Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’
Um, holy freaking amazing. Animated weaving by CCA MFA student Kate Nartker. I’ve my friend and equally talented artist, Toyin to thank for this mind-blowing discovery. Having been dabbling in some weaving recently during my limited free time, I can only imagine how many hours, days, and months Nartker spends creating just a few frames of animation. P.S. You’ll want to full screen these
I’ve been on a vintage book kick for some time now, which of course has meant the exponential growth of my books wishlist. I’ve managed to add a few of them to my physical collection, and I’m pretty eager to add the others on my list.
My most recent acquisition was the 1951 volume Folk Toys; Les Jouets Populaires by Emanuel Hercik. Hercik undertook the task of cataloguing the development of the folk toy from ancient times through the 1950s in the interest of preserving a record of a basic human tradition and encouraging others to dig deeper themselves. He did so by illustrating them in precise, unpretentious line drawings and paintings.
There is a short intro chapter, which has me itching to explore the historical development of the toy further, but what’s most impressive are the illustrations. While most of us probably lost our interest in toys after the age of 10 or so, this book makes it impossible to indifferently skim through it. Many of the toys are familiar, but there are toys that are unusual and imaginative. I did recognize a few near the end from a collection my mother had that she let us play with when we were little.
The book contains 176 colour plates, so there are way too many for me to photograph and post here, but I’ve included a few favourites. You can see more from the book via tooknap’s vintage toy set
I was a weird kid with a lot of obsessions, mostly obsessions centered on the natural world (although I did go through an all-things-ancient-Egyptian phase at one point). Of course I had a rock collection (Guys. I still have it.), and I remember the few agates and geodes I had were my favourites. The complexity of the mineral patterns was always good for hours of staring and imagining tiny landscapes with tiny people and tiny animals, and you get the idea.
I have to say I’m happy I haven’t abandoned all of the fascinations I had back when I was little, and was pretty darn excited to find these beautiful images from flickr user, Captain Tenneal. Be sure to click over to see them full size.