Where: Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette - MIAM (Outremont)  


Group 1: Monday – Tuesday, Sept. 16-17 from 9:00AM to 4:30PM


Group 2: Wednesday – Thursday, Sept. 18-19 from 9:00AM to 4:30PM


Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Cost: 250.00$+tx for 2 days of workshop

Registration: [email protected]

Note: The workshop will be offered in English




If you are interested in perfecting your character animation skills using a similar puppet to the one from Mary's class,

register for Peggy Arel’s two-day character animation workshop!


Workshop: Puppet Fabrication ''stop motion on a shoestring''


Presented by CUPFA and Festival Stop Motion Montreal

With the collaboration of Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette - MIAM



Mentor: Mary Murphy,  Senior lecturer in Art and Design at the University of the West of England | Puppet fabricator (Bristol, R.U.)

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Mary's workshop; “stop motion on a shoestring” will focus on using easily sourced materials and tools to build stop motion characters. Through a series of demonstrations and supported hands on tasks, you will be guided through the process of creating a puppet capable of producing subtle and precise movements for an elegant performance.


After two days of workshops and building your own character from scratch using the tools and materials provided, not only will you leave with a fully functional puppet constructed from wire, latex and a neoprene pin-down system;  each student will also have full access to Mary’s online training course, complete with a material and supplier list, video tutorials and top tips and tricks!

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Mary Murphy is an Irish puppet maker and stop motion animator working in the city of Bristol, in the UK. A passion for handmade crafts led her to study craft design at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland while another passion for movement led her to complete an MA in animation at the Bristol School of Animation in the University of the West of England in the UK.  


She has spent the past 15 years making puppets, props and sets for a range of stop motion projects such as the award winning Nokia advertisement “Gulp” (Aardman animations, 2012), the music video ''Edith Piaf Said It Better Than Me” (Joseph Wallace – 2017) and the Father John Misty music video Things It Would Have Been Helpful To Know Before The Revolution (Jacknife films – 2016).


Mary has also written a book for young artists and filmmakers – “Beginner’s Guide to Animation” (Quarto publications, 2008) and has organized several puppet making and animation workshops at international festivals and animation events including Animated Encounters in Bristol, Sika film festival in Dubai, and stop motion masterclasses held in Budapest, Hungry.


Alongside her freelance practice, Mary is a senior lecturer in Art and Design at the University of the West of England. She has been teaching all aspects of stop motion production to BA and MA students at the Bristol School of Animation since 2005. She is a passionate and energetic educator, and she has worked with leading stop motion animators such as Barry Purves and Tim Allen to refine and develop training puppets to be used for workshops and animation courses.

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