Projects

Sustainability Project (November 2013 – September 2014)

After winning the Fuji Xerox Australia Sustainable Art Award at the 2013 CAPO 30 Auction Evening, Marianne is creating marionettes from toilet rolls coupled with original choreography, set design and music. Through this work she hopes to promote up-cycling, renewable energies and caring for our earth. The money from the award is spent towards materials and equipment.

Read more about the project

Sesame Workshop Commission (Oct 2013 – Jan 2014)

Marianne and colleague Matt Hopkins were contracted by the Sesame Street Workshop, New York City, to create a series of activities to be incorporated into various venues, such as Sesame Theme Parks, beaches, etc. They created simple step-by-step puppet-making activities, how to write and make your own puppet play activities, workshop diagrams, material and equipment lists, and more.

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Portrait puppet (November 2013)

Special custom-made puppet, created from a photo to ‘muppetise/puppetise’ characteristics, face-shape, hair & eye colour. Special detail was also taking to find fabric to even match the outfit.

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Puppetry Workshop (June-August 2013)

Marianne was Head of the Puppetry Department at a special creative arts camp for teenagers in Connecticut, USA. For two months, together with fellow teacher, Matt Hopkins, they taught students all aspects of puppetry; making puppets, operating puppets, creating puppet films, music clips and puppet shows. The workshop was funded by the Sesame Street Workshop and hosted at Buck’s Rock Creative Arts Camp.

Check out a video from the camp

Spoly (August 2013)

Created for the ‘Staff Works’ exhibition of fine art at Buck’s Rock Creative Arts Camp, Connecticut, USA. This hand puppet is made with a hand-scupted and painted head with a soft fabric body.

Check out a video from the camp

Woo Pee Woo (May-June 2013)

Woo Pee Woo was created during an 8-day “Advanced Marionette Manipulation” course in Connecticut, USA, while training with master puppeteer, Phillip Huber.

See more about Marianne’s training

Punch & Judy (April-May 2013)

Punch and Judy inspired show

Commission by the NMA and created to be performed at the 1913 Country Fair. This show was created within roughly 8 weeks, including the concept design, puppets, script, songs, stage and rehearsals.

See more on the Punch and Judy show

Puppet recycling bins (January-March 2013)

Puppet recycling bins

Commission by ACT NOWaste to be used in educational school programs. This project was created within 3 months. It involved concept design and research, 42 hand crafted and felted objects and two 60cm puppet rubbish bins – all specially designed with re-enforced foam rubber so that they are very strong and durable for daily use in schools.

See the making of these puppets

Custom Workshop (January 2013)

Commission by the National Museum of Australia, a custom made workshop inspired by their exhibition ‘Big Objects’. Children created movable puppets, learnt basic manipulation techniques and performed in front of staff and parents in a puppet play, inspired by the stories from the exhibit.

See the making of these puppets

Baz ‘n’ Snags Webseries (November 2012-April 2013)

Baz ‘n’ Snags is about the adventures of a city bloke and his dog, moving to the Australian country side, to help run his grandfather’s sheep farm. The trailer and sneak peak videos of the webseries were created during 2012. See more at the official website here.

See the making of Baz ‘n’ Snags

Silk Road Puppet Show (March-April 2012)

Commission by the NMA and created to be performed at the Silk Road travelling exhibition. This show was created within roughly 6 weeks, including the concept design, puppets, script, songs and rehearsals.

See the making of Silk Road puppet show

Jack and the Beanstalk (January 2012)

Created specially for the ACT Public Libraries, this show was performed all over Canberra for the Library patrons. All shows were sold out within days.

See the making of Jack and the Beanstalk

Custom wedding puppet (September 2011)

A specially created Vampire bride puppet! Created for a very unique wedding present.

Library programs (2011)

Created specially for the ACT Public Libraries, this show was performed all over Canberra for the Library patrons. Programs included a puppet show with puppet making workshop, live music, songs and dance. All shows were sold out within days.

See more photos of the holiday programs

School Residency (May-September 2011)

Awarded ‘Artist in Residence’, or rather a ‘Puppeteer in Residence’ at Isabella Plains Early Childhood School, during term 3. The ‘Artist in Schools’ program is funding through artsACT and supported by the ACT government. Themed “Communication through Puppetry”, Marianne taught puppetry to hundreds of students – addressing several different types of communication from eye-contact to learning new ways to express themselves.

See more details of Marianne’s program

Workshops (May-September 2011)

A series of special workshops were created to present in schools, such as creating puppets from recycled objects, shadow puppetry, hand puppet making and more

See more details of Marianne’s program

Woozley (September 2010)

Woozley, the mascot of Puppetoodle.

Tinkersnot (October 2010)

Tinkersnot, an evil fairy. Built with a blinking eye mechanism.