Cranking in Place

6/16/20 - This is the crankie I am working on now. It's about my new life at home (temporary)! I designed the box, my husband made the frame and then I added the feet, dowels, crank and paint. Two more scenes to stitch!

June 17th, 2020 - Still at home, adding a few more videos every month. We are doing OK. I hope you are well, take good care.

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It's April 6th, 2020 - Seattle and much of the world is sheltering in place during the COVID19 pandemic.

GRATITUDE

I feel fortunate to have a roof over my head and food to eat. I am most grateful to healthcare workers and others that are keeping our city going during this difficult time. Thank you ❤

CRANKIE SHADOW DIORAMA?

For some time, I have been wanting to make short films that combine the moving scroll, miniatures and shadow puppetry. A crankie shadow diorama?

FAMILY

During this stay-at-home time (in addition to my full time work-from-home job and volunteer mask making) my husband and son, Richard and Michael Twomey, are helping me make these videos. They are all one minute or less in length.  I am trying to get the cats involved, we will see. 

I hope you enjoy.  Take good care ❤

Sue Truman

 

The Time is Always Now - June 3rd, 2020
“There is never a time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment, the time is always now.” This quote is from novelist, poet and activist James Baldwin (1924-1987). It seemed particularly apt after the senseless murder George Floyd and the protests that followed and are still happening in Seattle and all over the world.
Mt. St. Helens 40th Anniversary Crankie - May 18th, 2020
The State of Washington Parks Department, along with others had been planning a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the eruption for a year and a half. Then the pandemic hit and the park and Washington State in general was closed. The organizers switched to an online event and I was honored to be asked to create a crankie for it. The event was held at 18th, 2020.
We Isolate Now - Crankie , May 17th, 2020
May 17th, 2020 - This haiku was written by a friend of a friend.
Into the Garden I Go - May 8th, 2020
May 8th - I adapted this quote from John Muir. The original is "Into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul." I have always found gardening very therapeutic and I am especially grateful for it right now as we are in the 2nd month of sheltering-in-place.
Mask Makers' Tribute to Healthcare Workers - April 20th, 2020
April 20th, 2020 - Fellow mask maker and Scottish Gaelic singer Stacey Gierman allowed me to use a verse from her CD "When I got to the Village"'. Thank you Stacey! stacey.giermann.com. I have been making masks for clinics, hospitals and friends. It's clear this will be going on for quite some time. A long term project, I am glad I can help in this small way.
One Bear's Reaction to Park Closures in Seattle - April 14th, 2020
April 14th, Easter weekend. Seattle and much of Washington State closes its parks to discourage social gatherings. Someone was not disappointed.
Coffee Helps, That is All - April 7th, 2020
April 7th, 2020 - This is Seattle, the coffee capital. This daily ritual helps during this unsettling time.
Reading Gives Us a Place to Go - March 28th, 2020
March 28th, 2020. This quote is from Mason Cooley. I had been saving this "box book" for years, I knew I would use it sometime. When this quote came up in my Facebook feed, I knew I have found a use for it!
Cup of Tea - March 17th, 2020
March 17th, 2020 - During mid-March, Seattle was the epicenter of the US epidemic. All St. Paddy's Day celebrations were cancelled. During this time, we were told to get our emergency supplies together and get prepared to shelter-in-place.
Jenny's Chickens - February 8th, 2020
Feb. 8th, 2020 - This filming took place one month before the pandemic took hold. I had been collecting all these things for years: the hand carved chicken, the kickin chicken limberjack and the Russian folk toy chickens (on the paddles). Little did I know, I would have more time on my hands in the not too distant future, to focus on these smaller pieces.

This page initially created April 6th, 2020   Sue Truman

 

Special thanks to my husband and son, Richard and Michael Twomey, for helping me with these videos by filming, cranking and shadow puppeteering.