Ricky & Doris: An Unconventional Friendship in New York City

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Cropped images from the AARP short documentary, Ricky & Doris.

AARP released a terrific short film last year titled "Ricky & Doris" about two American folks living in New York. Doris, a retired columnist, and Ricky, a talented puppeteer, have a chance encounter when Doris stumbles upon a street performance by the artist. Doris' long-lived interest in puppets and marionettes; in combination with her admiration for Ricky's work; lead to her returning to view another show. It turns out, Ricky also took inspiration after meeting Doris, creating a puppet he crafted in her likeness. "Ricky & Doris" is testament to the power of art and friendship, the remarkable duo having been friends ever since.

Watch the beautiful short film in its entirety here.

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Last Updated on Friday, 15 January 2016 06:07

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Pinmaking in New York: The Inspiring Journey of Pin Drop NYC

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Cropped stills from Mashable's short film documentary, Side Hustle.

Jose Vasquez is a talented pinmaker based in the Bronx, New York. Working a day-job in security, he eventually landed a position in the offices at esteemed fashion magazine, Vogue. His keen interest in accessories and innate creativity, in part, lead to him managing all the fine jewellery. After acquiring a strong feel for styling and what people actually wanted in fashion accessories, Jose and his partner, Jason, started their own pinmaking company called Pin Drop NYC and now sell their pins all over the world. 

Have a look at some of their work and watch the Mashable - Video short-film here: http://bit.ly/1QRRzls

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 06:08

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All About Cape Town: Street Art in Cape Town

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Cropped stills from All About Cape Town's video documentary, Street Art in Cape Town.

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Cropped stills from All About Cape Town's video documentary, Street Art in Cape Town.

Online news source, All About Cape Town, recently released a short documentary video on street art in the windy city. "Street Art in Cape Town", produced by Black Lion Media and Bonsai Media, filmed and edited by Calvin Thompson, takes the viewer on a tour of some of the most beautiful art in the city. The video includes an interview with street artist Martin Lund and provides some much needed visibility to some of the work being created outside the rubric of what is mostly an exclusive gallery system.

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Cropped stills from All About Cape Town's video documentary, Street Art in Cape Town.

You can watch the video here.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 January 2016 06:00

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Fan Con: Cape Town Comic Con

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FCBD Cape Town - better known as Free Comic Book Day - paves the way for FanCon, Cape Town's very own Comic Con, in collaboration with Reader's Den.


Having organised the annual FCBD event in Cape Town for the last 14 years, Readers Den comics shop in Claremont has decided to formalise the event in a new fixed venue over an entire weekend. The explosive growth and popularity of the event over the last 5 years has previously resulted in problems with crowding, vendor and exhibitor space, as well as various logistical issues associated with the event being held at its current venue in Stadium on Main. In a statement released over Facebook, Reader's Den has decided to rebrand the event as FanCon: Cape Town Comic Con and to host it at the Lookout at the V & A Waterfront as a result.

The inaugural FanCon will take place at The Lookout, situated at the V & A Waterfront on Saturday, 7 May, 2016 and Sunday, 8 May, 2016. The event will be a two-day ticketed event with a siginifcantly larger, air-conditioned, glass-faced marquee, with an outdoor deck area overlooking all the iconic Cape Town landmarks, ample facilities and parking, plus the added benefit of being located at the Granger Bay Waterfront area.

Reader's Den has said that to bridge the transition between FCBD and FanCon relatively smoothly, the first FanCon event will be held on the traditional FCBD date (7 & 8 May 2016) and as a result there will be no FCBD store event in 2016. FanCon has been scheduled for 2016 with the intention to reschedule the exact dates from 2017 or 2018, with FCBD reverting to an in-store event on its usual date of the 1st Saturday in May.

FanCon aims to bring all comics and pop culture fans, as well as anyone with a passing interest in all things geeky, an event that fully expands and builds upon the FCBD event : more space for exhibitors, vendors, artists, cosplayers and attendees; space for larger retailers, distributors and businesses; no restrictions on products and merchandise being sold ( other than it being pop culture related ); as well as space for food & drinks vendors. A full programme for guests,comic artists, writers, professionals, cosplayers and performancers will be available soon with the intention to have at least 1 or 2 international guests depending on sponsorship, availability and other logistical considerations.

The FanCon website has been launched and will be updated with all relevant information over the coming months. For all enquiries, including sponsorship, artist and vendor/exhibitor info, media, or general enquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website www.fancon.co.za.


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Last Updated on Monday, 12 October 2015 05:53

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Only a few days left to book for the CCIBA Spring Creative Workshop Programme

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Painting by painting workshop facilitator Gina Heyer.


The CCIBA 2015 Creative Workshop Programme will once again be taking place at the Visual Arts Department at Stellenbosch University from Monday 7 to Friday 11 September 2015 next week during the university recess. There are only a few days left to book your spot and witness some of the country's most experienced art instructors at one of Africa's top universities. 

Courses offered:
Bookbinding 
Children’s Book Illustration 
Etching 
Silver Jewellery Design and Manufacture 
Elementary Digital Photography 
Painting 
Botanical Illustration 
Book Restoration for Beginners

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your spot.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 04:56

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