mari jaye blanchard

Where there’s a weld, there’s a way…


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.

Face Off


Whirlwind of a week and Greg and I are going to lay it to rest by smashing stuff stop-motion style!  First victim…my face from Halloween ten years ago.  I only have one spare, so we’d better get it right the first time…

STAR-t Your Engines!


Greg and I have officially launched Studio 567 by going on the roof and making this quick light painting test.  I believe we are going to tackle a lip-synch for our first challenge…stay tuned to see if I make good on that promise!

Who I Saw Today: Glen Keane!


“Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

Goethe via Glen Keane during his Lecture at SVA

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