Sometimes the design of the crankie box is related to the story. Other examples are just plain brilliant. Thank you to all the artists for sharing your work and providing much inspiration.
Baltimore, MD - Katherine Fahey put her crankie show on a cart, to perform at Baltimore's LightCity Festival.
The doors of the crankie box are
lazer-cut wood, using one of her hand-cut designs. The shape of the doors were inspired by Japanese Kamishiai storytelling boxes. katherinefahey.com
Devon, England - The Weeping Tree was created by Joanna Hruby. The center box is a toy theater and the boxes on each limb are crankies. Read more at this LINK.
West Yorkshire, England - Kit and Caboodle is a story of immigration by Thingumajig Theatre. Created by Kathy and Andrew Kim. Cranky illustration by Kerith Ogden. .
Song is "Across the Western Ocean". Read more about it here.
Puerto Rico - This is Deborah Hunt breathing fire in front of her multi-scroll crankie!
Montreal, Quebec - Paul Messer, an Industrial Engineer, has designed a parallax crankie box. It houses two scrolls, connected by gears, which move at different speeds. Read
the article here and be INSPIRED!
Baltimore, Maryland - "The Dollhouse" was created by McKenzie Elizabeth Ditter. Matt Muirhead built a dozen individual rooms that surround McKenzie's childhood dollhouse. Kalimba music written and performed
by Matt. The attic features miniature crankies by me and the window scenes are cranked by Laura Kalman. mckenzieelizabeth.co
mattmuirhead.co TO WATCH THE VIDEO CLICK HERE.
Durham, North Carolina - Raj Bunnag created a nine foot linocut print. The cranks on the box resemble those of a printing press. Watch the video here.
Havanna, Cuba - Abel Barroso, an Internationally acclaimed artist, has made a series of art objects with cranks. Click on this LINK to watch a video describing this piece. Read more about his art here.
Seattle, Washington - Charmaine Slaven and Charlie Beck have created a foot-powered crankie so that Charmaine can sing, play guitar and advance the crankie scroll at the same time! The pedal was made from gears from a hand drill. Her foot is strapped to the pedal. squirrelbutter.com
Cornwall, England - The group Hope & Anchor are Alex Goodman & Joanna Hope Bricher. The box was created for the story "As the Crow Flies". The box has a barometer on the front. The crank
handle, besides advancing the scroll, powers a flickering light and a small amp inside the gramophone horn. Read more about it here.
Watch the video here.