Category / Shadow books

Shadow books are part book part shadow play. They have embedded circuitry and chips that control the light and shadow.

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  • Curiosities of paper circuitry

    I’ve made a thing. It is part of Jie Qi’s research for her PhD at the MIT Media Lab into the way in which artists and makers approach circuitry in a creative…

  • Book Club of California

    This week I had the pleasure to present some of my books at a public talk for the Book Club of California. The club, which has been in San Francisco for about…

  • Circus-y disco e-luminated book

    Quite a long title for a tiny weeny book. This one was rather wonderful to make, and was programmed using a simple Arduino blinky pattern and the teeny-weeny-ATtiny. (so teeeeeeny) Here is…

  • What’s in the box?

    Oh, you know, folk climbing mountains and holding up a rainbows in a storm of electrostatic discharge. Same old.* *hand made clamshell box with paper cuts, LED lighting, and animated circuitry.

  • Nexmap book hack

    I recently had the absolute pleasure of taking part in a daylong book-hack (a boohackathon?). It was hosted by Nexmap, a San Francisco based arts-tech company who are currently developing a series…

  • Coyote Peep Show

    Oh look. I made a peep show. It is a coyote peep show where shadows of wolves howl at shadows of wolves with boobs. peep through the eye of the eye hooooooooooooooo…

  • Shadowy tunnel(ish)

    After tinkering with *f l a t* images I realize I am actually barking up the wrong tree, or at least, the wrong side of the tree. My aim is to create…

  • Shadowy pages

    I’m still barking up the shadowy-animated-book tree. Here are some recent experiments, which I am developing when I get the chance. The idea is to create a handheld animated shadow puppet theatre.…

  • Paper Folding

    I’ve been in valleys and up mountains of late. If only it were in contours of Cumbria, but alas, it is just on my desk through the folds of the A4 80gsm…

  • Pop-up-delux-extravaganza-eat-your-heart-out.

    Shortly, these little beauts, along with about 20 more, will be stitched into a pop-up-reference book (categorised into 4 types of folds: counter, parallel, V, and shape). I’ll use them to make…

  • *Foundation folds in wolves and woods

    I’ve been making some pop-up prototypes. Pop-up engineering has the perfect clever-brain to maker-brain ratio (CB:MB), and it’s illustrating stories with paper, which adds a whole other dimension into the big-amazing-paper-pop-up-pot. Thus…

  • Shadow-puppetry-in-a-cupboard

    I exhibited a mini-shadow-puppet-show at Hamilton House last week -part of the Bristol Biennial. This piece is a work-in-progress. I am exploring ways of making illustration interactive and performative. (i.e. involving the…