Finger Puppet Workshops

In 2016 and 2019, I partnered with Chicago Public Libraries to lead interactive finger puppet-making workshops.

The first class was geared towards adults and teens and took place at the Maker Lab at Harold Washington Library. The event happened to be held on the day David Bowie passed away and students spontaneously decided to each create puppets representing an era of Bowie’s career.

Four finger puppets created by students to represent various phases of David Bowie's career

In 2019, I was invited to lead workshops celebrating Women’s History Month in March and Disability Pride month in July. For these workshops, I researched various well-known people who could be recreated in a simple puppet design. The process involved simplifying some of my existing designs—Frida Kahlo, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Angela Davis—as well as creating new designs celebrating Beyonce, Malala Yousafzai, Yayoi Kusama, and others. The class, geared towards adults, introduced the pre-made puppet designs and also allowed participants to use those techniques to create their own design as well. One favorite was a Sojourner Truth puppet created by one of the students.

For Disability Pride Month in July, I created a set of puppets representing famous disabled people including Stephen Hawking, Temple Grandin, Helen Keller, Stevie Wonder, and more. This class was presented at two different libraries over the course of the month and attended by mostly youth. To ensure that the process was accessible to people with as many different ability levels as possible, I created not only the cut-out worksheets, but also some kits with pre-cut felt pieces that could be glued together by the participant.




Imperator Furiosa “Mad Max” Finger Puppet

After unexpectedly falling for Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa character in Mad Max: Fury Road, I was thrilled when a customer requested this design to give as a gift. I knew Furiosa’s signature black make-up was a must for the design to really capture her, and was able to replicate it by applying ink directly to the felt with my finger.

Imperator Furiosa Finger PuppetImperator Furiosa Finger Puppet

Custom Portrait Puppets

Since I began making finger puppets, some of the most challenging–and rewarding– projects have been creating custom portrait finger puppets for customers and their loved ones, human and animal.

Omar Little Baby Bib

I created a baby bib featuring Omar Little, my favorite character from the TV show The Wire. The prototype was a gag gift for a friend, and when I posted a photo online, I was shocked at the reaction from fellow fans of the show. The love for Omar goes deep, indeed.

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Elvis Finger Puppet

Custom Elvis Presley finger puppet. After working with the customer to determine exactly which of her favorite Elvis eras would translate best into felt, it was clear the “white jumpsuit” would be the perfect challenge.

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