Watching つみきのいえ reminded me of one of my little hobbies I’m occupied with when I feel like it, which is cubeecraft. They are downloadable and printable models/toys of various things, like Darth Vader from Star Wars, Totoro from となりのトトロ, and the Companion Cube from Half Life. I found the cube-like figures rather hilarious, and perfect for people who like models of tv/movie characters.
According to the sites’ FAQ, cubeecraft could also be considered art;
“Is Cubeecraft art?
This body of work is a paper based “installation” functioning as an interactive community project; self coined “Cubeecraft”. “Cubee”, pronounced “kyoob-ee”, takes “cube”, the geometric form underlying each design, and adds “ee” to denote the cutification and miniaturization of each subject. “Craft” describes the handmade approach to my premise and its relation to the ancient and modern practices of paper-craft generally.
The subject matter of each Cubee is heavily grounded in the subset of pop culture sometimes referred to as “geek culture”; each piece personifying concepts spanning from classical literature to the newest video game. Originally inspired by commercial package design, I fine tuned the Cubees structure for over a year in advance of launching it to the public. Cubees are meant to be quick and user friendly.
Download-able and easy to assemble, the Cubees are an internationally shared project. Popular in Brazil, sold (without permission or commission) on the streets in Thailand, used in classrooms in Japan and in American Ikea displays, “Cubeecraft” appeals to a visceral need to build, and a cultural need to represent our ideas in abbreviated fashion.
Or, in not so many words – yes.”
All in all, I think that cubeecraft is fun and easy to make, and any geek like me would like at least one on their shelf :)
left: cubeecraft darth vader, right: star wars revenge of sith poster