Thursday, October 13, 2011

At Last...

Ever since I began making puppets, the best reactions have always been “I want one.” Well, now I can finally say, “Here, have one!”
This week Puppet Heap releases Mother Hubbard Among Others, our first line of hand puppets designed for everyone. These first six characters, Mother Hubbard, Toby (her dog), Lucy (the cat and the fiddle), The Constable, The Doctor and the Cabby, are the first in a series of puppets which populate the town of Spudbottom.
Now, I love toys and puppets, and I’m always on the lookout for something interesting to add to my collection. I am particularly fascinated with certain styles of traditional puppets from around the world. But the authentic ones are, of course, individual works of art, made by hand, usually by artists in the far reaches of who-knows-where. So, they are rare and expensive.
On the other hand, there are toy puppets everywhere, but most of those are so bland and generic that, well, they’re hard to appreciate.
So, while I wanted our puppets to be be accessible and affordable, I also wanted to make something that would have a bit of that unique, hand-crafted feeling of those traditional puppets. I wanted them to have their stories written all over their faces. I guess I want to share what I love about puppets with everyone else.
To me, what’s cool about puppets is that they are objects that embody narrative. I am always amazed at how such a simple thing can carry so much meaning and on such a primal level. In this age of interactive, multi-touch, computer generated, virtual, augmented everything (and don’t get me wrong, I love that stuff), it’s kind of great to put a puppet on your hand and freak out the guy sitting next to you. What’s fascinating is that he’ll probably ask the puppet to leave, not you...
Puppets. The original interactive, digital, wireless entertainment device.

I hope you have as much fun playing with them as we do.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

CURBS: Launched on Vimeo!

Congratulations to Mark Evestaff & Jono Baudoin on the launch of CURBS! We built these hilarious characters!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Diet Coke TV Spot: Love It Light!

Congrats to our friends at Diet Coke and Mother - We're honored to have designed these original characters!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Puppet Heap Moving Picture Company Presents...

I Knew An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly!

Our newest short is now playing on right here on our website. You can view the film in its entirety, or in short segments.

In other news, the Puppet Heap Playthings made a smashing debut at Toy Fair in February. Attendees were able to preview & play with our premiere line of retail hand puppets, which will be available this coming fall.

We are tweeting now, so follow us to stay in the loop as to when & where our toys will be available.

There's a lot going on here at the Heap, and we can't wait to share it with you!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Many Thanks to Empire Coffee & Tea Co.!

Thank you to Empire Coffee & Tea Co. for helping to make Puppet Heap's booth at the upcoming Toy Fair, 2011, that much cooler. We are thrilled to have their support.

Empire hosts a large variety of gourmet roasts and exotic teas. You can shop online, or visit them at 568 Ninth Avenue, NY, NY.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Wrex and Terry Visit CBS Morning News

Las Vegas headliner & valued client Terry Fator made an appearance on CBS Morning over the past weekend. During his interview with Armen Keteyian, he introduced Wrex the Crash Test Dummy and gave a shout out to Puppet Heap! Thanks, Terry!

Click here to see Wrex in action.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

This Sunday, Come Get Crafty with Diana Schoenbrun!

Have the monsters in your closet migrated for the holidays? Maybe it's time for you to make some new ones.

You can do just that at WORD this Sunday, January 9th.

WORD is a new bookstore located at 126 Franklin St. in Brooklyn. The event, hosted by Puppet Heap's own Diana Schoenbrun, is free, and all are welcome.

From the Facebook event page:

"Make your very own Beasties with artist Diana! She’ll present her new book, which teaches crafters to make all manner of mythic and imaginary creatures from around the world from felt. All ages welcome; everyone will go home with a beastie made during the event."

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Puppet Heap on The Daily Show Tonight!

A new Puppet Heap puppet is going to be featured on The Daily Show tonight! The show airs on Comedy Central at 11 PM/10 c.

Click here
for more information about The Daily Show.