Today I met with Mandy Beck-McKim to discuss the development of a new environmental education project for children that proposes to combine the animals and environmental themes of our vivarium with colourful animated puppetry. Mandy is extremely enthusiastic about the use of puppets to educate children of all ages, and inspired by a love of Nature she creates amazing characters from her studies of different creatures.
Inventing the creature characters, their form and movement organically, the characters grow in the making process and are brought to life with simple hand and rod mechanisms. Her characters are all developed through knitting and crochet work, which adds a new dimension to the highly colourful characters she creates.
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