We love people with a playful attitude and energy. So we honour Wayne White way too late on this site. He should have been the first post! His work is a fusion of puppetry, cartoons, sculpture and painting. He worked as a designer for film and television (remember Pee-wee’s Playhouse?). His cardboard sculptures are what we need to show here though. He creates them for gallery spaces, parades and festivals. Be true: don’t these giants give you an itch to … Continue reading
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Cardboard is in fact what the dutch call a “kreukelzone”: the protective crushable area in a car. A cardboard box is protection for our stuff, like clothing or architecture is protection for our selves. I am fascinated by people making costumes shaped as buildings, architecture or furniture. Scale models of buildings have a poetic attraction. Maybe it has something to do with growing up: the size of your house when you we’re a kid seems small when you return as … Continue reading
Cardball is THE new sport. It’s the only sport that is played before it’s invented. Basic rules at the moment of writing: It’s considered cheating if you don’t cheat with Cardball. Build a cardboard costume for two people that covers all hands and feet. No human appendage should ever touch the Cardball! Set an easy goal and try to score. This game was thought up by the ultra-smart people during the super-short workshop at Freedomlab.org . They invited us to … Continue reading
Oxfam asked us to make candytrays for their new project promoting fair chocolate. Women in chocolate supply chains face inequality, hunger and poverty. Big companies are doing little to address these problems. We tried to turn the chocolate-candy-trays in to tough and forceful fighting costumes! The trays were filled with brownies for the woman coming to the festival Where The Wild Things Are.
We we’re thinking about typographical costumes lately (yeah, we think about that sort of stuff) so I did some research on wearable cardboard typography. We didn’t find much, we hope this post will make you help us and some good stuff will surface! First we have a gem: the video for Lushlife shot at more then 65 locations with an unbelievable large amount of typographical cardboard masks. Made by Lamar + Nik: very inspiring! This picture is on amandine … Continue reading
The Tyran and Mayor of Cardboardia came to Amsterdam! I (Mathijs) was very eager to meet them and talk about Cardboardia and the possibilities for cardboarders to go there. There are so many similarities with what we are trying to do. Cardboardia also uses the seemingly worthless cardboard as a material for their projects. In the process they stimulate playfulness, games and other experimental and creative behavior. Some of their projects are really big! Cardboardia is a country without land that … Continue reading
I (Mathijs) was asked to do a workshop at the (international) school for Art and Design in Zwolle. I decided to make it an intense two days of cardboard costume-making. Then I would have one day left to play with the students and their costumes in the green screen studio (a really good one they have on the schoolgrounds). On that last day we also found a singer who made the music for what is to become a music video… … Continue reading
What we like about festivals is not to just sit around and consume. We want to join in! A big festival like Lowlands is like a village, you can eat, drink, dance and consume whatever you like. But once in a while you get ideas on festivals, and you want to produce them immediately. This is what we provided at the Lowlands Festival: Rapid Proto Typing for the masses (or as we say in dutch: creatief met kurk, nou ja … Continue reading
Yes! Cardboarders will host the workshops under the big Zorklands top at the Lowlands festival! Friday we’ll start easy with building some cardboard masks, saterday we’ll try setting up a robotbattle and make a lot of cardboard wings. Like cardboarders on facebook and we’ll keep you updated!
For all the lazy people out there. This guy (Jason Lentz), sells his Giant Cardboard Robot Arms online! Story goes he raised an interest for his arms by just dropping in on the Makerfair: doing a little dance… The extension of the human body is exciting, hence all the interest in superheroes, we also want superpowers! These robotarms look the right stuff: they are very basic, they have joints, they seem easy to wear. In most other cardboardrobot movies online … Continue reading
Poor animation with poor storytelling. The only good thing about Transformers was of course their ability to… TRANSFORM. This blog is not about copying existing ideas or making real life things out of cardboard. It’s about being original. But still… these costumes are made of cardboard and they are robots, and some of them even transform. So that raises awesomeness levels to great heights. Long live all of you girls and boys who like to dress up as robots! Don’t … Continue reading