Cranking in Place

I have been collecting miniatures for decades. Now they are coming in handy!

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


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


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


During this stay-at-home time (in addition to my full time work-from-home job and making medical masks) my husband and son, Richard and Michael Twomey, are helping me with this project.  And maybe the  cats too, we will see. 

I hope you enjoy.  Take good care ❤

Sue Truman


Mask Makers' Tribute to Healthcare Workers

April 25th, 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!

I have been making masks for clinics and 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, Easter weekend. Seattle closes its parks to discourage social gatherings. Someone was not disappointed.
Reading Gives Us a Place to Go
March 30th, 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!
April 7th, 2020 - Coffee helps!
The Hibernicon - A Moving Panoramic Trip Through Ireland

April 5th, 2020 - The HIBERNICON -  This is a crankie that I created last summer and am just now having the time to film it. I  performed it at a New Year's Eve party at our house along with my bandmates from PODORYTHMIE. Little did we know at the time, that we Wouldn't be having another gathering such as this for a while.  When I posted the video on Facebook, our friend Becky Deryckx, reminisced about that party:

Loved seeing this here again, Sue: not just because it’s such a beautiful creation in its own right, but because watching it brings back warm memories of seeing it on New Years Eve at your house, surrounded by the friends and food and laughter—and the music!—that we can’t share now. Those times will come again; but for now this little trip to Ireland is a perfect little representation of the fact that we’re all presently on a somewhat rough and uncertain voyage between times and places where the ground is solid under our feet.

Jenny's Chickens
Feb. 8th, 2020 - This filming took place one month before the "shelter in place" announcement. 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). It finally came together in this video. Again, thank you to my husband and son for helping me with the production!
Cup of Tea
March 17th, 2020 - celebrating St. Paddy's Day at home, no visiting the pubs this year!

This page created April 6th, 2020   Sue Truman