When you first hear the term “embroidermation” and you’re me, you immediately think twee Wes Anderson type vibes. Nina Paley’s stop motion animation created using embroidered images is no part twee or Wes Anderson, you (and I) can be assured. Together with fellow animator Theodore Gray, Paley embroiders each panel by hand which is then animated in a program Gray created called Mathematica.
While some of their work is pretty cute – the dancing deer makes me especially happy – the majority of it is pretty dark and twisted. For example, the animation of the bull getting bludgeoned by the butcher who then gets taken by the grim reaper is not particularly sweet. There’s an edge to Paley and Gray’s work and after thinking about the hours spent embroidering and animating these shorts that belies its cutesy facade. [h/t mentalfloss.com]
We all do it – check Instagram first thing in the morning, still laying in bed, the screen blinding our eyes, scrolling through photos of our friends’ cats. I have a suggestion, though, to not only enrich your mornings but to streamline them as well: follow Tatsuya Tanaka (@tanaka_tatsuya) asap. The Japanese artist has created the cutest, tiniest and most practical Instagram page with his mini digital diorama daily calendar posts.
Tanaka’s diorama’s are playful, clever and laugh out loud funny – not to mention technically precise to the point of obsession. There were tiny cheerleaders with pom poms made of rock candy on August 3rd, a boy tubing down a blue Croc river on July 24th and the littlest Superman spinning his mighty web around a single yellow onion on July 22nd. His sets are simple, clean and thoughtful, allowing the incredible detail (check out the ridges on those bottle cap tablecloths!) to shine. [h/t whudat.de]
A hundred miles of twine tied in half a million knots is suspended over Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway. The twisting, translucent form 600 feet long is artist Janet Echelman’s latest public art installation and will be on display through October 2015. During the day, the sculpture is a giant net undulating in the wind. And by night, it’s illuminated to become a dance of light and lines.
Titled “As If It Were Already Here”, Echelman wanted the sculpture to echo Boston’s local history. “I’m excited to visually knit together the fabric of the city with art,” Echelman said.
Echelman is well-known for her massive sculptures made of string which she’s hung up in cities such as Montreal and Seattle. In a previous Ted Talk, she related how her weaving technique was inspired by fishermen in India who showed her how they tie their fishing nets. [h/t beautifuldecay.com]