|Quick sketch of one of my new puppets - haven't quite figured out what his character is!|
I have a thing about puppets, not new stuffed animal ones that you mess with your dog's head with, but ones with history, or that are works of art. Puppets, marionettes, anything in that realm. So when I saw these old French hand puppets at an antique fair recently, I fell in love. Especially since they came with a little theater. Apparently Guignol in France was similar to Punch and Judy in England (and probably scarred as many children - when my Father saw these I discovered that he was one of them, having grown up in England). I don't know the exact history of these or if they originally came with the stage, but I just love them. I sense more puppet-based art forthcoming!