Established in 1988, UK based, Mimics Productions specialise in creating puppets, individual character mascot costumes, animal mascot costumes and props for TV, Video, Film & Theatre as well as for advertising, promotions, events and local authorities.
Hello! I am Sally Preisig and I work under the banner of my company Mimics Productions Limited. I have been a creative designer and maker of professional mascot costumes, puppets, soft props, masks and sets since 1988. I have also spent many years on children’s TV being the voice and puppeteer of many characters that you may know.
I have performed and made side by side over the years and my TV & film credits include The Muppet Christmas Carol, Tweenies, The Shiny Show, X-Change, Playdays, Story Makers, Ozmo, Fun Song Factory, Bits & Bobs, MacDonald’s Farm, Cats Chorus, The Wild Bunch, The Mees, Big Brother. My workshop customers include: The National Trust, English Heritage, RSPCA, Carte Blanche Greetings, Hamleys, Hobbycraft, M&M’sWorld London, The Lawn Tennis Association, Endemol, Powergen, Mattel, Harlequins Rugby Club, Bristol Rugby Club, Rugby World Cup 2015, Islamic Relief, Labour Party, Harrods, HSBC, Megabus, Hampson Hughes, Harper Collins, Jungle TV, Johnson & Johnson, Living Streets, Surestart and many more.
I am happy to work from an existing design or create a new character just for you. From one off commissions to several costumes or puppets, I am happy to help. I take great pride in delivering bespoke, unique, memorable, high quality and long lasting creations, within budget and on time! Over the years I have designed and made numerous puppet characters and character costumes for UK Television. I have also had the great pleasure of voicing and operating many of them too. As a designer and an experienced TV puppeteer and performer I know what is important when creating a character: Personality, ease of use, practicality, durability and weight. With my personal service and attention to detail I aim to provide you with an excellent customer experience taking into account your needs and budget.
Be it a straight forward garment, a human, insect, animal, vegetable, robot or something from the depths of your imagination no matter whether it is large or small, I assure you, nothing is considered too bizarre! I can work from your specific designs and fabricate them into 3D for you, or feed you with inspirational ideas drawn from years of expertise. I only make good quality, costumes, puppets, props and fabric sculptures. I specialize in high quality, no fuss and hand made works of art. All my creations are visually appealing, comfortable to operate and/or wear and they are durable. All commissions are bespoke, each hand crafted with great attention to detail, producing a good quality character. Only the finest and closest matched, for purpose, materials are used to create your final piece.
With the puppets I make and having worked for many years as a TV puppeteer and puppet maker, I am very aware of the drawbacks of complex mechanisms. I do not offer any mechanism or animatronics. If they break down it can hold up an expensive shoot. Good puppeteers don’t need mechanisms, and Jim Henson and company is testament to that! I also offer a reduced rate for building a puppet if I can also have the pleasure of operating it for you as I still love performing and voicing!
My attention to detail has meant continuous positive feedback and perpetual work from my clients, and every piece is made entirely by me. Please take time to browse my Costumes, Puppets, Masks, Maquettes and Props pages to see the gallery of my past work.
I also undertake repairs & cleaning of costumes and puppets, in fact ALL ‘soft’ projects are considered and I can usually advise on pricing, timescales and feasibility within 24 hours of first contact. To discuss your project or requirements please contact me on +44 (0)1329 661161