Soy Shape saucers add a third dimension to your sushi experience

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RocketNews 24 (by Michelle Hughes):

These dishes make playing with your food look classy and intelligent.

There’s always something cool and unusual to be found on Kickstarter, like ramen charts, samurai armor hoodies, or, in this case, ceramic saucers that play tricks with your eyes when filled with soy sauce.

▼ Soy Shape models “Cubes” and “Impossible Triangle”

soy shapes dishes

As for exactly how this optical illusion works,Tokyo-based creator and designer Duncan Shotton says that the slightly varying levels of the inner surface of the saucers take advantage of natural color gradations that occur in soy sauce at different depths. Thus, when the saucers are filled, the soy sauce takes on a 3-D quality.

The dishes are made from Hakuji porcelain in Gifu. Hakuji ceramics have a legacy stretching back to the 1600s, so the Soy Shape saucers are definitely going to be high-class.

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You already know the drill when it comes to Kickstarter: the more you pledge, the more awesome the perks become.  Although the campaign has already raised nearly four times the amount of its initial goal, you can still get in on the action and score a Soy Shape at prices starting at US$19.50.

There’s only a few days left in the Soy Shape campaign, so head on over to theKickstarter page ASAP if you’re looking to pick one up.

Filmmaker Christopher Doyle looks to Kickstarter to help fund Hong Kong Trilogy on Occupy Central protests

Christopher Doyle says he doesn't want to make one film every five years; he wants to make five films a year. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

South China Morning Post:

Filmmaking can be democratic and not dictated by tycoons and auteurs, according to Christopher Doyle, who is calling for public support for his latest project, set against the backdrop of the Occupy protests.

The award-winning cinematographer and his team aim to raise US$100,000 on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to complete Hong Kong Trilogy, a three-part, 90-minute feature about the city, “told by three generations of Hongkongers amid a sociopolitical vibe reflected by the protests also known as the umbrella movement“.

Initially a 30-minute short named Hong Kong 2014: Education for All, the film, directed by Doyle and part of the short film series Beautiful 2014, premiered at the Hong Kong International Film Festival last year. The film was also available on Youku.com on the mainland and had 1.5 million hits.

Doyle later renamed it Preschooled. “So we move on to make a second and a third film,” Doyle said, in a video introducing his project.

Preoccupied will be about young people in their 20s and Preposterous is about those aged in their 50s or above.

Then Occupy Central came along and gave the whole project much more sociopolitical reference,” said the filmmaker, who is from Sydney.

Doyle was spotted filming among the tents erected in Harcourt Road, Admiralty, during the 79-day protests. But he did not respond to inquiries about what he was filming at the time.

On Kickstarter, the project is branded a “democratic approach to film” as funding is scarce for experimental projects, and public support will be key.

As of yesterday, 586 backers had pledged US$63,944 for the project on Kickstarter. There are 25 days to go before the fundraising period is over.

Doyle said he had not been working in Hong Kong for a while and the project brought him back to the place where he made his name as a filmmaker.

The moving images he crafted for Wong Kar-wai‘s many films, including Chungking Express and In The Mood For Love, earned him world recognition, putting him in the big league of global cinema.

But in recent years Doyle has moved from cinema to art galleries, with some of his shorts being featured at Art Basel in Hong Kong last year – and in a recent interview with the Post he said he had turned down offers to film the third, fourth and fifth Harry Potter films.

I don’t want to make one film every five years like Wong Kar-wai. I want to make five films a year,” he said.

He collaborated with young director Jenny Suen on short film Allergic To Art in “response” to the craze for art, inspired by Art Basel.

You have to question the stuff you care about,” Doyle said. “I want to tell the kids, don’t wait for the money, wait for the ideas. Take the ideas and go somewhere with them.”

 

Link

Little Boo: What Will You Do?

Here’s a link to a great Kickstarter project for a children’s ABC picture book. The project, by graphic illustrator and art teacher Robert Andrew Hoang of Oakland, CA, aims to give children a well-illustrated picture book that exposes them to many contemporary and non-traditional career options.

Check out this link:

Little Boo: What Will You Do?

Little Boo