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FRIENDS: I hope you enjoyed this website. I would love to hear from you. If you have a question, or if you have a story to tell, leave a comment here. Or, you can send an email to me: stepdancesue at gmail dot com. Find The Crankie Factory on Facebook and You Tube. I post a lot of crankie things on INSTAGRAM SueTruman1015. And by all means MAKE A CRANKIE!

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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.
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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?
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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:
http://examiner.org/news/55476-cranking-out-some-history
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Written by sandra on Sep. 24, 2015
Hi
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
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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.
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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. . .
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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?
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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
Written by Michele on Jul. 9, 2015
Here's my finished crankie box.
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Written by Sue Truman on Jun. 13, 2015
Hi Michele! That sounds wonderful! We can communicate via email, but for the benefit of others, I will address some of your questions here.

Regarding the materials for the scroll, usually in the classroom, an 18" wide roll of easel/craft paper is the most economical. One can paint or draw or glue pictures/collage or a combination of all based on each student's art abilities.

Regarding the crankie box, perhaps one of the parents could make a wooden crankie box that would hold an 18" high scroll. All the students would take turns using the same crankie box to show their crankie. See the Make a Crankie Box in the "Make a Crankie" section for dimensions.


OR, another option would be for each student to bring in a shoebox, they would each make their own crankie box from that. The scrolls would of course be much smaller. To see examples of miniature crankies, go to the "Watch a Crankie" section and then the "Miniature Crankies".

OR, another way to do the miniature version, is to purchase paper mache boxes, available in craft stores. Then the dimensions of all the boxes would be the same. You would make one box that functioned properly and everyone's box could be modeled after that one.

For more examples of crankies made by children, go to the "Watch a Crankie" section, then click on "Made by Children"

Finally, I know of some other teachers that have done this. Let me check my email and see if I can find a couple contacts for you.

I will be in touch via email!
Written by Michele Redman on Jun. 13, 2015
I am a NYC teacher of English and would like to plan on teaching a unit on memoir and personal coming-of-age stories next year using the vehicle of the cranky; performance art. I need really specific specifications about how to make a cranky. I am a bit confused about the materials used to make the rolls. As I have up to 20 students I am unsure how to proceed; make one cranky with many rolls, shoebox cranky or other? I am new to creating a cranky and not sure what would be the best method. Any advice for a newbie?
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Written by Dave on Feb. 1, 2015
Love crankies! I'm part of a volunteer music fest focused on the autoharp, will take place July 30-Aug 1 near Portland. (NWAG.org) We are always interested in showing how music can be partnered with another medium. Would you be interested in doing a session? Or do you have a counterpart in Portland? Hopefully one of us could play the autoharp behind tune.
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