The Popular Edge, Pop-Up and Book Arts News

July 24, 2008

The Art and Science of Folding Paper

Filed under: art classes, crafts, paper crafts, teaching kids — Tags: , , , , — popularkinetics @ 10:42 pm
Robert Lang's Origami BiCurve Pot 13

Robert Lang's Origami BiCurve Pot 13


A new film by Vanessa Gould called “Between the Folds” highlights 10 artists who left behind careers and graduate degrees to become paper artists. Attracted by the relationship between paperfolding, geometry, and the natural world, they work on the cusp of science and art. To preview short clips from the film, visit the 2008 Rhode Island International Film Festival site and click on the “Video” tab above the synopsis.

July 17, 2008

Who Said Librarians Haven’t a Sense of Humor?

Filed under: performace art — Tags: , , — popularkinetics @ 4:48 am
Austin Library drill cart team

Austin Library drill cart team

While teaching a class at the Nashville Public Library, we were treated to an audition performance of their library cart drill team. Apparently this is a growing phenomenon among librarians, and there’s a national competition of drill team performances. The Austin Library won this year’s competition. You’ve got to watch this YouTube video; it will make you see librarians in a whole new light. (Hint: the best part’s in the middle).

July 6, 2008

Feed the Hungry with a Word

Filed under: artist's books, teaching kids — Tags: , , , — popularkinetics @ 12:20 am

“What if just knowing what a word meant could help feed hungry people around the world? Well, at FreeRice it does…the totals have grown exponentially.” 
What a concept: improving your vocabulary while you feed the hungry world. This is one of Popular Kinetics’ favorite sites. Every English word you get right in a multiple-choice format triggers a donation of 20 grains of rice to the UN World Food Program. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? But the rice adds up quickly, and every grain is essential when fighting world hunger. A brilliant combination of education and activism! Visit the web site and apply your mind to helping in this great cause. 

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