Hello! I am a fiddler, guitarist, stepdancer and crankie artist living in Seattle, Washington. What exactly is a crankie? It's a panoramic scene,
rolled up inside a box, then hand-cranked so that it scrolls across a viewing screen. If you haven't seen one before, then a picture (or video) is worth a thousand words. Scroll down to watch a video from the Seattle Crankie Festival. You will
find hours of viewing on this site.
The term crankie, is being used now to name this very old art
form. In the mid 19th century, they were called moving panoramas (among other things). This scrolling, picture art form is experiencing a bit of a comeback. I am very excited to be a part of it. This website attempts to connect the old (moving panoramas of the 19th century) with the new (crankies being made now by artists in the US and beyond).
To watch new crankies: click on the "Watch a Crankie" page to see some of the
ones I have made. Click on "On-line Crankie Fest!" to watch ones made by other artists across the country.
To watch moving panoramas that were made in the 19th century, click on the "History" page. There are videos of large and small panoramas that have
been filmed by museums, historical societies and private collectors. Click on "Moving Panoramas, Lg" and "Moving Panoramas,Sm" subpages to watch those. Heartfelt thanks and
gratitude to those individuals working to restore and preserve this forgotten piece of our history.
I hope you enjoy looking around this site, AND, above all, I encourage you to make a crankie. There is no right or wrong here, you just do it and enjoy the process.
Created Sept. 3rd, 2012