Professional milliner and puppeteer Lillie Solomon has been building her own puppets from everyday objects for the last four decades. Using sawdust, clay, glue, and even Slinkies and roll-on deodorant, she designs fantastical puppet characters that come to life in her performances. 

Though Solomon has been commissioned to build and restore puppets, she sees puppetry most of all as a creative outlet—her own personal mode of self-expression. In the short documentary “The Puppet Lady,” filmmaker Kate Gondwe goes behind the scenes with Solomon as she discusses the art of puppetry and shows off some of her most marvelous creations. Check it out above.

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