Blogs Field Guide Kristina Fong

I joined the Walker as some sort of intern in 2007 and worked in Education & Community Programs and Public Relations until I ended up in as the Walker's social media manager, delivering you e-mails, Twitter updates, Facebook statuses, answers to your questions, and occasional blogs about things I like. Then I left to go make art in Utah and drive around the country. Now I'm back and producing a little event called the Internet Cat Video Film Festival. #cats

Golden Kitty 2014: Cast Your Vote for the #catvidfest People’s Choice Award

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It’s time to cast your vote in the most important People’s Choice competition of the entire year. The coveted Golden Kitty Award for the internet’s best cat video is now on the line. You may know its short but storied history: During the first Internet Cat Video Festival, Will Braden’s Henri 2: Paw de Deux took home the Golden Kitty statuette. Last year, Grumpy Cat was awarded the top prize for her work in The Original Grumpy Cat. (FYI: We talked to Braden about winning the award and the process of choosing the nominees in this recent interview.)

Who will it be this year? After a year of watching hundreds of cat videos, reviewing your nominations, and considering the invaluable feedback of our panel of jurors, we present the five nominees for the 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival People’s Choice Award (in alphabetical order):

8 Signs of Addiction by Sho Ko

An Engineer’s Guide to Cats 2.0 – The Sequel by klusmanp

Gotcha! (Попался!) by ignoramusky

Jedi Kittens Strike Back by FinalCutKing

Milo Wanted Attention by jahzyoga

How to vote: There are two ways to vote for your choice for the Golden Kitty. You can either vote in the poll below OR you can vote on Twitter!

Follow @CatVidFest and use hashtag #goldenkittyaward, plus the name of the video to cast your vote! Try it!

Example: I vote for Henri 2: Paw de Deux #goldenkittyaward #catvidfest
(Obviously, Henri is not up for the award again this year.)

Voting closes on July 18 at midnight. The winners will be revealed at the 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival on Thursday, August 14.  And remember, just because you may not see your favorite video on this list, doesn’t mean that it’s not in the reel or we don’t have something special planned for it.

Until then, watch, deliberate, and vote!

Cat Call: Nominate Your Favorite Videos for #catvidfest 2014

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day and we have an exciting announcement (in limerick form, obviously):

Since last year you’ve watched so many cats
We know, we’ve seen the YouTube stats
And now it’s your turn
To share faves or to spurn,
And we’ll post photos of kitties in green hats

Have a favorite cat video? Have a lot of favorite cat videos? Nominations are now open for the 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival, which takes place August 14 as a free community event at its original site, Open Field. Take some time to reflect on all the cat videos you’ve watched this year and select your favorites by May 1 to be considered for inclusion in this year’s event. Voting for the Golden Kitty (People’s Choice) Award begins on June 1, so we’ll be looking for your votes then as well!

You can find the nomination form right here.

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Photos found searching for “cat shamrock” and “cat leprechaun” on Google

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“Lumps and Bumps” in the Night: A Kawakubo/Cunningham Halloween

  Last week Hyperallergic posted an excellent blog entitled, “If You Hate Your Children and Love Art, Dress Them Like This for Halloween.” Inside, they shared elaborate ideas from around the web for dressing your little ones up like Frida, Andy, Vincent, or the Guggenheim. After reading it, I realized that the Walker had already […]

 

Last week Hyperallergic posted an excellent blog entitled, “If You Hate Your Children and Love Art, Dress Them Like This for Halloween.” Inside, they shared elaborate ideas from around the web for dressing your little ones up like Frida, Andy, Vincent, or the Guggenheim. After reading it, I realized that the Walker had already dressed dozens of children up (not even our own) in arty costumes. For October’s Free First Saturday, we took kids and their grown-ups on tours of Dance Works III: Merce Cunningham/Rei Kawakubo, an exhibition which showcases the costumes Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubuo created for Cunningham’s 1997 dance, Scenario. Afterwards, we led everybody in a movement activity to see how it felt to move when they had extra “lumps and bumps” on. I asked our prop and costume-maker extraordinaire, Frannie, to write up instructions for making your very own Cunningham costume:


Merce Cunningham Dancer Costume

Two piece of fabric:
1 – 60” long X 18” wide
1 – 18” long X 12” wide

Four pieces of Heat n Bond – iron on adhesive
2 – 18 inches long
2 – 12 inches long

Poly-fill
Iron

Lay large fabric piece flat on the floor. Take small fabric piece and lay in the center of larger piece. Use three of the hear n bond strips to iron three sides of the small fabric piece to the center of the large fabric piece. One side of the small fabric piece will be open – fill with poly-fill until the space resembles a big lump. Use the last heat n bond strip to seal in the poly-fill. Cut hole in the large fabric somewhere between the edge and the lump in the middle. Slide arm, leg or head through the hole and tie. OR, forgo the hole and tie around your hips, shoulder, arms or legs. Finished!

So go ahead! Revel in (your kid) having the most obscure costume on the block and let us know how it goes.

Ideas for your home, courtesy of Arty Pants.

Well, we’ve come to the end of our Arty Pants activities connected with Worlds Away, but not before our toddlers could show off their interior decorating skills, giving all those shows on TLC a run for their money. A few weeks ago we had the tots decorate their own room within the Arty Pants McMansion. […]

Well, we’ve come to the end of our Arty Pants activities connected with Worlds Away, but not before our toddlers could show off their interior decorating skills, giving all those shows on TLC a run for their money.

A few weeks ago we had the tots decorate their own room within the Arty Pants McMansion.

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Faced with blank walls, the tots quickly got on to furniture design, wallpapering, carpeting, and decor. There was a room evocative of a breezy seaside getaway…

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… a much-needed habitat for a snowman family…

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… another room for the tropical animal-loving snowmen …

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… and a swanky lounge complete with commissioned soldier monkey art.

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Other than snowmen, trends for this season also include brightly colored foam heart wall decor and larger-than-life animal wall illustrations.

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I expect DesignSponge and Apartment Therapy to report on these trends very soon…

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Which room would YOU fight your sibling for in the McMansion?

 

 

 

 

Won’t you be my neighbor?

Once upon a time, there was one very lonely house in the Arty Pants neighborhood. Luckily, it wasn’t alone for very long because as soon as people started hearing about the new housing development, there was soon a crowd of painters, carpenters, and new neighbors clamoring to build their houses and choose their plots. These […]

Once upon a time, there was one very lonely house in the Arty Pants neighborhood.

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Luckily, it wasn’t alone for very long because as soon as people started hearing about the new housing development, there was soon a crowd of painters, carpenters, and new neighbors clamoring to build their houses and choose their plots.

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These new residents were an amiable bunch, choosing to live by their neighbors rather than on big cul-de-sac lots or where there was a beautiful view of the downtown skyline.

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A few giant children attacked the neighborhood…

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…but it made it through mostly unscathed. A few trees were stolen from yards, a few houses pushed aside to make room for one neighbor’s dream house, but in the end, Arty Pants grew to be known as one of the most colorful and creative neighborhoods of all.

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I heard the neighborhood is getting a shopping center soon, as well as stoplights…