The baby Palm Tree Puppet for the Maho Group. I was very lucky to be the character designer and puppet builder for a new family resort that opened in March 2019. I was tasked to design a range of characters for their new show and walkabout performances called, The Beach House Crew. The resort is in St Maartens and is run by The Maho Group.
This palm tree puppet character is called Maarten Roots. He is quite small and is similar to a ventriloquist puppet. He features a mouth mech and moving leaves. He is mostly wood, fiberglass and foam. considerations had to be heat and weather as they will walkabout the resort, size and weight – big enough to be seen from afar whilst also being manageable by one performer, and very resilient as they will be used all day every day for year to come.
I am a professional puppet maker and creature creator. Also I design, illustrate, sculpt and fabricate. I have a performance background as both an actor and puppeteer. So when I develop characters and build puppets I always approach the project from the point of view of the performer. Due to this I strive to build characters that are engaging and believable, whilst making them a joy to perform. Allowing the puppeteer to get the maximum and most versatile performance out of them. I have worked in puppets and creature FX for a number of years; spanning TV, Film, theatre and online mediums. Please do take a look through my galleries: puppets, Illustration, sculpture, Design or you can look over my experience to see some of the clients and projects I have worked on over the years. if your interested in any of my work please don’t hesitate to contact me.