Friday Night Flicks: The Master of Paper Props

If you are watching a movie in which someone is reading a newspaper, or handing a policeman their driver’s license, or receiving a telegram, or finding an old love letter in an even older book, there’s a good chance those bits of paper were created by Ross MacDonald. Tonight’s flick takes you inside his studio to see a bit of what he does.



In this so-called digital age, you might want to take a moment this weekend to think about all the bits of paper that still surround us every day.

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New Acquisitions

I purchased some new tools recently. The first is an Alpha Lettering Set. I bought it second-hand from a friend who thinks I paid her too much for it. Once you factor in exchange rates and shipping costs for one ordered on-line, I don’t think I did.

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Friday Night Flicks: Waiting Out Winter

This short video by Andrew David Watson is described by the filmmaker as

A homage to all craftspeople who spend their winters tucked inside their workshops waiting for better weather.



For those living through the coldest February ever, or digging out of another unusual snowfall, I hope you have better weather this weekend.

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Square Dance

I recently received confirmation for a solo exhibition —tentatively titled Square Dance—opening in September 2020 at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery in Saskatoon. Half the proposed works in the show will be wall pieces like Moody Blues

and In Winter.

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Friday Night Flicks: #jeezleycold

My apologies: I have had only intermittent contact with the world wide web for a few days now because it has been #jeezley cold! We came home from shopping (because one needs food) to find an amazing cable guy kneeling in our ditch outside a grey box.

We brought him in and warmed him up and gave him coffee and then he went back to work, so we have internet.

My only hope is that the weather does as as predicted by this video:



You remember that snowflake in hell that your parents mentioned?

It won’t happen this weekend.



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DIY Valentine 2019

In an attempt to give you a little lead time, I am posting this year’s DIY Valentine today.

The structure is a pop-up that looks impressive and complex, but is quite easy to make. Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: Table Dance

Today’s short video features stop-motion animation and dancing doilies. It is the work of Saskatchewan artist Lindsay Arnold.



You might want to spend part of your weekend checking out her other videos, or looking at some of her drawings and paintings on her website.

Yes, that’s a painting. If you are somewhere near Regina, Saskatchewan, you could spend more of your weekend checking out her exhibition Tedium at the Art Gallery of Regina.

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An Accordion Book with Removable Spine

I saw this structure a while back on Pinterest.

It turned up again recently. The image is from the announcement of a workshop —now long past— offered by Cristina Balbiano d’Aramengo. I tracked down an email address for her and wrote at the beginning of January to ask permission to post instructions for her structure. Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: Trepō – Zoetrope Pottery

I haven’t shown a zoetrope video for a while. Today’s flick features the work of ceramic artist Kenny Sing who decorates platters with designs that become animations when the piece is rotated at the correct speed.



If you want to see more of Kenny Sing’s work, you could spend a few minutes this weekend reading the Colossal article, and following up some of the links it contains.

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A Bookbinder’s Travel Kit

I wrote about the first two layers (four pockets) of my travel kit last week. Since this adaptation of the Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread Book only has five pockets, today’s post will explain the combined bottom layer box and cover.

Here’s my finished kit.

The pull tab does look rather like a tongue, but I think I will skip David’s suggestion that I could add eyes.  ; ] Continue reading

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