Finger Puppets Commedia dell’arte
The design of the powerful Magnifico, cunning Colombina, clever Dottore, naive Pierrot and playful Zanni is inspired by the stock characters of Commedia dell’arte. This theatrical form emerged in Renaissance Italy and its main feature was improvisation and a set of stock characters (tipi fissi). The actors performed simple stories with plot twists which the audience often already knew. What is more, each of the stock characters had their unique costume, and so the audience quickly recognised what type of theatre they were witnessing. Commedia dell’arte performances were accentuated by wild and bizarre body movements of actors wearing colourful costumes that caught the eye of the passerby (the theatrical group often performed in the streets or along the promenades). And these colourful costumes proved eye-catching to me as well. In my new series, Tititi Finger Puppets, I am inspired by those costumes and to some I add a twist.
Tititi toys and art pieces are included in the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague and the Moravian Gallery in Brno.
Tititi studio produces original wooden toys inspired not only by the craft of Czech creators such as Minka Podhajská and Václav Špála but also by international icon, Alexander Girard. Every toy is one of a kind, each design, therefore, being unique. That which, in our childhood, was merely a toy, becomes, as we age, a timeless object with aesthetic value. Tititi art pieces aim to ignite the imagination whilst simultaneously inscribing one’s memories in-between the annual growth rings of the wood.
Tititi is a winner of the 2019 Designblok Award (Best Home Accessories Collection) and was a finalist in the 2019 Czech Grand Design awards.