Stop-Action Party

This  winter I hosted a stop-action film party for my son Tommy.  He and his siblings have been making these type of movies for a few years now and I thought it would be fun to not only celebrate his skills, but to invite his friends to try their hands at it.  I had my sons gather different props to work with; like Lego guys and bricks, beanie babies, peeps (those marshmallow treats) and clay.  We then divided up the props between two boxes, added scenery and a camera to each.

I separated the party-goers into two groups, gave them each a box and set them to the task of making a half-minute film. We explained to them that there would have to be about ten photo frames per second of film and they should to try take about 250-300 shots.

Once the films were complete we premiered them to the group, to much applause and acclamations.  We then passed out secret ballots so they could judge each film on the scenery, use of special effects, direction, story line and overall best short film.

The kids had a great time and showed true imagination.  The results were wonderful.  See for yourself. 


I have always loved the process of transforming pieces of fabric into quilts. For years I collected scraps, just to be sure I'd have the right piece for the project at hand. Eventually, as my skills progressed, my hobby grew into art. I moved from simple quits, to 'landscape quilting' and then eventually onto portrait work. I am new to the art field and am self-taught, learning from my mistakes as well as from my successes. I create my images using only fabric and thread. I remain true to this limitation for two reasons; first, I love the challenge of finding new ways to depict ever more challenging subjects. Second, fabric work remains my true love. I enjoy the hunt for fabrics; where other artists might blend oil paints, I love finding that perfect shade or pattern for a specific need. I refer to my style as "gestalt impressionism" for one needs to take a step back from my pieces to get the whole picture. My view point changes by what is influencing me at the time. Recently I've begun to focus on the journey of the individual. I enjoy working on portraits of people whom I feel have lead interesting lives.

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