Francesca Hoerlein

Soft Toys

Description: Le Mutt, Fifie La Femme, and Dino Delights are a few of the soft toys I created for my company Francesca & Friends between 1980 and 2008. Le Mutt and Fifi sold over three million units and were licensed by Dakin, Hasbro, Ertl Toy, and others. I designed and manufactured many promotional toys for Burdines, Riches, Younkers, Macys and other department stores.

The Zanimals Puppets

Wolfie and Friends

Description: I was chosen to study with the Muppets in 1996 at University of California and learned puppet making and performance for theatre and on-camera. In 1998 I studied at the O'Neil Puppetry Conference with Sesame Street writer Annie Evans and master puppeteer Martin P. Robinson. I have designed and constructed my own puppets the Zanimals.

The Zanimals Party

Description: The Zanimals party! is an art-integrated educational performance/workshop, website and videos for kids and their parents and teachers is under development. Our mission is to inspire kids to use their galactic imaginations, enter the creative process, and 'PLAY'. Play is the natural way kids learn.

Description: I created the Zanimal puppets to make learning fun and fearless for kids. Kids learn by seeing how projects are created, by doing their own projects, and by owning the skills they have learned. I have taught private classes painting, puppets, masks, and sculpture to children from pre-school through high school.

Description: The last two years I have been performing Fairytale puppet shows with follow up puppet making workshops for pre- school children, parents and their teachers. I use inexpensive materials found in the home, yard and discount store to create extra-ordinary and affordable puppets.

Masks

Description: I have taught private classes painting, puppets, masks, and sculpture to children from pre-school through high school.

Cast & Crew

Description: I taught the talented Mary Dickins, Alex Griffin, and Mahesh Choocolingo to be Zanimal puppeteers.

Publication

Description: Francesca & Friends brochure. 'The Calico Cat' published book and dolls with Random House 1995- 1996. Characters, story line, crafts and dolls created by Francesca Hoerlein and Hillary Gleason.