The FiPPS Philosophy

THE SHORT VERSION:

*Finger puppets are fun

*People need more fun

*Make finger puppets and put them in public places for people to find

*Take a photo and send it to me to put on the website

*Be a part of the yarnbombing trend without a huge time/energy commitment

THE LONGER AND SOMEWHAT MORE MEANDERING VERSION

Righto. Well y’see, I was sitting on the old public transport one morning, ruminating and cogitating, and suddenly the thought popped into my head that the world would be a happier and more peaceful place if everybody had some finger puppets. Because being a grownup, as you know I’m sure, is not always a barrel of laughs. Stress and worries, disasters and disappointments….it seems as though we in the Western world rely a lot on caffeine and chocolate to get us through the daily grind, but really, while those may keep the old noggin ticking over they don’t do too much for the soul do they? What the soul needs is a jolly good daily dose of old-fashioned FUN.

Now finger puppets are definitely fun. Fun to make, fun to play with whether you’re 9 or 99. And, as a bonus, they’re small and inconspicuous. You can easily keep a bunch of these chappies in your cubicle without everyone thinking you’re a few sandwiches short of a picnic, eh what? Just bring them out whenever you’re feeling less than chipper and put on a little play for yourself. Or if your colleagues are open-minded, do a performance over the edge of your cubicle, and before you know it you’ll be the most popular fella or lady in the place.

That just goes to show how much finger puppets can do to improve the general mood. So the more of ’em there are around, the better things will be! I reckon that Osama Bin Laden chap would be a LOT less cranky if he had a bunch of finger puppet pals!

One of the best things about finger puppets is that they don’t take long to make. Recently there’s been quite a fad for this “yarnbombing” thing, people sneaking out at night and putting hand-made scarves onto statues and cozies onto telephone poles. Of course with my military background I’m all in favour of a bit of bombing, but not everybody has the time or inclination to spend days and days making these big items. So why not spend half an hour making a finger puppet, take a photo and then release it into the wild for someone to find and enjoy? You still get all the fun of a yarnbombing without the hassle, and as a bonus someone can take your creation home with them – nothing like a free gift to brighten anyone’s day!

You might be able to tell that I like mucking around with yarn, so for me it feels natural to make crocheted or knitted finger puppets. But if that’s not your bag then make finger puppets out of whatever you have to hand. If you can sew a bit then make ’em out of scraps of fabric. If you can’t sew, then make ’em out of tinfoil and glue on some eyes…take the old imagination out for a bit of a trot and see what you can come up with! Don’t forget to take a photo and submit it to me so I can put it on the website. If you fancy it you can download the official FiPPs label to attach to your work, and sign it with your pseudonym on the back. Every good yarnbomber has a pseudonym! And tell us how you made your wonderful puppet – if you feel like whipping up a pattern I’d be delighted to have that on the website too.

Alright then, time to get stuck in. FINGER PUPPETS FOR ALL!

– Colonel Yarnspinner

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Published on December 8, 2010 at 1:40 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. […] quote at length from the Finger Puppet Proliferation Society Philosophy: Well y’see, I was sitting on the old public transport one morning, ruminating and cogitating, […]


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