In 2012, Laura took a two week carving course at Horsin' Around Carving School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she began building Bonnie. She continued working on the horse on nights and weekends in Brooklyn, and five months later Bonnie debuted in the holiday windows at McNally Jackson bookstore in SoHo, NYC.
"5" and "4" - characters for Genius Plaza, a multicultural learning platform that teaches kids math with building blocks
"Mighty Mikey", built for the Mighty Mikey Foundation, to provide comfort to children in hospitals. Head, body and details by Laura Manns. Fleece and pajamas by Ben Durocher. Designed by and built at the Puppet Kitchen.
Penguins of Madagascar for Madagascar Live at Radio City Music Hall. Patterned by Laura, pictured here before getting fleeced. Made at Puppet Heap
Texas Blue Crabs for Heather Henson's FLIGHT: A Crane Story
Laura was the project manager for Bernice for The Addams Family Musical on Broadway. She also helped assemble the tentacles designed by Tandem Otter Productions
Laura is a craft artist for Nickelodeon, and her DIY projects and templates can be found at nickelodeonparents.com. Photos taken and owned by Nickelodeon.
Enamel Pin Design
I frequently get asked to design lapel pins, but please know that to make a batch of 50 pins starts at $300 simply for them to get made. In addition, there would be a design fee, as well as the cost of the card backs and shipping. I do all the correspondence with the manufacturer.
If you would like to discuss further and get a more in depth breakdown of prices, image rights, and time frame, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Serious enquiries only. Thank you!
Lunar Hare - personal project
Bruce the Bull Terrier - designed for Sisal Creative
Autumn Fox - personal project
Shih Tzu pin - designed for @dailydougie
Pegasus Fawn - personal project
Gift for a friend expecting twin girls!
Custom Wedding Cake Toppers
Do you have a fun and unique idea for an unconventional wedding cake topper? Email me at email@example.com for a quote!
Logan & Andrew as scuba divers for their tropical wedding in Indonesia!
Jess and Phil as kissing T-rexes!
Laura started working with the Muppets at Puppet Heap in 2009, and since 2013 regularly freelances at the Jim Henson Company working on Sesame Street, and other projects for television, theater, and feature film. Due to non-disclosure reasons, a hard copy portfolio is available upon request. Pictured below, Laura and her newly refurbished "Bubba", built in 1994 by Janet Kuhl for Jim Henson's The Animal Show.
King Kong built for Saks Fifth Avenue
Fake tree vines for Lord and Taylor Christmas windows
Lord and Taylor
Wizard of Oz book prop for Tiffany's
Parachute boxes for Build a Bear holiday windows
Giant Christmas bows built by Laura and Ricole Wille, for Morumbi Shopping Mall, Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Making King Kong for Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows
Candy application for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos display at Dylan's Candy Bar
Foam carved tombstone [n progress shot] for Dylan's Candy Bar Halloween window display
Walkarounds & Mascots
6ft tall 'Qilin' Chinese dragon: design, patterned, and built by Laura Manns for Grace Chang. Harness and kinetic hip joints made by Terry Conrad and Sam Hill [project manager]. Scale fabrication help from Zoë Allen. Shown here before getting final paint.
Hen (female duck) mount
Dome display for The Evolution Store
300 butterflies pinned for a custom display for a private event space
300 butterflies pinned and mounted for a private event space display. Wooden cases by Jason Pickens.
Coyote full mount
A mural spot adds a fun and personal touch to a kid's bedroom, home or office space. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote for a custom mural painting