I've just finished making my 8th marionette. Now I'm planning my "touring" stage. I've never been so content with any of my endeavors; I get to paint, build, carve, mould, sculpt, and sew. Everything I like to do at once. And because I'm a teacher of English, I love stories. I can wait to start. Any advice you can give me will be appreciated. I'm a total novice, although I have been to Prauge and have seen marionette theater there. Can't wait for tips!!
Welcome to puppet hub Chana. Best advice from a 38 year vetern of the marionette biz. Join the Puppeteers of America, find your local guild and join as well. Meet as many puppeteers as you can see as many shows of all kinds as you can. In your neck of the woods see the National Marionette Theatre Tanglewood Marionettes, Puppet Works Steve Widerman, Flexitoon. the Puppet People. I know there are some more. Talk to the puppeters aftert the show .We are friendly folk willing to share. Got to the National Fesitval next year in PA.Get a copy of "The Art of the Puppet" by Bil Baird The Puppet Theater Hand Book by Marjorie Batchelder McPharlin, amd marionettes a Hobby for Everyone by Mabel Beaton go to the puppet book store at www.puppeteers.org or check on ebay or amazon lots of used copies out there. If you are on facebook join bob conrad's marionette page. That's just a few of about 1000 suggestions I can make. Oh one more go through all the photos here on the hub and study the myriad of marionette pictures, many of which are process shots, showing carving mold making and painting to name a few. Above all don't be afraid to ask questions!
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