The Puppet Challenge: An Introduction

We were delighted to take part in the Puppet Challenge organised by Peter Slight (creative powerhouse and generally nice bloke) and Clive Hicks Jenkins (we have never met Clive but we are sure he is an equally nice bloke!) through his website Artlog. There will be an online and maybe a physical exhibition. Ill give you links and stuff in my next post.

The puppet challenge started back in the gloomy days of Winter and finishes at the end of June but we have already completed our very first puppet! Yay! So over a couple of posts we thought we would tell you about the story that our puppet will perform, a bit about the creative process and then unveil our completed puppet under a sky of fireworks whilst drinking Tesco champagne and eating Ringos.

To be honest – and why not, we know you like the gasping ‘oh no he didn’t’ gossip – its been a bit of challenge. As I say its our first puppet and there have been a couple of wrong turns but we are pleased with the result. Of course we want to go back again and apply all we have learnt but this will definitely not be our last papier-mache head puppet.

So here is a sort of obscured peek at the head of Firle the Giant. In the next post we will tell you about the folk legend that inspired him…



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TheBigForest. A silly artist maker creating in felt and paper construction. Like us on Facebook: TheBigForest. Find us at Twitter : twitter/TheBigForestuk


  1. Looking forward to the Big Reveal!

  2. I love this kind of behind-the-scenes peek at the process of making almost anything! Looking forward to more!

  3. He looks so good! There’s almost this sadness to him (at least judging by the photo) that just makes me wonder what he’s thinking of.

    “A penny for your thoughts, sir?”

  4. Of course you must be mad: Having been a puppeteer most of my life and with the characters from Alice in Wonderland in various stages of renovation on my kitchen table as I speak. I can confirm it is constantly a labour of love.
    You will of course enjoy it, but don’t get too distracted from your main business, says one whose family went broke more than once,
    Good luck ann

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