Dejah and Louis Leger

Dejah with her father-in-law Louis Leger

Seattle, Washington - Dejah creates the gorgeous paper cut scrolls and Louis is the crankist!

Her father-in-law, Louise makes crankie kits for sale on Etsy.   To find out more, visit his page on this website.  Visit his Etsy shop crankiekit

They are in the family band La Famille Leger, bringing Acadian and French Canadian tunes and lore to the Northwest.

Hope & Anchor

Alex Goodman, telling a tale!

From England, Hope & Anchor are Alex Goodman & Joanna Hope Bricher, often joined by other artists, writers and musicians. After meeting at Dartington College of Arts in 2008 they formed a printing and performing powerhouse. Check out their website

Matt Muirhead

This is Matt performing his 2018 "cat crankie" at the 4th Annual Baltimore Crankie Fest. Photo by Matt Kelley.

From Balimore, MD, Matt Muirhead is a painter, musician and pioneering crankie technician! He uses a form of  silk screening to create the images on the scroll. He adds music by using mbira and other instruments (some connected to the crank). In this video he has also added a  foot-operated puppet (shown in the photo) to create a kind of "one man band" kind of crankie performance. To watch a video of this crankie, click here.

Visit his website


Kiah Mae Raymond and Mary Lauren Fraser with their Fiddler of Gord crankie, a story from the Shetland Isles,

From Massachusetts, the group Riverteeth is Mary Lauren Fraser (fiddle) and both Mary and Kiah Mae Raymond creating the crankie artwork.  They perform folk tales from Appalachia, Scandinavia and beyond.  Click on this link to watch The Fiddler of Gord.  Visit their website here.

Peter Schumann

Photo by Clare Dolan.

From Vermont, Peter Schumann cofounded the Bread and Puppet Theater in 1963.  He began making crankies in the 1960s and is responsible for naming them crankys (spelled with a "y"). These early crankys inspired a "first wave" of cranky artists. 

The Bread and Puppet Theater is based in Glover, Vermont. They celebrated their 50th anniversary.  An article from the Christian Science Monitor in 2014, when the Bread and Puppet Theater were celebrating their 50th anniversary. Read it here.



Pamela Wyn Shannon

Pamela Wyn Shannon

Pamela Wyn Shannon is a gifted singer, guitarist and artist from Wales.  Read about her crankies here.  Watch one of her crankies "Caravan Crankie Lullaby" here. Enjoy!

Brendan Taaffe

Brendan Taafe

Brattleboro, VT Singer, instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo, guitar, mbira), crankie-maker! He has coordinated several crankie festivals in Vermont.  Watch one of his crankies All I Ask is a Tall Ship.   Check out his website!


Blair Thomas

Blair Thomas founded the national and international touring puppet theater company Blair Thomas & Co.  in 2002. Based in Chicago, IL, they have twice received the international UNIMA awards for excellence in the art of puppetry. Watch "The Blackbird" crankie in the "MOVING BACKDROPS" page.