Slated to come out February 6th, Coraline is a new stop-motion animation movie from Director Henry Selick (best known for directing The Nightmare Before Christmas). The movie is about a young girl (Dakota Fanning) who steps through her closet into an alternate version of her life. The other life closely mirrors her own, but is more fantastical. What is most interesting about the movie, however, is that all 150 sets and 250 puppets used in the movie are handmade. From popcorn cherry blossoms to nylon fishing line body hair, the crew does it all. Check out this Wired article that provides detailed images and explanations of how the set was designed. You can also check out the movie trailer here.
Maybe it’s because it snowed again and I desperately wish I was on some southern coast sitting in the sun or maybe it’s because I watched a little too much Planet Earth this past weekend but I’ve been in a seaside state of mind lately. As a big animal person, something has always fascinated me about the strange little creatures floating under the ocean tides and some of my life goals are to swim with sharks and go whale watching. I think Giant Squids, Great White Sharks, and Narwhals are just about the coolest animals in the world. Nevertheless I was feeling nautical today so here are some of my favorite Ocean-inspired handmade items and crafts from OAK:
5. Whale Wallet