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the ice book: paper theater brought to life

The Ice Book, a combination of animation, puppetry and film, brings a new dimension to pop-up books. The viewer watches a story – of a princess who lures a boy into the forest to warm her heart of ice – but they are seeing only part of the story.

The rest of the story, how husband and wife team Kristin and Davy McGuire had a big dream, a little money, a steep learning curve and a lot of perseverance – is one we can all learn from.


The message? Keep dreaming, don’t let obstacles get in your way AND if you remain open to the possibilities, sometimes the end result is very different, but even better than the dream.

“We created the show during a four month artist residency at the Kuenstlerdorf Schoeppingen in Germany. All we had was a 5D Mark ii, an old Macbook with After Effects, some builders lights and a green cloth that we improvised as a makeshift green-screen. Before we started we had no idea how to make pop-up books let alone how we could combine them with projections. With a lot of care, love and arguing the idea eventually came to life.”


The Ice Book (HD) from Davy and Kristin McGuire on Vimeo.

With a miniature stage made of pop-up cut-outs, this paper theater is brought to life using light and film projection to create an ethereal, haunting artwork. Watch both videos to get a full understanding of what it took to make The Icebook.

Compositing – The Ice Book from Davy and Kristin McGuire on Vimeo.

Read more about how they created this lovely film here and here. The couple is currently touring with the film – you can find their schedule here.

mandy smith: the move

More paper art today – this time it all comes together in a short film by Mandy Smith, with a set created entirely from paper, glue, foam board and wire.

The 20-something crafted every detail of the house, interior, vehicle and grounds from paper. An impressive feat, only topped by putting the paper sculptures in motion for this sweet little movie {scroll to the end of the post to view the movie}.

There are many more images of the house on her website – start here and here.


Don’t you love the quilled flowers?

ai weiwei’s sunflower seeds

Fascinating video about Ai Weiwei’s latest project, 100 million ceramic sunflower seeds, hand crafted by an entire town.


Seeds, detail

Don’t have time to watch the 15 minute long video right now? Watch the short explanation below – but you will want to make time for the video above also – sometimes it takes a village…

Ai Wei Wei and 100 million porcelain sunflower seeds

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