Wednesday, 20 April 2011

A storm in your hand - Okido magazine, April issue

Hi again,
last month a secret club has been working on a feature for Okido's April issue, which is of course about the weather!

We have been thinking long and hard and finally decided on creating a DIY paper kit whirligig for the young readers, called A storm in your hand.

For a long time I have had an interest in folk and also outsider art.
There is a brilliant book called American Vernacular, which sits on my book shelf and is full of amazing and inspiring things, like hand carved wooden dolls and strange animals and other mechanical contraptions and of course there are some whirligigs!

Whirligigs are rather fabulous, really, as life is literally breathed into them as soon as there is a little breeze going.
For a long time Kenn and I wanted to make a whirligig and the idea for Okido magazine's weather issue was to make one that can be carried in one's hand and be played with on the go.

Below you can see some pictures of work-in-progress in my sketchbook:

Work-in-progress: my sketchbook

working on the clouds

Work-in-progress: my sketchbook

good and bad weather clouds

Work-in-progress: my sketchbook

the ship-fish /fish-ship and instruction drawings

Work-in-progress: The final layout

Kenn does a great layout!

Work-ín-progress: Let's cut it out!

Let's cut it out! I love the negative space that is left after all the important bits are cut out.

a secret club: DIY whirligig

The finished whirligig by a secret club - front and back. Now get yourself the brand new Okido April issue, have fun and make yourself your very own whirligig!! :)

See it in action here:

Things I have seen in April

I am enjoying the beginning of spring in Denmark!
On a recent walk to Mindeparken in Aarhus, I took some photographs of nature awakening after what seemed like a very long winter - but I guess I say that every year, when spring finally arrives!
The colour green is never as vivid and lush looking as in early spring and it makes me happy.

blooming trees

Havreballe Skov

There are lots of anemona sylvestris growing on the forest floor. It's so beautiful!


Marselisborg Slot is nearby, which is the Queen's palace in Aarhus.
She is here for Easter, that's why the entrance is guarded. The guard looked awfully young and rather bored. Poor guy, he is walking 5 meters and then turns to walk those 5 meters again and again and again, back and forth. I am sure the day must feel like an eternity to him. The gate itself has some impressive forged iron roses - fit for a queen.

Marselisborg Slot

guarding the entrance of Marselisborg Slot

On my walk I also took a couple of photographs which I later turned black and white.
Although they don't look so much like spring anymore, they have their very own sense of drama, I think.

the entrance to Mindeparken

These crippled trees look like torches or gnarly fingers reaching up to the sky.

trees in Mindeparken

Naturally symmetrical forms in the park,

black bird in a tree

a song high up,

rose bush

a thicket of thorns,

grown and man-made

and finally man-made and naturally grown structures.