Chinese Signage

Reproduction Chinese Shop Front Sign in Burred OakUsing a slab of Welsh oak from a woodworm farm, some careful island cutting, then painting, this replica Chinese Sign has now guided the makers of a full set of signs in use on a new shop frontage.

Designed and constructed here at HoBB Real, this design model made use of sound wood that whilst riddled with both woodworm and death watch beetle attack, provided the antiqued look required. The sheet was bonded to a new backing board after cutting the letterform then treated with a preservative to halt further infestation. After drying fully, this sample was bees waxed but those on the shop front will have a coating of resin.

In case you are wondering, the Chinese Characters used are for Water, Fire, Earth, Stone and Metal as these elements guide the work of our good friends David and Rose.

I’ve reclaimed willow wood with wet rot, turned tree stumps into fern planters but this is the first time that I’ve been so close to the devastation caused by insect larvae attack. Some of the eating patterns even looked like computer circuit boards!

Width 50cm , Height 45cm

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Animator, Dominic Osbourne, tackles disability and obesity subject –

Fat Man Jim storyboardLights! Action! But can ‘stop frame’ ever be seen as ‘action’ in the face of live footage? What is animation all about?

When Dominic Osbourne filmed the animated short, “Fat Man Jim” with us for a Grant Fund pitch to the British Film Institute (BFI), he had not reckoned on the slowness of “action” needed in stop frame animation nor on the continual take and re-take of footage ever experimenting on ‘style’.

If we could get everyone who comes to see us with highly animated thoughts, to pre-realise the time and effort needed to produce their fluid dreams, we’d probably be a little quieter! Projects that really ‘sing’ do need the hours of input and dedicated effort, whether you are producing your own animation film or shouting about how great you are!

Energy is the key and that’s why it is always vital to reach goals through a mix of hard work and relaxed re-charging of batteries. Busy people are usually busy at work and then busy again at home so the idea of chilling out the system between heavy bouts of activity remains “just a good idea” and hard to achieve.

At the ‘HoBB Project House and Gardens’, the chill-out time is part of the action and it’s working.

Update News : ‘Fat Man Jim’ didn’t get its BFI grant funding (Hmmmm!) so we’re back on the look out. If you have some funds available or know of some in need of a great little educational, humourous and entertaining short animation about disabilities and obesity, make contact.

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