Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Website and New Name...

Hello! I wanted to let you know that my business will no longer be known as Kirkham Puppets. Instead, all of my work will be collected together, under my new business name:

Run Rabbit Run is a way that I can combine all of the ways I like to work and create, including not only puppets, but illustration and art as well. It is a good way to see the connections between my 2D and 3D work, and it is inspiring for me to see everything all together.

I hope you enjoy the new website! I will be leaving the Kirkham Puppets blog up, with a link on my website, as it contains lots of great puppet pictures, and some of the history of my business as well.

Thank you for reading Kirkham Puppets, I hope that you will enjoy my new blog as well...

Ciao ciao,



Friday, October 17, 2008

Kirkham Puppet Diorama at Open Door Designs!

Until the end of October, the puppets and their lucky rabbit friends will be having a month long birthday party in the window of Open Door Designs, a beautiful and one of a kind puppet store that carries handmade and vintage puppets of all sorts, as well as very lovely and functional portable puppet theatres. Open Door Designs is located at 1597 Dupont St. in Toronto's west end and they are open Fridays and Saturdays. Or just stop by and knock; Joanne Bigham, artist, puppetmaker and proprietor, is often working inside.

Open Door Studios website is:

Both Open Door Studios (V-12) and Kirkham Puppets (V-23) will be at the Toronto One of a Kind Show from November 27th to December 7th. Please come by for a visit, we would love to say hello! Also, be sure to check out to see our artisan profiles!

Till the snow flies...


Monday, February 18, 2008

hand puppet pictures...

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Currently at One of a Kind Show in Toronto

More to follow post show... KP

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Whooo's there?

Good evening! Thought you might like to meet this odd looking character, who is in fact an owl. He was a commission, and was a pleasure to create. I would like to do more, perhaps a set of different owls from Ontario. Back home, there used to be a family of Saw whets that would visit the backyard at night: an adult and four owlets, all very small with very large eyes. This owl is based on a great horned owl.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

New friends for St. Patrick's Day...

Hello! Happy St. Patrick's Day from Kirkham Puppets. Hope you are enjoying all things green and leprechaun-y. Just wanted to introduce a few creatures you may not be familiar with, as they are newly minted.... Above you will see a dear little woodchuck, the first one made here at KP. She has wise and tender eyes. Below you will see a rogue-ish band of rabbits, fat from feeding on the tasty cloth scraps that lie so abundantly about on the floor of the studio. I hope to soon have dozens and dozens of them.... Bye for now....


Monday, January 01, 2007

2007, it's about time...

Happy New Year! It is the first day of 2007, and what better way to usher in a fresh new year than by completing a blog entry. The handsome devil you see to the left is Faolan, a commissioned wolf dog marionette. I was pretty excited to find the fun fur you see him sporting; long, soft white fur and variegated grey black nubbly fur. And a piece of sweater on the front. He was a good challenge due to his need for a believably furry face. I like his big black nose. I wish I had one.
Anyway, keep your eyes peeled for some new and interesting additions to the Kirkham Puppet family, particularly an owl hand puppet and lucky...elephants?! What will the lucky rabbits say? Probably "**,****,* *. **!"
Which is what they usually say. See you soon!


P.S. Crystal: keep an eye out for some suitably foppish frogs, real dandies, and Monty: poking puppets, whilst a lot of fun, generally invites biting and other less than pleasant acts of retaliation from the aforementioned puppets. Why not try giving them snacks? They like tissue paper and dried up bits of glue. KK