Miriam Kenning, co-artistic director of American Gothic Performing Arts Festival explained that, "Puppets have a unique human piece to them, and that's the most exciting part. They are a significant part of our culture."
The puppets Valentine creates have very human characteristics. They are created with eyebrows that move to give different expressions when you squeeze bicycle brakes and wire fingers that are able to give you an approving thumbs up when necessary.
"About 75 percent of the joy of making these characters is when someone puts them on and gives them their own voice and attitude," explained Valentine.
That is exactly what audience members at the workshop did. Every puppet had a different voice and personality depending on who happened to be controlling the character.
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