What’s in a name?

PISTO is a Finnish noun that means a stitch. We think it is a perfect name for us because we do a lot of hand stitching on puppets made for film and television; Bo Bear (Norwegian Brillebjørn) is a very good example of this type of work. Also, Tiina is originally Finnish, and although she is well rooted in Norway after thirty-odd years studying and working in Oslo she is a bit sentimental about her native country.

Don’t be fooled by the name. To produce puppets and props for theatres, films, TV series and productions the PISTO Team use a variety of techniques and tools, ranging from tiny tweezers to heavy machinery.

Sean is a Royal Engineer by education, and Tiina is an academy-trained sculptor.

If you would like a glimpse into the work processes, you are welcome to browse this Process section of our website.

What’s in a name?
That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.

Juliet in
Romeo and Juliet (Act II, Scene ii, 1-2)
by William Shakespeare.