A Crankie, moving drop, or moving panorama is a hand cranked device which contains and moves scrolling artwork. It’s a box containing a ream of paper or fabric rolled around 2 posts, which is then pulled across the front, much like film in an old camera.
In my work, I use Crankies as scenery mostly, for shadow puppetry. We will talk about how to use them in this way and with other forms of puppetry, such as marionettes, to create dynamic moving scenery. We will also touch on story boarding, transitions between scenes, and building interest throughout a piece.
In these two 90-minute sessions, you’ll learn what Crankies are, the variety of them that exist, and the skills you need to make one of these unique storytelling devices. Each participant will make an actual Crankie with a cigar box housing. We will provide cigar boxes, pens, paper, dowels, and cutting utensils. Please bring other materials you would like to work with. Bring a cutting mat if you need one. Materials should be thin and flexible. You may want to bring a story, poem, or song to base your Crankie on and imagery to inspire you.
MATERIALS FEE: $15
Katherine Fahey is a papercut artist and puppeteer from Baltimore, Maryland. Her meditative cut paper and silhouette puppets have become lush music videos, films, and live performance. Katherine spent years designing and printing posters, shirts, and CD covers for musicians before she becoming a performer in her own right through the form of shadow puppetry. She was drawn to this art form because of its accessible, intimate, and communal nature. Katherine’s shows are based on stories and songs, from the mountains of Vermont to the swamps of far off Louisiana, to the streets of Baltimore. She has performed locally and nationally at festivals and in shows. katherinefahey.com