t see it well in this picture.

Easy Bunraku
You use the puppet behind it.

Easy Bunraku or hard muppet like
Empty head for hand and empty body for arm

Easy Bunraku or hard muppet like
You put your hand into the head through the body.

Traditionan stick puppet
You put puppet over your head.

Stick puppet, which stick is shorten.
You use this behind it.

Sicilian marionette
Stick is over head.

Muppet
Your hand go into the head through the body.

 

Writings on theater puppets

1. Types of Theater Puppets and How to Make

I wrote 13 pages of rough draft on how to make puppets. I think it was 1986. They are only in Finnish.

1. Types of theater puppets 2. Rod puppet 3. Old hand puppet 4. Common hand puppet
5. Muppet of hard materials 6. Bunraku Japanese puppet 7. Bunraku continued 8. Rug puppet
9. Rug puppet continued 10. Sicilian marionette 11. Common marionette 12 Easy Bunraku head with rod
13 Easy Bunraku body      

2. How to Make Easy Puppet

I explained here how to make easy puppet which is almost theater puppet. And last page is on how to make stick puppet.

How to make easy puppet 1 head How to make easy puppet 2 body How to make stick puppet

 

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