The Squeaking Tribe

Momo – Fun-loving Sweet Geisha Marionette



The idea of the Geisha was not inspired so much from the servants and handmaidens of Japanese history but rather the colour and beauty of their costuming and a need to create something distinct from my preoccupation with the West. Silk robes and golden sashes, dark hair piled high and skewered with painted chopsticks, it is their graceful ability to move like floating ghosts which draws the mind back to the early fantasies of Eastern culture and the intricate tapestries of tales such an aesthetic evoked for me.

Marionette in doll form is approximately 25cm in height or 60cm when strung.

Squeaky Classics: Original designs for all ages from our early roots til now!

The first puppet I ever made in our standard 6-string design was a little Mummy marionette, a simple bandaged affair which utilised the weight of the clay pieces and the meagre costuming to create a proper functioning prototype which remains the core design behind most of our work to date. By working with some basic archetypes and alternating through gender, age and cultural influences, I developed a classic range of differing characters which are a continuing part of the Squeaking Tribe canon today. As familiar as these characters are to me now, I keep the joy alive by incorporating more details and personal quirks than I did in the past, so each one still retains its own unique identity. For the budget-minded, these are a good starting point to gauge your interest without betting the farm. A perfect launch-pad for the young ones, too!


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