Name: Ayla Age: 19 Country:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Hi everyone! So describing myself was always kind of a hard thing to do
because I want to say soo much but at the same time it’s like there’s a
big “Who even am I” sing in my head.
That aside, as you probably saw I’m 19 and I’m a college student
studying textile engineering. It’s hard as hell but I’m surviving.
As what I like to do in my “free time” is mostly just spending hours on
Tumblr, YouTube, watching Supernatural and a lot of other shows that I
will not name because that would be a loooong list, I’m a bookworm,
think Dan and Phil are too precious for this world, tend to complicate
things even though they can be solved easily, an animefreak, coffe and
My friends do tell me that I can be sometimes too sarcastic and weird,
and go on unnecessary rampages about irrelevant things but I think they
say that out of love.
The reason for this submission is that I want to meet new people who are
probably awesome, but I never got the chance to meet them because they
live soo far away or just like me-rarely leave their house and we’re
just mutuals on Tumblr.
I just hope that you are willing to bear with my awkward self in the
beginning and that you’re a nice person. And not a cannibal.
My current obsession is with texture. I dove into my stitch books and am now in a deep hole. All of my on going projects mostly revolve around textured patterns. This sock for instance is just for testing out new stitches. Its pair will be similar, but I have other stitches lined up for it.
I love it. Sometimes getting lost in new things is a great way to enliven your craft. Just knowing that there is so much out there that I still have to learn about knitting is so exciting.
Behold! A Telescope (or Tunnel) Book of the Crystal Palace
This book folds up neatly to appear as ‘Lane’s Telescopic View of the Ceremony of Her Majesty Opening THE GREAT EXHIBITION of All Nations Designed by Rawlins 1851′! Open it – meaning, in this case, lift the front cover up – and you’ll find yourself looking down a 3-D tunnel view.
This ‘Telescopic View’ is made of printed paper and card, and is supplied in a slip-in card box. When you take the view out of the box, it opens with a concertina action, and you place it on a flat surface. When you view the internal scene through the little peep hole in the cover, you see a three dimensional view of the inside of the Crystal Palace in 1851, and the grand opening by Queen Victoria.
To commemorate the newly-released Criterion Designs book, I thought I’d share the making of one of my own contributions (though generally I focus this blog on my independent and non-movie related work!)
It all began with two things my brother — the director and co-writer of the picture — gave me:
1. A thumbnail sketch of the scene and personnel, how their names would appear — floated over the artwork — for the final, printed cover.
2. A beautiful illustrated dustwrapper for The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler. It had a quality he wanted to try and recapture. A strong point-of-view: the feeling of peering into a room — perhaps a murder scene — filled with glowing lamplight, playing over and interacting with objects, floor, walls, and of course the body. There was something, I think, intimate and palpable, yet heightened, about the picture. It was the key inspiration.
Despite hundreds of production photographs — taken by James Hamilton, the set photographer — I could not find pictures of actors in the exact poses I needed. So I did the posing myself.
It was straightforward work at first. From the photographs, I had perfect references for Adrien Brody’s face, wearing his dad’s sunglasses; for Jason Schwartzman’s arm in his gold Parisian hotel robe; and for Owen Wilson’s unique velvet slipper (for which I designed the tiny space-themed icons.) Drafting the characters and creating the basic structure of the scene.
There were 2 artificial light sources to help capture the Chandler atmosphere. But, unlike the somewhat plain room it depicted, I had a traincar berth to contend with. An invented traincar berth. With, on practically every surface: a crazy pattern. Or piece of animal-print luggage. Or an area of silver. Or glass. Or a body part, draped in a certain kind of cloth … I would need a fully-customized color palette. Something mixed from scratch, and tested against the photographs for fidelity. Something for every pattern. Every curtain. Every bottle of airplane liquor … (I’m trying to create a little suspense here …)
For Part 2 … Textures and patterns! Color and shadows!