Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Stop Motion Animation Workshop

in MDC Blok

Stop motion (also known as stop frame or Stop-Go Animation) is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. Dolls with movable joints or clay figures are often used in stop motion for their ease of repositioning. Stop motion animation using plasticine is called clay animation or "clay-mation". Not all stop motion requires figures or models; many stop motion films can involve using humans, household appliances and other things for comedic effect. Stop motion using objects is sometimes referred to as object animation.

"Martenitsa" decoration workshop

in MDC Blok

"Martenitsa" is a small piece of adornment, made of white and red yarn and worn from March 1 until around the end of March (or the first time an individual sees a stork, swallow, or budding tree). The name of the holiday is Baba Marta. "Baba" is the Bulgarian word for "grandmother" and Mart (март) is the Bulgarian word for the month of March. Baba Marta is a Bulgarian tradition related to welcoming the upcoming spring. The month of March, according to Bulgarian folklore, marks the beginning of springtime. Therefore, the first day of March is a traditional holiday associated with sending off winter and welcoming spring.

The "martenitsa" decoration marks the end of the winter and the beginning of spring. Especially here in Škofja Loka one can really see how nature changes and life emerges again. So it is a lot of fun for the children to celebrate this event. After the month of march is over we usually put the "martenitsa" on a tree, kind of symbolic donation to the nature for health, good luck and for to say "thank you".