Here is a little animation of my latest pup up card design. This sweet snake comes to the fore during its year to shine with a asian style paper lantern in its mouth ready to celebrate the spring festival in this lunar new year of the lowly (as in the close-to-the-earth sense) serpentes.
The end of last year was a busy time for me. After last years bumps (moving & broken wrist) I was able to return my focus to my work in the latter half of the calendar. I made a goal for myself that in addition to selling on etsy, I would participate in four shows to get my work out there in the local indie art/craft scene. I started in May. I seemed it would be a stretch after a few deadlines were just out of reach for me. As it turned out a lot of unexpected opportunities came up and I ended up participating in seven shows! What a great feeling to surpass a goal. I think I will be making a lot more goals for this year. Whether I succeed or fail at least I'll have a path to take.
At one of the shows I got an order for the customization of my Kindred Spirits card. Instead of two girls my customer wanted four times four. I'm tickled with how this card delights me so. In addition to making more goals for myself, I also want to give myself assignments to stimulate my creative production, now i just need to think of some assignments.
I quick slide show I put together of my Happy Jack pop up cards. These 160 happy Halloween faces were the result of a custom order. It was so much fun creating all the unique faces. No 2 were alike aside from a set of twins :).
I love how they used the simplest of pop-up techniques to create a CD cover with some major awe factor.
My husband is the master of the mixtape err, CD. He makes great covers but I always thought we should collaborate to make a popup CD cover
As I am always saying in my pop-up classes, every fold represents an opportunity for another "pop" so the gutter folds in CD cases are no different. I can hardly look at a fold without dreaming some way to deliver it from ho-hum to très cool.
Fascinating stuff. TEDtalks over at TED.com Of particular interest is a talk by origami artist Robert Lang. His TED talk is about origami in scientific applications. His talk is both amazing and funny, simple and wonderous. He has developed a freeware called TreeMaker that gives you the fold pattern for a stick figure so you can make the most complex origami models like spiders or deer with antlers, all out of a single uncut square of paper. My love of paper is constantly affirmed for its versatility and plasticity, texture, and accessibility and beautiful simplicity.
Pictured above: Robert Lang's sucky mosquito--I never imagined I'd find any mosquito so fascinaitng. Now a house centipede--I just don't think I could give it a second look without a squasher in my hand. Hey Mr. Lang, could you pack enough circles into a square to make a 100 legged creepy-crawly?
Found this tutorial on creating a repeating pattern on Design Sponge, thought it's a fantastic, however; obvious tutorial. I find myself thinking why didn't I think of that? I suppose if I really sat down to think about it I could have but it is so great learning from someone in the know.