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Handmade Portraits: Stacey Rebecca

Apr 3, 2009

by Tara Young

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(music by Two Dark Birds, animation by JuliaPott)

Puppeteer Stacey Gordon, aka Staceyrebecca, started making puppets with her church youth group as a kid. It wasn’t until after college that Stacey saw an adult puppet slam performed by Preston Foerder at the Great Arizona Puppet Theater and she decided to pursue puppetry.

Adult puppet shows are meant to bring humor to topics that most would consider taboo. Stacey’s quick wit and edgy sense of humor were a perfect match for this unusual performance medium. She makes her own moving mouth puppets, which can take anywhere from twenty to forty hours each. However, Stacey makes finger puppets for instant gratification, mostly anthropomorphizing food that she like to eat. Stacey says shes going to keep making handmade puppets until her hands won’t allow her to anymore. Whether she’s performing adult slams or doing improvisational pieces at local schools, she will continue to perform with her creations.

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  • maiziedesigns

    maiziedesigns said 10 years ago

    What an awesome blog entry. Thanks so much for sharing. Great shop too!

  • Mattamorphis

    Mattamorphis said 10 years ago

    Those are amazing. I love puppets. I mean you doesnt right. -Matt

  • AlloverArt

    AlloverArt said 10 years ago

    How fun!! What fantastic work!

  • julieincharge

    julieincharge said 10 years ago

    Excellent video! I loved getting a glimpse into staceyrebecca's process.

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 10 years ago

    By the way, anyone is free to embed this video on their blogs (hint, hint). I just wanna see Staceyrebecca and these cute puppets all around the internets!

  • uncharted

    uncharted said 10 years ago

    I love the lady fish!

  • WoollyWonka

    WoollyWonka said 10 years ago

    Thanks for letting us glimpse into the process!

  • Zooguu

    Zooguu said 10 years ago

    Yaaaaaaay, Stacey!

  • FancifulForm

    FancifulForm said 10 years ago

    YAY STACEY!!! WOOO! ^.^

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 10 years ago

    Charlie the Sandwich...I love him! He looks good enough to eat!

  • shoofly

    shoofly said 10 years ago

    Awesome, yay Stacey! ps...happy birthday! :)

  • raisinlike

    raisinlike said 10 years ago

    Oh, how wonderful to see Stacy at her home ground, and meet a side of her work I have never seen. You truly are remarkable, yay you!!!

  • mermaidclaire

    mermaidclaire said 10 years ago

    That was awesome!!! Yay for Staceyrebecca! She was one of the first people to reach out to me when I joined Etsy a couple of years ago. As a fellow puppet person I totally understand and am inspired by her enthusiasm and love for the artform. Love those naughty piggies too!

  • katiearms

    katiearms said 10 years ago

    Awesome video, Tara! That opening sequence is so funny. Stacey is great!

  • alwaysadorable

    alwaysadorable said 10 years ago

    Woo Hoo! Go Stacey! :)

  • laraandmedolls

    laraandmedolls said 10 years ago

    WAY TO GOO Stacey!!! :o) What a nice Birth day gift :) Happy Birtdayyy!!!! :o) :o)

  • FrucciDesign

    FrucciDesign said 10 years ago

    great video Stacy you're fantastic!!

  • froggyfibers

    froggyfibers said 10 years ago

    Congratulations Stacey! (and Happy Birthday too!) Your the greatest puppeteer I know.

  • SugarPoppyJewelry

    SugarPoppyJewelry said 10 years ago

    That was great! Thanks for sharing Stacey Rebecca!!!

  • PipingHotPapers

    PipingHotPapers said 10 years ago

    Wonderful video and story!!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 10 years ago

    These are so fun! Love the green monster!

  • pamelam

    pamelam said 10 years ago

    Fun, entertaining video- thanks Stacey!

  • Zadyball

    Zadyball said 10 years ago

    stacey rocks! so fun!

  • sseloske

    sseloske said 10 years ago

    "....purdy mouth." HAHAHA! Love it.

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 10 years ago

    Sooo cute!!

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 10 years ago

    Stacey Happy Birthday! What a blast shooting this video. And wow, who knew an adult puppet slam would be so hilarious and raunchy?!

  • loremandipsum

    loremandipsum said 10 years ago

    love your work! thanks for sharing your story!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 10 years ago

    xoxo staceyrebecca!

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 10 years ago

    Great video! Awesome puppets!

  • mullishmuse

    mullishmuse said 10 years ago

    staceyrebbeca and her finger puppets ROCK HARD CORE!!!

  • abitabite

    abitabite said 10 years ago

    Firstly... Where the heck is my cake and ice cream. I was PROMISED cake and ice cream. WTF StaceyRebecca! 2nd, you look exactly the same as when you were a kid! No wonder people ask if your in high school before they ask if they can see your boobs! 3rd, Still lovin' Mrs Wolf. Salsa hats are better though. 4th - HI MACK!

  • eddyizm

    eddyizm said 10 years ago

    very cool !

  • hoganfe

    hoganfe said 10 years ago

    VERY cute!

  • adam Admin

    adam said 10 years ago


  • bugbitesplayfood

    bugbitesplayfood said 10 years ago

    Brilliant! thanks for sharing your wacky puppets!

  • loopyboopy

    loopyboopy said 10 years ago

    loved it!! Puppets are cool

  • missbatch

    missbatch said 10 years ago

    So much fun! I just watched this twice. Stacey, your love for your craft really shows. When I wasn't laughing, I was very inspired.

  • staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca said 10 years ago

    YAY Thank you everyone! I feel so special today! Seriously how awesome that this came out on my birthday!!?? Best Birthday Gift. EVER. (And I've received some pretty rad stuff) Tara--wow, you're amazing. You just are. I think someone should do a handmade portrait about YOU. abitabite--suck it! Er...something like that. cake isn't until tonight. I'll send your hellos onto Mack (My Puppeteer Cohort if you're not in the know) YAY! *JAZZ HANDS!*

  • ScottieinaCanoe

    ScottieinaCanoe said 10 years ago

    SO MUCH FUN!! I am in Love with the puppets!!!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 10 years ago

    Oh Stacy...what a great video and it's so good to "see" you! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  • kinderflufftoys

    kinderflufftoys said 10 years ago

    way to go!!!! its so cool to see this! remember?!

  • LittlePies

    LittlePies said 10 years ago

    I am so happy to see such an amazing artist's process shared, but even happier to call this artist my friend. Happy Birthday Stacey!!!!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 10 years ago

    a puppet 'slam' - I Must be behind the times...

  • underroos

    underroos said 10 years ago

    Stacey, this is so crazy great I can't stop watching it. You put the sizzle in fo' shizzle. Happy birthday, lady, and congratulations on being completely awesome.

  • sandali

    sandali said 10 years ago

    Wow -- it looks like so much fun !! Extreme fun filled happy days ;)

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 10 years ago


  • ivaart

    ivaart said 10 years ago

    You are just too awesome StaceyRebecca!!!

  • dreamitloveit

    dreamitloveit said 10 years ago

    What a great video Stacey! Keep up the great work, one day I will have to go see one of your Puppet slams....

  • elpycloset

    elpycloset said 10 years ago

    yay, stacey! that's so cool. i love it...happy birthday, lady!

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 10 years ago

    staceyrebecca (hi neighbor) makes the bestest puppets ever. I haven't bought one yet, because I'm worried I might eat it.

  • ArtMind

    ArtMind said 10 years ago

    YaY! I wonder how can one NOT love Stacey? :) Thanks for sharing!

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 10 years ago

    so cool ... love it

  • Signs

    Signs said 10 years ago

    Where do I know you from? hmmm Etsy chat yeah! This was fun to watch and funny! Congrats on the feature!

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 10 years ago

    amazing! love the puppets!!

  • thelittlereddoor

    thelittlereddoor said 10 years ago

    staceyrebecca rules the school :)

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 10 years ago

    Tara shoulda used "dueling banjos" as the soundtrack LOL

  • Lunatiger

    Lunatiger said 10 years ago

    that's so awesome...*sniff* I wish I had that kind of job...

  • ThreeFive18

    ThreeFive18 said 10 years ago

    that was a great video!!!! lovely stuff!!!! :) :)

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 10 years ago

    Wow! Demofia's puppet sure is!

  • FAWNs

    FAWNs said 10 years ago

    Great! Love them!

  • he1ena

    he1ena said 10 years ago

    Wow that is really great, a-mazing work! Every show must be hilarious! I love how your craft cultivates other things in. Great talent.

  • robayre

    robayre said 10 years ago

    I love this series so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing.

  • Nishale

    Nishale said 10 years ago

    I enjoied so much this video! stacy you are lovely! I love SHRONA-raisinlike too!!!!!

  • difart

    difart said 10 years ago


  • staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca said 10 years ago

    (Nishale, I also love Sharona!)

  • pollywogpouch

    pollywogpouch said 10 years ago

    Just wanted to add that in addition to fab puppet skills, staceyrebecca is also a thoughtful, giving, and extremely helpful Etsy mentor. She offered me some site feedback last year that majorly improved my shop and lead to more sales. I'm so glad that she's getting the mad props she deserves!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 10 years ago

    So personal and sweet, what a lovely video.

  • Blakenetizen

    Blakenetizen said 10 years ago

    Hurray for out etsy chat room buddy Stacey Rebecca!

  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign said 10 years ago

    OMG OMG OMG!!!!!! This is such a FAB portrait! PUPPETS ROCK & so do Stacy & Tara!

  • wendybirde

    wendybirde said 10 years ago

    I love these Handmade Portraits! I much prefer watching a video of the actual person than just reading an article about them. Her puppets are amazing!

  • picalina

    picalina said 10 years ago

    Stacey you rock, I am really impressed with your talent and your little people, keep up the good work.

  • imyourpresent

    imyourpresent said 10 years ago

    awesome video! not that he upstages you or anything, but the kitty your holding when you where little is the cutest kitty i have ever seen in my LIFE

  • staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca said 10 years ago

    imyourpresent, my cat just had a kitten that looks *exactly* like that one. I'm trying to get my son to hold it in the same rocking chair! (he's about the same age I was then)

  • sleepyking

    sleepyking said 10 years ago

    yay staceyrebecca :D awesome work.

  • eyelasssh

    eyelasssh said 10 years ago

    very cool! preston foerder was my psychology professor at hunter college.

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