THE PROCESS OF MAKING THE FIGURES IN STEPS WAS AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY.
The design of the figures featured in ‘Steps’ began with sketches and clay models to help find the core shape and proportion. Their geometrical shells and skeletons were then modelled in 3D and animated to understand their core movements and to inform the puppeteering. As the final design became clear, weight would be key the challenge to overcome to ensure that the five puppeteers could move the figures with real human grace and fluidity. Only then would the figures become alive.
Solving the weight and control challenges resulted in fabricating carbon-fibre skeletons and using 3D printer technology to create the super-thin, yet strong outer shells. The final step was hand-finishing every inch of the outer shells to create the polished look of the figures. In the end, the design process and innovative use of new technologies ensured that our figures were stunning to see, light enough to puppeteer.