Category Archives: Original Craft Productions

Cara Malek: How to zip a two-headed dragon

Character riggers create digital puppets for animation, the code that brings to life your favorite personalities like Po in Kung Fu Panda or Toothless in How To Train Your Dragon. Cara Malek worked as a rigger on both of these … Continue reading

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Ohioana Interviews: Linda Kass

I had a great talk with author and bookstore owner Linda Kass at the 2017 Ohioana Book Festival. Her book, Tasa’s Song, is a fictionalized version of her mother’s life during World War 2. Kass is also the owner of … Continue reading

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Craft Goes LIVE: Lina Ferreira at Wild Goose Live

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C. F. Payne: Matching heads and bodies on a magazine cover near you

I enjoy talking to illustrators because I’m fascinated with how their brains are wired so differently from mine. I can draw a stick figure and a smiley face. Beyond that, my drawings look like a toddler accidentally got ahold of … Continue reading

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Junk: It’s not what you think

Junk. Most likely it’s what you think you need to throw away. But for the organizers of Junk Bash, it’s something to be treasured. According to Mercantile Fairs Director of Operations and Outreach Suzanne Perreault, Junk Bash brings together people with … Continue reading

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Author and filmmaker e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

When author and documentary filmmaker e.E. Charlton-Trujillo decided to go on a book tour a few years ago, she also took along all the equipment to make a video. This was second nature to her because of her experience, but … Continue reading

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Professor John Beacom Gives Us All Security Clearance

Neutrinos. Those weird little particles you might remember from physics class. No charge, smaller than electrons, but incredibly fast. What good are they? Ohio State Professor of Physics John Beacom knows the value of neutrinos and he talks about them … Continue reading

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The Sun Never Sets

Here’s a fun little tale all about nationalism, sports, and Oscar Wilde. Huge thank you to Columbus actor supreme Christina Yoho, who not only knocked the voices out of the park but also started this rolling by asking me to write … Continue reading

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Essayist Phillip Lopate returns to exploration of family

Parents are complicated. Over a lifetime, children watch them transition from the infallible arbiters of childhood into the frail collection of ailments endemic to old age. Phillip Lopate’s mother was an exceptionally complicated person. Two decade ago, Lopate interviewed her … Continue reading

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The surprising inspiration for Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World

Imagine you’re a painter. Beyond needing natural talent, hard work, and technique, how do you find a subject? If you’re Andrew Wyeth, creator of the famous 1948 painting Christina’s World (below), you get lucky, kind of, in that your subject … Continue reading

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