Monday, February 29, 2016

Images from Postcards to the Peninsula + Our Island

All welcome! Citizen Sci Art.
Our Island - the travelling show-
 art work by Stewart Islanders 

'Our Island' art work was very much admired.

Frottage, rubbing over printing plates

Drawing thaumatrope imagery
 - guided by team member Ali Rogers
                    Thaumatrope making

Thaumatrope making on the stage and postcard printing
going down alongside the Stewart Islanders Exhibition

Anticipation at the press bed.

Postcards were curated to chew card size.
Love how this print mimics her top and she did too.

A fantastic response from the community.
 Assisted here by The Sandpit Collective innovator and
team member Jenny Rock.

Cathy sharing info on rats and possums at the
Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group 'pledge' table.

Participants printed two postcards -
one to keep and one for a communal art work.
 Assisted here by team member Ellen Sima.
Making a pledge - recorded on the back of the prints

Reading messages and pledges

At the end of day one.

Sunday, February 14, 2016


What is on the other side of these thaumatrope's?

I am very excited to have been appointed,on a casual basis, as a Citizen Sci-Art Research Assistant this year. First up is co-hosting Stewart Island/Rakiura community’s inspirational travelling art exhibition on conservation & predator-removal at the Coronation Hall, Portobello, Dunedin on 27-28th  FEB Sat + Sun  11am - 6pm.

Everyone is welcome and of particular relevance to Peninsula residents will be the Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group’s latest news. Explore their techniques hands-on, & find out how YOU can help out on your own section in operation ‘Beyond Possums’.

Child friendly activity: Come and create your own thaumatrope (“wonder turner”) toy - just like kids their age in the 19th century played with. This simple toy blazed a trail for animation as we know it today. Thanks to a phenomenon called "persistence of vision" and through spinning a disc you can create the optical illusion of two images in one. There are lots of possibilities of what you could draw but for starters I like the idea of putting a possum in a trap or a bee on a flower. (The spinning in the video is a little over enthusiastic but you get the idea.)

Yes, the portable printing press will be at the Hall. Jenny Rock and I will be there to help you try your own hand at making a print about local wildlife.

* Drop-in it’s informal: take a look, have a try, settle in, come back! Everyone welcome (kids w/ adult supervision); gold coin donation.
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