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Written by Jody Best on Jan. 9, 2016
We'd love to share information about our regional Crankie Fest Weekend!

Starting on Friday, February 26, Crankie artists are invited to participate in a weekend of shows and exchange. The weekend begins with a community potluck and crankie shows at the Confluence Creative Arts Center in a charming turn-of-the century rural community. Artists are invited to perform for the community and enjoy the opportunity to visit and swap ideas and insights.

Crankie artists and puppeteers Channing Showalter and Annie Schermer will present a Saturday harmony singing workshop and on Sunday, the Crankie fun continues with opportunities to perform in Pittsburgh at the Wilkins School Community Center with Crankie artist Ellen Gozion.

Come one, come all for a country/city weekend of crankie magic!
Written by Sue Truman on Nov. 22, 2015
AND, here is another crankie, this one made by Dejah Leger. It cranks to the end and then is cranked back past the beginning page.
Hillary, tell us a little about your research!
Written by Sue Truman on Nov. 22, 2015
Hillary, here is one crankie that reverses at the end and cranks back in the opposite direction. Sue
Written by Sue Truman on Nov. 6, 2015
Hillary, Thank you for your message and wonderful question. Yes, come to think of it, all the crankies and moving panoramas I have seen move in the same direction. My theory is that one writes from left to right. So when you are creating the scroll, it feels like the natural thing to do to great the images from left to right.

Yes, some of the 19th century panoramas were cranked in both directions. If it was scenery, with no story line plot, then the narrator could describe the scenes in both directions. This made perfect sense since the scrolls were hundreds of feet long and fragile.

I have made a couple crankies that crank in both directions. I will post one of them here when I sm behind my laptop.
Written by Hillary on Nov. 6, 2015
Hi Sue,
I've just stumbled onto your delightful sight while researching moving panoramas. Here is my question, perhaps you can shed some light or point me in the right direction:

By watching the video links (which are great, thank you!) it appears that crankies always travel from right to left from the perspective of the viewer. Is this indeed your experience? Can you speak to why?

I'm building my own theory, but I'm curious what you know about this... Incidentally, I have read that 19c. moving panoramas traveled in both directions, so the scrolls didn't need to be rewound between shows! I'd be very curious to see a crankie that moves the other direction, to experience the difference in visual experience for a spectator...

I look forward to your thoughts.
Written by Sue Truman on Sep. 26, 2015
Sandra from the Bread and Puppet Theater: Of course! I would be happy to spread the word about your shows on the west coast. I want to write a little blurb to go with the link so I have a question for you: will there be any crankies at the shows? Either way I will promote. Take good care and look forward to hearing from you.
Written by Sue Truman on Sep. 26, 2015
Sam, Thank you for sending! Yes, I will put it on the home page and on the children's page. Very cool! I am not sure if it's OK for me to use the picture in the article. Did the newspaper take that or did you supply the picture. Do you have another picture you could send to me?
Written by Sam Bartlett on Sep. 25, 2015
HI--I know you're interested in all things cranky, so: a newspaper article about me doing a cranky show in a small Ohio community this weekend:
Written by sandra on Sep. 24, 2015
Wanted to let you know Bread and Puppet and Peter Schumann will be in SF Bay Area, CA October 6 - 12
Please help us get the word out to all cranks
Written by Michele Redman on Jul. 17, 2015
Sue, thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm, confidence and resources that allow me as a newbie to go forward. What a great tip about using Velcro on the back of the dowel stick! I found Katherine Fahey's online work and aspire to be as magical and meticulous about creating a fine piece of art. Now back to work.
Written by Sue Truman on Jul. 17, 2015
Michele Redman, Shadow puppets - wonderful! They can really bring a story to life. Laminating the image is great!

I cover the front and back with clear contact paper (but laminating is probably better). I use regular black construction paper for the images. My shadow puppets are not that big, so this works out fine for me.

I use Velcro on the back of the puppet image and on the dowel stick. I learned this way of doing it from Katherine Fahey. I learned a ton from her. I will try to post some pictures.

I am so excited about what you are doing!
Written by Sue Truman on Jul. 17, 2015
Dr. Dann, You are most welcome! Please stay in touch and let us know how it's coming along. It sounds great, take care and good luck! Sue
Written by Dr. Dann on Jul. 16, 2015
Oh! Thank you Sue Truman for a Myriopticon of inspiration and joy after stumbling upon your site. I am working on an outdoor immersive theater piece set at the World Trade Center, and want to integrate a crankie to help solve the 9/11 mystery. . .
Written by Michele Redman on Jul. 11, 2015
Hi Sue,

Thank you and yes, you may use the picture on the site; no problem. I have a question about shadow puppets. I've cut out a bunch and also laminated them. Wondered if laminating is a big mistake?
Written by Sue Truman on Jul. 11, 2015
Michele, WOW!! You did a wonderful job making the crankie box. This makes my day. May I use this picture in the "Make a Crankie" page? Sue