27 February 2011

week in review...

Reading: Wigs on the Green

Watching: Whisper of the Heart

This is a really lovely film about courage and creativity.  The DVD set contains both the original film and  the storyboard version.  Here, the mysterious cat Muta makes his appearance.  The screenplay and storyboards were created by Hayao Miyazaki; the film was directed by Yoshifumi Kondo.   It's a treat to get a glimpse of the filmmaking process through these sketches. 

Making: Stuffed Fish

Inspired by some prints by Hiroshige...

...and these wee pups lurking in the pages of a Japanese craft book at Kinokuniya.

This fish is inelegant and awkwardly filled with fabric scraps, but I think my stuffed creature skills will improve beyond recognition thanks to my recent discovery of a wonderful series of tutorials.

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