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TINY WINDOWS: Collaborative artwork kits

Be part of a collaborative artwork: a stained glass 'window' made with everyone's contributions, stitched together in one piece. The animations and images will be available additionally here as a moving digital collage.

If you want to take part in this please contact or drop into the bar to pick one up. There are two different kinds - see below. Once you have completed your kit drop it back as Boojum & Snark to be included in the final piece. 


Tiny Windows: Living Slides Specimen Collection 

Contents: 5 slide mounts 
bag for collecting
coloured cellophane & tracing paper squares

Make your own beautiful micro-artworks by walking around Sandown Bay, collecting tiny samples of plants and waste materials and forming them into miniature artworks. Then drop them off at Boojum & Snark where they will be made into a larger collaborative artwork to be displayed as a sculpture in the windows and animated online at

Specimen collection of different kinds was an activity popular in Victorian times. An example of this is seaweed collection, a hobby where enthusiasts would press pieces of seaweed into books to display all the different varieties. These 100+ year old collections are being used even now to track changes in climate and habitat over the years!


1.    Walk around Sandown Bay, or look around parks or even the garden. But this time look a little differently to usual – look at the tiny details, the grasses and seaweed that you wouldn’t normally notice close to the ground. Look at all the different shapes and structures the plants make. How many shapes, colours and patterns can you find? take small samples and place in the specimen bag – you only need a tiny amount, a few centimetres at most.

2.    Back at home, lay out your different samples on a piece of white paper (or the back of this sheet!) so you can see everything. try and pick out the flatter bits as these will work best. You can place another piece of paper on top and press down with a heavy book if the samples need flattening more.

3.    take the slide mounts and carefully prise them open.

4. In each one, arrange your specimens in the glass window, creating tiny compositions. You may use the tracing paper or cellophane provided to add colour or translucency. You could even draw on these if you wish, or add other shapes like net from fruit/veg bags, glitter, foil, plastic…. Try to keep it as flat as possible though.

5.    Carefully press down the other half of the slide on top, being aware that there is glass in the mounts and trying not to crack it. If the slide is too full you may have to remove some of the excess or press it under something heavy first.

6.    Hold your slide up to the light and admire your tiny artwork!Once you have made you slides you can drop it back at Boojum and Snark to participate in the collaborative sculpture. If you wish to keep them you are welcome to but please do email to to be included in the digital artwork!

Tiny Windows: Make Your Own Celluloid Animation Art

Create handmade micro analogue cine animations using reclaimed celluloid and household materials!

Contents: 2 strips reclaimed 35mm film (taped to tracing paper), instructions & templates



Take your celluloid strips. You can either use the templates on this sheet to give you animation frames, or disregard these and go rogue! Use a window or device screen as a lightbox if you wish, leaving the tracing paper attached to avoid getting ink/paint etc anywhere!



•    paint on it with inks, acrylic or stained-glass window paint – different transparencies will have different effects



Do whatever you like to the filmstrips following the animation templates if you wish.  A magnifying glass may help with tiny details.
Some ideas:
•    draw on it (sharpies work well), 
•    poke holes in it in different patterns using a needle


•    carefully burn and melt the plastic or try destroying it with cleaning products (adults only maybe!)
•    tape/glue things to the strip – feathers, plants, paper shapes…. or use dots/drips of PVA Glue



ANIMATION (Optional)

If you want to try animating yourself, take a picture of each frame in sequence using the template. Crop each image so they are the size of the template. Then use a free app like giphy or RETO 3D to turn the image sequence into a video loop. You could also use Adobe Clip/Rush (free with sign up) or iMovie to have more control over your micro film. Remember whatever you do to the celluloid will be inverted. if you want to check this at any time there are free apps such as Film Lab Pro that will let you take pictures of your creations in positive.


Drop the filmstrips back at Boojum & Snark to be included in a collaborative artwork or share photos to which I will animate for you and send back


•    make stitches/embroidery into it 
•    print, finger paint, scratch or carve into the plastic, cut into strips and tape back together – whatever you want!


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