FREE puppet-making workshops arrive in Elephant & Castle


Free puppet-making workshops in Elephant and Castle will be on offer to
the public from 19 September to 16 October as part of a forthcoming
exhibition focusing on sustainability.

The workshops will be hosted by Sara Ekenger, an artist and designer
specialising in the use of recycled and found materials to create puppets, who is
also course leader for London College of Communication, UAL’s MA Design
Management course.

Visitors to the puppet making workshop, which is part of London College of
Communication’s ‘EMERGENCE’ exhibition, will be able to make their own
puppet or work together to help create a large puppet set to feature in a parade.
Guests will be encouraged to bring their own recycled materials to create their
own puppets and can attend a workshop for as little as 15 minutes or stay for the
full hour.

The workshops form part of EMERGENCE, held as part of this year’s prestigious
London Design Festival, and made up of work from students and staff from the
London College of Communication’s Design School. As well as a public
exhibition, EMERGENCE will also include a series of events, with most open to
the public and free to attend.

The exhibition explores what design can do to achieve goals of sustainable
production and consumption, biodiversity, social cohesion and environmental

As well as creating a puppet, visitors can also attend workshops on creating
biomaterials and problem-solving through design, hear a panel discussion on
how the representation of HIV/AIDS has changed since the 1980s, and attend a
screening and discussion of the film ‘Patricia’, which explores the relationship
between austerity, mental health, and homelessness.