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.
Laura is a craft artist for Nickelodeon, and her DIY projects and templates can be found at nickelodeonparents.com
"Mighty Mikey". 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
Wedding Cake Toppers
Laura was an assistant puppet builder on The Muppets from 2009-2011. She worked on favorites such as Miss Piggy, Jason Segel's Gary, Wayne and Wanda, Lew Zealand, Bobo the Bear, and Thog. Due to non-disclosure reasons, a hard copy portfolio is available to view upon request.
Laura has been a regular freelance fabricator at the Jim Henson Company since 2013. Due to non-disclosure reasons, a hard copy portfolio of Sesame Street work 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
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
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