After giving my presentation about puppets, I decided to make a puppet for my final project. While there were many types of puppets to choose from (hand puppets, rod puppets, shadow puppets, marionettes, etc.) I had to consider the skills we learned in this class specifically (crocheting, sewing, 3D modeling, 3D printing, molding, paper mechanisms, etc.) For this reason, I decided to make a hand puppet.
I was inspired by the work of Barnaby Dixon, a British puppeteer who makes elaborate hand puppets with very articulated movements. Since our project theme was “Uncanny”, I wanted to make a toy that would be uncanny not just in its appearance, but also in its movements! What would be more uncanny than a human-like (or animal-like) creature moving in a very unsettling way?
Another component I wanted to consider for this project was usability: I wanted the toy to be used by both adults and children alike. The adults, I decided, would be able to articulate more complicated movements using their fingers, while the children would be able to articulate simpler movements using just their hands.