We love to share what goes on behind the scenes at Barefoot Puppets. We write and build each of our shows, hand-crafting all our puppets, staging and scenery in our studio in Richmond, VA. We use a wide variety of materials: papier-mache, handmade papers, fabric (especially raw silk), dowel rods, broken hockey sticks, springs, funnels, […]
In addition to performances, we also offer customized workshops and residencies of varying lengths for all ages. Our workshops can range from an extended show-and-tell to a hands-on puppet-building workshop and can last 45-minutes or even weeks! We do workshops for children, adults, and multi-generational workshops, too.
The other day, my older daughter was wrapped up in her world of new, cool electronic gadgetry that found purchase in our home over the holidays. It’s a tough balance as a parent trying to figure out how much screen time is “right” for an eleven year old. I am not in the camp that […]
I have developed a passion for felting and natural fibers that my family, accurately, would likely describe as being borderline obsessive. My bookshelves are heaving from new purchases, my browser has bookmarked dozens of amazing sites, and I have been building up a stash of wool and felting materials…it just makes me giddy!
Company members are talented, quirky, and unique. Within these pages, we will share our thoughts on all the branches that life within a touring puppet company takes: working in the arts, building puppets, working with weird materials, parenting while being a working artist, homeschooling young children while on the road, traveling in close quarters, eating […]
We had a great time last weekend at the Chesterfield Berry Farm where we performed puppet shows and ran a craft table. For the craft table, we had the children making their own unique chicken rod puppets. My youngest daughter was out (she is three), and even she made one of her very own chickens. […]
One of the first questions people ask me when they discover that I work with puppets is, “How did you get into that?” Well, here it is:I began puppet building back in fifth grade, the result of book report assignments requiring visual aids. At the time, I wanted to be either an archeologist, a cartoonist, […]