The Los Angeles designer of adorable hand-made stuffed animals and
toys, I Golfini della Nonna, also creates some of the most detailed
sets of finger puppets you'll find. This year, in addition to its
precious animals, monsters, dinosaurs, and bugs, IGolfini della Nonna
has created an exclusive finger puppet set for Moss Design -- a set of six finger puppets of famous persons who
passed away in 2008.
Gone But Not Forgotten, the "Commemorative Finger Puppets of Six Who Passed On in 2008," are the likenesses of:
1. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008)
World renowned historian, novelist, and playwright,
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was exiled from his home in the Soviet Union, after exposing the world to the Soviet Gulag. (1918-2008)
2. Jesse Helms (1921 - 2008)
The longest serving elected official from North Carolina, a five-term U.S. Senator from North Carolina. A leader of social conservatism among Republicans, with the nickname "Senator No."
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
The populist Hindu Yogi who introduced Transcendental Meditation to the West, the Maharishi represented the opposite of whatever was materialistic. He preached consciousness, love, and peace and was the hero of many a movie and rock start of the 1960's and 70's including, most famously, the Beatles.
Yves Saint Laurent (1936 - 2008)
YSL were the three most popular design letters of the last 35 years. Yves Saint Laurent shot to stardom as a fashion designer who put the zazz in pizazz, putting his big stamp on the "go-go" years and never lifting it. His clothing brand is still one of the most popular and recognizable brands in the world.
5. Charlton Heston (1923 - 2008)
The hero of almost every epic movie made in the 50's and 60's, Charlton Heston was as bold and fiery off the set as he was on. He was as well known for being the president of the Screen Actor's Guild, an advocate for racial integration and campaigner for John F. Kennedy, and later a strong social conservative and President of the National Rifle Association, as he was known for the great roles of Ben-Hur and Moses.
6. Heath Ledger (1979 - 2008)
A star who deserved every bit of his fame, Australian-born actor Heath Ledger, winner of some of the highest acclaims awarded in the theatre and film industry, including his role in the 2005 Academy Award Winning Brokeback Mountain... Heath Ledger died from an accidental overdose of combined prescription medicines.
The Golfini finger puppets are handmade, like their other designs, in
Bolivia by members of a cooperative of indigenous women workers. The Commemorative Finger Puppets are hand-crocheted cotton and they come in a neat felt pouch.
These finger puppets are obviously not for infants to play with unattended. But whether or not you have kids, these Gone But Not Forgotten Finger Puppets can find many places in your home. You can hide a tack in the back side of each finger puppet and place them on the wall where they will draw attention to a small space. Or you can lay them on a shelf right in their pouch. Certainly at holiday time, you should consider them as commemorative decorations for your holiday tree.... Available only from Moss Design.
resources: I Golfini Della Nonna, Wikipedia