Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Commercial for Natural Gas Belgium

This is hands down the coolest commercial I have seen in a long time...

via craft magazine

The Making of the Commercial for Natural Gas Belgium

I think I like this as much as the ad for natural gas! Amazing to see how many people it took to make this advertisement...it is made by Lovo Films...love the stop motion transformation. After doing several workshops with my daughter in Toronto at the NfB ( National Film Board) and being a knitter, I totally see how long this must have taken but with such a lovely result! From their YouTube description, Lovo Films describes the process:
" The story is simple, visualize the warmth of natural gas by wool. A month of preparation, 4 days and night shoot, with a professional crew of over 40 men, shot live and in stopmotion with 4 different cameras. A film of TBWA Brussels, directed by Olivier Babinet produced by Lovo Films."

PS: the link for the commercial in the post above is via Craft magazine...I cannot link in the actual post for some strange reason....)

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Book Shopping

I went a bit book crazy on our trip to NYC.  Here is what I bought...I am enjoying the Patti Smith book--she is a really good writer. The Japanese books are from Kinokuniya Bookstore in their new digs near Bryant Park and the NYPL. The design book is from the Cooper-Hewitt.


When I was looking for information on where to buy this book I stumbled across Kat Coyle's blog who bought the same book and has made a scarf from it. It is truly gorgeous so I hope that I can make one as nice!
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

One for the kids and one for the adults: Our Pen Pal packs and ReForm School Pen Pal Club

We finally finished our Pen Pal Packs. We took a quick trip to NYC so we picked up fun postcards from favorite restaurants and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, bought some pens at the art store, and made some envelopes on the computer, included some stickers and a copy of a story from Arnold Lobel called "The Letters" from his book Frog and Toad Are Friends. I asked my daughter Lucia to write a letter to her friends and family to explain the packs and ask each person to write to her. She was not so keen on the writing exercise--she just wanted to use the scanner and draw on the computer--we finally agreed on her writing one version that we scanned in and printed for each person. She included some special things for each person too.

We mailed the packs last week so I will let you know if we start to receive some  letters soon.

And for the parents:

ReForm School in LA is having a Pen Pal Club for adults. They have a Kids Club in the works. It sounds so fun! I think I will try. The deadline is Monday, March 15th. 7-9pm.  For the deets, see the ReForm School blog.
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