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Paper Puppets Tell Stories workshop with Emily Martin


Saturday March 11, 2023 10am-4pm

Artworks, 201 2nd Ave S., Edmonds, WA

Artworks is fully accessible and has free parking.


Join visiting instructor Emily Martin for a workshop with a master craftsperson. Open to all levels of experience.


Students will learn the paper engineering for three different kinds of paper puppets: the flapping mouth, the jump-up and the walking zombie. A variety of techniques for making axles, spacers, flaps, and other movable parts will be explored. In addition, two simple puppets using common materials will be presented. Participants will be able to make models of all the forms and more individual puppets of their own.


[left] Puppets don't have to be in on a stage or in a theater, they can occupy a book (from Madness: Reading Hamlet in the Time of Covid-19 and Other Plagues)


To see an example of how Emily uses puppets to tell stories in her own work, please visit her video. Gertrude Has a Few Questions uses lines and additional dialogue for the characters of Shakespeare’s Hamlet with a focus on Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother:


Emily's workshop will be held in a spacious classroom at Artworks. Masking is encouraged but not required.


Class registration, including supplies: $115 for BAG members, $135 for non-BAG members


Registrations will be accepted on a first-come first served basis, as indicated by date of electronic payment or postmark of mailed payment check. Priority will be given to BAG members with memberships paid for 2023.

Minimum 6 students; maximum 12.


Upon registration, students will receive a confirmation and list of common handtools to bring for their own use. Kate Leonard is coordinating registration; please reach out to her with any questions: katel@uw.edu.


To register for the class please click HERE


After submitting your EventBrite registration request, we will send you an invoice from Paypal for your registration fee. Your registration will be pending until the total has been paid.

If you prefer not to pay via Paypal (for whatever reason) please indicate this on the EventBrite form and we'll contact you to make other arrangements.

Please bear with us as we develop our capabilities for online registration. Thank you.

Walking Zombies:



Emily Martin is known for her sculptural paper engineering, engaging and movable books, and her energetic and enthusiastic attitude. She has been exploring the relationship between format and content for many years in her work. Emily often combines letterpress printed images and text with movable and/or sculptural book forms using a variety of traditional and experimental techniques. She has held artist’s residencies at the Center for Book Arts, New York City (2002); Lawrence University (2012), the Penland School of Crafts (2014), The University of Florida, Gainesville (2015); the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford, England (2018), and this spring at the Newberry Library Chicago. She teaches bookbinding and paper engineering classes at the University of Iowa Center for the Book and has taught many workshops across the United States, in England, and In Chile. She received a silver medal from the Designer Bookbinders for her book The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (2012), and her book The Tragedy of King Lear was a semi-finalist for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts Artists Book award (2020). Her work is in collections world-wide including The Library of Congress, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Library in the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the National Gallery in Washington, DC. You can see more of her work at emilymartin.com.


Jump up puppet:


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