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Steph Reeves puppet maker and puppeteer

Steph Reeves(Gynormous Rawkus): Make a Junk Muppet Puppet

Date: Wednesday 1st July 2020

Time: 2pm 

Where: ZOOM

Cost: FREE

Suitable For: All/ Children/Young Children/Those With Various Special Needs (some help may be required)

This Children’s Art Week join professional puppet-maker and puppeteer Steph Reeves for a step-by-step guide to making your very own talking puppet out of junk and easily found materials.

Steph will talk you through the techniques of manipulating your brilliant new puppet and the session will end with a puppet sing-along!

To join this workshop you will need Scissors, household junk- plastic tubs, lids- Anything Goes! 

Some useful materials include carrier bags, card, scrap fabric, double-sided tape (or any tape will do), stapler, glue, pens, paint, string or wool. Pipe cleaners, wire, and elastic bands, a newspaper and any scrap coloured/patterned paper.

If you would like to take part but due to the extra pressures heaped by the pandemic cannot afford extra materials like double-sided tape, please contact us as we have a small pot allocated to sending those who need it, small amounts of materials to aid their participation.


Steph have been working in the field of Carnival Arts and Puppetry for 20
years. She discovered this life long passion after finishing her Art Degree at
Winchester School of Art, when she started making/busking with puppets.
This led to the meeting of Dee Moxon in 2000 who introduced her into the
world of Giant Puppetry and Community Arts. Fuelled by their common
interests Steph and Dee formed Gynormous Rawkus (2001-2011) working
with groups both nationally and internationally to form carnival teams,
puppets or costumes within a community context as well as making bespoke
giants for high profile companies such as Football giants, Manchester United
and Chelsea. Steph and Dee still work together making puppets for corporate
clients and community engagement work with Arts Enlarge.
Since Gynormous Rawkus, Stephanie continues to work as a socially
engaged freelance artist teaching puppet-making,(large and small) lantern
making and designing bespoke items for various parades, carnivals and
events. Clients include, The lamplighters (Church Road Lantern Parade and
Words not Deeds),Walcott Street Lantern Parade, Bedminster Carnival,
Keynsham Music Festival and Circomedia.
Stephanie enjoys making big spectacle art pieces with an high impact, she
thrives on the challenges that arise when working to a large scale. this can be
seen in her work with Arts Enlarge, Gynormous Rawkus and her own large art
pieces which include a Light installation called, The Parasol Carousel, often
seen at Festivals. These are a series of sculptures made from umbrellas that
spin when the wind blows them and light up at night using their own 12 volt
solar powered supply. Stephanie also runs her own walkabout theatre
business performing with her two giant puppet reindeers and two Singing
Mice at events across the country.

FOLLOW Steph and Gynormous Rawkus:

instagram: @steph_puppets


Book this workshop by visiting its Eventbrite page here

Alternatively, email help@liveartlocal.co.uk with Culture @ Home ‘Steph’ in the subject heading

Children’s Art Week is run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education and supported in 2020 by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and Garfield Weston Foundation.