Saturday, February 09, 2008

Lookie in the Goodie Box

I picked up a package from all the way on the other side of the earth the other day. It was from the amazingly talented animator and environmental advocate in Australia, Nick Hilligoss. It not only included the two Quadropodes that make up Nick's cheeky pair of mollusk ... I just somehow lost the entire rest of this post...

(argh! I said it all with more flourish of words and links in the lost draft but at here are the main points...)

I kvelled over the package Nick sent me and all the things he included in detail (faux fur for hair, weights of wire, foams, gels, diffusers and a copy of his shorts, the dvd kind not khakis.) I talked about the other great puppets that have arrived so far and how it's not too late to get your undersea creation here in time. I suggested making seaweed or bubbles, anything that seems fun to make. I talked about how grateful and thrilled I am to receive this thoughtful animator's package from Nick and how we should do this for everyone slogging away on their own in stop motion worlds. It brightens the task to know we are not the only ones.

Then I told the tale of how I discovered that Downstairs Clare has been working on the cottage door! Describing in total detail the great progress he's making and how it will be the best built thing in Halfland for sure. Here's proof of the action starting...

Art Bonus

Today I finished making and mailing out 22 hand-made valentines as late thank you cards for gifts at the holidays. I fashioned these little boids out of colored handmade papers and attached them to various joyful silk-screened papers from Paper Source with raised foam squares. The tiny fluffy tails were made from a flower punch. I liked them all so much I hated to part with them. I wanted to hang them by thread all over our paper craft table like a flock of love. I am glad though that when they arrive at their new homes they'll bring a little of that along.


  1. WOw those Cards are top-notch

    and by the way I am nearly finished with the Painting of the Chicken I willl try to finish and post off by next week!

  2. Yay! Thanks, Ben! I will post your goodie pack upon receipt! hee.

  3. Woo Hoo!

    The puppets by Nick look great - what fun.
    Great to see Clare giving you a hand with your front door, looking forward to seeing it done.

    Great colors on your valentine cards, must be hard to part with them. They look delish!

  4. Ahhh you're too lucky! :) A Bunch Of Fives is totally great. It wasn't until after seeing those on Telly that I started thinking it was possible for an Aussie to make those sort of shows.

    I feel kinda guilty now that I haven't gotten around to that turtle... well, I would feel totally guilty but you know... maybe after the scalpelling I can make something for one of your later scenes?

  5. Thanks, Mark and Gretchin!

    @Rich Don't give the turtle a second thought! Just bring you and your brain out the other side of the operation. Having you all fixed up will bring great joy into Halfland.

    I'm sure there will be another something you'll like to make for the film, it'll be obvious what.

  6. Nice toys! Excellent gifts from two excellent artists! Cant wait to see the completed door...

    The Octopuss makes a trip to the post office this week :)

  7. Nick H7:54 PM

    Heh heh, looks like I've nudged a few fellow creature contributors!
    Still a month to go before the deadline folks!

    Glad you like them Shelley, I promised them they were going to a good home! When I was packing them, I thought, why use bubble wrap when I can use puppet-making foam, and then threw in a few more easily packed samples of material while I was at it.

    It's all because I think it's a great project, and after seeing the amazing daily progress on the tree and cottage I could see it actually happening in my lifetime!

    Little birdies are just too cute! They should star in their own film!

  8. Hooray!! Jeffery, I can't wait for the Octopuss, it is a featured player in Halfland! The 1/2L. pun of it is killer great! Thank you, thank you!

    Three cheers for Nick! I am more a fan than even before. I watched A Bunch of Fives--Totally charming and witty and wonderful! Looking forward to watching the Good Riddance series. I can't get over the set detail! And the inventive gags! When the prisoner starts to animate in his cell--I was in awe.

    The package was so fun to receive and I'm determined to reciprocate!

    Thanks so much to everyone who liked the little paper birds! I thought they were fun to play with too. Quirky little things. I don't know where they came from, out of the blue I guess. They would indeed make a happy mini film for something! I'll keep it in mind.

    Cheers All!

  9. Nick HIlligoss is a cool guy. Great to have friends helping out.


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