At Moss, Finger Puppets to Remember Recently Deceased Celebrities

(Photo: Moss)

The year-end recaps and “Best of 2008” roundups are already trickling in, and with them will come, like the inevitable Academy Awards Death Reel, a flurry of remembrances of recently expired notables. Be ready to stage your own small-scale commemorative performances with the help of Francesca Basilico‘s new series of finger puppets, created exclusively for Moss by I Golfini Della Nonna (the Los Angeles-based company also does a charming alpaca seahorse). The set of “Six Who Passed On in 2008” (pictured above) features hand-crocheted likenesses of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Jesse Helms, Maharishi Maresh Yogi, Yves Saint Laurent, Charlton Heston, and Heath Ledger, all nestled inside a white felt pouch. The tiny cotton skulls of Helms and Heston are topped with devil horns, while the other four are outfitted in angel wings and haloes. With their distinctive facial hair, the Maharishi and Solzhenitsyn are easily identifiable, while Ledger, presumably dressed for Brokeback Mountain, resembles a cheery Amish policeman—who better to keep the gun-toting Heston in line? The set of set of six Gone But Not Forgotten finger puppets is available for $90 at Moss.