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?


Joints are the mechanical connections that determine a puppet’s flexibility, and in turn the style and aesthetic of its performance.

In this first session of The Maker’s Assembly, we begin with puppet maker Daniel Sim’s crash course on simple joint construction. Using easily-acquired raw materials like wood pieces, aluminium strips, rope and cloth, and harnessing the workshop equipment and hand tools in The Finger Players’ workshop, we will build joints together as a starting point, and geek out about how best to build them.

We would like to thank Samzy Jo for her donation to cover the fees for all participants of The Maker’s Assembly Session #1, and for 5 participants for the subsequent sessions. The sum will be used to cover the cost of raw materials, as well as an honorarium for the invited lead artist.


Please write to with the header “The Maker’s Assembly Session #1: Joints – Application _Your Name” and 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.