web analytics

Category Archives: Video

vincent pianina and lorenzo papace’s paper animation

It’s no secret that I have an ongoing fascination with beautiful animations and with paper art. The two come together in Vincent Pianina & Lorenzo Papace’s music video for Ostersoen Odland. While all three minutes and twelve seconds are wonderful, the real fun begins at the 1:55 minute mark. It’s a rollercoaster. Really.

{click the image above to watch the video}



The artists used paper to craft a mesmerizing array of props – from ships and sealife to trains and rollercoaster. Quite a feat in and of itself, but then to animate the props? Impressive. A true display of talent and skill.




Pianina & Papace’s website

More ‘making of’ photos here



kate anderson, kate anderson, kate anderson

While researching fiber artist Kate Anderson I came across several other artists from around the world who share the name Kate Anderson. Today’s post features three of them.

One name. Three artists. Three distinctly different voices. Enjoy.

{Click on each artist’s name to jump to their website}


Kate Anderson – Fiber Artist


O’Keeffe Brush Teapot, knotted waxed linen

O’Keeffe Brush Teapot, back

Jim Dine Teapot, knotted waxed linen, stainless steel, aluminum

“Making sculptural art forms by utilizing the repetitive basketry technique called knotting forms the basis of my work regarding content and the blurred edges where art and craft meet.

High-art/low-art references come into play by utilizing the teapot, a common craft object, as my sculptural archetype juxtaposed with images appropriated from the world of “high art”.

Quotation, allusion, abstraction, and art/craft references all play a part as the knotting process simultaneously creates both structure and image.”


Kate Anderson – Mosaics



Where Shadows Go

The Myth of Place

Kate Anderson, glass mosaic artist

“The medium of mosaic allows me to interpret themes beyond the purely decorative. I see the contradiction in mosaic – that of its being solid, fixed, and yet containing such an urge to movement in design as sympathetic to the language of symbols which I explore.

Symbols survive through cultural changes, but the movement of time adds layers to their meaning.

I aim to produce work that stimulates the imagination and is thought provoking.

Work for exhibition takes me from the illustrative to the semi-abstract. Ideas are constantly excavated and reassembled.”


Kate Anderson – Illustrator/Animator



Still images from the animation “Displacement Song”

You can view all of the award winning artist’s animation shorts on her website.

pixar’s trippy zoetrope

My longtime fascination with zoetropes led me to an amazing zoetrope made by the Pixar animations studio. Zoetropes, an early animation tool, are usually created using a cylinder with vertical slits cut into the sides and a sheet of paper with a series of sequenced images wrapped along the inner wall of the cylinder. When you spin the cylinder and look inside, the objects on the paper appear to be moving. Here’s an example.

A few years ago, Studio Ghibli created a three dimensional zoetrope that wowed the world. Inspired by Ghibli’s 3D version, Pixar set out to make their own in an effort to show the public how animation works.

Pixar artists created 18 different sculptures of every figure in the scene – each sculpture slightly different than the last one. When the structure that holds the carefully placed sculptures spins, strobe lights make the scene come to life as you watch.

The end result is trippy and uber cool. The video below explains the process and shows the zoetrope in action.

The magic is in the strobe lights and the placement of the sequential sculptures. Hope you trip the light fantastic this weekend.




Pixar Studios

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...