Tag Archives: childhood

Cardboard Theaters

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The Puppet Theater of Cardboard City.

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Untitled Vaudeville Models constructed by Annie MacDonnell and Rob Shostak (2006).

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Vesnin’s cardboard model for the Kamerny Theatre’s cubo-futurist production of Phedre.

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Puppet Theater

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Cardboard stage with bird earrings.

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Cardboard set design for “Only If Romeo Knew”.

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A fantasy metropolis by Exquisite City.

Howl's Moving Castle, Southwark Playhouse.

Theater in an underground tunnel.

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Aesop’s Fables stage set (2006).

Image Links:
http://www.core77.com/gallery/sofia-design-week-2011/117.asp
http://www.dioramasandcleverthings.com/2012/05/three-fab-cardboard-models.html
http://library.calvin.edu/hda/node/2215

http://www.dandee-designs.com/2010/08/puppet-theater-tutorial.html
http://luckypony.co.za/tag/cardboard-stage/
http://www.behance.net/gallery/Cardboard-stage-set/1484287
http://blog.ponoko.com/2009/01/29/on-site-the-exquisite-city-of-cardboard/
http://www.shoppedanddropped.com/2012/01/theatre-howls-moving-castle.html#.UPeVoaFFcqg
http://jeffreytbaker.blogspot.com/2009/02/natural-childrens-theater-design.html

Fake teeth baby pacifiers: PURE ART.

When I have a kid, he/she will definitely be wearing one of these:

 

Image Links

http://unapologeticallymundane.com/2011/02/04/donut-hole-babies/ (Donut Hole Babies)

http://msgboard.snopes.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=print_topic;f=109;t=000460 (Baby teeth!)

http://www.incrediblethings.com/lists/18-weird-products-for-kids/ (18 Weird Products for Kids)

http://aprilleflye.blogspot.com/2011/03/top-15-craziest-weirdest-baby-pacifiers.html (April Leflye)

http://superpunch.blogspot.com/2011/01/lil-vampire-baby-pacifier.html (Super Punch)

http://whiteningforteeth.net/billy-bob-teeth-pacifier (billy bob teeth pacifier)

A few of my favorite songs growing up

The Bangles: Eternal Flame (1986)

I remember having a crush on a boy in 1st grade and singing this song to him. The Bangles were awesome. Even though I didn’t know their band name at the time, their music ruled my world. Other favorites included Walk Like an Egyptian and Manic Monday. After splitting in 1996, this rockin’ girl band got back together in 1998, and apparently just launched a new album on Sept. 27, 2011 titled Sweetheart of the Sun.

Arrested Development: Tennessee (1992)

I used to love Arrested Development. I still remember the tape and its cover, which I fondly brought with me everywhere:

Now when you type Arrested Development into Google, you come up with more info about the t.v. show than the band. Apparently they’re still playing music, and are located in Atlanta, Georgia. My favorite memories of listening to Arrested Development was with my Dad in his car on the way to dropping me off at school.

En Vogue: Giving Him Something He Can Feel (1992)

This was the soundtrack to life in 7th grade. This was the song me and my girlfriends listened to while dreaming about cute boys and trying to figure out what puberty meant. At this point, my dream was to star in the school talent show singing this song. It’s probably a good thing that I didn’t, but at that time, it seemed like the coolest thing to do ever.

Apparently, En Vogue reunited in 2008 and is back on the scene! I’m keeping my eyes out for the divas’ newest single I’ll Cry Later.

Radiohead: Creep (1993)

Radiohead was the first alternative rock band that I started getting into, in the 7th/8th grade. I was more of the R&B type until then. In fact, I didn’t even know who Nirvana was until the day everyone in junior high was mourning Kurt Cobain’s death. Creep symbolized my transition into the grunge scene, and was an important song for me at that time.

As I’m sure you all know, Radiohead is still alive and well. I’m a big fan of their music to this day.

That’s all I’ve got for today, but this blog post will be continued, with more tunes from childhood coming soon!!

The Art of BEING A CHILD AGAIN!!

Children make me happy. And they remind me that I once was a child too. Once, before I transmogrified into this adult body which I find myself in now…

I made some of my most amazing artistic discoveries as a child. I loved art because it gave me the opportunity to express myself in a way that nothing else did. Through art, I could let my imagination run free.

Children’s art is amazing because through their eyes we rediscover the world again for the first time. Because we once drew those pictures, too. Even if we’re no longer artists.

All children are artists.

And their artwork, while not always beautiful, is honest: coming straight from the heart. With a little bit of encouragement, children make art without barriers, without being shaped by others’ opinions, without doubting their own ability to make art in the first place.. They just MAKE ART. They just make it. And then they put it up on the wall for the world to see, proud of what they did.

Adult artists struggle to recreate playfulness in their work all the time; to be free to express is not so easy when you’re an adult.

STRUGGLE. The definition of struggle in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary: to make strenuous or violent efforts in the face of difficulties or opposition; to proceed with difficulty or with great effort..

When you get in a room full of children making art, their ideas are endless. They have the idea, and they go with it. They are less concerned with the product of their artistic endeavors, and more with the physical action of hitting the brush to the page, of gluing the yarn, of blending the colors, of telling the story…

Is it the development of artistic technique that kills the essence of our work as adult artists? Or is it society that shapes us to slowly lose our childhood touch?

Perhaps it is a combination of both.

No matter where we are as artists (with or without technique), we can’t forget that ART is about PLAY. It really is. It’s not about struggling to make a painstaking diagram that maps the future of humankind. It’s about expressing what we see, in a different way, and sharing it. And it can be FUN. ART can be FUN. That’s a mantra I have to say over and over again to myself. Not just that art CAN be fun, but that art IS fun. ART is FUN. It feels good to say it. ART is FUN. ART is FUN. ART is FUN. ART is FUN. ART is FUN. ART is FUN. Isn’t that what you thought as a child? ART is FUN. ART is FUN. ART is FUN. ART is FUN. ART is FUN. ART is FUN!


LINKS:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/struggle (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)

http://fort-greene.thelocal.nytimes.com/tag/the-fridge/page/3/ (The Fridge)

http://www.mama.org/caa/gallery/ (Museum of Ancient and Modern Art)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/78392448@N00/54641857/ (Marc Portier’s Photostream)

http://modernfolklorists.wordpress.com/category/child-artraw-art/page/3/ (The File Cabinet of Curiosities)

http://www.funkorchildart.com/ChildrenArt.php (Funkor Child Art Center)