Friday, June 1, 2012

festival shenanigans in the 612

oh, minneapolis. you are so amazing.
(in the summer.)

i love it. the weather is bonkers awesome, and the weekends are packed with festivals galore. a few weeks ago, i went on a festival frenzy.

first: minnesota center for book arts harukaze festival
paper + festival? yes, please. we ran around the MCBA and learned japanese stab binding by making mini books, ogled the exhibitions that were set up around the studio, watched a girl make wood cut prints, and made our own suminagashi (japanese paper marbling) cards.

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a book of paper cranes. this book is literally crawling with cranes. a crane infestation.
a cranepocolypse. of amazingness.

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a stunning, enormous, gargantuan papercut. i want this in my house.

my favorite part! making our own suminagashi cards!


first, you drop dots of oil based paint into a tray of water.
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then swirl. swirl like you've never swirled before.
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because the oil based paints and water don't mix, the colors skate around the top of the water, like aquatic clouds. on skates.
yeah, you know. those things.

 
then lay a piece of cardstock on top of the water. the card will pick up the oil paint from the surface of the water.
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it's like MAGIC.
or SCIENCE.
SAME THING.

when it was my turn, i went to town like a psychotic carebear. after piling every single color into the tray of water, i swirled like a boss and ended up with this:

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yeah buddy. i am super great.

second: art-a-whirl
every year, northeast minneapolis hosts the nation's largest open studio tour. i had no idea what that meant, so i set out to explore it. i showed up, was given a map, and commenced wandering.

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i had not realized that batman lived in northeast minneapolis.

one of the buildings had a huge atrium set up with all sorts of random things.

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a paper maze:
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a...dirt maze?
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YO LADY!
QUIT WALKING THROUGH THE ART!

i'm in love with these watercolors.

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the best part about the whole thing was walking through northeast. it reminded me of philly.

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this guy was totally real life steampunk.

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wall paintings


uptown is minneapolis' hipster central, and they did not disappoint. massive amounts of hipsters and random booths made for some interesting sight seeing.
including these poodles.

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yes. they are real. they looked pretty upset.
perhaps PETA had decided to punish them for wearing fur.



oh, minneapolis. you are so awesome.
(in the summer.)

hope everyone is enjoying summer as much as i am!
sidenote: HOW IS IT ALREADY JUNE.


4 comments:

Josh Chu said...

wow these are TRULY shenanigans (...pin drop) :)
I must admit the reverse-oleophobic art is intriguing, although my OCD-tendencies would have gotten the better of some mad sweeping abilities on the dirt maze

Laura said...

What an amazing festival! I love marbling paper! I should do that again. :)

SpiritPhoenix said...

You could probably use nail polish in the water instead of oil paints for those cards too. If they can do it with fingernails...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upa_GgA9SJQ&list=PL9897F44C750F9766&index=28&feature=plpp_video

BellsInSpires said...

@ josh chu: hush, you. sorry i'm not sorry i party ok??

@Laura: i'd love to see your paper marbling! i had no idea that paper could be painted this way!

@SpiritPhoenix: the youtube link didn't work, but i searched it and my brain just fell out. how do people figure this stuff out?? that is amazing.

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