Sunday, 30 December 2012

Merry Christmas from a secret club

advent calendar 1, 2, 3

A secret club is taking Christmas very seriously, each year we are creating our very own advent calendar and this year we gave a little gift to everyone who visited us on
There were things to download and make and things to look at and get inspired.

Here is a little retrospective of some of the items what were to be found.


This was the gift wrap I designed. Above (day 2) you can also see Kenn's beautiful design.

star collage and festive bunting
A secret club is very fond of collage challenges. The star on the left was a collage challenge I received from Kenn. We also posted the raw materials as a gift to everyone and you could have a go and make your own. The festive miniature bunting was a download.

Christmas ornaments

I am a bit obsessive when it comes to Christmas decorations, I must admit. Each year I like to make something new to hang on the tree or in the window. This time, I experimented with lots of found bits and pieces of paper, animal pictures, doillies, old stamps, pens and string and glass beads. The two sides of each ornament differ slightly.

carrot nose and shadow forest (paper kits)

We also had a paper kit to make a snowman's nose, as worn here by the little fox in my drawing. The shadow forest was designed by Kenn and it is one of my favourites in a secret club's advent calendar. It is so beautifully spooky and the best thing is, that one could give the trees different party hats to wear as an extra - Genius!

And on December 24th ...

December 24th

you could get, this strange little guy. He is still available to download for a couple of days longer, if you go here! He is called Inky and tends to tangle himself up in a knot occasionally, but that's just his way, he is a pleasant chap, really.

Inky jumping jack

Merry Christmas to you all and a very Happy New Year!
See you soon.

A secret club opens pop-up gallery

A secret club opens pop-up gallery

We have been wanting to do this for a little while and finally the opportunity presented itself at the beginning of December! A secret club temporarily moved into Frederiksgade 50 (previously a pet shop) in Aarhus, and set up its first pop-up gallery.

beautiful mountains

From Saturday 8th to Tuesday 11th December a secret club's gallery showcased a fantastic project collaboration, Super Duper Nova.
28 amazing national and international artists, illustrators and designers that we care a lot for have sent each other bits and bobs - old cuttings, stamps, bits of string and so on. From the materials they've received, each artist has created a collage on the theme "stars".

Super Duper Nova (2)

Super Duper Nova (1)

All artwork (and more) was for sale.
You can still see digital versions of the artwork here and get info on the artwork, too.

Super Duper Nova austronauts

Many thanks to chaos pilot Daniel Walsh for collaborating with us! 

My Winter Wonderland

My friend Sneaky Raccoon had kindly invited me to take part in a show she was to organize and curate, called "Sneaky Snow Ball". The exhibition was held at the Kidrobot store in London and took place from 30th November to 2nd December.

Thinking about what artwork I could create for this show (I knew that there were going to be many toy customs there), I felt like doing something different.
So I came up with the idea, that one could have fun with a DIY kit to create your very own Winter Wonderland with a twist.

Winter Wonderland inclosed

This is what I made. I used one of those slightly larger matchboxes as a container.

Winter Wonderland DIY kit

When you pull out the little drawer, this is what you'll find inside.
All parts are numbered for easy assemblage of the tiny landscape.

here comes the giant hare

Here comes the giant hare...

Annabelle's Winter Wonderland

Silently he sits outside a little red cabin in the snowy winter forest...

It was fun to make this and I think I would like to make some more miniature landscapes.
I later found out that my artwork didn't sell at the show, but I am not unhappy about it.
There is no more snow outside and how nice it will be to carry my own Winter Wonderland around in my pocket for a while!

Saturday, 29 December 2012

A secret club proudly presents: The Great Animated Breakfast Matinée

On 14th October, a secret club transformed an ordinary Sunday into a perfect childhood Sunday morning at Øst for Paradis  in Aarhus, Denmark.
the programme (cover)
happy doodling 

Breakfast was waiting at the café's counter and amazing concoctions of moreish chocolaty and sugary delights were munched up by a happy family crowd, before we showed a programme of some truly amazing animations about singing clouds, things from Star Wars, lonely robots, magic light bulbs and racing rabbits.

the naughty breakfast buffet
mountains of yumminess 


Following is a secret club's programme of hand-picked animations, which were shown on the day.
A great Thanks! goes out to all the extraordinarily talented animators, who contributed to this programme of pure viewing pleasure.

a programme of fabulous animations
the movies have started

After the movies, it was time to play and experiment with making your own movies in one of the workshops a secret club had set up in the café at Øst for Paradis: ZoetropiaThe Illusion Exchange and Cake-Animation

If you visited Zoetropia, you could make movies with a secret club's quietly humming pram zoetrope. Anders and Line were there to help you along and make your hand drawn creations come to life.

Have a look here and see what participants made on the day:

The Illusion Exchange made your eyes see things that weren't really there.

Illusion Exchange sign

Illusionsudveksling / The Illusion Exchange
Katrina and Anders with some of our younger workshop participants.

brilliant landscape thaumatrope

Here you can see a small selection of the thaumatropes made by kids and adults in the workshop:

In the Cake-Animation workshop you could build a cake with me bit by bit, layer by layer and help a set of fake teeth eat it, while every step was being recorded on camera. 

Kage-nimation/ Cake Animation

This was also turned into a short animation after the event, which you can watch here:

On the day, a secret club also proudly presented The World's Smallest Cinema for the very first time in Aarhus.

The World's Smallest Cinema

Here, you could have Row 1 all to yourself and see a brilliant silent short, while stuffing your face with buckets of miniature popcorn!

The World's Smallest Cinema and a secret club's founders

miniature popcorn aftermath

A secret club would like to thank The Danish Film Institute and Børnekulturpuljen, who very kindly funded this event. 

We also would like to thank our helpers: Katrina, Michelle, Esben, Line and Anders for their brilliant support and hard work on the day. Of course also many thanks go to Øst for Paradis for collaborating with us again, their great staff and to all the lovely people who came to enjoy this very special Sunday and play with us!

There is more information about this event here and here and here.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Honour and Glory!

Every October, Aarhus celebrates "Kulturnatten", the night of culture.

This year Børnekulturhuset invited a secret club to move into their cosy basement to introduce visitors of all ages to the fine art of medal making.

Honour and Glory

As the light started to fade outside, we sat in our magical den, making glorious medals with those who wanted to flaunt their grandeur and greatness, as they went out into a night of culture.

making medals

Here is Katrina and myself, helping participants with designing their very own medals.

a secret club's cosy den

It was great fun and a very busy workshop! Can't wait to do it again.
Thanks, Katrina, for your great help!

If you want to find out more about our projects visit a secret club here.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

November in Horsens

horse and tree
One can find horses here in many forms and places. This one was at a bus stop for a very long time, it seems. I hope the sticker won't get replaced, I love how it is worn and faded.

the writing on the wall
There is some interesting street art, sometimes in hidden places and sometimes one can find beauty by just looking up and discovering old neon letter shapes next to a set of parallel running drain pipes.

Bering Hus
Bering Hus has this beautiful ornament on front with a pair of dangerous looking polar bears and an impressive sailing ship, telling stories of Horsens' famous son, the adventurer Vitus Bering.

horse and gate
Another horse crest, found on a wall and an old door at no.16.

on a wall
Mysterious white writing on a white wall.

trees in colour
Around the art museum in Horsens there is a nice little park. It was a lovely November afternoon and the trees showed their colours against the grey overcast sky. Autumn is just so very beautiful sometimes!

tree and water tower
Nearby there is an old water tower with quaint snail sculptures sitting high up on a ledge, which you can see in the close-up below.

snail and giant

tree patterns
That was it, my day in Horsens. Of course there is more to see, than misty trees, but they were very fine specimens indeed.