09
Aug 11

Handmade Portraits – Domestikate

This video by Tara Young for the folks at Etsy profiles Kate Fix otherwise known as Domistikate. Kate is a secondhand collector who lives in Graham North Carolina. Like my mom I love to collect useless items that I won’t ever throw away. My mom drives my dad crazy with her stuff. In my apartment among other things I have a taxi roof ad, a street parking sign, a pay phone full of quarters and a big blue Teddy bear. Not much but it’s a start. My dream is to buy a little home upstate NY one day, and when I do the collector within me will be unleashed. Is this video a glimpse into my future? I hope so : )

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19
Jul 11

There’s No Place Like Here – Brazenhead Books

This video by Andrew David Watson and the folks at Etsy profiles Michael Seidenberg’s and his second hand book store Brazenhead Books.  This secret bookstore tucked away high above the hustle and bustle of a busy NYC street is one of those stories that make up the unique fabric of this city.  Michael who goes by the moniker “the secret bookstore guy” seems cast right out of a Woody Allen film. He has found a way (albeit illegal) to keep the second hand bookstore alive. Read more about this mecca for book lovers at the Etsy blog.

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TrVZ


06
Jul 11

Handmade Portraits – Molly Landreth

Photography might be my favorite art form. Anytime I attend an art festival I am always drawn to the photo exhibits. When I browse bookstores I spend more time flipping through photo books than any other genre. My former partners at thenewpop were photographers. This is why I love video portraits of photographers.  This video by Mike Attie courtesy of the folks at Etsy profiles Photographer Molly Landreth who uses a large format camera to document gay and transgendered life across the U.S.  In photography and videography that space between you and your subject is what dictates the mood of your final image. Molly’s large format camera plays a vital role in this interplay. You can read the full story at the etsy blog

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TrVZ


05
Jul 11

Process: Marionettes with Geahk Burchill

About two weeks ago while on one of my lengthy NYC strolls, I happened upon my very first Marionette show in Central Park.  I was amazed at what an effective and resonating storytelling medium it is.  Especially for the kids who unlike me were more on eye level with the Marionettes at this show.  This video courtesy of the amazing folks at Etsy and directed by Eric Beug gives an in depth look at this craft thru the eyes of puppeteer Geahk Burchill.  The history and intimacy behind this art form is fascinating to say the least.  I don’t know if there is any other medium including film that makes a greater leap from the inanimate to the animate. For more on this story log onto the Etsy Blog.

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TrVZ


10
Jun 11

Etsy – Lacemaking in Lefkarka Cyprus

Usually today I would do our weekly Videographers Guide To Not Falling On Your New Media Face posting. However for the last week I have been visiting my family in Florida and it is impossible to do any writing with a house full of family around.  So today I will do a cool video post in it’s place.  This video by Alana Kakoyiannis for the folks at Etsy tells the story of a village of woman who have been passing on the craft of embroidering since the 15th century.  Due to machine-made replicas imported from abroad their craft is dying out.  My favorite shot is the one in which the old lady locks her gates with a ribbon.

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TrVZ


16
May 11

Handmade Portraits: Greg Beauchamp

Here is a great video portrait by Pascal Perich for the folks at Etsy.  This video profiles California-based artist and art director Greg Beauchamp who’s simple yet profound philosophy’s on life really resonated with me.

“The simpler you can make something, the more universal it becomes.  This idea that if you can reduce something to it’s core, it speaks louder than layering something.”

How true, Enjoy.
TrVZ


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09
May 11

Etsy – Butch Anthony’s Museum of Wonder

This video titled Butch Anthony’s Museum of Wonder directed by Eric Beug features the artwork, architecture and quirky interior designs of the artist Butch Anthony, who along with his neighbor John Henry Toney create a charming environment where artifacts, oddities, and folk art take root.  What really caught my eye was Butch Anthony’s home. It goes against everything you would expect from a collector of Junk living in Alabama. It almost makes you want to move to the deep South and build one of your own. Almost. You can read more about this amazing place on the Etsy blog.

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04
May 11

Etsy – No Place Like Here: Marfa Texas

This video from the folks at Etsy focuses on the town of Marfa Texas.  On the surface it looks like any small town with not much going on, investigate a bit more and you will find a quirky cast of individuals doing their own art and crafts including every Wednesday where they have Craft night.

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TrVZ

 


16
Mar 11

Handmade Portraits | Nanopod

The video portrait continues to evolve on platforms like etsy.com.  This portrait by Pascal Perich described as a ‘Journey through the dark dreams and inner turmoil of Tosca Hidalgo y Teran‘ continues to blur the boundaries between documentary and vignette.

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17
Feb 11

There’s No Place Like Here: Hindsvik

This video by Pascal Perich for the website Etsy.com, documents the humble and majestic home of Daniel and Valeria, also known as Hindsvik. Located a few minutes from Lake Erie in Port Colborne, Canada, it is just the kind of place I hope to purchase one day to get away from the grind that is NYC. Hopefully I can find one not to far from my roots, somewhere Upstate (NY).  I love the pacing of this piece, it is the video equivalent of one of my favorite sites The Selby is in Your Place.

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TreVZ