Içi, and there


On the last day of a rather eventful year, I was almost tempted to portentously reflect on the Meaning of It All.

But instead, I decided to think about needlepoint, and maybe come up with something clever to say that’s related to stitching.

I couldn’t think of anything, though, so I bagged that, and started to read The Atlantic online at random in order to sound sophisticated and worldly at the fireworks display tonight.

pin animation

Still from M. Lemieux’s Here and the Great Elsewhere

Then, lo and behold, the miracle of the Internet kicked in, and I came across a brief mention  of Michèle Lemieux’s short, The Big Elsewhere and the Small Here (my on-the-nose translation of Le Grand Ailleurs et le Petit Ici).

It’s an animated film that was literally hand-made, using a very old and labor-intensive technology I had never even heard of before.

So I had to watch the trailer, of course, and was suitably intrigued:  imagine that:  an animated film created out of needles (sorta) and pins and shadows!

You can check out it out here.

It’s basically a whimsically philosophical tale about being trapped in a room (the here part), but escaping to discover all kinds of wondrous stuff outside (the there bit).  The promo copy describes it as a four-part meditation on space and time.

In fact, the film apparently doesn’t make use of linear narrative, just reverie — the sort of dreamy, creative trance induced by, say, needlepoint stitching.  If you’re into that sort of thing, just imagine a needlepoint canvas whose design keeps changing, on the fly, sort of like Rorscharch’s face mask in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen.

Lots of other stuff out there on Lemieux’s film, and pin screen animation, too, so let your fingers do the Googling, if you want to find out more.

You might want to start right here on WordPress.

And have a happy 2013.

© Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016.


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