Welcome to the Fettig Project!
Tired of reinventing the wheel? Intrigued by the many designs in books and articles, but a bit daunted by the idea of getting started? Wish you knew how to build something in that Hansjurgen Fettig book? Become part of The Fettig Project!
Named for Hansjurgen Fettig, author of Rod Puppets and Table-top Puppets: A Handbook of Design and Technique, the Fettig Project will create a 3-D interactive exhibit of rod puppet mechanisms that will travel to puppetry festivals and conferences to inspire, educate, and inform puppeteers and puppet builders.
The Fettig Project allows us to share our knowledge so we can all keep learning and moving forward together. A way we can build puppets that move better with greater ease, allowing us to focus more energy on performance. A way to give the next generation of puppeteers and builders a leg up.
The goal: Create an interactive display of puppet mechs.
How? Be part of the project! Pick a design....something you have seen or something of Fettig’s that you’ve always wanted to make or something successful that you’ve come up with on your own. Create a sturdy, fully functional mock-up puppet (as in not a finished puppet that is pretty – something artfully, sturdily crafted out of newspapers and masking tape is fine) and donate it to the project!
Why? So we can build a better knowledge base for puppeteers, design and craft better puppets, create better performances, and advance contemporary puppetry to even greater heights!
When? Coming soon to the National Puppetry Festival at the University of Maryland. Visit us on Wednesday at the Hoff Theatre. We'll be there from 12:30pm - 5:30pm as the NCPG co-sponsors the Charm City Puppet Cabaret.