Living life on the lines

Pictures by: 
Benjamin Seetor

He’s a local version of Jim Henson, entertaining young and old with a large, non-human cast of characters.

In a 3,300-sq ft warehouse space in the MacPherson Industrial Complex, he lovingly moulds, sands and sews puppets.

Mr Frankie Yeo, 50, is one of the few puppet makers here and Henson – the man behind The Muppets and Sesame Street – is one of Mr Yeo’s heroes.

In the past 18 years, he has made more than 1,000 puppets – from tiny marionettes (those held by string) to hand puppets to giants up to 4m tall.

He creates them out of latex, wood, resin and paper. Their strings are made from fishing line and their hair from synthetic fur.

Here are some pictures of his handmade creations.

The article related to these pictures was first published in The New Paper on April 14, 2013.