mari jaye blanchard

“Reel” Progress!

A big concern for this Mutoscope project was how I was going to build the reel.  Essentially, I needed hundreds of pages to wrap, Rolodex style, around a tube.  After meeting with Todd Gustavson at George Eastman House, and convincing Mark Reisch and Mike Buffalin to come along for the ride, I was in business! The above gallery is my progress on this very important step. And here’s a video of the result.

Way to a Woman’s Heart…

FEAD it!  And by that I mean, give a woman her first official RIT FEAD grant and she will make the anatomical heart Mutoscope she’s been planning for eight months.  Found out this week my project is FUNDED!  Thank you, RIT, for being not only a fantastic place to work, but also a source of encouragement for my work outside of your heavily bricked but sort of charming walls.AngleGrind_Funded

Try some Cartuna!

I made a bunch of super mini shorts for these guys over the winter, and now they’re officially out there in the world since Cartuna has launched!  Here’s one of the first ones I made…

 

About Faith

I have begun a cross-disciplinary dialogue with the talented poet David Yockel Jr.  We have also started another project with flavor syrup stickers (coming soon!), but this is a poem he wrote on the spot yesterday:

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The reason man ever imagined faith

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Hope your Holidays are Sweet!

Even though winter seems to have taken a vacation here in the Northeast, NYFA still needed a holiday card, and as it has become tradition, I am happy to have made it!  Thanks to Mandy Heck for a little background tune, and Marc Banning for lending me a hand with those brownies ;)

 

NYFA Meltdown

I have the honor of making NYFA’s holiday card again this year, and my first idea was to “un-melt” some molded ice cubes to create the logo (stop-mo shown in reverse)…but after making FOUR different molds this weekend and all of them failing, I went with a batch of brownies instead (I’ll post the video when it’s done).  Here’s the last mold I had to cut apart before I threw in the towel:

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Where there’s a weld, there’s a way…

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Life handed me lemons, and today I turned them into a really ugly but functional welded coat hook. For an upcoming animation project, I am going to (hopefully) build a Mutoscope, and as this is no longer a collaborative effort, I am taking matters into my own hands…literally.  Today was my first welding lesson, and although my welds looked like metal turds I am really excited about the possibility of realizing this piece on my own.  Doesn’t matter if it comes out looking like Frankenstein’s Flip Book, at least I’m not giving up.

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