Maid Marionette Nottingham Puppet Festival mascot created by artist Alison Duddle

Maid Marionette

Introducing Nottingham Puppet Festival’s Mascot

Specially created by artist Alison Duddle Maid Marionette is the Festival mascot, inspired by the great Nottingham heroine and an important part of the Festival’s work with local communities.

Handcrafted in Alison’s studio Maid Marionette is a bunraku-type puppet, meaning only that she is held directly by visible puppeteers. She has a secret which she’ll share with all those she meets.

Hoping to offer a moment of wonder for people as they go about their day, Maid Marionette will be out and about in communities around Nottingham in the run-up to the Festival, encouraging people to come along and take part in the magic of puppetry.

How’s she made?

Maid Marionette’s head, hands and feet are carved from lime, with the head hollowed out and with a ball joint to allow movement. A vintage box with reclaimed doors is used for the her body, and inside is a heart-box puppet stage features paper-cut puppets and scenery made from a 1920s map of Sherwood Forest and the surrounding area. Her skirt is made from a vintage christening gown incorporating lace, a nod to Nottingham’s lacemaking heritage. Her cloak, made from a vintage tablecloth with leather oak leaf motif, has been designed and made by Flora Prince.

Maid Marionette rides a horse made of found objects including a wooden tea trolley, rope tails and brass wheels, created with the help of artist Weston Hammond.

Hear more about Maid Marionette’s making from artist Alison Duddle


The walkabouts

Maid Marionette will be walking through different areas including Clifton and St. Ann’s. Check back here or follow us on social media to see when she’ll be near you. There will also be the chance to meet her during the Festival itself, so keep an eye out.

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