momstown moms and kids always love to get creative with crafts and imaginative play! That's why we are excited to share that taking place over the weekends (April 12 to 13 and 19 to 20) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., parents and their children are invited to drop-in to TIFF Bell Lightbox and get their craft on at the free Etsy make-your-own puppet studio.
“Our goal with this partnership was to create a unique activity to align with the incredible offering of TIFF Kids, so we are very excited to offer our Etsy Creative Puppet Lab as a fun, free way to introduce Etsy’s hands-on maker culture to a new generation of artisans,” said Erin Green, Country Lead for Etsy Canada. “TIFF Kids is an amazing event for children in our city and we’re pleased that Etsy will be a participant this year.”
For a limited time, Etsy will also be popping-up in the TIFF Shop selling puppets for kids (and grown ups!). The puppets were created by three Canadian Etsy sellers who collaborated with three well known Canadian family websites; Poppytalk paired up with Jimill, Momstown with Quida Creations, and Little House Blog with Cate & Levi. These exclusive puppets will also be sold on Etsy in each sellers' shop.
momstown reached out to our puppet designer, Idalina da Silva of Quida Creations, to learn more about her love of making puppets and her inspiration behind the two momstown puppets;
What got you interested in creating puppets?
I always did like puppets, marionettes… back in the days when I was a child I used to pretend I could make them out of my mother's wood kitchen spoons.. fun-filled magic. I used to make small talk between them and myself. I am the only child and I think that was a way for me to interact with my child creativity and imagination.
What was the inspiration behind the two momstown puppets?
My two new puppets idea, Miko (the bird) and Mimi (the zebra-elephant), began with me inventing stories for my granddaughter Daria when she was 1 year old – she is 2 now… Miko and Mimi are long time friends that live with me and I decided to use them for this project.
What do you love most about puppet-making?
I love to illustrate my ideas . Give them names. They become part of my life..Love the interaction with children. But…no doubt it was with my granddaughter's birth two years ago that I developed the love for making them. The infectious laughter and energetic conversations between her and my puppets are pure passion for me.
What is your creative process?
The joy of puppet-making begins with a drawing that's ready to pop off the page, and then quickly moves to two little eyes peering back at me. The process doesn't end until I have a creature ready to enter the world with a smile.
The momstown puppets, as well as all of Idalina's other creations are now online for sale at Etsy Canada and on display at TIFF Kids.