The Maker’s Assembly

The Maker’s Assembly is a series of short and casual sessions running in tandem with TFP’s “The Maker’s Lab”, a 9-month research and development laboratory. Each of the sessions are led by one of TFP’s core team artists, with the final session led by an invited guest.

Our 2020 series engages the theme of “Puppetry and Flexibility” through various angles.

Session #1: Joints

How are a puppet’s movements affected by the flexibility of its joints?

Session #2: Design

How does the flexibility in playing various creative roles affect the process of puppet design, construction and performance?

Session #3: Objects

How do we exercise flexibility when transforming everyday objects into puppets? performance?

Session #4: Ergonomics

How can puppet-making become flexible enough to incorporate the concepts of ergonomics?


The beauty of object puppetry lies in imagination, embedded in the act of bringing alive a seemingly unremarkable everyday object. But can any object be transformed into a puppet?

In this session, Co-Founder Ong Kian Sin will introduce the possibilities of transforming objects into puppets by paying attention to their physical properties and turning ready-made gadgets into puppet joints.

As this will be a hands-on building session, participants must bring along their own found objects. They will be guided to design, build and transform the objects into puppets which will then be tested in performance. Participants will then improve their puppet builds based on insights discovered during manipulation.

There will be a fee of $10 per participant. This will be used to cover the cost of raw materials, as well as an honorarium for the invited lead artist. We would like to thank Samzy Jo for her donation, which will go towards covering part of the participants’ fees.

Date: 12 December 2020, Saturday
Time: 12pm – 5pm

Note: Please have your lunch before attending. Short breaks will be given in between.


Please write to with the header “The Maker’s Assembly #3: Objects – Application _Your Name” with a short description of:

(1) your experience and interest in this field; and (2) your reason for joining the class.

As there are limited slots available, we regret to inform potential applicants that places would be given to participants with the most relevant experience. Thank you!


Please be assured that we will be taking all necessary precautions in accordance with the official guidelines for Phase 2 of Singapore’s reopening. The well-being of our participants, session givers and colleagues is of utmost importance to us.