Zortz The Clothespin Puppet Handmade Note Holder, Carrot
- Zortz: The Clothespin Puppet has been making people smile since 1980
- Designed and handmade in Brooklyn, New York by Max Gyllenhaal
- Squeeze the clothespin, and the mouth opens to hold a note, pen, toothbrush, keyring, etc.
- Approximately 9 inches tall; flexible wire stand with weighted base and felt bottom
- Due to handcrafting, minor variations should be expected
The idea for Zortz was sparked in 1980, while creator Max Gyllenhaal was on a work-study program at Henson and Associates (The Muppets). Zortz puppet heads are handmade in Brooklyn, New York, and Max begins the process by sculpting a clay model of the Zortz character. He says that he considers that to be the fun part, though we suspect the really fun part is when you hand over some cash for a Zortz.
Next, a permanent mold is created from the clay model, and then latex is cast into the mold. After air-drying, facial features and other detailing are painted on with rubber ink, and then the piece is cleaned, assembled onto a stand, and prepared to go to work for you.
Zortz were initially meant to be miniature puppets, but over time they evolved into noteholders, giving function to the form. Of course, notes are just the beginning. Your Zortz will be more than happy to chomp down on a pen, keyring, toothbrush, or eyeglasses, all the while keeping a smile on your face.
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