A Possible Fan/Book

The title says “Possible” because I successfully made a fan/book that met my requirements this week, but I think it is only a solution and not necessarily the solution. I have continued working with the basic format that I showed you last week.

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Friday Night Flicks: Gastaloops

Tonight’s flick is a mesmerising collection of 100 gifs created by Gasta in one of those self-inflicted internet challenges.

From the text on the Vimeo page:

Browsing on internet I found a few people that are keeping themselves busy with personal projects on a daily basis. Every day they’re able to post something online.
Looking at them I always thought I couldn’t make it: too busy with my daily job in the studio, too busy at home with my family.
But I tried.
And I managed to do it. I just had to work against the clock.

GastaLoops is a 100 day design project with some “auto inflicted rules”, strong limitations that are able to fuel the creativity. The gifs had to be:
50 frames long
with 3 flat colours (ivory, coral, black)

Some of the GastaLoops I have done are better than others. Some are technically really simple. Some are boring.
But I am really happy that I manage to keep up for 100 days, with no missing days.

I am now actively trying to do an exhibition with my loops. I think it could be visually interesting to see all of them looping together in a gallery.

For the moment, I put all the loops together in this video, enjoy!



I recommend spending a few minutes this weekend checking out more of Gasta’s videos here. If you are pressed for time, just watch this lovely bit of animated typography called Future.

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Almost, but not really.

Sometimes things don’t happen according to plan.

July 7th is the official birthday of this blog. (Five years, thank you.) It is also the earliest date on which Tanabata —the Star Festival— is celebrated in Japan. Normally I post a star-themed DIY project on or close to this date. (You can find previous project posts here.)

Some of you will have read in an earlier post about my experiments with fan structures that could double as books. I thought it would be nice to do a fan (which relates to Japan) as the project for Tanabata this year, and decided that a simple folded fan would be better than the more complicated multi=part structures I had been playing with.



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Friday Night Flicks: Goroh Tagawa

In two days it will be Tanabata, the Star Festival, at least in some places. Keeping to things Japanese, tonight’s flick shows calligrapher Goroh Tagawa at work.



You can watch more of Goroh Tagawa’s calligraphy videos here, or check out his Instagram feed this weekend.

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How To Make A Paper Mini Turbine

This weekend marks what I think of as the real start of summer. School is out and people have a little more free time with national holidays, civic holidays, and vacations. It seems like a good time for another DIY paper toy.

I spent a couple of days this week working the bugs out of a design for a paper mini turbine.

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Friday Night Flicks: Pnit by Pneuhaus

Tonight’s flick is an unlikely choice for two reasons: the video was featured on Colossal, which means it already has extensive exposure, and it has nothing to do with paper, or books, and only a tenuous relationship with animation. It does, however, relate to knitting, and I love the piece, so here it is.



If you would like to see some still shots that show Pnit more clearly, you can find some here. You might also spend a few minutes this weekend checking out some other works by Pneuhaus on their Vimeo page.

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Happy Peter Verheyen Day 2019

Today is the first Peter Verheyen Day. Subscribers to the Book_Arts-L, a Syracuse University-based mailing list managed by Peter Verheyen, decided that it was about time we honoured Peter for his contributions to the book arts world. The date —June 23, 2019— was chosen by Peter himself as this day marks 25 years since the list began. Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: The Beauty of Letterpress

Tonight’s video was produced by Neenah Paper and Crane® Papers as part of a fund-raising campaign for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in the community of Two Rivers, Wisconsin.



If you have a few minutes to spare this weekend, there are two more videos in the series here. If you would like to plan an unusual vacation, you might want to check out the events schedule for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum here.

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The Beauty and The Beast

I received a lovely gift this past week: a second-hand but mint condition copy of The Beauty and The Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, in the 1858 J. R. Planché English translation.

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Friday Night Flicks: Typewriter and Boston Typewriter Orchestra

This week’s flicks both feature typewriters. The first, eponymously named Typewriter, is by Tom Nichols of Nic Nac Pictures and gives a brief history of the machine.



The second flick, Boston Typewriter Orchestra, is from American Buffalo. It’s a music video with typewriters as the only instruments.



Perhaps you will find something typewritten this weekend, or even get a chance to type something yourself.

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