Friday, January 20, 2012

A real troll? (Part 3)

Sometime last year I got the opportunity to see a film called Troll Hunter, which is a fictional story shot documentary style about a man who secretly hunts trolls in modern-day Norway and the university students who find out about him. It got me thinking about the unsolved mystery we posted here a few years ago about the troll sighting in Finland.

Nils Hekkalinna had sent us an email and a blurry photograph he claimed to be of a troll. (The original post is here.) After getting some assistance from fairy-identification experts Reginald Bakeley and Professor Marcus White (see the post here), we didn't seem to be getting that much closer to making any sense of the photograph.

I got out my paints and tried to see whether I could find the Finnish roadside troll. Here is the result. (You can click any of these pictures to get a closer look.) Do you think I captured the troll the way Nils saw it? If you have your own artistic interpretation of the blurry photos, I'd love to see it.

Crepe Paper Roses on Green Wedding Shoes

Weblog Green Wedding Shoes has posted a gorgeous gallery of pictures from the wedding of Nata and Jess, as photographed by Studio Castillero. We love to see how the party incorporated giant roses made from our crepe paper. Nata made her own flowers and even posted a how-to article in case you want to try it yourself. Thank you!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Castle in the Air in Romantic Country

Many thanks to Shelly of Bungalow Bling who tipped us off to the fact that we're sharing a page in the new issue of Romantic Country magazine. The magazine reviews blogs as well as shops, and our reviewer very kindly mentioned that our blog "is a great way to connect with the vibe" of Castle in the Air for those who can't visit us in person.

We received our copy of the magazine in the mail today and were thrilled to see so many familiar faces in its pages. If you saw us in Romantic Country and do come by to visit the shop, classroom, and gallery at Castle in the Air, be sure to say so--we always love to find out how people have heard of us.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Aimee Baldwin in the San Francisco Chronicle

Longtime readers of our blog are familiar with the intricate, lifelike "vegan taxidermy" sculptures made by Aimée Baldwin, but this week her name is spreading far and wide, thanks to a feature article in the print and online editions of the San Francisco Chronicle. Writer Nancy Davis Kho and photographer Liz Hafalia have done an outstanding job of ushering people into Aimée's crepe paper wonderland. We're so proud of her and happy for all the press coverage she has attracted lately.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Pirate & Hoopoe Goes to Press

The dream that is Pirate & Hoopoe is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality. Yesterday we went to the nearby city of Hayward to visit Folger Graphics, the press that is printing the book. When we walked in we were thrilled to see that two of the seventeen signatures were already printed, and the third was on press.
It was wonderful that one of the giant stacks of pages featured a picture of dear Hoopoe, the character who travels between the world of men and the story's magical valley. It was almost as though she was there to greet us.
If you've never had the opportunity to watch a giant printing press at work, I encourage you to find an excuse to do so. I'm sure that printing will never die out completely, but it is more and more rare to see these presses in action. The "Heidelberg Speedmaster" printing the pages of the book is a monster of a machine, but it's amazing what fine work it can turn out. We've put up a short video to give you a sense of it.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The End & The Beginning

All the talk of the end of the world coming in 2012 rang true over the past three days at Castle in the Air, where it looked like a sparkly paper apocalypse as we brought down all the holiday displays and upended the entire shop for our annual inventory.
Only a few hints at wintry festivities remain. The picture above is from our re-imagined miniatures cabinet -- it looks as though we didn't put away Santa so much as shrink him!
At times we didn't think the end was in sight, but just as sure as the sun always rises again, after three long days of toil we stepped back and looked at the rebirth of our little world.
We are waiting so very patiently for Pirate & Hoopoe to arrive -- it is currently undergoing the long process of printing and binding and we expect it to be here around the end of the month. There will be a grand announcement when it arrives.
It's put us in a literary frame of mind, and this is part of the reason Castle in the Air is positively bursting with luscious blank leather journals. If your new year's resolutions include keeping a diary, composing a novel, or writing more letters, know that we've brought out so many beautiful ways to get started.
And no matter your plans for 2012, we hope the year is off to an imaginative beginning and that by the end you've received all you've wished for. Come by and tell us all about it.