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Martin Smith helped design and construct mechanisms for puppets in Shot at the Troff, Bubbly Beds and Tunnelvision. He makes and sells automata on commission and from his website.

http://www.jimbond.co.uk Jim Bond creator of mechanical and kinetic sculpture, automata and recent specialist captain on Channel 4 TV's Scrapheap Challenge.

Opera North based in Leeds and collaborates with innovative artists and companies working in a variety of media, including film and photographic art.

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette Charleville Mezieres France. 3 year and summer courses in puppetry arts with its own resource centre, library, specialist video library and theatre.
http://www.forkbeardfantasy.co.uk Forkbeard Fantasy - Their theatre shows combine comedy with special effects, wild mechanical sets, outsize characters and their unique trademark interactive mix of film, animation and cartoon live on stage.
http://www.duncanhooson.com Duncan Hooson makes extraordinary ceramics - high relief murals, sculptural forms for inside and out working on commissions, in schools, hospitals and teaches at Morley College, London. He encourages and inspires Faulty Optic's work and has worked with them in the past.
http://www.cabaret.co.uk Cabaret Mechanical Theatre a collection of contemporary automata. They sell handmade automata, mechanical wooden kits and card cutouts, books and videos via mail order and the internet.
http://www.puppetcentre.org.uk/ The Puppet Centre is a national development agency for the art form of puppetry. Training, workshops and funding advice. Animations magazine online. Based at BAC, London.
Puppetry Home Page Fantastic world wide source site for other Puppet Companies, Festivals, Theatres, Schools, Traditions, Exhibitions, Museums, Builders, Sellers and News.
http://theatredance.britishcouncil.org The British Council Arts generously supported Faulty Optic, for many foreign theatres and festivals eg Caracas, Venezuela in March/April 2006 and also includes touring to Canada, USA, Indonesia and many countries of Western Europe.