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Amazing Little Flip Books Use Negative Space and Secret Compartments 

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These fun little flip books made in Japan feature a number of unexpected designs that make use of negative space and secret “compartments” that are gradually revealed as you flip through the books. There are several books in the series published by Mou Hitotsu no Kenkyujo and you can pick them up on Amazon. Here’s the bug one. (via Travelry)

Update: Flipbooks are now available in the Colossal Shop.

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New Bird & Butterfly Flip Book Machines by Juan Fontanive 

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Artist Juan Fontanive (previously) constructs perpetually looping flip book machines that depict flying birds lifted from audubon guides and illustrations of butterflies. Part film and part sculpture, almost every aspect of the flip books are assembled by hand from the minutely toothed gears, clips, nuts, bolts, wormwheels and sprockets to the carefully screen printed imagery. Of the curious devices Gild Williams remarked, “Fontanive’s artworks seem strangely possessed, producing curiously moving animals that are neither living nor dead, or creating ghostly systems which seem to float mid-air and follow a pace and logic of their own.” You can see much more of his work over at Riflemaker.

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Bird Flipbook Machines by Juan Fontanive 

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Onithology. Collage on asuka and watercolor paper, stainless steel, motor and electronics. 2013.

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Colibri. Graphite and colored pencil on paper, stainless steel, delrin, motor, electronics. 2011.

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Violetear. Acrylic and graphite on paper, stainless steel, delrin, aluminum, motor and electronics. 2011.

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art, artist Juan Fontanive has been exploring moving images and kinetic sculptures. My favorite of his lastest works are these three flipbook machines using drawings, acrylic paintings, and collages of birds. Two of the original machines above, Ornithology and Colibri are currently available through the New Museum.

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FlipBooKit: A New DIY Mechanical Flipbook Kit 

Horse in Motion, a mechanical flipbook installation by Wendy Marvel

Ascension, a mechanical flipbook installation by Wendy Marvel

View of a prototype FlipBooKit

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In 2011 kinetic artists Mark Rosen and Wendy Marvel created a series of wonderful mechanical flipbooks based on the work of Eadweard Muybridge, the guy responsible for pioneering photographic studies of motion. After touring a few art galleries and making a well-received appearance at the 2012 Maker Faire the duo teamed up with manufacturing designer Steven Goldstein to create kits that mere mortals such as you and I can use to create nostalgic moving pictures of our own design. If you’re as ridiculously excited about this project as I am, head on over to Kickstarter to pledge a few bucks.

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