August 21, 2008
Our beloved former fellow designer, Patricia Fry has crafted a delightful pop-up book adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker. Patricia worked in the NYC studio a few years ago before moving to Europe. Now in Switzerland, she is continuing to create paper engineered marvels in paper and I had a chance to interview her and learn about her experiences with The Nutcracker and life in the land of cheese and chocolate. Patricia has many good things to share (nine pages of things!) so follow this link at www.kyleolmon.com to see a new face in the field of pop-up publishing.
There are 9 violins, 3 cellos, 4 french horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, 2 clarinets, 2 piccolos, 1 tuba, 1 piano, 1 harp, 1 percussionist and 1 conductor – phew!
Our final assignment in the class was to make a color pop-up of a place. I chose to make the Mayan ruins in Palenque, Mexico.
I looked at lots of pictures to get the placement and appearance of the buildings as close to the real thing as I could!
This weekend I went to the "Playing the Building", a sound installation by David Byrne formerly of the music group the talking heads. You go in this creepy old ferry terminal and get to play an old pipe organ that is hooked up to a building, and the building makes the noise and becomes a giant musical instrument. It's really cool. It's only open for one more weekend and its free! If you are in NYC I suggest you go see it. Go here for more info!
August 1, 2008
My friends all know that if I get my hands on anything foldable -
napkins, receipts, tickets, anything - I'm bound at some point to
start making it into origami. I suppose it's kind of a creepy habit
(like that guy in
help myself anymore, I love folding!
A great origami resource on the internet is the website run by paper
folding professional Joseph Wu. He has galleries of some amazing
origami models, as well as a large collection of diagrams for anyone
to try their hand at paper folding. You can also find links to many
more resources in his links section.
Another good site is www.origami.com - there you can find lots of
diagrams for models you can try making at home!
A regular 'V' fold is pretty easy to make. You just fold your paper in half and line it up on top of the gutter. Angle 'A' is the same as angle 'B'.
But to make an asymmetrical V fold is a little more difficult. I don't really understand it myself but here is a diagram that I find helpful.
Angle 'A' is not equal to angle 'B'.
You can make angle 'B' what ever you want.
To find angle 'A' just find the distance form the V fold to the gutter, angle 'D', then double it.
Then you have angle 'A'.
The studio took a field trip this Thursday morning to see living dinosaurs in New York City - or as close as we're going to get to them! Walking With Dinosaurs, the wildly popular BBC television series inspired this traveling show of gigantic, life-sized dinosaur puppets - and we loved it. I think our group was the only one in the whole stadium without at least one person below the age of ten years old - but who cares?! Nothing beats watching dinosaurs (even if they aren't real) battle it out for survival. Check it out here.
- Everyone at the S & R Studio