Tape-stry, 2 minutes and 10 seconds, 16mm to 2K, sound, 2023

Rip, cut, paste, repeat. Tape-stry is a short animation designed with Japanese washi tape being directly applied to 16mm film leader. Washi tape is a recent invention, created in the mid-2000s, and is known for its variety of colourful decorative designs, ease of use and having a sticky quality that leaves no residue. Inspired by the pattern films of Jodie Mack and Scott Fitzpatrick, this film layers numbers, cartoon cats and geometric shapes, and text. Artist Abby Brock created animated titles and an original flute soundtrack to accompany the film. The audio mirrors the layering and patterns of the washi tape through a stacked, non-melodic woodwind sound, while the fast-paced animation follows the abruptness of the visuals. Tape-stry is a playful manipulation of rice paper tape: rip, cut, paste, repeat.

Thanks to Mark Loeser. Scanning by Toronto Metropolitan University’s Motion Picture Lab.


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