If you’ve been following the Magic of Cabaret day by day you’ve got some idea of the range of what CMT does, and elsewhere on the site there’s a bit of history, but I think you ought to know the real story about how the whole thing came about, and that’s Sue Jackson’s story. I warn you, though; it’s a breathless roller coaster we’re boarding. Read more
November 30, 2009 by sarah · Comments Off
The subject of war, oppression, poverty and disease are all observed in these demanding works.
Handbound 28 pp
20 cm x 15 cm
Carlos also has permanent exhibits at the Franklin Museum in Philadelphia, the Gumma Museum in Japan, a new collection box at the Natural History Museum in London, and the glorious ‘Is my Truth your Truth’ at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, seen here with museum founder and director, Rebecca Hoffberger.
November 29, 2009 by sarah · Comments Off
This evening we feature a little piece by Paul Spooner which was first sold in 1997. ‘Harmless Fun’, a gnome sitting on top of a toadstool, were produced by the Fourteen Balls Toy Company, (but no longer available).
This one is number 50 of the edition. Dated 11th July 1997.
The accompanying rhyme – (written by Paul Spooner aged 49)
When yawning Orpheus drops his lyre,
and pixies of their trilling tire,
All softly to the dell I creep
To see the place where fairies sleep
And, while they dream a solitary Gnome
Is gently tossing in a toadstool’s dome.
November 28, 2009 by sarah · Comments Off
A brand new kit for 2009 – the Skateboarder. What better gift for the hard-to-please teenager than this lovely indoor project? Alternatively you can buy one to make it as a present. These kits can also be painted which adds to the fun.
The Skateboarder Kit – £20.50 (ex VAT)
Here at CMT we have also enjoyed inspiring people to make their own automata, and wooden kits play a great part in this, including of course our own Designing Automata Kit. However one of our favourite projects has been making automata out of food. Our popular DVD ‘Making Automata out of Food‘ is full of recipes to try at home. Here are two of our favourite designs.
November 27, 2009 by sarah · Comments Off
If plastic carrier bags are practically illegal where you live (as they are in parts of London), this CMT tote bag from our Cafepress store is a great alternative. We know that there are only so many ‘bags for life’ that you can fit in the hallway, but this one is quite special, and can be used exclusively for tins of catfood if you like.
The CMT sigg water bottle, also from our CafePress store, cuts out the disposable plastic drinking bottle problem, whilst adding both style and content to your drinking habits.
November 26, 2009 by sarah · Comments Off
Artist, author and film-maker and Cornish resident Andrew Lanyon produced a small letterpress edition of this book nearly 10 years ago.
There are now only 20 remaining of the edition of 200.
Andrew’s books have been critically acclaimed, and his witty treatment of Paul Spooners automata in this book make it a real treasure.
‘Such a marriage of the cerebral and the practical in the composition and production of books is a rare thing today’ Dr Chris Ridgway
Review of ‘Xan Xi Drinks the Sea’ – ‘Hybrid myth/models that transgress the rules of day to day sense’.
For those of you who enjoy the process, here is a film that Andrew made of the letterpress printers Denis and Anthony Stevens of St Ives Cornwall.
November 25, 2009 by sarah · Comments Off
This new edition (of only three pieces) will make a fantastic addition to any automata collection.
A little sheep who is about to enjoy his lunch of lamb’s lettuce (probably with a baa-b-q sauce), the thinly disguised wolf has joined him at the table, and gnashes and lunges forward at every attempted mouthful.
The animals have optional party hats for Christmas.
Be quick!! These won’t last.
By Keith Newstead
Height 49 cm
Width 33 cm
Depth 22 cm
November 24, 2009 by sarah · Comments Off
It seems that everyone wants to play the piano. But playing the piano is hard. You have to learn so many different things to do it, and you can’t surf the web or watch TV at the same time. And besides, there’s iTunes, so why bother? Here’s the solution. Simply cut out all the little parts, score and fold and glue them all together (in the right order) and then all you’ll have to do is turn a crank. Adagio or vivace, it’s your choice! Not that the piano this player is playing will sound all that good. To be honest it will sound like paper tapping on paper, but it’s a start. Composed by the mechanical genius of Wales, Peter Markey. Everything you need, except glue and patience, is included.
Takes around 2 hours, give or take, depending on how musical you are!
Piano Player Cutout – £3.95 excl. VAT
A Peter Markey Design
Peter recently turned 80 but still contiues to design and make automata. The wooden Piano Player exhibit is currently in Germany in the DASA exhibition.
Today we announce the winner of Sunday’s Competition to grab an early edition of Tim Hunkin’s book ‘Almost Everything There is to Know’.
Using a random generator we have picked Comment No.2 from David Gibbs.
Thank you to everyone who entered!
November 23, 2009 by sarah · Comments Off
The man is calmly resting on the box with his arms folded, in his hand he holds his price ticket when you wind the handle he presents you with the ticket, however when he sees the price he takes a closer look. His jaw drops and his eyes pop out.
He is carved from lime with a Douglas fir box and various other materials, the original and rather elaborate painting on his Hawaiian shirt was devised by Matt’s wife Sarah whilst they were artists in residence at the Exploratorium in San Francisco in 2004.
Re-discovered and revived in Technicolor, this new title features Tim Hunkin’s entertaining and off-the-wall series of cartoons originally appeared in “The Sunday Observer” magazine between 1973 and 1987.
How does hypnosis work? What is chocolate made of? And what do crocodiles eat for lunch? Think of a question, any question and you’ll probably find the answer here.. Squeezed into each intricately drawn comic strip is a wealth of weird and wonderful information, as well as crazy tricks and practical experiments. With over 125 comic strips in total, “The Rudiments of Wisdom” is back to delight and entertain a whole new generation of enquiring minds. Whether you immerse yourself from A-Z or dip in and out, you’re sure to emerge with some amazing, crazy and fascinating facts to wow your friends.
Paperback – 128 pp
This evening, for old times sake, we have one copy of this old edition to give away, just leave a comment on this blog post and we will pick a winner on Tuesday evening.