Monday, July 03, 2017

The passing of "The Village Toymaker", Ron Fuller (1936 - 2017)

It is with great sadness that we share the news that the great toymaker, Ron Fuller, passed away yesterday. He was an early and important figure in the growth of contemporary automata. Certainly, he will be missed. We are, however, left with his example, his writings, and his creations. Ron Fuller will continue to amuse and inspire for generations to come.

Here is a summary of Ron Fuller in his own words from the Craftco website.

Here is a post about the passing of Ron Fuller on the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre website.

Here is a nice article about Ron Fuller from 2010 on the East Anglian Daily Times website.

If you haven't seen the video of Ron Fuller (below), it's a nice profile of the man.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Lovely short film about Maria and Micheal Start of The House of Automata

Here's a really nice short film about my friends Maria and Micheal Start who are behind The House of Automata

Visit their web site to learn more about The House of Automata.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Desktop Mutoscope featuring Animations by Anna Taberko

Our friend Joe Freedman at LeafPDX wrote to tell us about a new mechanical animation project.

Joe writes:
I just launched my new Kickstarter project which is Desktop Mutoscope in collaboration with a young animator from Minneapolis, Anna Taberko. Her work consists of blooming flowers, swirling insects, and animals. These animated loops capture illustrations in a constant state of motion, whether they're moving or standing still.

Here is the Kickstarter page where you can see the animations in action. Beautiful!

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